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Old Down Country Park

Set in 60 acres, Old Down Country Park is a fun day out for all the family. There is plenty to see and do, including taking a stroll around the farm and meeting the resident animals.
The park also boasts a Victorian Walled Garden, woodland walk, adventure playground, rockery and fishing lake.
Refreshments are available from the café with seasonal snacks and cakes prepared fresh every day. Next door to the café sits the farm shop stocked with a selection of locally sourced produce, toys and gifts.
Old Down Manor sits in the grounds of the country park and is available for private hire and weddings.

Foxholes Lane, Tockington BS32 4PG
Tel: 01454 414081
www.olddowncountrypark.co.uk
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Acton Court

Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
www.actoncourt.com
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Almondsbury Allotments

Hortham Farm, Hortham Lane, Almondsbury BS32 4JW
Tel: 01454 612451


Alveston Gardens Association

We meet in the Jubilee Hall, Alveston on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm. Each month there is a guest speaker to enlighten us on all manner of things "gardening". Visits are made to several lovely gardens/properties each year (both National Trust and privately owned) either as part of an extended trip or as day trips.
The club is managed by a Committee operating under a Constitution and is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and to the Gloucestershire Federation of Gardening Societies.
Anyone interested finding out more can contact the Secretary, Frank Wells:

Tel: 01454 415443
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Avon Wildlife Trust

The Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife.

www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk


Eastwood Gardeners' Club

Our meetings are in the Armstrong Hall on the second Tuesday of each month between 7pm and 9pm. We have a varied selection of speakers and also organise trips to gardens of interest during the year. If you would like to join the club, please contact either Jill Lowden on 01453 842235 or Ann Varney on 01454 260235. Membership for the year is only £12. You can also come along as a visitor to see if you would like to join - at a cost of only £1.50.


Filnore Allotments

Filnore Allotments show what can be achieved in transforming a field into productive food plots. Find us in the field behind Thornbury Leisure Centre near the skateboard park. Click below to find out more.

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Filnore Woods

Filnore Woods Community Woodland provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, gives people a wild place to visit, and provides opportunities for education. The woods are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find them, cross the field at the back of the Leisure Centre, the one with the skateboard park in it. The entrance is just beyond the new allotments. Click the link below to find out more.

filnorewoods.blogspot.com


Friends of Filnore Woods

Keeping Filnore Woods attractive for people and for wildlife needs a lot of work. Brambles, thistles and nettles are trying to take over the site and the grass needs cutting at least once a year to retain and promote the wildflowers. We rely on volunteers to do this valuable work. If you would like to get involved you can join the email list by emailing below or phone Jerry Dicker.

Tel: 01454 416945
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Friends of Park Farm Medieval Fishponds

The group has been created to conserve, monitor, maintain, promote and protect Thornbury's Medieval Fishponds. The aim is to preserve the site so that it continues to support a wide range of flora and fauna, and to ensure that the archaeological aspects of the site are protected. For more information, please contact Dave Rowley:

Tel: 01454 412941
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Ian McGuire - Wild Owl Educational Services

I am a very established local freelance owl conservationist and I work to educate the public about wild British owls and their conservation. I am well known for the public owl prowls that I conduct for South Glos Council every Autumn and also give talks to many community groups including schools, teaching local people of all ages about owls and their conservation.

Yate-based, covering all South Gloucestershire
Tel: 07770 684200
www.wildowl.co.uk
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Mumbleys Farmhouse Rural Courses

Mumbleys Farmhouse, Sweetwater Lane, Mumbleys, Thornbury BS35 3JY
Tel: 01454 415296
www.mumbleysfarmhouse.co.uk
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Olveston Young Farmers Club

We meet at Falfield Village Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm.

www.gloucestershireyfc.co.uk
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Raptorcare

Tel: 01454 294258
www.raptorcare.co.uk
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Severn Vale Smallholders Association

Meetings are held in the Stuart Room at the Chantry, Castle Street, Thornbury. See the calendar for details.

Tel: 01454 415286


Severnside Ramblers

We arrange walks each weekend as well as midweek evenings in the summer. The area and length of the walk varies greatly and members also arrange occasional weekends away.
We have regular social events such as skittles evenings, quiz nights, barbecues and the like, and there is always a Christmas dinner.
However, we are more than just a walking club. The Ramblers is a registered charity and one of its aims is to campaign to keep the footpath network open.
Please visit our website below for details of our walks.

www.severnside-ramblers.org.uk


St Mary's Almondsbury Church Walking Group

The Church Walking Group meets regularly at St. Mary's Olveston, at 9.30am on the second Tuesday. Some walks start at Olveston and others at nearby villages at 10am. Everyone is welcome to join in. We meet throughout the year, except July and August. Contact Dan Evans for details on 625313 or simply arrive at 9:30am!


Thornbury Allotment Association

Daggs Allotments at the top of the High Street are administered for the people of Thornbury by Thornbury Town Trust.
Thomas Dagg gave the field to Thornbury in 1546, so we tend what must be some of the oldest allotments in the country.
There are 120 allotments, and the Association has over 100 members. It organises social events, monthly newsletters, and an Allotment Shop.
Gillingstool Primary School's plot offers pupils the chance to grow and eat their own produce.
Membership costs just a couple of pounds a year, and brings many benefits. You don't need to be a plot holder to become a member. We have discounted seeds, competitive prices on gardening items, guest speakers and visits.
If you would like to become a member, or be added to the waiting list for a plot, contact Margaret Powell at the Town Trust by email below.

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Thornbury Community Composting

Situated in the car park at Thornbury Leisure Centre, this is manned on Saturday mornings, but open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Householders can deposit green waste, and collect compost - donations keep the site viable. Click below to read more...

www.mythornbury.co.uk/community_c...


Thornbury Community Garden

Thornbury Community garden is a place of comfort, solace and relaxation for any person to spend time in. It’s the perfect place for meet-ups, to have lunch in, to bring the kids to have a run around or to just go to take a look. The garden is usually open 7 days a week - with natural surroundings that are kept immaculate by volunteer workers.

Upper Bath Road, Thornbury
www.thornburycommunitygarden.org.uk
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Thornbury Geology Group

We are a section of Thornbury Museum and meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Chantry. We meet to exchange information about local and world wide geological topics and examine maps, rocks, minerals and fossils. No previous knowledge of geology is needed and beginners and experts alike are welcome.

Tel: 01454 416882
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Thornbury Horticultural Society

The oldest Horticultural Society in Thornbury was established in the 1830s by a group of gentlemen of the town 'to introduce a taste of gardening amongst the cottages...'. The Society is affiliated to the RHS, and membership entitles you to a discount at Thornbury Garden Shop and free entry to the Shows and Social Evenings. For more information please click below.

Tel: 0793 4560207
www.thornburyhorticulturalsociety...
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Thornbury in Bloom

We all enjoy the award-winning floral displays that brighten up Thornbury. Imaginative floral creations welcome us as we enter the town, and hanging baskets and tubs create colourful splashes throughout the town centre.
For this we have to thank Thornbury in Bloom - a group of volunteers who raise money each year to fund the displays, and work hard to plant up the various containers.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury_i...
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Thornbury Rambling Club

The Thornbury Rambling Club has been in existence for 37 years and is known for its friendly atmosphere and diverse activities.
Its objectives are:
- To bring enjoyment to its members through an appreciation and love of the countryside.
- To endeavour to preserve footpaths and means of access to the countryside.
Contact Mary Cowley on 0117 910 4974 for more information.

www.thornburyramblers.org.uk


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Wednesday 23rd April 2014
10am: Friends of Filnore Woods Work Morning
Thornbury Leisure Centre

To be arranged...

10am-12.30pm. We meet as usual at the field gate on the far side of the Leisure Centre car park.

Any questions, email or phone Jerry on 01454 416945.

filnorewoods.blogspot.com
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10am: Sale of Beansticks and Plant Stakes
Thornbury Leisure Centre

Sunday 13th and Wednesday 23rd April, 10am–12noon
Community Compost Site, Leisure Centre car park

Locally and sustainably produced.

filnorewoods.blogspot.com
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Friday 25th April 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Around the Castle
Mundy Playing Fields

Mundy Playing Fields, off Kington Lane, Thornbury BS35 2AR

A walk passing through the lovely countryside of north Thornbury. This walk includes the Medieval Ponds.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...

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Sunday 27th April 2014
5am: Dawn Chorus Walk
Thornbury Leisure Centre

5-7am. No charge. Bring your own coffee and snacks. Good weather guaranteed.

Greet the day with the birds as they sing and learn how to recognise their voices.

Meet on far side of Leisure Centre car park at 5am.

filnorewoods.blogspot.com
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Monday 28th April 2014
7.30pm: Friends of Filnore Woods AGM
The Swan, Thornbury

At this meeting in the upstairs function rooms we will tell you what has happened over the past year and talk about future plans. If there is any matter you think should be discussed, please let me know and it will be added to the agenda under Any Other Business. We will also elect the committee for the following year. The current officers are all prepared to continue in their current roles but if you wish to nominate someone else, or indeed yourself, please let me know prior to the meeting.

Alan Watts
Secretary Friends of Filnore Woods

filnorewoods.blogspot.com
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Thursday 1st May 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

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Friday 2nd May 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Alveston and Beyond

Outside The Ship Inn, Thornbury Rd, Alveston BS35 3LL
Parking available in pub car park.

This walk covers flat land, with occasional steep inclines/declines across surfaced and un-surfaced paths. Possibility of livestock in fields and will be muddy if it has recently rained. Refreshments and toilets available at pub after the walk.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...


Monday 5th May 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Gardens Association
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

Bristol's new Botanic Garden - with George Hargreaves

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

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Friday 9th May 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Community Woodlands
Mundy Playing Fields

Mundy Playing Fields, off Kington Lane, Thornbury BS35 2AR

A walk through Community Woodlands, heading across fields to Vilner Farm. An attractive, peaceful circuit with steep
inclines/declines. Refreshments available in the Leisure Centre café. May be muddy.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...

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7.30pm: Adam Henson: Life on the Land and in the Media
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury

Adam Henson from BBC1's Countryfile will be the opening event on the first Friday.

The countryside, his passion for rare breeds as well as working on television will all feature in Adam's absorbing illustrated talk.

Tickets: £20 (raised) £18 (flat) Reserved Seating

www.thornburyartsfestival.com

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Monday 12th May 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Almondsbury, Hortham and Rudgeway

The Swan Hotel, Gloucester Road, Almondsbury BS32 4AA
Please park in overflow car park.

A circular walk through Almondsbury, Hortham and Rudgeway incorporating fields, lanes, woodland, quiet residential
streets and a section of the A38. Please make use of the pub afterwards for refreshments and lunch.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...


Thursday 15th May 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>


Friday 16th May 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Tockington

Tockington Green, opposite The Swan Inn PH BS32 4NJ

This beautiful walk takes you through Elberton and Old Down.
The pub opens at 12noon so please make use of it afterwards for refreshments. Walk contains steep inclines and declines.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...


Friday 23rd May 2014
23rd-26th: Cider Festival
Wheatsheaf Inn

The 2014 Cider Festival will run over the weekend of 23rd~26th May, daily until 10pm.

A full list of ciders will appear nearer the time. In the meantime, click below to see last year's list, just to tease those tastebuds!

Call 01454 412356 for more details or click below.

www.wheatsheafthornbury.co.uk/cid...

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Friday 30th May 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Thornbury and Beyond
Thornbury Leisure Centre

Thornbury Leisure Centre car park, Alveston Hill BS35 3JB

This route explores countryside beyond the A38, taking in fields, sections of the Jubilee Way and stunning views of the area. Refreshments are available in Leisure Centre café. Will be muddy if it has recently rained.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...

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Monday 2nd June 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Gardens Association
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

Medicinal Herbs in the Garden - with Caroline Sheldrick

www.alveston.org/alveston/communi...

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Thursday 5th June 2014
9am: Thornbury Farmers Market
St Mary Centre

Farmers Markets are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month, 9am-1.30pm, and provide an opportunity to buy a great range of locally grown and prepared products.

Like your own stall? For more information, please contact Alan Cole, Centre Manager on 01454 888822.

www.stmarycentre.co.uk/market.php

More details >>


Friday 6th June 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Oldbury Powerstation
Thornbury Leisure Centre

Outside of The Anchor Inn, Oldbury on Severn BS35 1QA

A lovely walk from Oldbury village to the Power Station Nature Reserve through fields and country lanes. Food is served until 2pm in The Anchor so please make use of the facilities after the walk. Please park in farthest car park.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...

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Friday 13th June 2014
11am: Walking for Health: Alveston – Old Down

Outside The Ship Inn PH, Thornbury Rd, Alveston BS35 3LL
Parking available in pub car park.

A lovely countryside route which takes you from Alveston to Old Down via Lower Hazel. The Ship Inn is available for refreshments after the walk. May be muddy if it has recently rained.

The Walking for Health project provides a range of led group walks for people of all ages and walking abilities. Walking is a great way to increase your activity levels, taking part with a group can help you to feel safer and allow you to explore areas you may not feel confident to do so on your own.

www.southglos.gov.uk/walkingforhe...


Sunday 15th June 2014
10am: Classic Car Show
Berkeley Castle

10am–4.30pm, Berkeley Castle Meadow, Berkeley GL13 9BQ

The Classic Car Show at Berkeley has now been running for over 15 years and has gone from strength to strength. The event started as an antique and collectors fair, with only a few classic cars and it has now grown into one of the largest Classic Car shows in the area with hundreds of Classic Cars on display.

In addition to the Classic Cars there are also Club Displays, Trade Stands, Auto Jumble, Classic Cars for Sale and the Antique and Collectors Fair.

Tickets are available on the gate for £6 (children under 16 are FREE, when accompanied by an adult), £5 OAPs.

For more information about the show contact Rafael Fairs on 01454 202638 or by clicking below.

www.berkeleyclassiccarshow.com
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