Friday 2 April 2021

Horniman Museum and Gardens - April news from the Horniman


A young boy with a camera taking a photos of colourful flowers in the Horniman Gardens

Are you a wildlife hero or waste warrior? Join the Environment Champions Club, our free online club for people who want to tackle the climate and ecology emergency.
As a club member, you’ll have access to learning resources, information about climate and ecology, and inspiration for positive actions to help take care of our planet. There will be activities to do at home or in the local community – from gardening that supports bees, to cooking a meat-free meal.

The Environment Champions Club is open to everyone but aimed at families with children between six and 10.
Join the Environment Champions Club
Climate and Ecology at the Horniman

In January 2020 we announced our Climate and Ecology manifesto, setting out what we are doing as an organisation to tackle the climate breakdown.

Some of our actions include reusing 187,000 litres of water from the Aquarium in the Gardens, replacing single-use plastic with compostable vegware in our Café, and composting 97% of our Gardens waste.
Find out about our Climate and Ecology progress
A sculpture of a woman's head amongst a garden of purple flowers and green foliage
A wildlife haven in our Gardens

We are always working hard to support wildlife and pollinators to thrive in our Gardens.

Last year we created the award-winning Bee Garden which provides habitats and food sources for bees, we have planted 5,000 bulbs to supply food for early pollinators during late winter and early spring, and carefully maintain bat boxes, birdhouses and bug hotels on the Nature Trail.
We are now fundraising for a micro-forest adjacent to the busy South Circular road which will reduce noise pollution and be a fantastic habitat for wildlife. Find out more and support our London Road Tree Planting appeal.

The Gardens remain open for exercise and wellbeing from 7.15am (8am on Saturdays) until 7.20pm. The Animal Walk, Butterfly House and Museum remain closed.
A young boy in a blue shirt and shorts playing golf
Plonk Mini Golf
Open daily, Thursday 1 April – Sunday 18 April
Every Friday – Sunday from 23 April
10am – 5pm

Plonk Golf has reopened in the Horniman Gardens! Grab a golf club and challenge your family and friends to bonkers ball runs, loop the loops and heroic hills. Plonk’s Gerald the Crazy Golf Walrus will again take pride of place within the course!

Book Plonk Golf tickets in advance.
Three biscuits sold at the Horniman Cafe
Café Kiosks

The Café Kiosks in the Gardens are open for hot and cold drinks, delicious sandwiches and snacks as well as tasty crepes at the weekend.

Opening times are:
  • Bandstand Kiosk: Daily, 9am – 4pm (until 5pm on weekends). 
  • Crepe Kiosk (Cafe Terrace): Weekends only, 10am – 5pm.
Find out more about eating and drinking at the Horniman
Horniman Market
Horniman Market
Every Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Pick up essential food items including fresh fruit, veg and meat to take away from independent and local producers. Follow @HornimanMarket on Twitter for the latest updates on which stalls will be at the Market each week. 
Free entry
Find out about the Horniman Market
A close up of a white shrimp on a black background
A new shrimp species found at the Horniman

A new species of shrimp discovered in our Aquarium tanks has been named after the Horniman!

'Heteromysis hormani' is mainly used as a food source in our tanks, and can be seen zigzagging around in a figure of eight pattern.

Read about the shrimp discovery
A painting of Mary Anning, with brown hair covered by a bonnet, wearing a long blue overcoat and carrying a basket.
The legacy of Mary Anning 

Kate Winslet is starring in a new film 'Ammonite' which looks at the life and often ignored legacy of fossil hunter Mary Anning (1799 – 1847). Mary found numerous fossils of global importance, including the first complete skeleton of the dolphin-esque ichthyosaurs.

In a new blog, Deputy Keeper of Natural History, Dr Emma Nicholls delves into the legacy of Mary Anning and brings a couple of our ichthyosaur specimens to light.

Read about Mary Anning's legacy