Acton Court
A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII

Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public from 2 July to 10 August 2014, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. There are a number of special events throughout the season; please check the website below for details.

Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224

Avon Wildlife Trust

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


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.


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

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

Hawk and Owl Trust South Gloucestershire Group

We have a very active nestbox team carrying out site and habitat surveys, nestbox manufacture, installation and monitoring. We have nearly 200 nestboxes in our area.
The South Glos group attends numerous school fetes, open days and conservation events through the year to help promote the work of the Trust and to encourage new membership.


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


Tel: 01454 294258


The RSPB website has lots of useful information, including an excellent A-Z guide to UK birds.


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

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge GL2 7BT

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Thursday 11th September 2014
South Gloucestershire Discover Festival 2014

South Gloucestershire’s biggest festival 11 September – 31 October 2014

Now in its third year, the Discover Festival is an exciting and diverse programme of events for young adults, adults and families to discover something new in South Gloucestershire. It is organised by South Gloucestershire Council, local residents, community groups and businesses. We want to show why South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work.

Discover 2013 featured 225 events and 8 exhibitions. Over 8000 people attended events which ranged from one to one advice sessions to large scale open days. 2013 saw a 25% increase in the numbers of events featured in the festival and a 33% increase in people attending from 2012.

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