There is a Calendar of events and activities at the Community Gardens on the current activities page of our website

You can drop into the Community Gardens at any point during our opening hours to have a look around and to buy our organic produce.   You don’t have to buy anything or be taking part in a specific activity to visit, you’re really welcome to come and look around, there’s always lots to see.  We have lots of outside seats if you want to bring a drink / food – it’s a really calm place to unwind.

We have volunteering sessions at several points during the week and various different activities, groups and seasonal workshops as well as bigger community events (when we can do these).

Current weekly activities include:

Volunteering sessions -Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday  All sessions are either 10-12 or 1-3      Phone us on 0115 9867777 to arrange your first session.

Cook and Eat sessions – Tuesday 10.30am – 12.30pm,   Come and learn some simple and healthy cooking skills with us, socialise and eat.  We have limited spaces so please call ahead if you are planning on joining us,  free sessions with donations welcome towards ingredients.

Kids Club – Thursdays 3.15 – 5pm, free after school sessions, contact the gardens to enquire about places.

ArtSpeak every Friday 10.30-12.00 social group for the over 60s, get together and create artwork inspired by the Gardens, free to attend.

Family sessions – Saturdays 10.30am – 1pm,    Join us each Saturday for our friendly family sessions; children and their parents / carers together can explore nature, gardening, the seasons and many things that the community gardens has to offer.  Free sessions for children and their families (adults must stay with children), no need to book, drop in.   Donations welcome towards refreshments and resources.

Other events, activities, workshops and drop in sessions: 

We run lots of different activities and events on site and also in the local community – details are on our Facebook page as well as in the latest news section of this website.

Latest News from the Gardens can be found on the blog page of our website on this link:   Latest News  

Family drumming sessions, Thursdays 23rd and 30th November, 10.30-11.30am.  Join the wonderful Jude for a lovely family session for pre school children full of drumming, singing and creativity. We are delighted to host a couple more of these sessions, it’s always a really lovely atmosphere. It’s free to attend

Winter wreath making sessions – We are running two sessions this year, Saturday December 2nd and another on Saturday December 9th, 1-3pm.   Join us for a wonderful festive creative and calm afternoon making your own winter hedgerow wreath to take home.  These sessions are always really lovely and such a great atmosphere. We’ll take you through the process of making a willow wreath base and will have lots of great gathered winter hedgerow foliage to use; everything is fully compostable afterwards (though your wreath base can be used again and again).   It’s £22 a place (£8 concessions), places can be booked by contacting the gardens or via eventbrite on these links:

Saturday December 2nd

Saturday December 9th

What’s On At The Gardens…

Find out more about some of the services that we offer.

Family Sessions

We have weekly family sessions running, Saturdays 10.30am – 1.00pm

Kid’s Club

Every Thursday we run Kid’s Club on the gardens, offering creative and physical play activities in a fun and friendly atmosphere for 5-13 year olds.

In the Garden Now

Autumn in the garden is a time of harvest, there’s lots of organic produce ready and we are always really busily harvesting things and storing things in different ways so that they can be used in the coming months (which includes making chutneys and various other preserves).  

Tandoor and Cob Oven

Our traditional tandoor oven is housed within our community built strawbale building. The tandoor is open for local people to come and make their breads each week.

We have also recently built a cob (clay) pizza oven and as well as using this for our own events it can be made available for private hire.

Venue Hire

Our lovely garden room as well as our community garden and polytunnel make a great alternative venue for meetings, training days, workshops or exercise classes.


Hundreds of people volunteer at AMC Gardens each year. We are run by a committee of management volunteers who are elected by our local members. As well as our regular gardening volunteers, we have publicity volunteers and events volunteers. From performing at shows, to running a raffle or feeding the hens, volunteers have a tremendous variety of roles.

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Opening Times

Summer (May to September)
Tuesday 12noon – 4pm
Wednesday 12noon – 6pm
Thursday 12noon – 4pm
Friday 12noon – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday, Monday and Bank holidays – Closed to public

Winter (October to April)
Tuesday – Friday 12noon – 4pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday, Monday and Bank holidays – Closed to public

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