Sunday October 26: Wedding Fair free make-up and hair demos, free magazine, goody bag and catwalk shows. Everything you need for your Big Day

Saturday October 25 to Sunday 2nd November. Every day from 12-4pm during the autumn half term, we’ve got a fun-packed programme of family activities. For the first five days, we’re running a Bonkers Conkers competition in our Theatr Botanica. How many conkers can your conker smash to bits (you can bring your own or we’ll give you one)? From Thursday 30th October to the following Sunday, we invite you to have fun with pumpkins PLUS – make something lovely from a scavenger hunt around the Garden.

On Sunday 26th October, you’ll also get the chance to enjoy the wonderful Meirion Owen’s Quack Pack on Millennium Lawn.

Sunday November 2: Late Chrysanthemum Show – for one day only . . . in the Great Glasshouse Tuesday November 4: Song of the Golden Hare and other paintings – popular Pembrokeshire-based children’s illustrator, writer  and author Jackie Morris return to the Garden’s Galley with a fabulously festive exhibition with wonderful imagery from your favourite storybooks, old and new (until January 13)

Saturday and Sunday November 8-9: Christmas Gift Fair – come and find the perfect present for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life, in the stunning surrounds of Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse.

Sunday November 23: Their Light Still Shines celebrate the life of someone special to you, and enjoy readings, music and carols, from 2.30pm

Friday 28th November from 6.30pm – 9.pm. Swansea Astronomical Society will be hosting a Star Party. Given clear skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Moon and many other fascinating stellar objects will be on display. This will take place outside the Great Glasshouse and inside there will be two talks, All about Rosetta (and other comets) which will tell you all about Comets and Asteroids and give you the latest information on how the lander craft Philae is getting on, and maybe some spectacular photos. Access via the Corporate back entrance, admission £3 adults, under 16s free. Refreshments available.

Saturday and Sunday December 13-14 Christmas Craft Fair – the best local crafts might just make the perfect gift PLUS the Garden’s very special Santa Show (call 01558 667149 to book tickets)

Saturday and Sunday December 20-21 Christmas Food Fair – a veritable feast of the best festive food and drink from local producers who just love to please. PLUS the Garden’s very special Santa Show (call 01558 667149 to book tickets)

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is closed Christmas Eve and  Christmas Day. We’ll be open again from 10am to 4pm on Boxing Day should you need a post-turkey trundle to cast off the Crimble cobwebs. There is FREE admission to the Garden throughout January – except for the three ‘event’ weekends which are:

Saturday & Sunday January 10-11 – Antiques Weekend Saturday & Sunday January 17-18 – Woodcraft Weekend

Saturday & Sunday January 24-25 – Food Fair 

Saturday January 31: Snowdrop Day – talks and walks and buy-your-own snowdrop collection