Events and Seasons

 

January and February

In January and February snowdrops and wild cyclamen are the first to be seen. Also during this time the Big School Bird Watch takes place in conjunction with the West Midland Bird Club and the Wyre Forest County Council Sustainability Officer. Contact 01562 820505 for more information.

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Snowdrops

Jewellery Basics Workshop with Vanessa.
Sunday February 2nd.

This full day course will teach you how to design and make simple but elegant fashion jewellery. Learn how to form a centred loop to make earrings, and attach a clasp to beading wire in a neat and professional manner. Price £45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Beadwork Basics with Vanessa
Sunday 16th March.

This full day course will teach you basic Peyote beadwork and show you how this technique can be developed into intricate beadwork jewellery. Price 45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Wirework Jewllery Workshop with Vanessa.
Sunday March 30th

This full day course will teach you how to design and make elegant wirework jewellery. Price £40, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Spring (March to April)

In early spring acres of daffodils and later primroses, bluebells and foxgloves line many of the woodland walks and plantations.

Beautiful blossom adorns a variety of trees spread out all over the Arboretum, such as Magnolias, Cherries, Crab Apple and the Jargonelle Pear trees in the Conservation hedge that line part of the mile long drive.

This is the lambing and calving season and the new borns can be seen in the barns and fields on the farm. A little later come the new chicks hatching from the farmyard poultry.

Gazebo
Lambs
 

Celebration of Spring Service.
Led by Revd Jan Aston, Vicar of Wolverley
Saturday 5th April

Meet at 10:45 am on the terrace outside the visitor centre.
Enjoy a spring walk around the Arboretum and join in a short service of Celebration on the "Big Island".
Children will be encouraged to participate in planting their own baby tree which at the end of the service they can take home. Meet the new born lambs and calves before enjoying tea, coffee and soft drinks served in the grounds ( by the local scout group).
Normal entrance charges apply.

Plant Fair
Saturday 12th April 2014

Plant Fair from 11am to 5pm. Free entry to the fair, Visitor Centre restaurant and shop.
The best nurseries from near and far bringing a great selection of interesting, unusual, beautiful and always top quality plants.
Normal charges apply for entrance to the Arboretum.

Easter Trail
Saturday 12th April - Sunday 27th April 2014

Come along to Bodenham Arboretum this Easter and hunt for the Easter bunnies hidden amongst the trees.

Normal entrance charges apply.

Beadwork Flowers with Vanessa
Sunday 13th April.

This full day course will teach you basic beadwork and show you how this technique can be developed into intricate beadwork flowers. Price 45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Pencil and Watercolour Workshop
Monday 7th April - now fully booked,
taking bookings for the 14th April 2014.

Three times a year local artist Daphne Millington holds a Pencil and Watercolour Workshop for people of all abilities from beginners to the experienced. It is held in the Visitor Centre and costs £28.50
which includes morning coffee, a hot carvery lunch and a choice of dessert followed by tea or coffee. Afternoon tea is served with freshly made scones, jam and cream. There is another Pencil and Watercolour Workshop in July and November.

7th April is now fully booked so an additional workshop has been arranged for 14th April, bookings are now being taken.

Tiaras and Bridal Workshop
with Vanessa. Sunday 27th April.

This full day course will teach you how to make beaded tiaras for proms and bridal wear. Price £45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Carpets of Bluebells (April to May)

The humble bluebell reaches full blossom in April and May and the wooded areas become a carpet of blue under the canopies of trees,
a view not to be missed.

Bluebells

Laburnum Tunnel (May onwards)

The spectacular Laburnum Tunnel is in full bloom from May onwards and together with the Azaleas, Rhododendrons and flowering trees are a delight in late spring.

Laburnum Tunnel
Azaleas

Drawings and Paintings
Saturday 3rd May - Monday 5th May
by local artist David Atkin Ba(Hons)
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David Atkin will be holding an exhibition of his works in the Lakeside Room over May Bank Holiday weekend. All his work is available to purchase and he will be present to talk and give demonstrations of the variety of mediums he uses.

Bluebells

Jewellery Basics Workshop with Vanessa.
Sunday 4th May.

This full day course will teach you how to design and make simple but elegant fashion jewellery. Learn how to form a centred loop to make earrings, and attach a clasp to beading wire in a neat and professional manner. Price £45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Beadwork Basics with Vanessa
Sunday 11th May.

This full day course will teach you basic Peyote beadwork and show you how this technique can be developed into intricate beadwork jewllery. Price 45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Happy Birthday Bodenham
Wednesday 14th May 2014.


Bodenham Arboretum opened to the public on May 14th 1998. Our 16th Birthday this year will be Wednesday 14th, when our own Davy T, Bodenham employee and part-time artist, will be demonstrating the wet on wet oil painting technique for visitors to the Arboretum on that day. Come along and see how easy it can be to paint your own work of art.

Tuesday 27th May 2014.

Watch this space!

Stourbridge Rotary Club in suppot of the Mary Stevens Hospice will be organising a sponsored walking event - details to follow.

Summer (June to Mid September)

Everything is green and lush, making this a lovely time to visit.
Taking long tranquil walks in the warmth and sunshine, sit and rest at the many seats to enjoy the breathtaking views.

The BodenGnome Gnome Hunt
June 1st - August 31st

This summer the ‘BodenGnomes’ will return for the whole of the Summer holidays to enable children of ‘all’ ages visiting Bodenham to join in the fun and search for the hidden Gnomes around the Arboretum.  Details and a map of the route can be found at the Visitor Centre. There will be a prize draw for all entries. Normal entry charges apply and donations can be made to support this years ‘Children in Need’ appeal.

Life through a Lens
27th & 28th June 2014


A free exhibiton in our Lakeside room showcasing the work of local photographer Kingfisherimages
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Karmann Ghia Owners Club

Sunday 29th June 2014


The Karmann Ghia Owners Club will be bringing their collection of classic cars to Bodenham on Sunday June 29th between 10:30 am and 11:30am on their way to RAF Cosford.

July 11th & 12th 2014.

New this year!

The Merchant of Venice.

Come and enjoy a summer's evening watching "The Merchant of Venice" on the terrace in front of the Visitor Centre. The tables will be arranged outside for you to enjoy a light supper and dessert followed by the play. You are most welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages to have with your meal and during the production. The price of £19 will include supper and the play. Supper will be served from 6:30pm onwards, with the performance starting at 8:00pm.

In the event of inclement weather the production will be taken inside the Visitor Centre

Meet the Vikings
July Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th

Meet the Vikings of Svartland Living History Society
at Bodenham Arboretum.
From 11am to 5pm with authentic encampment, crafts
and storytelling.
  Combat demonstrations at 12pm and 3pm.
Normal entrance charges apply.
The Viking invasion of Bodenham will continue on August 30th & 31st.

Pencil and Watercolour Workshop
July 21st 2014 - Book now


Three times a year local artist Daphne Millington holds a Pencil and Watercolour Workshop for people of all abilities from beginners to the experienced. It is held in the Visitor Centre and costs £28.50
which includes morning coffee, a cold buffet lunch and a choice of dessert followed by tea or coffee. Afternoon tea is served with freshly made scones, jam and cream. There is another Pencil and Watercolour Workshop in November.

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club.
Sunday 27th July.
10am to 4pm

Come along and see the model boats in action. On display will be scale models of yachts, lifeboats, tug boats, naval craft, working boats, pleasure boats and even hovercraft.
The Model Boat club will be reurning on October 5th.

Meet the Vikings
August 30th & 31st.

Meet the Vikings of Svartland Living History Society
at Bodenham Arboretum.
From 11am to 5pm with authentic encampment, crafts
and storytelling.
  Combat demonstrations at 12pm and 3pm.
Normal entrance charges apply.

Plant Fair
Saturday 30th August 2014

Plant Fair from 11am to 5pm. Free entry to the fair,
restaurant and shop.
The best nurseries from near and far bringing a great selection of interesting, unusual, beautiful and always top quality plants.
Normal charges apply for entrance to the Arboretum.

Autumn Colours (Mid September to Mid November)

Autumn leaf colour develops at the end of the annual growth cycle, prior to leaf fall. The colour is good when plentiful sunshine is followed by an early frost.
Hundreds of trees put on an autumn display that is perhaps the most spectacular in the area. The Acers will go from bright yellow to vibrant oranges and reds. Scarlet Oaks will, as their name suggests fill the woods with sweeps of vibrant red, even Magnolia with its bright red seed pods add to the spectacle.

We are open every day in October so our visitors can take full advantage of this wonderful season.

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club.
Sunday 5th October.
10am to 4pm

Come along and see the model boats in action, on display will be scale models of yachts, lifeboats, tug boats, naval craft, working boats, pleasure boats and even hovercraft.

Jewellery Chainmaille Workshop
with Vanessa Sunday 12th October 2014

This full day course will teach you how to design and make chainmaille jewellery. Price £45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Torch lit pumpkin walk

Friday 31st October 2014 5-7:30pm

Also on the lakeside terrace apple bobbing, make a spooky spider, best carved pumpkin competition, cook marshmallows on the camp fire and story telling by the BodenGnome ranger. Dont forget your torches and fancy dress costumes. Arboretum restaurant open for hot home-made soup, jacket potatoes with fillings and hot drinks. Tickets - prices to be confirmed

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Pencil and Watercolour Workshop
November 3rd 2014 - Book now


Local artist Daphne Millington holds her Autumn Pencil and Watercolour Workshop for people of all abilities from beginners to the experienced. It is held in the Visitor Centre and costs £28.50 which includes morning coffee, a hot carvery lunch and a choice of dessert followed by tea or coffee. Afternoon tea is served with freshly made scones, jam and cream.  Bookings are now being taken.

Jewellery Beaded Decorations Workshop
with Vanessa Sunday 16th November 2014

This full day course will teach you how to design and make beaded Christmas decorations. Beaded wire flowers and leaves, icicles and bells. Price £45, includes all materials, refreshments, luxury buffet plate and cake (from the restaurant), held in Vanessa's cabin on the Arboretum grounds.

Winter (Mid November to the end of February)

This can be a magical time to see the Arboretum with the trees covered in a sprinkling of snow or frost. A winter walk will help you stay healthy at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. After your walk warm up with a cup of tea or coffee in the Visitor Centre.

Christmas Nativity Trail



Saturday 29th November to Sunday 4thJanuary.

The Nativity trail runs all day from Saturday November 29th to January Sunday 4th open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Entrance to the Arboretum including the Nativity Trail is
£5.50 per adult and £3.50 per child.

It begins at the visitor centre where you purchase a ticket and collect, if you wish, a Christmas quiz sheet. A trail is made around the Arboretum from "stars" located on the trees and a Christmas quiz question is below each star. The trail is followed around the Big Pool to the old farm buildings where life size wooden characters are set in the Nativity story. What brings it literally to life are the starring roles of Bodenham's animal friends - our donkeys, sheep, cattle, poultry and turkeys.

The trail is a quarter of a mile long with benches along the way. It ends back at the Visitor Centre where you can post your Christmas Quiz sheet. Each answer sheet is checked and prizes are awarded to the winners.

Back in the Visitors Centre you can enjoy the Christmas spirit with a traditional Christmas menu, natural handmade decorations and a "Mother Christmas" grotto for the children.
The grotto is only open at weekends or by arrangement for groups, £3.50 per child which includes a Christmas gift.

 


Christmas Lunches
from Monday 1st December
to Friday 26th December 2014.
(Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

We will be open and serving our regular full carvery menu between 27th December to 4th January

Christmas Evenings
On Thursday 5th & 12th of December we will be serving a Christmas Evening menu. Any size group is welcome, booking is essential, please call for availability and a booking form.