Autumn fun at The Firs
There is always plenty to do at Elgar's birthplace, have a look at what we have to offer for the whole family this autumn.
The Lichen, Bark and Moss Adventure Trail
From Saturday 21 September to Sunday 3 November every day from 10.30am to 4.30pm come search for lichen, bark and moss at The Firs.
There is more to our trees than you might think. The lichen and moss that make the trees home are all so different and interesting so follow our trail to take a closer look at our terrific trees. The Birthplace cottage was named after the strong smelling Firs as you travel up the country lane so what better way for our smaller explorers to discover Elgar’s Birthplace but with a touch, feel and smell adventure trail for £2.
Along your way take your time and craft some autumnal fun for £1 per craft.
Autumn is a great time to get to know our gardens creepy crawlies and at The Firs we are lucky enough to have our very own wormery created by our Gardener Dawne.
Over the October half term Dawne will be giving Wormery talks on October 30th at 1pm and 3pm.
Learn how the biodiversity has increased by using our tea-room waste, the worms turn it into goodness we put back into the flowerbeds to feed the lovely plants we have.
Crafting with Elaine
If you prefer to get crafty over the school holidays then volunteer Elaine will also be creating God’s eyes with twigs and wool with visitors big and small on Saturday 26th of October and 2nd of November at 11.30am and 2pm for £1 a craft. These colourful decorations look lovely hanging inside or out to remind you of your day at The Firs.
Apple Juicing Day
On Sunday 6 October between 10.30am-4pm pick your own apples from our bountiful apple trees or use ready picked ones to make some delicious apple juice with the help of our volunteers and staff. Feel free to bring your own apples from home. Please bring containers for your juice. Donations are warmly welcomed and go towards maintaining our beautiful orchard and gardens.
Play Elgar’s Piano
Dodging the Autumn cold and rain on your visit to The Firs? Then come on into the Carice room to play Elgar’s very own piano, whatever your skill we would love to hear you try a tune on our sweet little piano. Who knows you might be inspired to become the next Sir Edward Elgar and write a symphony too.
Crazy about creepy Crawlies
Can you pass The Big Pest Test? With over 1000 items to care for we have to make sure they are all protected from some dangerous Creepy Crawlies Help our conservators to find and identify the pests to save our collection. The pests will be lurking inside and out, so our gardener will need your help too looking after our countryside trees and plants. Will you take on The Big Pest Test? Free trail running in the cottage all year round.
Quietly watch the birds feeding on our bird table, and spot the feeders hanging in the trees in the orchard. You’re likely to see Blue tits, Great tits and chaffinches, and if you’re really lucky, the green and the greater spotted woodpeckers.
Take a walk
Explore the surrounding walks around Lower Broadheath where you might catch a glimpse of autumn wildlife along your route. .
Outdoor Sound Garden
Why not make use of our outdoor sound garden. Give each instrument a whirl or grab a few bandmates and wow the other visitors. Fun for all ages. Who knows could you be the next Edward Elgar?
Built in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and made out of recycled materials these wonderful wooden instruments not only decorate our garden but give the Firs the right atmosphere which may just inspire the next musical genius. Come and fill the air with music.
Using our specially crafted music makers (also known as golf balls on sticks) create your own tune and share it on our social media use #soundgarden