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Our ‘Bee at Threave!’ event is centred on bees and their importance to our ecosystem. Come along to this exciting programme of events with lots to see and do. Please note: All events will take place at Threave Garden, unless stated otherwise
Saturday 20 May – 3pm to 7pm. Grand Opening:
Music by the Vintage Ensemble, plant fashion show, Bee in Your Bonnet competition, cooking demonstrations, view inside a bee hive, bee trails, children’s activities, refreshments.
Sunday 21 May to Saturday 3 June – 10am to 5pm daily. NTS admission prices apply. Bee things to see and do every day:
Bee sculptures along the drive, bee and honey related food and products in the gift shop and cafes, giant bee grown from plants, bee trails, bee hotel, children’s activities, bee’s eye video flight around the garden, meet the beekeeper (limited time each day). Terrace Café and Stables Café will be open every day serving delicious soups, snacks, scones and cakes.
On these dates – 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 May; 1, 2 June – Meet the Beekeeper 1.30pm to 3.30pm
And on these dates – 21, 27, 28 May – Meet the Beekeeper 10am to 5pm
Plus, on specific days as well, here are more activities
Sunday 21 May: Bumble Bee Walk and Talk (additional charge)
Photography Workshop 1.30pm to 4pm (additional charge). Bring camera or smart phone.
Sow a bee-friendly wild meadow (additional charge)
Wednesday 24 May: Bee Wild at Threave Nature Reserve 2pm to 3.30pm (additional charge)
Friday 26 May: 7pm talk: ‘Sex in the flowerbed – a bee’s eye view’. Exploring the fascinating close-up details of plants, with Heather Marion Russell, award-winning garden designer and Hardy Plant expert with her own much admired garden in Northumberland. Tickets £7.50 including wine. Booking essential.
Sunday 28 May: Grand Plant Sale (Dumfries and Galloway Nurseries Association) 11am to 4pm
Bee Garden Walks (additional charge)
Monday 29 May: Sow a bee-friendly wild meadow (additional charge)
Bee Wild at Threave Nature Reserve 2pm to 3.30pm (additional charge)
Thursday 1 June: Sow a bee-friendly wild meadow (additional charge) 7pm. Special live poetry performance: Bee poetic with Jacob Polley, winner of the 2017 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. Jacob will read from ‘Jackself’, his award-winning collection, and from his other works. Meet the author. Book signings. Tickets £7.50 including wine. Booking essential.
Sunday 4 June: Grand Finale – free admission day, supported by Castle Douglas Development Forum
Children’s’ play activities, merry go round, craft sessions, food tasting, Scottish Dancing, amazing site specific performance about pollination by ‘Oceanallover’, Scottish Opera Truck.