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Wildlife & Nature Event, Sun 13 Oct 2019

National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales


October 13th promises to be a fung-tastic day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ 8th annual Wales Fungus Day. A venue that knows how to put the fun into fungi, visitors will find a mix of science, fun, art and magic here that will appeal to anyone curious about the strange but fascinating kingdom of fungi. With a fab programme of talks and guided walks, visitors to Wales Fungus Day can pick up some handy basic identification techniques and find out what fungi you can eat – and what you really shouldn’t eat – and get tips about how to grow edible mushrooms on books, straw, logs and even old coffee beans.

There’ll be an array of trade and activity stalls in the Botanic Garden’s iconic Great Glasshouse, including woodworkers, crafters, and mushroom activities for all – which shouldn’t take up too ‘mushroom’ in the world’s largest single-span glasshouse! Outdoors, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a great place to come and look for wild fungi, and you’ll find all types of mushroom-friendly habitat here – woods, fields, lawns and flower beds. There’s even a meadow that has an internationally important collection of multi-coloured waxcap fungi. People concerned about the ash dieback fungal disease that is killing many of our Welsh ash trees can also find out the research Botanic Garden is taking part in to understand this devastating threat.

Younger visitors will love the fungi face painting, wooden toadstool making and fungi themed activities throughout the day. They’ll also have the chance to explore the fungi-rich Fairy Wood where they can look for signs of domestic fairy life and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village. Ballet lovers will also enjoy fairy and fungi inspired performances by Llangain Youth Ballet and there’s free Garden entry to anyone dressed as a fairy or elf to this magical day!

The event includes:
Guided walks and talks about fungi in meadows, flower beds, lawns and woods
Tony’s Table– a cornucopia of fresh fungal fruiting bodies
Fungi and fairy-inspired ballet with Llangain Youth Ballet
Find out what fungi you can eat, and what you really shouldn’t eat
Specialist walk to look at fungus causing ash dieback
Look for signs of fairies deep within our fungi-rich Fairy Wood and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village
Displays of fungi-inspired textiles, art and illustrations
Lots of fungi and fairy-inspired family activities
Stalls selling fairy and fungi bits and bobs

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 13 Oct 2019 10:00 to 16:00


Normal admission prices apply.


SA32 8HN



Plan route to National Botanic Garden of Wales using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 518177  Lat: 51.83881 Long: -4.15163

From Swansea:
Take the M4 west towards Carmarthen and Pont Abraham services. At the services take the A48 towards Carmarthen. Take the third exit at the Crosshands roundabout, remaining on the A48. After about 4 miles there is a slip road signposted B4310 to Nantgaredig. It has a brown leisure sign for National Botanic Garden of Wales. Follow the directions to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

From Carmarthen:
Take the A48 towards Swansea and the M4. After approximately 8 miles, take a slip road signposted B4310 (Nantgaredig). It has a brown leisure sign for the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Follow the directions to the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Carmarthen station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFee payable
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu