Come along and celebrate summer ahead of National Meadows Day.
There will be activities for all the family; try some nature-themed arts and crafts, join a butterfly walk at 11:30am or 2pm with Butterfly Conservation or see scything in action. The Arboretum's meadow is beautiful at this time of year - filled with billowing grasses, colourful wildflowers and the hum of insects. You may even spot the purplish-pink flower spikes of a southern marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) or the common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii). Wildflower meadows support lots of other wildlife and the summer fair will be an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate this very special habitat.
- Have-a-go on a wood lathe, see spoon and gypsy flower carving and hedgerow materials used in basketry with Bygone Country Skills.
- Summer storytelling by Sarah Law.
- Family-friendly activities including corn dollies, seed bombs, crafty bugs and nature-themed balloon modelling.
- Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea and slice of cake from the Friends of OBGA or delicious vegetarian and vegan food by Greenbox. Hitchcox cider, crepes, frozen yogurt, milkshakes and bolitas will all be available.
- Meet stall holders selling Arboretum honey, organic vegetables, sustainable bamboo straws and soaps inspired by the natural world. Oxford Florilegium will be selling botanical illustration prints.
- Meet Oxfordshire badger group and RSPB to learn more about our native wildlife.
- Listen to Damian Clark and his Hammer Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy folk classics.
A great day out for all, and FREE with your Arboretum entry ticket, £5.45 for an adult ticket (£6 with Gift Aid), children go free with a paying family member.
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day, but we encourage people to book in advance to avoid the queues.
Gates open at 11am, please note car parking for the event is limited. We would encourage our visitors to consider car-sharing or using public transport where possible.