October 2020

Mushrooms and Toadstools – A Fungi Foray

Fri 2 – Sun 4 October
£175 (Veranda room), £195 (Farmhouse room)
Dr Patrick Harding

In the woods, on the downs, and in the fields of north Wiltshire, over 100 different species of mushrooms and toadstools have been found on our previous weekend courses.

Fungi are neither plants, nor animals. Whatever you like to call them – mushrooms, toadstools, truffles, champignons, or bolets - they belong to the fungal kingdom. Britain boasts more than 4,000 different species, including those that are edible, poisonous, beautiful, bizarre, or just plain hallucinogenic!

On this weekend, we shall explore fungal habitats, learn how to identify the big, the bad, and the edible ones while discovering their innumerable medicinal and culinary uses; the latter tested by way of fantastic fry-ups.

All this and slide shows too!

Allow the miracles of mycelia and the fables of fungi both to instruct and delight you. They will and they do!

Patrick is the author of four books on fungi and a regular speaker, broadcaster, and tutor on the subject.

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Autumn Children’s Activity Day

Wed 28 October
10.00am – 3.00pm (please note earlier starting and finishing times)
£15 per child (Concessions £12)

For children aged 5 to 12 years. Outdoors and around the farm: meet the animals; enjoy arts and crafts; learn to cook over an open fire; and play, play, play in the big barn! Life is for learning and having fun at Lower Shaw Farm.

Please wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch.

Booking: This is a Children’s Project event. To book, please email , with children’s names, ages and parent/carer’s contact details. We will reply confirming, and giving details of how to pay.

Autumn Art and Craft Weekend For All

Fri 30 October – Sun 1 October
£175 • Child 2–21 yrs £90
Mary Maguire, Vicky Hirsch and Farm residents

As the season turns and nights draw in, we mark the change by getting together to spark our creative imaginations. We shall carve and hollow pumpkins and fill them with light; decorate small lanterns to shine brightly and drive away the darkness; make marzipan skeletons; experiment and play with drawing, painting, and print to produce mixed media artworks; and light fires and make fire sculptures to remind us of the sun.

A weekend for all ages to get together and be imaginative, and have fun, in autumn! This weekend begins on Friday evening and finishes after lunch on the Sunday.

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