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Events at Sun Rising


A number of events and activity days take place at the burial ground each year, designed to give families and the local community an opportunity to get involved. All are welcome to attend. Details are also posted on our noticeboard onsite.

The Friends of Sun Rising AGM and Nature Talk on Bees

Saturday 14 September 2019, 2 - 5 pm

This is the annual gathering of The Friends of Sun Rising held at Tysoe Village Hall.  It is an opportunity to hear updates on fundraising, events, plans and developments at Sun Rising more generally.  It is a chance to ask questions and share feedback.

There will also be a talk by the extraordinary ecologist, author, photographer and artist, Steven Falk. A freelance ecologist/natural historian, Steven specialises in insects and trees, but especially pollinators. He is one of Britain's leading bee experts, and author of the excellent Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland (2015). He has written a number of other books and many scientific papers. Steven was also the first ecologist for Coventry City Council and was the Senior Keeper, Natural History at Warwickshire Museum for 13 years. You can find out more here:

Steven's talk will provide a general account of Britain's 270'ish wild bees. Find out about the different sorts of bees, their life cycles and how you can encourage them. Some of his stunning artwork (much of it featuring bees) will be on sale on the day.

The day is open to all subscribing members of The Friends of Sun Rising.  If you've not subscribed yet, you can pay your £10 subscription on the door. Please let us know if you are coming, so we can ensure there's enough space and cake!

Carder Bee on Teasel at Sun Rising.

Planting Day

Saturday 19 October 2019, 11 am - 3 pm

As a nature reserve, we have a tough love policy when it comes to anything planted or sown by families on graves.  Only plants native to this area are acceptable, and that means no garden cultivars and imported plants.

To help families, every year we host a Planting Day.  This year we will have a good few thousand bulbs: native wild daffodils, snowdrops, English bluebells, for families to plant on and around loved one's graves.  We will also have a good number of perennials both for woodland and meadow graves: oxeye daisies, yarrow, red campion, wild basil, primroses and many more.  We should still have some of our own mix of wildflower seeds too.  Let us know if you'd like us to put aside anything for you.

You can bring your own tools or borrow ours.  We'll have topsoil, grit and knowhow to help you should you need it.

There'll be Friends of Sun Rising products on sale on the day too.  Come along for a lovely day out and plant something beautiful for next year!

Wild Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Armistice Day

Monday 11 November 2019, 10.45 for 11 am 

Each year we hold a short, traditional but non-religious event at the cairn, to acknowledge all who have died in conflict, near and far, in past and in recent times.  You are very welcome to attend.

War Memorial Cairn at Sun Rising

Volunteer Days

There are various opportunities to get involved through the autumn and winter, helping with the development and care of the nature reserve. These include bulb planting, tree planting, mulching young trees and clearing thistles.

If you’d be interested in volunteering, please let us know and we’ll keep you updated with plans.

Volunteer Group at Sun Rising

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

Sunday 15 December 2019, 11 am - 3 pm

Our Friends of Sun Rising pre-Christmas event is an opportunity to visit graves, share mulled wine and mince pies, have fun with our seasonal tombola, as well as buy honey, tea towels and other Sun Rising items as gifts for friends and family, while raising money for The Friends.

Christmas Prizes

Christmas Day

Wednesday 25 December 2019, 10 am - 12.30

Sun Rising is open every day of the year, and that includes 25 December. If the weather isn’t too bad, we’ll be here in the morning with hot coffee, mince pies, and support for those who find the day especially hard.

Mince Pies on the Fire Dish

Tapas and Quiz Night

Saturday 7 March 2020, 6 - 9.30 pm

With plenty of regular quiz questions, and some Sun Rising rounds as well, this will be a chance to show off your knowledge, with Sun Rising friends, old and new.

Tickets must be bought in advance.  It's £10 per person, to include a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic fizz and delicious tapas.  And there's a great prize for the winning team. Bring a team of four or join a team when you arrive.

It’s a fundraiser for The Friends of Sun Rising, so do come along. Get in touch with the office to secure your tickets.

Delicious Homemade Tapas

Open Day

Saturday 30 May 2020, 11 am - 4 pm

This is our annual Open Day, an opportunity to come and look around.  You can be taken on a tour of the site by one of the trustees, or sit down with Emma and go through ideas and options.  We are here to answer questions, helping you find peace of mind - whether you are considering Sun Rising for yourself or a loved one.

More information about the day will be posted here nearer the date.

Visitors at Sun Rising

Jazz in the Roundhouse

Saturday 4 July 2020, 2 am - 5 pm

This year we are thrilled to announce Alexandra's Washboard Trio, a jazz band who play hot jazz and swing, will be with us in early July.

This is a fundraiser for The Friends of Sun Rising.  Although the event is open to all, we depend on you coming along and spending money!  There'll be our wonderful tea tent, Friends products such as honey, homemade jam, tea towels and greetings cards, and of course our raffle and tombola.  Do come along and support the day.

More information will be posted here nearer the date.

Alexandra's Washboard Trio

Nature Surveying Days in April, June and August

April, June and August, to be confirmed

These days are opportunities for you to contribute to the recording of all the flora (and any fauna we happen upon) at Sun Rising.  A few specific areas are chosen, such as a hedgerow, a plantation of young trees, a section of wildflower meadow or grassland, and we do our best to identify and record everything we find.

It is always wonderful to have naturalists come along, bringing their own area of expertise, adding to the knowledge and resources we have at the nature reserve.  However, those with less knowledge are equally welcome: some enthusiasm to help and learn is always a delight.

Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly on a reed in the pond at Sun Rising.

Moth Night

Saturday 8 August 2020

This evening will comprise a short talk on moths in Tysoe Village Hall, followed by an night of trapping and identifying moths at Sun Rising with a team of expert moth-ers.   This is a chance to discover the hundreds of beautiful and amazing moths resident at the natural burial ground and nature reserve.

More information will be posted here as the date gets closer.

Pale Eggar Moth at Sun Rising