Events in 2016

‘Tour of Waltham’ – Every Wednesday from May 25th until September 28th 2016 11am and 2pm
Join one of our gardeners for a tour of the beautiful walled gardens, Kitchen Garden and woodlands.
Cost: £5 per person to include tea or coffee. Booking essential- / 01628 825517
Venue: Tearoom

‘From Fleece to Fabric’ Family Event – Thursday 2nd June 2016
Join us for a shearing demonstration at 11am or 2pm and meet our rare breed Castlemilk Moorit sheep. Then visit the tearoom where representatives from Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be on hand to guide you through the journey wool makes, from the sheep’s back to the clothes on your back as they spin fleece into wool. Bring the children along and try your hand at peg loom weaving or needle felting and make a needle felt owl to take home*. (* Over 8 years old for needle felting at parental discretion).
Cost: £5 per person. Booking essential- / 01628 825517
Venue: Tearoom

‘Why Care About Our Invertebrates’ Garden Walk – Thursday 16th June 2016 2pm-4pm
Why Care About Our Invertebrates is a 2-hour afternoon walk through some of the beautiful grounds at Waltham Place, to celebrate the role played by our invertebrates in the garden. Get more out of your gardening experience by learning about how invertebrates can help plants, soil, and YOU!!!
Cost: £5 per person. Booking essential- / 01628 825517
Venue: Tearoom

Annual Moth Night – Friday 1st July 2016 9.30pm – 11.45pm
Join us as we visit the woods after dark to take part in our yearly moth survey. Waltham Place currently has 450 species of moth recorded so let’s see if we can add to that total. Moth experts will be on hand to identify those moths caught and share interesting facts about each species.
Cost: £5 per person. Proceeds to go to the Berkshire Moth Group.Booking essential /01628 825517
Parking: The parking area and meeting point will be confirmed one week before event.

Macro Photography Course – Thursday 7th July 2016 9.30am – 4pm
This one day course will enable you to experience the diverse insect life and flora of our beautiful gardens with gardener and photographer, Ron Pilcher. Ron has an extensive knowledge of macro work, with digital cameras, and will guide you through the techniques and practical aspects of macro photography, within the wildlife-rich backdrop of the Ornamental Gardens at Waltham Place. This is a course designed for photographers with all levels of experience. There’s always so much to learn!
Cost: £45 to include lunch and refreshments. Booking essential- / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Working oxen – yesterday and today – Thursday July 21st 2016 11am-1pm
Join us for a talk on the ox and how it has shaped our culture, language and landscape. We will also look at the continuing importance of the ox in many parts of the world and how it could be considered better than a tractor! You will get a chance to meet our working oxen, see some of the equipment they work with and experience some of the basic commands used in their training.
Cost: £6 per person to include a tea or coffee on arrival. Booking essential /01628 825517
Venue: Ormandy Centre*,Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Bat Walk and Talk – Friday 12th August 2016 7.30pm-10.30pm
Members of Berks and South Bucks Bat Group join us for an evening walk and talk to learn more about these nocturnal creatures. Seven species of bat have been identified here at Waltham since 2013. Explore the woods at twilight using bat detectors to locate and identify the different species flying overhead.
Cost: £5 per person. Booking essential /01628 825517
Proceeds to go to the Berks and South Bucks Bat Group.
Venue: Tearoom

Tree Walk – Celebrating Timber – Thursday 25th August 2016 11am-1.00pm
What major commercial uses of timber can you think of? Man has harvested wood for centuries for it’s strength and beauty. This walk will highlight some of the less well known uses of timber our Waltham Place trees offer.
Cost: £5 per person. Booking essential /01628 825517
Venue: Tearoom

Floral Walk with Naturalistic Flower Arranging Demonstration – Thursday 8th September 1.30pm – 4pm
Join our gardeners on a walk through the Ornamental Gardens looking at the flowers and foliage at this time of year. Then join Richard Elder for a Naturalistic Flower Arranging Demonstration in the tearoom.
Cost: £12.50 to include tea or coffee and biscuits. Booking essential / 01628 825517
Venue: Tearoom

Harvest Walk – Saturday 15th October 2-4.30pm
Celebrate nature’s wild harvest in the woods before visiting the Orchards to celebrate our diverse array of apples ready to harvest. Followed by an apple pressing demonstration.
Cost: £7 to include refreshments
Venue: Ormandy Centre