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.
All about Apples
With our wildflower orchard full to bursting with delicious apples of all varieties we invite you to come and join in apple scrumping with us at The Firs. Bring a bag and help us collect our windfall apples for you to take home. Great cookers, eaters and cider apples. Monday 8 October to Monday 5 November. Suggested donation of £2.50 a bag.
Craft your own bird feeder
Craft your own bird feeder using our apples for your garden or Local Park from the 6 September. Suggested donations £1.50 per feeder.
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? Friday 26 October to Monday 5 November from 11am to 4pm.
Make a pooter (bug-catcher)
If you are lucky enough to find some creepy crawlies in the garden why not make a pooter (bug catcher) so you can identify our wildlife. £2 per pooter kit to take home and catch those house spiders coming in for warmth. Friday 26 October to Monday 5 November from 11am to 4pm.
Compost and Wormery Talks
If you are still not creeped out join Dawne our gardener for wormery and compost talks, you can even get your hands dirty investigating and learning tips to make your own at home. Taking place Tuesday 30 October, Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Have you met the fantastic Mr Phoebus?
Mr Phoebus and his very unique Penny Farthing Experience has seen thousands of people ride his Iconic Machine of the Victorian era. Now he rides to The Firs Elgar’s Birthplace twice a month for you to give it a go!
On special days throughout the year Mr Phoebus brings a plethora of Penny farthings for you to get to grips with. Click here to see the dates.
Watch him climb to the top of ‘Carice’ his favourite farthing and show you just how a Victorian would do it before helping you master the technique. Will you take on the challenge?
This experience is truly for everyone and anyone 4 years old up with Penny Farthings of different sizes. He brings with him a whole wardrobe of outfits to get into the spirit, even specially designed top hat helmets.
So come along learn about these wonders of the past and give it a whirl.
Watch the birds
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.
David Birtwhistle’s art exhibition
David Birtwhistle’s art exhibition will be on display in the Visitor Centre, so we will be having lots more images of Worcestershire adorning the walls.
Fancy a cuppa?
Our tea-room will have a new menu to whet your appetite; the weather may still be warm enough for you to enjoy food and drinks outside in our courtyard seating area to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lower Broadheath.
Visit the inner sanctum of Edward Elgar’s study and explore what enabled him to write the music that would provide a soundtrack for much of the 20th Century. The personal affects that were the tools of a musical genius sit side by side with the finalised original manuscripts to some of the best-known and loved pieces in the English musical canon. All you need to write a symphony might just inspire you to take up a new creative outlet!
The Birthplace Cottage
Explore the origins of genius in the Birthplace cottage, where you’ll uncover the key early influences in Elgar’s life that went on to shape his personality and music – and what made this special place so special to him. Discover the creation of a museum and take in the story of how Elgar’s daughter, Carice, curated the objects that made up her father’s world to remember her father to the ages.
On your bike
If you prefer to get to The Firs ‘on your bike’ rather than by foot or car, we can provide cycle routes around the area and you can use our newly installed bike racks to park up. We have a special offer in the tea-room for cyclists to fuel your journey ahead. While you are there, you can see our latest addition our sunbeam bicycle suspended mid-air in the Visitor Centre alongside our brand new display on Elgar and his beloved cycling adventures.
Touring the Worcestershire countryside in search of inspiration might have taken a lot longer if it weren’t for Elgar’s trusty bicycle Mr Phoebus. Cycling up to 50 miles per day, friends who accompanied him would often recall how lengthy periods of silence on his part were sure-fire signs that his genius was in flow. The striking 1910 Sunbeam bicycle on display here, alongside original hand-marked cycle maps he used might put the modern casual cyclist to shame – but then again it might inspire you to take a ride for yourself.
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