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.

What interesting lichen can you find?
Boy looking at lichen
What interesting lichen can you find?

Wormery

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.  

Making our wormery
The Firs Dawne and Ken in the Wormery
Making our wormery

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.

Lovely decorations using wool and twigs
Gods Eye Crafting
Lovely decorations using wool and twigs

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.

Pressing tasty apples into juice
Apple Pressing
Pressing tasty apples into juice

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.

Play a tune on Elgar's Piano
Little Girl playing piano
Play a tune on Elgar's Piano

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. 

 

Bird Spotting

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. 

Feed the birds
spotted woodpecker on a bird feeder
Feed the birds

Take a walk

Explore the surrounding walks around Lower Broadheath where you might catch a glimpse of autumn wildlife along your route. . 

Elgar country views
photo of countryside around the Elgar birthplace
Elgar country views

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?   

Sound Garden Conch
Sound Garden Conch
Sound Garden Conch

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. 

Sound Garden by mural
Sound Garden by mural
Sound Garden by mural

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 

Sound garden music maker
Sound garden music maker
Sound garden music maker