Enjoy live music, a gardening work shop, children’s wildlife and craft activities, and more at the Martineau Gardens annual Spring Event on Sunday 8 May 2016, from 11am – 3pm. We’re holding a family friendly fete all afternoon, perfect for relaxing in the Gardens in the height of Spring and having fun. And to the sounds of birdsong and live music, we hope you’ll be inspired to ‘Grow Your Own’ at home.
Wander around local stalls, find out about gardening and get some grow-your-own inspiration with garden workshops. Miranda from Martineau Gardens will be in the hot house, showing you how to sow seeds – you’ll be able to have a go and take a pot away at the end of your visit (subject to availability). showing you how to The event will be a chance for you to stock up on spring herbaceous plants and compost, plus freshly cut vegetables are for sale. Children can enjoy free play around the shipwreck.
We’re delighted that the following local musicians will be performing for us, Moseley Village Band (12.30), Ingrid’s Accordions (1.15pm) and East by South East (2.15pm).
Crafty Kids with Kika – come and ‘weave Spring’ with Kika, with twigs, recycled wool, flowers and grass (at various points throughout the day, check times on arrival).
Robbie Hornby, local artist, will be exhibiting and selling her artwork including paintings and cards, both original and printed from her paintings.
In the Studio (located behind Reception), please do visit our artists in residence, watch them at work, talk to them about their craft, buy an original piece of artwork. Layla Tutt will be demonstrating batik and James Dawson will be silk screen printing in the studio. There will be other arts and crafts for sale too.
Gales Honey will have a display about bees and bee keeping and will be selling their locally produced honey (made by South Birmingham bees!). John Gale is running his popular Bee Keeping Course on Sat 7 May and Sat 21 May – click here to find out more, or come and talk to John at the Spring Event to find out more and book on the course.
Visit Maggie Hunter’s stall for handmade fabric crafts.
Birmingham Friends of the Earth will have a stall, drop in to talk to find out about their current campaign.
Come and talk to Daniel, to find out more about wildlife friendly projects and reserves with the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust.
Visit Qi Energy in the Orchard – Qi acupressure can be used to to release stress, pain and fatigue. Enjoy a free taster (head, shoulder or neck massage) and the opportunity to book a longer session, if you wish. Any age welcome.
Come and chat to Tom from Vegetropolis – visit his stall with organic fruit, vegetables and local independently crafted foods.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics, but there will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale in the Pavilion.
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.
Please bring cash or cheque – since there are no credit card facilities at Martineau Gardens.
The Spring Event takes place on Sunday 8 May, 11am till 3pm at Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG. Admission is £3, £1(concessions), families £6 (maximum two adults) and free to Friends. Become a Friend on the day, or click here to join now.
Getting to the event
Martineau Gardens is close to the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital. There is a small car park at Martineau Gardens, reserved for disabled parking – please phone in advance if you would like to use a disabled parking space. Public car parking for the event is over the road, at the Priory Hospital, by kind permission. Please drive to the rear of the car park, to the area that adjoins the Elmhurst School of Dance (follow the signs)
The Gardens are served by buses 1, 45, 47, 61, 63 or X64 and there is a bike rack on site, located close to the Pavilion.
For full location details, click here.