Events

Special Events at the Grant Arms Hotel

Evening Talk: Freshwater Fishes of Britain by Jack PerksEvening Talk: Freshwater Fishes of Britain by Jack Perks

Jack is a wildlife photographer and cameraman working on various shows like Springwatch, Countryfile & The One Show56 species swim below our water but how many can you name? This talk goes through the species in detail with underwater photography and video.

26th November 2018

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Evening Talk: Put Away that 500mm by Jack PerksEvening Talk: Put Away that 500mm by Jack Perks

Jack is a wildlife photographer and cameraman working on various shows like Springwatch, Countryfile & The One Show. One of my trademark techniques is using wide angle lens to capture all kinds of wildlife from birds, mammals and reptiles showing you don't always need a long lens to get the shot just patience, field craft and luck!

29th November 2018

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Evening Talk: Birds & Wildlife in Costa Rica by Sarah SankeyEvening Talk: Birds & Wildlife in Costa Rica by Sarah Sankey

Sarah Sankey of Orcadian Wildlife talks about the colourful birds and wildlife of the wetlands and volcanic highlands of Costa Rica. From the Pacific coast to Volcan Arenal, birds featured will include the unique resplendent quetzal, sun bittern and hummingbirds; whilst the animals range from several species of monkeys to sloths and multi-coloured frogs! Orcadian Wildlife tours Costa Rica in April 2019 and expects to see 300 species of birds!

23rd December 2018

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Evening Talk: Talons and Eyes by Steve MagennisEvening Talk: Talons and Eyes by Steve Magennis

An entertaining and informative audio-visual evening talk by Steve Magennis. Steve, a professional wildlife photographer introduces you through his images and through sound to some of the stunning and powerful Birds of Prey and Owls that can been seen in the UK. From the strength and splendour of the Golden Eagle to the small, comical Little Owl, Steve will explore something of their lives and habits.

24th December 2018

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Evening Talk: Snow Creatures - Filming with Northern Wildlife by Nigel MarvenEvening Talk: Snow Creatures - Filming with Northern Wildlife by Nigel Marven

In this talk, TV wildlife producer, film-maker and presenter Nigel Marven, will tell us about some of his filming adventures in snow and ice at both poles. How do walrus, polar bears, albatross and penguins spend the Festive season?

25th December 2018

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Evening Talk: The Falkland Islands by Steve SankeyEvening Talk: The Falkland Islands by Steve Sankey

Steve Sankey of Orcadian Wildlife shares the penguins, elephant seals and diddle-dee of the Falkland Islands with you. Johnny Rook will also feature, as will many islands full of natural and military history. You can also expect five species of penguins, an orca kill, and island life not dissimilar to Orkney! Orcadian Wildlife tours the Falkland Islands in December 2019 and will visit five different islands with a focus on black-browed albatross and penguins.

26th December 2018

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Evening Talk: Wildlife Through My Lens by Steve MagennisEvening Talk: Wildlife Through My Lens by Steve Magennis

An entertaining and informative audio-visual evening talk by Steve Magennis. ‘Wildlife through my Lens’ explores Steve’s personal journey in the world of photography, and shares with you the images he so enjoys capturing. Showing a variety of mammals and birds, this engaging talk throws some light on how Steve captures the images he does, where he likes to spend the time with his camera and what Steve is looking for when he points and shoots his camera.

27th December 2018

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Evening Talk: Painting Demonstration by Chris RoseEvening Talk: Painting Demonstration by Chris Rose

Tonight, internationally renowned Wildlife Artist Chris Rose will give a painting demonstration, where he will attempt to paint an entire  picture from start to finish in the space of an hour and a half. It will be a white-knuckle ride for him but should be a lot of fun for you!.  At the end, the picture will be auctioned off to the audience with the money from the highest bidder going to a charity of their choice.

28th December 2018

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Evening Talk: The Witness was a Fly - How Animals and Plants help solve Murders and Crimes by Nigel MarvenEvening Talk: The Witness was a Fly - How Animals and Plants help solve Murders and Crimes by Nigel Marven

Animals and plants can help the police in many fascinating ways. In this talk by TV wildlife producer, film-maker and presenter Nigel Marven, we'll see how flies and wasps gave the exact time of a murder. How diatoms, wood chips and pollen linked villains to the scene of their crime. How dogs are trained to sniff out arson, and we'll meet drug busting pot-bellied pigs and find out how flies trapped a murderer in Ancient China.

29th December 2018

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Evening Talk: Trinidad and Tobago - Home of the Hummingbird by Ashley GroveEvening Talk: Trinidad and Tobago - Home of the Hummingbird by Ashley Grove

Hummingbirds have always fascinated me and my dream to one-day photograph them finally came true in November 2013.  This lecture gives you not only some lovely images of these little jewels, but some fascinating facts about some of the smallest birds in the world.  Besides the Hummingbirds, Trinidad & Tobago has some wonderfully colourful bird life and also plays host to some of the birds we watch in disbelief on the TV documentaries, like the Bell Bird, Oilbirds and Manikins.  This lecture has plenty of great images from Honeycreepers at the famous Asa Wright Centre in Trinidad, to the majestic Tropic Birds of Little Tobago Island. If you have been thinking of visiting, this talk may just make up your mind to book your trip.  The lecture also includes film with sound of some species, so a very entertaining show.

30th December 2018

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Evening Talk: Stop… and take a moment. Nature is the finest Wellbeing tonic! by Wendy Palmer-GroveEvening Talk: Stop… and take a moment. Nature is the finest Wellbeing tonic! by Wendy Palmer-Grove

At one of the busiest and often most fraught festive times of the year, Wendy will be taking things back to basics and exploring the reasons why nature is the best antidote to our fast paced and often stressful lives. 

We will dip our toes into why and how outdoor hobbies, such as Birdwatching can help maintain healthy minds and improve our overall wellbeing. Plus a snap shot from decades of research proving why being with trees makes us feel so good…no tree hugging required!

1st January 2019

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VALENTINES BREAK Mon 11th - Fri 15th February 2019

Celebrate Valentines by treating your loved one to a wildlife filled break and a romantic dinner.  Includes a progranmme of walks and trips with local wildlife guides and our Guest Speaker.  From £356pp DB&B for 4 nights


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