National Arboretum Canberra


Everyone invited to Cork Oak Centenary Celebration on Sunday 12 November

The Cork oak forest at the National Arboretum Canberra is turning 100 this year and everyone is invited to come and celebrate on Sunday 12 November 2017 from 11am to 3pm.

The fun-filled day will include demonstrations of cork stripping, music and singing, art and craft, Mediterranean dancing, story-telling, public talks, free guided walks and family activities. A variety of food vans and stalls will be on site providing gourmet BBQ, nachos, pizza, wine, French crepes, coffee, drinks and gelati.

This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the Cork oak forest and learn more about the history of cork and how it's harvested and used.

A wide range of activities will keep you entertained throughout the day, including:

  • make your own swaggie hat with hanging corks (bring your own hat)
  • create your own cork acorn creature
  • story-telling by Fay Maddison 'Fairies in the Forest'
  • ribbon twirling
  • follow the Cork oak Discovery Trail
  • guided walks by the Friends of the National Arboretum
  • walking trails through the forests
  • special talks by those involved in the Arboretum, including Eric the bee man.

Free parking will be available in the overflow car park and a free shuttle bus will run between the Village Centre and the Cork oaks.

The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Pod Playground, the Village Centre, Sprout Cafe, Conservatory Restaurant and the Curatoreum gift shop will also be open. For more information, call 02 6207 8484.

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