Events

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course (Friday Course) Fully Booked
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.

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course (Saturday Course) Fully Booked
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From Fleece to Fabric Day Friday 31st May 2019 FULLY BOOKED
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. Whether you are interested in spinning, weaving or felting we have something of interest to share. Learn to spin fleece into yarn with Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. 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: £10 Booking essential as numbers are limited.
Proceeds to Bucks Vision and Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

The secret language of flowers Friday 14th June 10am-12.30pm
Learn the secret language of flowers and their forgotten meanings. Join us for a stroll through the gardens learning the symbolism behind some of our favourite flowers, before retiring to the tearoom for morning coffee and a demonstration of naturalistic flower arranging with gardeners Louisa and Sophy. End your visit by making a beautiful and meaningful posy to take home.
Price: £12 To include tea or coffee and biscuits.
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Bee walk – A buzz among the flowers Friday 21st June 2-4pm
A fabulous opportunity to explore the gardens of Waltham Place with bee enthusiast Trevor Smith to see what the buzz is all about! Trevor will introduce you to our bumblebees, their life style and relationship to some of the flowers we see, as well as the various solitary bees that make these beautiful gardens their home.
Price: £7 To include tea or coffee and biscuits. Proceeds to Wild Maidenenhead
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Umbel-ievable! 10-carrot gold Friday 12th July 11am-1.30pm
A stroll through the gardens to admire the elegant umbellifers which are key to many of our plantings. Once a staple of meadow habitats, umbellifers have a real conservation role to play. Gardener Tim will introduce you to some of the invertebrates that are attracted to umbels when in flower and as seed heads.
Price:£15 to include an umbelliferous lunch.
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Fascinating plants -forgotten history Friday 2nd August 2 – 4pm
Join chef, Adrian, and Gardener, Ute, in the garden for a journey back in time as we explore some of the many interesting and beneficial plants which grow here. Revered in the past for their superb properties, culinary, medicinal or just plain useful.
Price: £7 To include tea or coffee and biscuits.
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Bat walk and talk Friday 9th August 7.30pm-10.30pm
Explore the woods at twilight using bat detectors to locate and identify the different species flying overhead.
Price: £7 Proceeds to Berks and S Bucks Bat Group
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Annual moth night Friday 16th August – 8.15pm – 11pm
Join our moth experts as we visit the woods after dark to take part in our yearly moth survey. Moth experts will be on hand to identify the moths and chat about the different species. 529 species of moth have been recorded here since 2002 so let’s see if we can add to that total.
Price: £7 Proceeds to Wild Maidenhead
Meeting point: By arrangement

Tree identification workshop -‘The oak and other native trees’ Friday 23rd August 10am -3.30pm
Join Martin Woolner for a one day workshop learning to identify our native deciduous trees along with some of the common conifers. In the afternoon Martin will focus on the oak tree, a fabulous habitat for wildlife.
Price: £30 To include a light organic lunch. Donation to Wild Cookham
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Church Hill.

To book for an event please contact estateoffice@walthamplace.com stating the name of the event and the number of places required, or telephone 01628 825 517.