to 1 Jan

Salisbury Bee Trail - Pick up a map and follow it in your own time!

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Our city wide Bee Trail.
Grab a map and follow our 12 stop city trail which will take you from the centre out to some beautiful green spaces in the city. Learn about bees as you go, and enjoy discovering and exploring.
Download the Salisbury Bee Trail App too, on App store or Google Play store - search for 'Bee Trail' and try the trail in digital format; making the bee images on the trail turn into moving 3D bees!
(Available to download free)

Use hashtag #BeeTrail to see public posts and info.
The Salisbury City Bee Trail is created by The Secret Garden Salisbury, and sponsored by local businesses. 
Follow 'The Secret Garden Salisbury' on Facebook .
Pick up Maps from -
Salisbury Tourist Information Centre
Goodfayre, Neals Yard remedies
Salisbury Library, Salisbury Arts centre
Fiver Rivers Leisure Centre
Fisherton Mill Gallery and The Secret Garden Salisbury

The trail is a permanent fixture, so take your time doing it - some of the stops are in the perfect place for an afternoon out; why not take a pic-nic with you!

See you at The Secret Garden Salisbury for the last stop on the trail. 
On the map -
*Access info for each stop
*Nearest refreshments/parking
*A mystery stop - work out where one of the stops is, via a clue.
*Top Tips for helping wild bees
*Our sponsors & contributors
Use the Hashtag #BeeTrail to share your pics!

Go to our Bee Trail page to find out much more about it.

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12:00 pm12:00

Autumn Open Day

We are doing our final fundraiser open day this year in October (rather than our usual November).

So do come along for our last open day of the year and some warm and wonderful wildlife and workshop filled activities!

A day to pop in and have a wander with friends, relaxing just as nature does this time of year and taking a moment to enjoy the cosy days of October, stand by the firepit if it is chilly and hopfully bask in some low and comforting sunshine.

On offer we will have -

Spiced Pumpkin soup and some seasonal nibbles.

Warm Apple and Cider punch.

WORKSHOP - With Charlotte Moreton (Suggested donation on the day)

HOME WORKSHOP - Make an Oak leaf crown before you come, wear it to the event- We want to make a photo gallery of all of these!

TRAIL - Oak Trail; find our baby Oak trees and some Oak facts!

TALK - 12pm - Wildlife and your winter garden - A talk on how you can help wildlife over winter, by preparing your garden in Autumn. (suggested donation for the talk is £5 as always for our fundraising pot) - with Rebecca Twigg

TALK - 3.30pm - Birds and your garden - with Daniel Kronenberg (suggested donation of £5)

Put the date in your diary!

Free to come in as always but suggested donations for optional workshop and talk.

*Weather permitting as always - please check Facebook/Twitter for updates on the day!

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4:00 pm16:00

Exhibition - Salisbury library - October 2018

An area board funded awareness exhibition, showing the story of the garden in pictures, words, crafts, community projects and scrap books.

An interactive element - make a paper flower and come and add it to a wall that we are trying to create a big colourful meadow on!

Add a memory to our memory wall! Pick up a parcel tag and write down to favourite memory to hang up and share with others. The aim of this is to illustrate how nature and outdoors are strongly associated with good emotional and physical well being.

See Salisbury library website for opening times.

Exhibition runs from 1st October until 27th October.

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12:00 pm12:00

Heritage and History Day at The Secret Garden Salisbury/St Clements Church Yard

Heritage and History Day at St Clements - the Church Yard site where The Secret Garden project lives.

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Heritage and History fundraiser talks day! 

Two talks lasting roughly one hour each.

Talk times - 12pm and again at 2pm.

Suggested donation is £5

Come to the garden, to look at some finds and discover the rich History of St Clements Church Yard, where The Secret Garden Salisbury community project lives.
Talks with archaeologist Steve Webster who has been investigating this side of the project and has great stories to tell!

Free to come in the garden itself, but donations to join the talk of £5 per person welcome.
**Weather permitting, please check our Facebook page for further details on the day, if it is wet.

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1:00 pm13:00

Pic-nic Sundae at The Secret Garden Salisbury

A simple celebration of Summer


Come and relax at The Secret Garden Salisbury today. Bring a blanket, some sandwiches, strawberries and cakes for a nice pic-nic, and have a glass of fizz from us, or a cool soft drink. Take an afternoon to do as little as possible and enjoy the blue sky and bird song, with your fave munchables and fave people!

Bring a book, the Sunday papers, use our chess set, tiddly winks, snakes and ladders, garden 'library' or cards pack or what ever you need to wind down and laze around in the sun! Get together with friends for a catch up and a peaceful day celebrating lazy summer days!

Free entry

Fizz, Juice and soft drinks - for suggested donation.

Garden opens at 12 as always. Free to come in as usual.**Weather permitting** Please watch the page for updates on the day!

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8:00 pm20:00

Swift watching with Daniel kronenberg

Swift watching under Cathedral skies!


A fundraiser for our Swift Project run by Daniel Kronenberg. Come along and hear all about marvellous magical swifts!
Meet by Sarum College at 8pm and see them for yourself, swirling in the skies by the Cathedral and beyond! Roughly one hour long, but can go over time and up to 1.5 hours.
Suggested donation - £5

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to 22 Jun

Swift Awareness Week - Various events

A week of events for the National Swift Awareness week. 4 events to get involved with, as follows - 

***Sat 16th June - Swift walk and talk - Meet at Sarum College SP12EE Salisbury 8-9pm Suggested donation £5
Talk and walk typically last between 1 and 1.5 hours.

***Sun 17th - Swift day at The Secret Garden Salisbury SP27RX from 1-4pm FREE (Including crafty kids)
Come to hear about the work that Salisbury and Wilton Swifts are doing to help Swifts locally. Find out more about this amazing bird and how you can help the project. Advice and help on positioning nest boxes. Activities for children and buy a Swift biscuit! Free event but donations accepted.

***Monday 18th June - Swift walk and talk Wilton - Meet at The Greyhound pub SP2OHT 8-9pm Suggested donation £5
Talk and walk typically lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours.

***Fri 22nd June - Meet outside sarum College SP12EE 8-9pm - Swift Surveying - FREE
Learn why it’s important to survey Swifts for population changes and how to find nest sites in order to preserve these nesting spaces. Advice on reporting to various online databases will be given too. Be part of the growing number of people who are making a positive impact for Swifts. Free event but donations accepted. 

Daniel Kronenberg
07791 849372


Facebook Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/412171922573204/

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2:00 pm14:00

Equali-Teas event at The Secret Garden Salisbury

Celebrate Democracy in this nationwide event, in association with Salisbury Democracy Cafe.

Come and mark a great moment in history!
If you are a thinker or a ponderer, or love to debate or even just listen in on some debate or hear some classic text about the way we think, this event is for you.
Some of the stuff that is happening -
There will be a poetry reading - The poems are The Burning of the Books by Bertolt Brecht; Anna Akhmatova's Dedication to all those lost in the Gulags; Yevgeny Yevtushenko's Humour, in which he declares that tyrants cannot command humour; and Shelley's Mask of Anarchy. We have a facsimile of Shelley's original manuscript - his writing was so bad that even Mary Shelley mis-transcribed some of the words. So we will have a Shelley Challenge; inviting people to see how far they can read it before stumbling. Or just come along to chuckle at the readings!

We'll have a mini democracy cafe - We'll use a copy of The Thinker, and The Trial and Death of Socrates, which includes a famous question to help people ponder, we'll talk about (and think about) the value of thinking!

We'll also have some debating cards if this is your thing, provided by the national Equaliteas people for the day.
And a third table with a the table top game around these subjects, also provided by EqualiTeas national event organisers.

If nothing else though, come along and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake at this outdoor celebration to mark 90 years since the Representation of the People Act became law.

*The garden is open on this day as usual, so you can come in and enjoy the space as usual too. 
*Weather permitting as always.

Info: https://equaliteas.org.uk/event/celebrate-democracy-3/

Venue: The Secret Garden Salisbury

Do drop in!!

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6:25 am06:25

Dawn Chorus Walk

A walk along the river in the early morning to listen to, talk about and watch birds as we all wake up!


Meet at 6.25 am at Salisbury Fire station, Butts road, for a prompt start - continue over the board walk and along the river for an hour of early morning bird spotting, with Daniel Kronenberg. Bring your coffee, binoculars if you have them and wrap up warm for a lovely start to your day!
Donations for the Secret Garden Salisbury - 
Suggested £5 or what ever you can give if on a low income.

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1:00 pm13:00

May Open Day at The Secret Garden Salisbury

May Open Day - Family outdoors fun for all!


Family Friendly open day - with a May Day and a 'replacing plastics in gardening' theme!

History Talk 12pm - 12.45 approx. Please arrive 10 minutes early, a donation suggestion of £5 for this talk.

Main family event, please come along from 1 - 4 pm

With kids crafty workshop, book readings as part of book week, bee friendly plant sales, Compost and forest garden advice, info on how to garden without buying plastic stuff, pre loved clothes and books, a mini raffle and a garden May trail will be among the lovely things to do, to celebrate nature and being outside in our lovely church yard community garden project!  Come and relax and be inspired! 

BYOM!Bring your own mug! And get a cuppa for £1.00 (£1.50 without your own mug) to encourage you to think about using less disposable stuff; bring your own mug and let us do the 'tea and cake' bit! 

We will also have a photographer in who can take a 'MUG SHOT' of you and your plastic free cuppa tea or why not take your own 'Mug Shot' and share it to your friends to encourage them to take their own cup out and about! 

Donations on the gate as you enter or leave this fundraising event, very welcome as always! 

Directions at 'The Secret Garden Salisbury' on Google Maps
Free entry.


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6:30 pm18:30

Talk - Bees In The City - at Salisbury Museum for 'Bee City'

A Salisbury Museum talk (book direct with them) as part of our own city wide 'Bee City' project. This talk with expert Stuart Roberts will be fascinating and educational and help us all understand wild bees and the city spaces they can thrive in!

Use this link to book: http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/lectures/bees-city-talk-stuart-roberts

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2:00 pm14:00

Find out about being a volunteer with us.

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Come along to find out what it is like to be part of the team. Rebecca and other team members will be here for informal chats, questions and answers and to show you around this unique garden project set within the grounds of St Clements. We look forward to seeing you!

Please note - 

For this event we will all meet at the garden 2-3pm for a walk round and informal chat, then we will go to 'The Yard' cafe to take your names and numbers down, go through the things you need to know if you are joining us, and do some tea drinking and cake eating of course! (Start as you mean to go on) ..

BAD WEATHER PLAN****If the weather is bad please meet at The Yard cafe at 2pm and we will just chat there. Directions here http://www.theyardsalisbury.com

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12:00 pm12:00

Family & Freinds Vintage festive Fun

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Our final fling before we close the gates for winter.
Come and bring your friends and family to wander in the garden, drink some mulled punch together, catch up, enjoy some mince pies and other traditional goodies, talk, laugh and be merry before the busy festive season. This is your chance to be together and unwind, and really appreciate the things that matter! 

Gramophone music.
Carol singers.
Mulled punch.
Christmas tree dressing and crafty session for the kids.
Write and hang your own message of goodwill in our tree.
Spot the Robin if you can!
'Photo grotto' so you can take a family or friends snap!

Why not have your own bit of fun with this day, by wearing your best or worst festive jumper? ... or swap hand made gifts at the garden today?

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10:00 am10:00

'The Resourceful Garden' - A one day course

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There are very few things you need to buy for a good productive garden, find out what you can do for free on this fun creative course!

This beginners day course at The Secret Garden Salisbury, will include info and workshops to get you started on -

Making compost, leaf mould and mulching.
Making natural plant supports and cane toppers
Making creative plant labels & decorated pots
Making nesting places for birds & bees
How to make a hedgehog home.
Why its good to collect your own seed; and how!
10-4pm with a break for lunch.

**Weather permitting. On booking you will be given all the info you need for the day, plus one alternative date we will try if the weather is not clement***
10 places are available, booking will be confirmed once all the places are filled. 

£60 per person, to include a ready supply of hot drinks and cake. 

Book by emailing via this website contact page to express your interest and get payment details and info for the day.

See you there! 


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11:00 am11:00

Heritage Open Day

For the National 'Heritage Open Day' we open for a day of talks about 'St Clements' with Archaeologist Steve Webster.
Talks are at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm and are free today but we gratefully recieve donations to help this not for profit community project raise funds. We have a donation box by the gate for kind donations.
Talks last up to an hour, please bring a perching stool with you as the talk will be held in various spots and moving around the site. 
Please email ahead if you would like to enter the site using our access gate.
Please arrive five to ten minutes before the talks. 

***Please note if the weather is wet; we will reschedule, please check back on our Facebook page for info and updates on the day, if the weather looks bad.

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2:00 pm14:00

Tell me a story - 'Fur and Feathers'

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'Tell me a story' is a new slot we would like to make regular, with story tellers and stories for all; on a monthly basis during the warmer months. 
The main idea is to keep book reading and story telling, alive and kicking and imaginations wild!

Story teller Paul Butler will host a whole half hour story time for minimum age 5yrs + children for this event. 
Event is from 2-2.30pm at the garden. 
Suggested donations of £2 per child. 

Please arrive 15 minutes early to settle your child in the story corner. Bring them a blanket to snuggle in and a cushion, and a drink if wanted.
Parents must join in or hang around to keep an eye on their small people please, and we will provide as much nearby seating as we can so you can also enjoy a moment of peace and conversation in the garden! :)

**Weather permitting as always - updates will be made on Facebook on the day if anything looks like it will change due to bad weather.

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11:45 am11:45

The History and People of St Clements and Fisherton Anger

As part of the festival of Archaeology week, we are holding a day of talks about our wonderful city church yard - St Clements, where the Secret Garden Salisbury is based.
Talks with archaeologist Steve Webster are at: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
£4 each; All fundraisers for the garden project.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the talk.
Talks with be roughly 45 minutes to one hour long. 
Please bring a perch seat if you need one and let us know if you need assistance or access through our alternative wheelchair friendly gate.
Please note, the garden is also open to the public today, as usual
between 12-4pm - Free entry to the garden.

*Weather permitting*

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12:00 pm12:00

Your garden - Your habitat (Wild bees need your gardens!)

As part of our Bee City project around the city, we are having a wild bees 'how to' day at the garden today. 

Look at our real life examples of garden bee habitats, as you wander around our city church yard garden.

Feel inspired to create habitats in your own garden for wild bees of all shapes and sizes, with planting tips and habitat tricks!

Get some know how about the relationship bees have with our gardens, and how important it is for us to look at these small plots of land as part of the extended landscapes and bee habitat.

12-4pm drop in to the garden - Free

Pop up bee talks - see info on the day! - Free


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8:00 pm20:00

Swifts - A fantastic flying phenomenon!

Meet us for our second yearly Swifts talk - with Daniel Kronenberg.

Meet at the Cathedral Grounds at 8pm, to get the best sights and sounds of our swirling city Swifts!

This talk and walk will start at this magnificent site and wander across to some favourite Swift spots around the city, where you will learn about the life of these incredible migrating birds.

A Fundraiser for The Secret Garden Salisbury.

Suggested donation £3 or £5 please bring this with you.

The talk should last roughly one hour.

*Weather permitting, see updates on the day.


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12:00 pm12:00

Wild for Bees - All day talks at The Secret Garden Salisbury

All day Bee Talks. (Part of our wider Bee City project) 
Drop in to one of our mini bee talks - and get a complete introduction look at the wide world of wild bees in a 30 minute talk.
Topics covered -
Wild Bee Species.
Plants for bees.
Bee habitat.
Bee facts - and some fiction!
And we will do some basic bee spotting too.
£3 each talk. 
Talks start at:  12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Please be there 5 -10 minutes before the talk. We have a maximum number of ten for each of these talks, so its a first come first served thing. 
These talks are all part of our 'Bee City' project, and will arm you with enough knowledge to go on and make a difference for bees on your little patch of the world.

The garden is also open for all to wander in today, as usual, and we will also have -
Plants for sale
Cakes for Sale
Bring a Pic-nic and enjoy some quiet garden time with the gentle hum of the birds and bees.
Crafty kids - make a bee flag
**Weather permitting**

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3:30 pm15:30

Salisbury Festival hosts one of our first 'Bee City' events with Stuart Roberts -wild bee expert

If you think ‘honey’ or ‘decline’ when you hear the word ‘bee’, come and hear a far more intricate and interesting story. Stuart Roberts, an international speaker and wild bee expert, asks us to think way beyond the single species that is the honey bee, instead considering towns and cities as places where wild bees can flourish. Come and hear the buzz about the 240 other scientifically important, but forgotten pollinators: the wild solitary bees.

Venue -  Salisbury Playhouse.

Presented in partnership with The Secret Garden Salisbury

Click here to book via the festival.

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12:00 pm12:00

Bee Slam - Bee expo day at The Secret Garden Salisbury

Today at The Secret Garden Salisbury -
You will find bee information points and pictures all around the garden for you to read at leisure as you wander around. A great way to learn about wild solitary bees, in our garden, in your own time.
Bring your camera for some real bee spotting, and a nice informal way to learn a thing or two about wild bees.
Our friendly volunteer team members will be at hand to answer any questions and discuss the Bee City project, and any bees you find while you are there, if you need.
A very informal 'drop in and wander' event.
Free                                Part of our 'Bee City' project.

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6:30 am06:30

Early Birds - A walk and talk with Daniel Kronenberg

This walk starts from Butts park, opposite Salisbury Fire Station.

Get up with the Lark, and enjoy an early morning walk along the river, to spot and chat about birds.
This talk/ walk was fabulous last year, so we are doing it again!
Will we not only hear, but see some Cuckoos again? Lets hope so!
A lovely gentle start to the day.
Bring binocs if you have them, though not essential.
Bring your morning coffee if you feel the need!
£3 or £4 (You choose) fundraiser for The Secret Garden Salisbury bird Box fund.
*Weather permitting*
Meet by the fire station at 6.25 for a prompt start towards the river.


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12:00 pm12:00

May Days eve at The Secret Garden Salisbury

A family friendly day at The Secret Garden Salisbury.

Activities for all, come and explore!

We have -
A 'May Trail' ... follow the clues to lead you round the garden looking for your bee friendly seeds to take home, and find out about May folklore as you go.
History Talk. (£4 starting at 11am)
Arty workshop: Make a fabulous May crown.
Plants and seeds
Nature table and microscope science
Tell me a story: ANIMALPHABET read by local Author Richard Salt.
Pre-loved kids clothes for sale
Bring a pic-nic!
Drop in from 12-4.30pm (Gate closes at 5pm)
Free entry and arty workshops,. 
(Except May Trail which is £2 per family)
Come with friends or family, or come alone; there are some lovely volunteers to chat to and make you feel welcome :)
Find us on Google maps - The Secret Garden Salisbury, Mill road, SP27RX

PLEASE NOTE - all our activity days are weather permitting and we will update on our social media pages if we are rained off and re-scheduling.

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to 8 Apr

Hey!Clay Free Workshops at The Fisherton Mill Gallery as part of our Bee City project.

Free Drop in Clay workshops for kids. (Please note the dates are not the same as the poster. The workshop runs only on the 7th and 8th. NOT the 9th)

Come and help make a clay Bee Garden and maybe learn about bees too!

In association with The Secret Garden Salisbury - The Fisherton Mill is the place to go! See you there!

Pop in from 11am - 1pm or 2pm - 4pm

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1:00 pm13:00

Bee City drop in 'Surgery'

Come to Salisbury Art Centre cafe, and pull up a chair - Rebecca from The Secret Garden Salisbury will be drinking coffee and waiting to help you formulate some plans and ideas, so you can get involved in Bee City.

Whether you have a small idea for your own garden or a bigger idea that involves your community, or you just want help thinking up an idea- come and discuss it with Rebecca who will help you shape up a little plan and give you some advice. 


Part of our Bee City project

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