The week of half-term meant the people of Bath could celebrate, and the Rangers at Bath Skyline were more than happy to help by hosting an excellent day building dens over in Larch Wood. Camped out in a small quarry, members of the public came with their children and enjoyed a day of making a variety of lovely dens out of branches, trees, logs, leaves and hay. From giant structures with log furniture to lean-to’s thatched with hay; the kids of Bath busied themselves becoming budding builders with the help of their friends, family and, of course, the overly excitable National Trust volunteers!
Great thanks has to been given to Emma Jones, a Prior Park volunteer, who not only joined in and brought a bunch of willing den builders with her, also entertained the kids later in the afternoon with the telling of a brilliant story. Involving a group of mischievous elves and one rather grumpy, smelly troll, the kids were not short of laughs (and suggestions!)
If you do happen to be walking that way anytime soon, do check these amazing dens out for yourself. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
Here is a little bit of publicity for our ‘Gorgeous Garlic’ event
We are haveing a series of wild garlic cooking demonstrations by the lake showing you how to use this delicious and abundant plant. Gather it from the slopes as you walk through the park, then watch wild garlic go from picked to plate before your very eyes!
Take home recipe cards and experiment at home or enter your own Wild Garlic recipe into our competition for your chance to win a £45 voucher for the Vegetarian Cookery School. All demos and tastings are completely free and shelter will be on hand in case of rain.
Sunday 22nd April
(World Heritage Day – free entry to the garden)
12 noon – Simi’s Kitchen.
Local chef and organic food advocate Simi Rezai introduces us to wild garlic and shows us how to cook up two mouth-watering dishes. Her stunning wild garlic saag aloo will be served all fortnight at Prior Park’s tea kiosk.
1pm – Lemon’s and Honey Children’s Workshop
Julia Handel of Lemon’s and Honey Cookery School in Wellow specialises in cooking for children. At the moment she is getting youngsters excited about local and wild foods. Her hands-on workshop is for kids of all ages so come prepared to get messy!
2pm – Bath Soup Co.
Social entrepreneur Dominic Povey of Bath Soup Company and his head chef will demonstrate how to make a delicious and hearty wild garlic soup. Tasting sessions with wholesome wild garlic bread from The Thoughtful Bread Company.
Sunday 29th April
(Normal garden entry rates apply)
12 noon – Tyntesfield Estate Chefs
Talented chef James Blakemoor from National Trust’s Tyntesfield Estate will share his tips and tricks, whipping up a rack of lamb with wild garlic crust among other delights
2pm – Bath FoodCycle
FoodCycle is a charity dedicated to reducing food waste and redistributing edible food surplus to those in need. Volunteers will demonstrate ways to turn your leftovers into yummy meals – using wild garlic as the secret ingredient!
Why not come along and enjoy the garlic in all its forms.
Rather fortuitously it has rained all day here in Bath so the events meeting we had scheduled came at the right time. These meetings are held at least once a year to discuss what events
worked and which ones we need to drop. Plus we also decide what might be good to try out next year. As it is going to be Olympic year sporting events came up a lot, so we are looking at running and cycling as being a possibility. Other things on the cards are Children’s Theatre, Apple Day, Queens Birthday Tea, Story Telling, Comedy, Kite Making, Garden Lighting…………The list goes on, stay tuned and find out what we choose to keep you entertained next year.
A bit of a rainy day here today, so I’m sheltering in the office with a nice cup of tea, dreading the walk home. The weather doesn’t seem to be worrying the swans/ducks/coots on the lake and their various offspring. For us humans, we’re hoping things will pick up a bit for Saturday. Everyone’s looking forward to listening to some relaxing jazz at our midsummer picnic and a bit of sunshine will be much appreciated!