Events in 2016

Family Nestbox Building Event – Tuesday 16th February 2016 10.30am-12.30pm
As part of National Nest Box Week we invite you to join us at Waltham Place for a bird themed morning. We begin with a walk in the gardens and woods to consider the variety of birds living here whilst looking for tell tale signs that tell us which birds they are. Work in a team for our nest building game and learn about the difficulties of raising a nest of chicks in the modern world. Finally build a nest box to take home to your own garden (1 nest box per family). Suitable for children of all ages with parental assistance.

Cost: £4 per person. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Bread Making Course – Wednesday 24th February 2016 9.30am-4pm fully booked
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.

Cost: £45 to include lunch and refreshments. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Jams, Pickles and Preserves – Wednesday 16th March 2016 9.30am-4pm .
Explore the traditional skill of jam making with Waltham Place Chef, Adrian. Whether berries collected from the hedgerow or a glut of fruit from your garden, Adrian will teach you how to make a range of jams, jellies and fruit cordials as well as how to make savoury pickles. Great to give as gifts or supplement your pantry throughout the year.

Cost: £45 to include lunch and refreshments. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Organic Veg Growing for Beginners – Wednesday 23rd March 2016 9.30am- 4pm.
Are you growing vegetables yourself or are you thinking of starting to grow some yourself? Would you like to learn a bit more about Organic and Biodynamic growing methods?
Come and join Frank to learn all about starting your own patch or improve your existing skills.
During the course we will be looking at the different aspects of growing vegetables. We start with the basics like: raising your seedlings, propagation, choosing your patch, improving your soil, choosing your crops, crop rotation, uses of compost and green manure, how to deal with pests and diseases, companion planting. We will spend some time looking at the Biodynamic way of growing your crops and how planting using a lunar calendar can benefit the growing conditions of your veg.
This workshop will be practical and straight forward and suitable for anyone interested in growing vegetables.

Cost: £45 to include lunch and refreshments. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Family Soil Safari- Thursday 31st March 2016 10.30am -12.30pm
Did you know there is a thriving, living, complex community right beneath your feet? Bring the children along to hunt for minibeasts and find out how each of them help in the production of soils and their role in the soil food web.

Cost: £4 per person. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Bread Making Course – Wednesday 13th April 2016 9.30am-4pm fully booked
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.

Cost: £45 to include lunch and refreshments. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Bluebell Walk – 23rd April 2016 2pm.
Their can be no scent sweeter than an English bluebell wood in full bloom. Join us as we explore the woods and enjoy the carpets of bluebells that cover the ground.

Cost: £7 per person to include refreshments and biscuits. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

Dawn Chorus Walk- Saturday 30th April 2016 5.30am
Join us for an uplifting walk experiencing the Dawn Chorus here at Waltham Place. Local bird expert Brian Clews will be leading the walk and identifying the birds we hear and see, teaching us the different calls and how to differentiate between them. A very interesting and entertaining start to the day. Followed by breakfast in the Ormandy Centre.

Cost: £7.50 per person to include breakfast. Booking essential- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The Ormandy Centre*, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berks. SL6 3JH

From Fleece to Fabric- 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- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: Tearoom

Why Care About Our Invertebrates? – Thursday 16th June 2016
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- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 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 estateoffice@walthamplace.com /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- estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Venue: The 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 estateoffice@walthamplace.com /01628 825517
Proceeds to go to the Berks and South Bucks Bat Group.
Venue: Tearoom

* The Ormandy Centre is on the opposite side of the road to the farm entrance, just before the top of the hill. Please allow a few minutes to find us.