The Borders Fungus Group will lead four forays over the weekend, each lasting an hour, where you can learn all about fungi collecting and identification. Back at Etal Village Hall the finds will be displayed and there will be fungi related activities with quizzes and puzzles. On top of this there is an impressive crocheted mushroom house, standing at a little over three feet tall and complete with lights and a door. Children can open the door and peek inside to see what they can find, will there be fairies and gnomes?
There is no charge.
Self-guided fungi trail:
There will be two self-guided fungi trails, one around Etal Manor grounds, the other along the riverside walk at Etal. These are suitable for families, for people who would prefer to walk alone or for those who like to go at their own pace. The riverside walk is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies but some of the flagged fungi may not be visible from the path side.
Guided fungi walks
These walks are led by one of our fungi experts and last approximately one to two hours. There are two forays each day.
Morning foray start time 10.30am
Afternoon foray start time 1.30pm
The foray leader will introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. They will explain the important role they play in our lives and their significance to every plant and animal on the earth. The walks will either be in the grounds of Etal Manor, or along the riverside walk at Etal. The starting point of all walks is at the village hall.
Indoor activities at Etal Village Hall
Fungi themed tombola
All items on the tombola are fungi related from mushroom motif socks, salt and pepper sets, horrible fungi science kits, dried mushrooms , retro mushroom gifts, mushroom earrings, scarf’s and many more unusual fungi prizes.
Fungi finds display
All our finds throughout the weekend will be labelled and put on display showing spore print colours.
Medicinal uses for fungi
A selection of fungi showing alternative treatments for everyday ailments.
A selection of colouring in, quizzes and dot to dot fungi games.
Handmade fungi crafts
A wide range of fungi crafts using different materials from clay to scale models, crochet mushrooms, wooden carved mushroom, mushroom enamelled pin badges, felted fungi key rings, greeting cards, fungi fridge magnets, velvet mushrooms, mushroom bunting and much more. All profits from the sale of these items go to running the Borders Fungus Group and enable us to run free events like Etal Fungi Festival.
Display cases with clay to scale models of some of the more unusual fungi you can find.
The rainbow beneath our feet
An exhibition of wool and material dyed with mushrooms and lichens that have been collected ethically from the Ford & Etal Estate. The wool was also sourced from the estate. Mushrooms and Lichens have been used for thousands of years to dye wool, silk and cotton to colour our clothes also as pigments for painting. More detailed information available at the exhibition.
Refreshments and biscuits – available free for those who have attended one of the forays
A carpet of colourful crochet mushrooms on the lawns
If you have any queries about this event please email Sally, the secretary of the Borders Fungi Group: BFGcomms@outlook.com