- are the most visited garden in Wales – over 2.5 million visitors so far
- have been recognised as the most influential landscape scheme in Wales over the last 75 years by the Landscape Institute
- have been voted ‘No 1 Garden to Visit in Wales’ by BBC Gardeners’ World
- have been voted the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’, ‘Most Romantic Garden’, ‘Best Children’s Garden’ & ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ by the Western Mail
- have been voted ‘Visitors Favourite’ by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association
- have been awarded the 2016 Gold Accolade by Visit Wales
- Blue Tit
- Chiff Chaff
- Song Thrush
- Wood Pigeon
- Great Tit
- Nut Hatch
- Black Cap
- Pied Wagtail
- Greater Spotted woodpecker
- Coal Tit
- Mistle Thrush
- Herring Gull
- March Tit
- Red Kite
- Field Fare
- Long Tailed Tit
- Tree Creeper
- Bull Finch
- Willow Warbler
- House Sparrow
- Canada Geese
- Feral Pigeon
- Grey Heron
- Black Headed Gull
- Lesser Black Backed Gull
- Sparrow Hawk
- Greylag Goose
National Botanic Garden Carmarthenshire Discount Vouchers
We’ve got National Botanic Garden discount vouchers for all Old Oak Barn visitors.
Less than half an hour from Old Oak Barn you will find the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, one of Carmarthenshire county’s premier attractions and highly recommended for a very interesting day out. If you would like to visit we can give you this voucher which will get two adults in for only £11.
There are lots of wonderful events planned for 2018! If you would like us to post the Garden’s new events brochure for this Spring 2018 please ask and we will happily send one on.
One treat for little ones will be the planned Disney film “Jungle Book” at the open air cinema on Saturday 30 June! That date is already in my diary!
Click on this Map to see the exact location of the gardens.
Carmarthen Food Fair
The Food Fair is being held at The National Botanical Gardens of Wales today and tomorrow! With tasty treats and plenty to cheer up the long, cold month of January.
The event takes place in the stunning surrounds of Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse on January 20-21 and offers a mouth-watering array of delicious local produce – and entry to the Garden is just £4 per person.
Event organiser David Hardy said: “This is your chance to try and buy anything and everything from raw chocolate to rare breed meat, chilli sauce and cheese; special gin, Spanish tapas, muffins, marshmallows, fruit vinegars and faggots. And there will be plenty of fresh, warm Welsh cakes, too. What’s not to like?!”
While at The Gardens which are less than half an hour from Old Oak Barn you can also of course visit the lovely (and tropical!) Butterfly House which is a must-see, boasting as it does hundreds of exotic, rainforest butterflies from all over the world.
Gates open at 10am and close again at 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm). There’s no additional charge for the Food Fair and there is plenty of free parking for everyone.
Don’t forget: admission to the Garden is FREE on weekdays in January – perfect for a winter stroll in the wonderful Carmarthenshire countryside.
National Botanic Gardens Wales
These short clips of the National Botanic Gardens Wales near Carmarthenshire say it all! We really love the wonderful gardens which are less than half an hour from Old Oak Barn. Excellent value throughout the year, there is always something going on at weekends too. Admission prices can be found here.
Visitors always speak positively of the attraction and during the holidays there are extra events put on for children which are always popular. The recent upgrading of the playground has especially been appreciated and the Butterfly House too of course is a fantastic addition. Read some recent reviews here.
The big thing at the moment of course are the fabulous displays of snowdrops which are worth a visit this month. Next weekend is infact Snowdrop Weekend and it is expected that they will be at their best. However, here at Old Oak Barn we are now fully booked until 10 February when we do have a short weekend break available. If interested please contact me for more details.
National Botanic Gardens Wales
Situated less than 30 minutes from Old Oak Barn is Carmarthenshire’s pride and joy! We LOVE the gardens and visit often and there is always something new to enjoy. The Gardens of Wales as they are also known will amaze you not only because of the variety of plants to see but also because of the wonderful setting within the natural landscape. Open every day from 10 in the morning. The National Botanic Gardens of Wales are currently working on lots of new restoration projects – please see their website for more details.
Did you know that the National Botanic Gardens Wales :-
This year the needs of the very youngest visitors have been further met with the addition of a straw bale maze, improved play areas plus willow walks and magical woodland play areas. During holiday times there are always extra activities put on for children inside or out. Do take your little ones to the Gardens as they will love it there.
Garden of Wales
Only a short drive from Old Oak Barn, The National Botanic Gardens of Wales have some great events coming up this Autumn. The garden is both a visitor attraction and a centre for research and conservation. It has the world’s largest single-span glasshouse measuring 110m long by 60m wide designed by Lord Foster. Nearly all our visitors drop in for the afternoon or for longer. During this summer 2015 children have been treated to lots of extra activities. We think you too will enjoy a visit this Autumn. It is one of Carmarthenshire’s top attractions!
The programme for September at The Garden of Wales is as follows:-
Orchid Festival (the 5th and 6th);
World music ‘Month of Sundays’ (6th, 13th, 20th & 27th);
Chrysanthemum Weekend (12th and 13th);
Food Fair (September 19-20);
Over 50s Day – with Special VIP guest Esther Rantzen on the 25th;
MG car rally on the 27th;
Tuesday Tours of the Great Glasshouse (Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29).
Please visit their website for lots more information on what to expect. It is open nearly every single day of the year from 10.am. Just closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day infact!
Free entry to Gardens of Wales in January
This January the National Gardens of Wales are offering free entry during the week and charging only £2 at weekends. Why not visit this month to take advantage of this annual offer. There may not be an abundance of flowers as in the photo above but there is still a lot to see! In addition to free entry during the week there are 3 special weekends organised. The Gardens are only 20 minutes or so from Old Oak Barn and our visitors always rate them highly.
Saturday & Sunday January 10-11 – Antiques Weekend
Saturday & Sunday January 17-18 – Woodcraft Weekend
Saturday January 31: Snowdrop Day – talks and walks and buy-your-own snowdrop collection
February Events at The Gardens of Wales
Saturday February 14-Sunday February 22 – Going Flat Out for Pancakes at half-term
Cookery, pancake races plus lots more full-on half-term fun and games.
Sunday February 22 – Seed Swap Sunday
Bring along some seeds and swap them with fellow growers and take part in lots of talks and activities around the subject of ‘growing your own’.
Friday February 27 – Star Party
Come and join the Swansea Astronomical Society in the stunning surrounds of Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse for an evening of star-gazing. The SAS’s stellar experts will be giving talks, too, and helping you with any difficulties you are having with your telescopes at a series of special one-on-one clinics. 6pm-9pm.
The Gardens of Wales.
Situated only a short drive from Carmarthen and only 25 minutes from Old Oak Barn are the fabulous Gardens of Wales. We have vouchers which will enable one adult to get in free along with one fee paying adult. Well worth a visit at any time of the year. The photos below were all taken in August 2014.
Open every day except December 24 and 25 between 10 – 6 April – September and between 10 – 4 October – March there is always something going on at The Gardens. It rarely gets crowded and is a great day out for all ages.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales has declared Friday September 12, 2014, to be “Meet the Neighbours day”, which means free entry for anyone able to prove they live in the SA31 postcode area. This special ‘Postcode Day’ initiative includes key talks by Garden staff and behind-the-scenes tours.
Recent News September 2014
The first stage of a £6.7 million plan to restore historic Regency landscape at the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been given the green light.
What will be the biggest project in the Garden’s history aims to uncover the origins of Middleton Hall – the 568-acre estate that the Garden now occupies and to tell the story of more than 250 years of East India Company influence that shaped the landscape of this part of Wales.
It was announced in September) that the Garden has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with a pledge of more than £300,000 to develop its plans for the Regency Restoration project.
The scheme includes major archaeological work which will reveal the secrets of the estate from the time of Shakespeare and before, and see the restoration of the later Regency landscape that was one of the finest water parks in Britain. When completed, the Garden will once more feature the necklace of seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs created more than 200 years ago and again boast the Regency planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.
Birdlife at Old Oak Barn near Carmarthen
We had a detailed bird survey undertaken a few years ago with 45 different species counted over a 2 day period 31 march and 1 April. And this was before the majority of summer migrants had returned. That particular night 3 chiff chaffs arrived and were clearly heard singing and sounded very happy to be back in Wales.
Many visitors are overwhelmed by the sound made by the birds in March and April which echoes across the valley. We are so fortunate to have so many birds living nearby. The list above does not include many of the summer visitors for example swallows and house martins who make an appearance around the second or third week in April. Inside the barn we have a selection of bird books for you to borrow. For keen photographers we can hang extra bird feeders up in the copse beyond the barn so you can try your luck at photographing too!
Weekend breaks in Wales!
Carmarthen Showground has a busy timetable of events organised for the rest of this year and is only 10 minutes from Old Oak Barn where we can accommodate you for a weekend break if you need to stay conveniently nearby. Please phone us on 01994230716 or visit the availability calendar on our website Old Oak Barn for more information. Out of the summer season we can happily accept bookings for a minimum of 2 nights.
Recently detailed outline planning permission for a 100 bed Hotel on Showground land has been granted. With its close links to the A40, the location is ideal not only for anyone visitng the Showground, but for visitors using the M4 corridor to West Wales and Ireland. Carmarthen Show Ground
Above is a picture of part of the restored castle walls. The castle at Carmarthen, on its rocky eminence overlooking the River Twyi, dominated the medieval town. It was converted into a prison in the 18th and 19th centuries, and now the Council Offices stand within the walls. Worth a short visit if staying in the area or at Old Oak Barn itself.
Below we list the events planned at Carmarthen Show Ground but please double check with the Showground website nearer the time to check they are still going ahead at the stated time.
25.10.2013 – 27.10.2013
There is lots on at the Gardens of Wales this Autumn. We have space at Old Oak Barn for weekend breaks for most of these events and we highly recommend a visit to the Gardens which from October 1st are open from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
|Garden of Wales near Carmarthen|
Below are the main events up to Christmas 2013 planned for The Garden of Wales.
October 19-20: Apple Weekend – a harvest festival of everyone’s favourite fruit with amazing displays, fun and games plus chutney, cider, pork and other tasty titbits.
Sunday October 20: Hertford Voices. 35-strong choir from Hertfordshire with a classical/light mix repertoire. On the stage in the Great Glasshouse, 30-minute spots at 12, 1 and 2pm
Sunday October 27: Towy Valley Vintage Club Annual ‘Crankdown’ in Millennium Square
Wednesday October 30: Wacky Wednesday – lots of family fun
November 8: Swansea Astronomical Society Star Party 6pm-9pm
November 9-10: Gift Fair in the Great Glasshouse
Thursday December 5 – Schools’ Christmas Tree Decorating Competition
Sat-Sun December 7-8: Christmas Craft Fair in the Great Glasshouse PLUS Santa show at 11.30; 12.30; 2pm; 3pm
Sat-Sun December 14-15: Christmas Food Fair in the Great Glasshouse PLUS Santa shows at 11.30; 12.30; 2pm; 3pm