Events and Seasons 2014

 

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.

New!
African Drumming Class with Faith Sax
Monday 17th November 2014
10am-4pm.


Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making! The day is pitched for beginners to learn how to play the djembe and base drums that make up a drumming ensemble. There will also be an opportunity to listen to more experienced drummers and to play with them. Drums will be provided and comfortable clothing is recommended. The cost of 25 includes - coffee on arrival, plated luxury ploughman's lunch and dessert, afternoon tea with fresh scones, jam and cream. Phone 01562 852444 for reservations - for further information contact Lesley Bedford: tel: 07505 994795 or Faith Sax: faith.sax@gmail.com.

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.

 


Carols by Candlelight

5pm Saturday 20th December 2014.
Traditional Christmas carols in the farmyard surrounded by the Nativity Scenes Led by the Reverand Jan Ashton.
Tickets available to purchase from the visitors centre numbers limited!
2.50 per person/10 a family (2 adults 3 children) to include a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.
Arboretum restaurant open for soup jacket potatoes and hot drinks.

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 4th & 11th 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.

  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

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
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.