Events at Sun Rising banner: view from inside a marquee out to a summer gathering.
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.

Dying Matters Awareness Week: a Chance to Talk

Saturday 18 May 2019, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

This is an informal event tied in with the national campaign led by charity Dying Matters.  The theme for this year is 'Are We Ready?'.  Come and share stories, ideas, fears and inspiration on the theme of death and dying, and what we can do to make the journey easier for all involved.

It will take place at Sun Rising, so keep an eye on the website Newsflash for updates if the weather looks inclement.

Everyone is welcome.  There'll be teas, coffee, cake, and a warm sense of support.

You may also like to know that there'll be a Dying Matters event at Lifeways in Stratford, 3.30 - 5.30 pm, on the same day.  This is will be a 'Death Cafe' led by Glynis Fletcher (, sharing conversation on the same themes.

Dying Matters Logo

Nature Surveying Days in April, June and August

Saturdays, 10 am - 4 pm
13 April,  22 June and 24 August 2019

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.

If you plan to come along, let us know, or keep an eye on the Newsflash on the front page for updates on the day.

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

Children's Memorial Day

Sunday 21 July 2019, 1 - 3 pm

This is an event aimed at all who have lost babies, children and grandchildren, whether recently or in the past.  There'll be a simple memorial gathering to acknowledge the loved one, followed by a shared picnic, where stories can be shared, amongst friends old and new, and support found and given. 

As the format of the day becomes clearer, we'll post more information here.  However, let us know if you’re interested in attending, or in being involved in creating the day.

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.