Live music from local musicians, children’s wildlife activities, the Stick Man trail, seasonal produce sales and gardening inspiration are some of the treats in store for visitors to Martineau Gardens’ annual Autumn Event on Sunday 16 September 2018 from 11am – 3pm. Our family friendly ‘green’ fete will celebrate the Autumn harvest and provide an afternoon of family fun.
Enjoy live performances from local musicians – including Black Adder Morris Dancers and Wraggle Taggle.
Homemade cakes and seasonal produce
The Gardens’ seasonal harvest will be for sale including home-made jams and freshly-cut vegetables. There will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale inspired by the garden harvest.
Fun for children
The Gardens are an oasis for wildlife and a place for children to get close to nature. The Shipwreck play area is a popular spot for picnicking and play.
Juliette Green (the Gardens’ environmental officer) will be running wildlife activities for children and there will be ‘Stick Man’ activities too. The self-guided Stick Man trail offers an interactive learning experience for three to seven year olds and has been designed to help children go on their own adventure with the character. Brightly coloured boards featuring Stick Man and other characters from the picture book will be used alongside an activity pack, with children able to claim a Stick Man Trail Certificate for completing the trail. *
Local community groups and organisations will be running stalls. Including the Craft Co-Operative, the Bee Keepers and Surburban Urban Plant Sales.
Gardening, Plants and Produce
Gardeners will enjoy the opportunity to stock up on Martineau Gardens autumn plants, compost and there will be expert gardeners on hand to deal with any gardening queries.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics, but there will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale.
The Gardens, though only two miles from Birmingham city centre are a green oasis that is teeming with wildlife. There’s plenty to enjoy, including woodland, glass houses, formal gardens, an orchard, vegetable plots, wildflower meadows and a ‘Shipwreck’ children’s play area.
*Martineau Gardens is one of a very select group of city farms, community gardens and care farms in the UK that have been chosen to host a Stick Man trail, which have been created by Social Farms & Gardens, a charity that uses land-based activities to improve people’s lives and the places where they live. Find out more about Social Farms & Gardens via www.farmgarden.org.uk. The Stick Man trail (installed thanks to the support of Magic Light Pictures) is based on the much-loved Stick Man picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Martineau Gardens are open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm and are free entry except on Event Days. Admission fee for the Autumn Event is £3, concessions £1, families £6 and free to Friends.
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Travelling to the Autumn Event:
There is a small car park at the Gardens, reserved for disabled parking. Public parking for the event will be at the Priory Hospital, opposite, by kind permission of the hospital. Please park at the rear of the Hospital (follow the signs) and allow yourself five minutes walk to get back to Martineau Gardens.
Martineau Gardens is well served by buses. The nearest bus routes are Priory Road: 1; Bristol Road: X61, 63; Pershore Road: 45, 47 . To plan your journey by public transport, visit www.traveline.info and use the Martineau Gardens’ postcode, B5 7UG.