Events

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course (Friday Course)
Step by step workshops to guide you through the gardening year
Turn your garden into a haven for nature and produce healthy food for your family and friends.
Join Biodynamic grower and seed specialist, Andre Tranquilini, in the gardens of Waltham Place. Through a series of 6 workshops Andre will share with you the biodynamic and organic practices that allow us to grow our fruits and vegetables without the need for artificial inputs or chemical pesticides. From the first steps of planning a vegetable garden to the final harvest of the year, Andre will offer his expert advice and guidance.

Module 1 : Planning an organic / biodynamic vegetable garden -Friday 11th January 2019-10am-5pm
Module 2 : Sowing seeds and plant propagation -Friday March 1st 2019 – 10am-5pm
Module 3 : Cultivation and fertilisation -Friday 5th April 2019 – 10am-5pm
Module 4 : Health and vitality. Natural Prevention of pests and diseases -Friday 17th May – 10am-5pm
Module 5 : Appreciation and guidance -Friday 28th June 2019 – 10am-5pm
Module 6 : Harvesting and storage (including seed saving) -Friday 5th July 2019 -10am-5pm

Cost: £20 per module or £100 for all 6 modules. To include tea and coffee.
Booking essential: estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Parking: Outside the tearoom. Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course (Saturday Course) Fully Booked
Please check your confirmation email for dates.

Christmas Crafts Saturday 15th December 2018 9.30am-1pm – Fully Booked
A Christmas craft workshop with the Waltham Place Gardeners, learning how to make natural garlands, swags and table centerpieces, plus natural willow tree decorations.
Cost: £20 To include refreshments.
If you would like to bring your children along a children’s session is available with crafts around the campfire. Candle dipping, woodland crafts and willow tree decorations.
Cost: £10 To include refreshments.
Booking essential estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Christmas Shop Friday 21st December 2018 3-6pm
Join us at our Christmas Shop for grass fed organic beef and lamb, fresh seasonal vegetables, apple juice, preserves and pickles. Wool, copper tools and books will also be on sale. Enjoy a glass of mulled and a mince pie as we toast the festive season. Chat to old friends, enjoy the Carol Singing or enjoy the storytelling and make something in our Children’s Corner.
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place.

Hedge laying at Waltham Place Saturday 26th January 2019 9.30am-4pm
Hedge laying has great conservational value and with the associated benefits to wildlife it really is important to preserve and share this skill. In this one day training session, Clive Leeke will cover the fundamentals of hedge laying, teaching all the necessary skills and techniques. This course is designed for absolute beginners wanting to learn, through to the more experienced hedge layer wanting to practice and improve. By the end of the day you will have laid your own section of hedge, which will become a wildlife haven for years to come.
Price: £75 To include lunch and refreshments. £50 Student Rate
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Log Hive Course Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019
Support wild honey bee populations by building a log hive under the guidance of natural beekeeping expert Matt Somerville. Designed to stand alone, on stilts, or sited high up in the tree tops, log hives offer wild honey bees a non-intrusive home. Supporting our bees as pollinators, rather than honey producers, log hives are designed to offer good insulation in Winter or Summer, mimicking the environment bees choose in the wild. With minimal intervention the bees are subject to natural selection which weeds out the weak, thus creating strong, healthy colonies capable of coping with pests and diseases. This is a low intensity way to keep bees offering minimal stress for both the bees and the beekeeper. The course includes dinner and a talk on natural beekeeping on Saturday evening.
Price: £170 – Make a log hive to take away. You can choose to site your hive in a tree or we can provide the plans to make stilts. OR £50 – Learn to make a hive, which will be sited in a tree on the estate.

The Waltham Kitchen
Sometimes the simplest of foods are the most rewarding. Join our chef Adrian for a one day course to learn how to make your own delicious breads, or how to make scrumptious preserves, pickles and cordials.

Breadmaking Wednesday 13th February 2019 OR Wednesday 6th March 2019 9.30am-4pm
Waltham Place Chef, Adrian, explains the basics of bread making and will teach you how to make a variety of breads including ciabatta, sour dough rye and seeded. We will also cover enriched doughs such as brioche, croissant and hot cross buns. There really is nothing like home made bread for taste or quality.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

The Art of Preserving Wednesday 27th March 2019 9.30am-4pm
Explore the traditional skill of preserving with Waltham Place Chef, Adrian. Whether berries collected from the hedgerow or a glut of fruit or vegetables from your garden, Adrian will teach you how to make a range of jams,chutneys and fruit cordials.Perfect to give as gifts or to stock your own pantry.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.