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Located just two miles away from the city centre on Priory Road, Edgbaston, Martineau Gardens is one of the longest running Community Gardens in Birmingham. With two acres of woodland and formal gardens, individual and shared plots of land have been developed and utilised to produce fruit, vegetables and plants and provide a beautiful oasis for local wildlife.

With an orchard growing figs, mulberries, grapes and apples, a pottery studio managed by BITA Pathways, vegetable and herb beds, a nature trail, a formal garden with unusual trees and shrubs, a children’s play area, a hot house and wildflower meadows, it’s a tranquil setting to spend the day and learn more about horticulture and local wildlife in one of the hidden gems of Birmingham. The gardens and woodland are home (with SLINC status) to Pipistrelle bats, badgers and birds and many species of fungi, beehives (beekeeping courses are offered throughout the year), butterflies and moths.

Upcoming Events

The gardens are hosting numerous fund-raising events over the summer months for all the family to enjoy.

Summer Garden Party: 29th June

An evening of food, wine, live music from Wild Irish and a charity auction with Biddle and Webb Auctioneers to raise money for the gardens.

Tickets: £15.00 when purchased in advance, £20.00 on the door. For more information visit here: https://martineau-gardens.org.uk/event/gardenparty/

Mr Magnolia: 23rd July

Based on the book by Quentin Blake, guests are invited to bring along picnics, blanket and folding chairs and join Mr Magnolia in an open-air performance of his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre’s bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction.

Tickets: Advance tickets – £12.00 adult, £10.00 concession / child (aged 2 to 16 years), £38.00 Family (2 adults, 2 under 16’s, can only purchase in multiples of 4), Family plus 1 (2 adults and 3 under 16s, please purchase 1 x Family Ticket plus 1 child ticket = £46.00

On the gate tickets (subject to availability) – £15.00 adult, £12.00 concession/ child, no family ticket available.

Under 2’s are free.

For more information visit here: https://martineau-gardens.org.uk/event/mr-magnolia/

Comedy of Errors Open Air Theatre: 24th August

The Folksy’s Theatre returns, transforming the deck of the Pirate Shipwreck in the play area into an open-air stage for ‘Comedy of Errors’, Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identities.

Tickets: Advance tickets: – £12.00 adult, £10.00 concession / child (aged 2 to 16 years), £38.00 Family (2 adults, 2 under 16’s, can only purchase in multiples of 4), Family plus 1 (2 adults and 3 under 16s, please purchase 1 x Family Ticket plus 1 child ticket = £46.00

On the gate tickets (subject to availability) – £15.00 adult, £12.00 concession/ child, no family ticket available.

Under 2’s are free.

For more information, visit here: https://martineau-gardens.org.uk/event/comedyoferrors/

Useful Information When Planning Your Visit

Martineau Gardens is located on Priory Road is open all year from Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm, closing only for public holidays.

The gardens are a registered charity and receive no government funding. Entry is free, but donations are welcome.

There is no café on the site, but hot and cold drinks are served from the Pavilion for which a donation is appreciated. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic.

All buildings are accessible for wheelchair users.

Toilet facilities are available.

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