Events in February 2018



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Discover Poetry

Thursday 1st of February 2018

An evening poetry reading group with themes reflecting the changing seasons. The Trust will be embracing Hygge with cosy fireside evenings of informal, relaxed debate discussing poets old and new - find out more here: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

Puddle Jumping Championships & Creative Crafts at Llanelli Wetland Centre

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 to Sunday 25th of February 2018

Kids will be put through the paces to see if they have what it takes to be crowned puddle jumping champion during a week of fun at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre. The event is open to kids of all ages. After rehearsing in practice puddles, families can visit the competition splash zone where extra points will be awarded for enthusiasm, creativity and- of course- the biggest splash. Details: The workshops run daily from 17-25 February 2018 and the Puddle Jumping Championships will be held at 2pm each day. Normal admission prices apply; £9.50 for adults and £6 for children 4-16. Under 4’s are free. www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/llanelli/whats-on/2018/02/17/february-weekend-activities

Dark Skies Festival

Friday 9th of February 2018 to Sunday 25th of February 2018

TheDark Skies festivals are all about discovering, learning and enjoying the dark and the stars you can see as a result. This could mean getting out for an activity such as cycling, walking, running or caving at night, attending a stargazing party, or taking part in a daytime event, learning more about star constellations or making a rocket. There are events for families, first-time stargazers and those wishing to expand their knowledge or astrophotography skills further. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2kDFhSu

Snowdrop Open Days

Friday 9th of February 2018 to Saturday 10th of February 2018

The three acre garden at Higher Yarde Farm Acre offers stream and ponds and an amazing display of Snowdrops, Helebores and Winter Aconites. Contact Simon Briggs to find out more - Tel: 01823 270529 or email simon.briggs@somersetwildlife.org. Cost: £5

RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 to Wednesday 14th of February 2018

The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair (13-14 February) returns for 2018 with striking displays combining the natural beauty of the season with design innovation and a never-seen-before hanging collection of snowdrops. Donated from gardens all over the country, the stunning installation will see snowdrops cascading down from the ceiling of RHS Lindley Hall, Westminster. Tickets are available to buy online, priced at £5. Find out more here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-london-shows/rhs-early-spring-plant-fair

Chats with the Curator

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Jeff Cowton (curator) will be hosting evening gatherings to share collections not currently on display to the public. These will include rare books, paintings and irreplaceable poetic manuscripts - find out more here: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

Snowdrop Garden

Friday 16th of February 2018

This beautiful garden will open for their stunning Snowdrop display. Please bear in mind that as with all flowers, we cannot guarantee that they will be at their finest on this date, but we hope so! No refreshments on site, however tea and cake available at The Lanes Hotel, High Street, West Coker, BA22 9AJ. Tea and cake will cost £7.00 per person. and booking advisable on 01935 862555. Parking available on the road in the village. No dogs allowed at this particular garden. Due to the terrain of this garden there is no wheelchair access. Cost: £4 per person Contact: Emma Jones @events@somersetwildlife.org or call 01823 652400

Junior Bird-Spotting and Tractor Trailer Tours- Dinefwr Park and Castle, Ll

Saturday 17th of February 2018 to Sunday 25th of February 2018

Dinefwr Park, the 18th century landscaped gardens, castle and historic house located just outside the market town of Llaneido, is running a whole week of junior bird-spotting activities in half term, both on foot and via their popular tractor trailer tour. Families taking part can also make their own bird feeders to take home, as well as grabbing a pair of binoculars to head out on a bird spotting adventure and will hopefully see some of Britain’s best native birds including the radiant Red Kite and the tiny Wren. The popular Tractor Trailer Tours will continue to run throughout February, where families can jump on board and head out on a parkland safari with a Ranger to meet resident wildlife including a herd of 100 Fallow Deer and White Park Cattle. There’s also the opportunity walk up to the castle and explore the historic Newton House (once home to the Rhys family- descendants of the powerful Princess of Deheaubarth who ruled from Dinefwr Castle) perched on top of the hill overlooking the Towy valley. The junior bird-spotting activities will be running each day between 17-25 February 2018. Visitors can make their own bird feeders between 11am-12.30pm and head out for bird spotting between 2-3.30pm. Adults entry starts from £7.60 (£8.50 with gift aid) and a child is priced from £3.80 (£4.25 with gift aid). A family ticket is priced from £19.10 (£21.25 with gift aid). www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr

Minibeast Hunting & Learning about Lichen- National Botanic Garden of Wales

Saturday 17th of February 2018 to Saturday 24th of February 2018

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is hosting a new minibeast event for families looking to discover animals and lichen in all shapes, colours and sizes. The gardens have created a number of guided trails, talks and exciting challenges so that families can brush up on their organism knowledge! Plus, guides will take families to their laboratory to watch the first European experiment in lichen conservation before the chance to examine the lichen under a microscope. Plus families can take part in crafts and visit the gallery, which will be full of lovely artwork, all lichen-inspired. Details: The ‘For The Love of Lichen’ event is running daily between 10am-4.30pm on 17-24 February. All activities are free with admission; £10.50 for adults (including Gift Aid) and £4.95 for children between 5-16. Entry is free for garden members and under 5s, plus, parking is also free. Book via https://botanicgarden.wales or call 01558 667149.

Observational Drawing course Week 1

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

This course is suitable for beginners or those with some drawing experience wishing to improve their skills. Students will be taught effective drawing techniques using pencil, ink pens, charcoal and mono-printing. Drawings can be based upon students own interests and subject matter of their choice. Students are welcome to bring along their own materials but all essential materials will be provided. Refreshments will be provided. Week 1 and 2. Pencil and ink pen drawing. Week 3 and 4: Charcoal drawing and mono-printing. £80 payable in advance, booking is essential. Contact info@godintonhouse.co.uk for more information

Watercolours and Acrylic painting course Week 1

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of painting with watercolours and acrylics wishing to improve their skills. Students will be taught effective painting techniques using watercolours and acrylics. Paintings are based upon students own interests such as still life, flowers and landscapes. Students are welcome to bring along their own materials but all essential materials will be provided. Refreshments will be provided. Week 1 and 2. Watercolour painting. Week 3 and 4: Acrylic painting Contact info@godintonhouse.co.uk for more information - cost is £80, booking is essential.

Family Horse-Riding and ‘Own a Pony Day’ at the Marros Riding Centre, Pendi

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Families can have a taste of what it is like to own their own pony at Marros Riding Centre’s ‘Own a Pony Day’ on Wednesday 21 February. The day starts with an introduction, safety briefing and tour of the yard before children are given chance to pamper and cuddle their allocated ponies. Families are shown how to groom them with different brushes, before being given a riding lesson at the stables and then heading further afield for a woodland trek. The day ends with the children untacking the ponies and sweeping the barns- it is a replica of having their own horse after all! The centre, near the beautiful coastal village of Pendine, has opened this event to those above 8 and it will run between 10.30am to 3.30pm. Details: Own a Pony Day is running on Wednesday 21 February from 10:30- 3:30pm. Prices from £50 per child aged 8 and over. Children should bring a packed lunch, warm clothes that can get mucky and waterproofs if it is raining. Booking essential. Visit www.marros-farm.co.uk or call 01994 453 777.

National Gardens Scheme opening

Sunday 25th of February 2018

Visitors will have access to new areas of Boughton House’s stunning gardens as it gets set for its first official opening of 2018. The Gardens and Grade 1 Designed Landscape at the Estate will open in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 25th February, when a portion of the entrance ticket proceeds will be donated to charity. To find out more, contact Boughton House on 01536 515 731 or email info@boughtonhouse.co.uk - Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for a family of two adults and two children.

Observational Drawing course Week 2

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

This course is suitable for beginners or those with some drawing experience wishing to improve their skills. Students will be taught effective drawing techniques using pencil, ink pens, charcoal and mono-printing. Drawings can be based upon students own interests and subject matter of their choice. Students are welcome to bring along their own materials but all essential materials will be provided. Refreshments will be provided. Week 1 and 2. Pencil and ink pen drawing. Week 3 and 4: Charcoal drawing and mono-printing. £80 payable in advance, booking is essential. Contact info@godintonhouse.co.uk for more information

Watercolours and Acrylic painting course Week 2

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of painting with watercolours and acrylics wishing to improve their skills. Students will be taught effective painting techniques using watercolours and acrylics. Paintings are based upon students own interests such as still life, flowers and landscapes. Students are welcome to bring along their own materials but all essential materials will be provided. Refreshments will be provided. Week 1 and 2. Watercolour painting. Week 3 and 4: Acrylic painting Contact info@godintonhouse.co.uk for more information - cost is £80, booking is essential.

Discover Poetry

Thursday 1st of March 2018

An evening poetry reading group with themes reflecting the changing seasons. The Trust will be embracing Hygge with cosy fireside evenings of informal, relaxed debate discussing poets old and new - find out more here: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

Cure your own bacon

Thursday 1st of March 2018

Dry-cure your own bacon to take home. No previous experience required, this is the perfect course for those would like to make bacon for the first time, or wish to learn the principles of curing. £75pp. Book at www.kingcombe.org or phone 01300 320684. Book at www.kingcombe.org or phone 01300 320684.

Daffodil & Early Magnolia Month

Thursday 1st of March 2018 to Saturday 31st of March 2018

March is the perfect time to see the host of golden daffodils in all their spring glory! Wander through swathes of yellow and enjoy the spring sunshine from beneath the glorious tree canopy. Batsford’s 73 species of Magnolia will also start to bloom, filling the Arboretum with clouds of pink and white. Please call for a blossom update on 01386 701441 or visit www.batsarb.co.uk.

How are West Dorset butterflies doing?

Friday 2nd of March 2018

An illustrated talk by a member of the local group of Butterfly Conservation, a British charity devoted to saving butterflies, moths and their habitats. Suggested donation £2 (£3 non-members), includes refreshments. Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ. 7.30pm – 9.30pm.