Events in 2017

SPECIAL EVENT
The Spiders of Waltham Place and Brenthurst Garden- Thursday 24th August 2017 9.30am- 4.15pm
What is it that makes spiders such a source of fascination for some and fear for others? Why are spiders such an important factor in the terrestrial food web? We invite you to join us at Waltham Place for an introduction to the spiders found during surveys here at Waltham Place and at our sister garden, Brenthurst Garden in South Africa. A wonderful opportunity to talk with experts from the UK’s own Buglife charity and spider experts from South Africa as they share with us their findings and explain just why spiders are so important to a balanced ecology and deserving of conservation for future generations. After lunch there will be time to explore the gardens and grounds of Waltham Place with our speakers, looking for spiders and sharing information.
Price: £20 to include refreshments and a light organic lunch. All proceeds to Buglife
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location:The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm

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Fleece to Fabric – Thursday June 1st 2017 11am
Come and meet our rare breed Castlemilk Moorit sheep then join us in the tearoom to learn more about how we turn the sheep’s wool into textiles we can use.
Watch as representatives of Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers spin fleece into yarn.
Local group Bucks Vision will be demonstrating the art of peg loom weaving and would be delighted to teach you this simple yet satisfying craft.
Join Niki for a needlefelting workshop and make a needle felt owl or other animal* to take home. (* 8 years plus at parental discretion)
A great event for people of all ages.
Price: £8 Proceeds to Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers and to Bucks Vision.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location: The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm.

Gardening for Wildlife – Thursday 15th June 2017 2-4pm
Explore the organic and biodynamic gardens with one of our knowledgeable gardeners as we show you how we work in harmony with nature and create an oasis of diversity for wildlife.We hope you will be inspired to detox your garden and adopt a chemical free approach to gardening too.
Price: £8 To include a beneficial plant to take home. Proceeds to Wild Maidenhead.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location: The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm.

Macro photography Course – Thursday June 29th 2017 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.
Price: £45 to include a light organic lunch and refreshments.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location: The Ormandy Centre, Church Hill, White Waltham.

Picnic in the Place – Saturday 8th July 2017 Gates open at 5.30pm
Join us for a relaxed picnic with your family and friends. Live music by Mad or Bad. Bring a picnic or have something from the barbecue and bar. No instant barbecues please
Price: £5. Children under 16 are free.
Enquiries: White Waltham Village Association 078345 45967
Location: Parking available – Sharp left at the top of Church Hill, White Waltham.

Moth Night – Friday 14th July 2017 9.30pm -midnight Fully Booked
Visit the woods after dark to take part in our yearly moth survey. Local amateur experts will be on hand to help identify the moths we find. A superb opportunity to see first hand the wonderful diversity and beauty of these nocturnal creatures. Waltham Place currently has 491 species of moth recorded so let’s see if we can add to that total.
Price: £5 Proceeds to Berks Moth Group Publishing.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location: Location will be notified shortly before the event to those booked in.

Soil Safari – Thursday 27th July 10.30am– 12.30pm
Bring the children along to our Soil Safari as we hunt for invertebrates and learn about the soil food web. A great way to get children interested in the natural world.
Price: £5
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location:The Ormandy Centre, Church Hill, White Waltham.

The Edible Garden – Thursday 10th August 11am-1.00pm Fully Booked
How does your garden taste? A walk through the gardens of Waltham Place with our Chef Adrian and Kitchen Gardener Ute to discover which plants and flowers can be eaten. Learn how many garden plants usually grown for their aesthetic appeal can be used for culinary purposes, either cooked or raw.
Price: £5
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location:The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm

Bat Talk and Walk – Friday 1st September 2017 7.30pm-10.30pm
Berks and South Bucks Bat Group join us for an evening walk and talk to learn more about these nocturnal creatures. Explore the woods at twilight as we locate and identify the different species flying overhead.
Price: £5 Proceeds to Berks and S. Bucks Bat Group.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location:The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm

Invertebrates in the garden – Friend or Foe? – Thursday 14th September 2017 11am– 1pm
Do you want to know more about the invertebrates living in your garden and their role in the ecosystem? Join Waltham Place gardeners Tim Collins and Ron Pilcher as they teach you to identify some of the beneficial insects and insect pests that live here.
Price: £5
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location:The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm

Biodynamic Kitchen Garden Tour -Thursday 28th September 2017 11am– 1pm
Join Kitchen Gardener, Ute Wegener, in a celebration of harvest in our biodynamic Kitchen Garden.Taste the produce as you discuss what makes biodynamic and organic produce different to conventionally grown fruit and vegetables.
Price: £5
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Location:The Tearoom, Waltham Place Farm