Jul
29
to Jul 31

Salisbury Bee Trail

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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, and you can also try the trail in digital format making the bee images on the trail turn into moving 3D bees!
(Available to download free, info on the map)

Use hashtag #BeeTrail to see public posts and info.
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The Salisbury City Bee Trail is created by The Secret Garden Salisbury, and sponsored by local businesses. 
Follow 'The Secret Garden Salisbury' on Facebook .
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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
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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. 
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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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Oct
28
10:00am10:00am

'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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Nov
26
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Sep
10
11:00am11:00am

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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Aug
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

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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Jul
16
11:45am11:45am

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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Jul
15
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Jul
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Jun
11
12:00pm12:00pm

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.
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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.

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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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Jun
4
3:30pm 3:30pm

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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May
28
12:00pm12:00pm

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.
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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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May
14
6:30am 6:30am

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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Apr
30
12:00pm12:00pm

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.
Cake/refreshments
Plants and seeds
Books
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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Apr
7
to Apr 8

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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Feb
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

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. 

Free 

Part of our Bee City project

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