Events and Seasons 2015

 

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

New!
African Drumming Class with Faith Sax
Monday 23rd February 2015
10am-4pm.


Come and experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. You will learn how to play the Djembe and base drums that make up a drumming ensemble. To honour the tranquillity, beauty and spirit of Bodenham, you will learn to play three drum rhythms. The first one holds the meaning of community. The second is for honouring trees and the third one supports the workers in the fields. During the breaks you will be able to connect with the sounds of nature and listen to silent spaces within tranquillity held at Bodenham Arboretum Visitor Centre, cost 25 per person. To include :- coffee on arrival, plated luxury Ploughman's Lunch and dessert, afternoon tea with fresh scones, jam and cream.
Phone 01562 852444 for reservations. A 5 non-refundable deposit required to secure the booking.

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
 

Easter Trail
Saturday 28th March - Sunday 12th April 2015

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

Normal entrance charges apply.

Plant Fair
Saturday 11th April 2015

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.

Pencil and Watercolour Workshop
April 13th 2015 - 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 £29.50 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.  Bookings are now being taken.

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 2nd May - Monday 4th 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

Happy Birthday Bodenham
Thursday 14th May 2015.


Bodenham Arboretum opened to the public on May 14th 1998. Our 17th Birthday this year will be Thursday 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.

New!
African Drumming Class with Faith Sax
Monday 18th 2015
10am-4pm.


Come and experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. You will learn how to play the Djembe and base drums that make up a drumming ensemble. To honour the tranquillity, beauty and spirit of Bodenham, you will learn to play three drum rhythms. The first one holds the meaning of community. The second is for honouring trees and the third one supports the workers in the fields. During the breaks you will be able to connect with the sounds of nature and listen to silent spaces within tranquillity held at Bodenham Arboretum Visitor Centre, cost 25 per person. To include :- coffee on arrival, plated luxury Ploughman's Lunch and dessert, afternoon tea with fresh scones, jam and cream.
Phone 01562 852444 for reservations. A 5 non-refundable deposit required to secure the booking.

Building Stone Roadshow
Saturday 30th May 2015 11am-3pm


Lots of family friendly activities on the theme of stone and stone buildings. Follow a building stone trail around the Arboretum, watch a dry stone wall being built by experts, have a go at building a mini wall yourself, work with a local artist on a building stone creation, make a badge to take home, dig up a fosil treasure in the sandpit and find out lots of fascinating facts about local stone from across Worcestershire.
Chris Darmon, President of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark
will launch Geofest 2015 at 12 noon.

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 3rd - August 30th

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.

Charity Country Fair
In aid of Prostate Cancer UK
& Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust

Disguised as a 50th Birthday Party.
Saturday 20th June 2015 5:30pm.
Live music, Raffle, Tombola, Bar and more! Dogs welcome.
2.50 per ticket to redeem for a drink.

Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark
Sunday 28th June 2015 11am-3pm


Learn more about the rocks, fossils and landscape of the region.
Experts on hand to show you lots of specimens and to tell you what is available at the Geopark.
Then test your knowledge by looking for rocks around the Arboretum.

Pencil and Watercolour Workshop
July 13th 2015- 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 £29.50 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.  Bookings are now being taken.

Meet the Vikings
July Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th

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 29th, 30th & 31st.

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club.
Sunday 26th 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. Boats are launched from the terrace. Normal entrance charges apply to 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 27th September 2015.
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. Boats are launched from the terrace. Normal entrance charges apply to Arboretum.

Torch lit pumpkin walk

Saturday 31st October 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.

Pencil and Watercolour Workshop
November 2nd 2015 - 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 £29.50 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.

Christmas Nativity Trail



Saturday 28th November to Sunday 3rd January.

The Nativity trail runs all day from Saturday November 28th to January Sunday 3rd 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 Tuesday 1st December
to Saturday 26th December 2015.
(Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

We will be open and serving our regular full carvery menu between 27th December to 3rd January

Christmas Evenings
Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th 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.