Our popular family activity sessions are back for the Summer Holidays, led by Juliette Green (Martineau Gardens’ Education Officer). Taking place every Tuesday and Friday from 26 July through to 30 August, enjoy environmental / craft activities suitable for 3 to 12 years, at 10am or 1.30pm* Butterflies and Dragonflies, Dinosaur Discovery, Senses Safari, Plant Professor, Medieval Day, Minibeast Safari, Buzzy Bees, Brilliant Birds, Summer Stick Man and Pirate Adventure on various days. Advance booking essential, full details below.
Advance booking essential, full details below. (Scroll down to book your ticket, below.)
Butterflies and Dragonflies Friday 26 July
Celebrate summer with a range of nature and craft activities based on butterflies and dragonflies. Including pond dipping to hunt for dragonfly nymphs!
Dinosaur Discovery Tuesday 30 July
Make an explorer hat, then enter the woods to search for dinosaurs. Create a clay fossil, do an archaeological dig and finish with a dinosaur story. Bring along your own toy dinosaurs if you have them! (both sessions for DD sold out)
Senses Safari Tuesday 6 August
Engage your five senses! LOOK at the plants in our beautiful garden; LISTEN to musical instruments you can make from natural and recycled materials; SMELL and TASTE some of our herbs and vegetables; FEEL your way around the woodland as you play blindfold games and tickle your toes with a barefoot walk. (You may want to bring a towel to dry feet at the end!)
Plant Professor Friday 9 August
Explore the woodland and garden, learn about different parts of plants and their jobs, taste some of our herbs and vegetables. Earn yourself a Plant Professor certificate!
Medieval Day Tuesday 13 August
Make a sword and shield or a magic wand, hunt for dragons in the woods, create forts and sandcastles in the play area. Listen to a story about a Princess Knight. Costumes welcome!
Minibeast Safari Friday 16 August
Hunt for minibeasts in the woods, try a true or false trail, have a go at pond dipping and listen to a minibeast story. Come dressed as your favourite minibeast!
Buzzy Bees Tuesday 20 August
A family activity session to learn about honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees. Find out about life in the hive, play pollination games, and learn more about how bees help us and what we can do to help them. You can also make a ‘wildflower bomb’ to take home so you can grow your own wildflowers to attract bees and other pollinating insects.
Brilliant Birds Friday 23 August
Let your imagination fly! We will make bird feeders, go on a story walk in the woods, and identify birds visiting the gardens. We’ll then finish the session with birdy art and craft. Please bring a used, clean plastic bottle to make your bird feeder.
Summer Stick Man Tuesday 27 August
Join us for a session of activities based around the book ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. Create your own book to complete on the Stick Man Trail, and search for other Julia Donaldson characters and woodland animals hiding around the Gardens. We will read the story in the woods and make up some of our own new adventures for Stick Man! The session will finish with some Stick Man craft.
Pirate Adventure! Friday 30 August: Go on a treasure hunt, make a boat to float on the pond, find some mini “monsters of the deep” (pond dipping) and make pirate bunting. Wear your best pirate costume!
Here’s what you need to know:
These family learning events are led by Juliette Green (Martineau Gardens’ Education Officer) for supervised children – with parents / carers expected to stay and join in the fun, but don’t pay. The activities are aimed at 3 to 12 year olds but tickets may be bought for younger / older siblings too. Dress for the weather, as parts of the session will take place outside. Bring a drink and a snack if you’d like to have a picnic at Martineau Gardens, Martineau Gardens serves hot and cold drinks (for which donations are welcomed) but not food.
Book your ticket:
£5 per child, no sibling discount, parent / carer goes free. Max. 20 children per session, advance booking essential for all activities.
Refund policy: Bookings for courses and events are non-refundable unless Martineau Gardens has to cancel an event or course due to unforeseen circumstances.
About Martineau Gardens
Martineau Gardens is a beautiful therapeutic community garden, a place where people, plants and wildlife meet. Your ticket price contributes to the great things that happen here, and helps to keep Martineau Gardens open, for all to enjoy. Find out more about our charity here.
How to find us:
Martineau Gardens is at 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, B5 7UG. from March 2019. We have a small car park and are well connected to bus services and good cycle routes with a covered bike shelter. More information to plan your journey is here.
Motor vehicle access to Martineau Gardens has changed – due to the new cycle route there are restrictions on Priory Road for traffic travelling on the Bristol Road (A38) Full details here.
Stick Man and Martineau Gardens:
We are 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.
In addition to these special activities, you can also follow the Stick Man trail, here at Martineau Gardens, until the end of December 2019. The Stick Man trail is available as a free activity Monday to Saturday (expect Bank holidays and special events) – though donations are welcomed. Find out more here.