As the leaves are beginning to fall of the trees, the Weekend Club got together for an Autumnal day in the Hidden Gardens and had a lovely time despite the changeable weather!

The event began with a delicious meal cooked and served by Weekend Club participants, with chefs cooking food from their home countries of Iraq, Pakistan, and Gambia. The group then split into two for tours of the gardens from members of the Hidden Gardens team, learning about seasonal plants and flowers, growing herbs, the history of the gardens and the tramway, and tasting and smelling herbs and edible flowers.

Following a short break for tea and cake, the adults and children were divided up for activities. As 10 participants and volunteers from refugee backgrounds had recently participated in walking and writing workshops as part of the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project, the adults gathered together for a sharing of the poems, songs, and pieces of writing created during the sessions. Meanwhile, the kids were entertained by a storyteller from the Village Storytelling Centre and our Weekend Club volunteers, sharing stories around the theme of Autumn and changing seasons and playing games.