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.

Tapas and Quiz Night

Saturday 7 March 2020, 5.30 - 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. Come along and have fun!  Bring a team of four or join a team when you arrive.

There’ll be some fabulous prizes for the winning team, all donated by popular local eco companies such as Reyousable, Zero and Nothing but Footprints.

Tickets must be bought in advance.  It's £10 per person, to include a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic fizz and plenty of delicious tapas.  The quiz will be held at Tysoe Village Hall.

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

Delicious Homemade Tapas

Volunteer Days:

Saturday 29 February and Saturday 14 March

Each young sapling at Sun Rising will be given its own little ring of composted bark through the spring.  This helps to suppress competing grass and other competing plants around the base, and also helps to keep moisture in the soil around the roots. We'll be mulching all the saplings onsite, both memorial trees and structural plantings - so it's quite a task!

If you'd like to come along and help, let me know so we can keep you updated on plans.  Our volunteer days are rich with community spirit - a good chance to meet old friends and new.

Mulching Saplings at Sun Rising

Nature Survey Days

Saturday 18 April, Sunday 14 June and Saturday 1 August, 10 am - 4 pm

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.

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 Walks

Saturday 18 July, 11 am and 3 pm

This is an opportunity for you to come and join us on a gentle walk around the nature reserve.  You can learn more about the wild flowers that spring up on graves, about flowers in different areas of wildflower meadow and by the pond, about the various trees in the growing woodland and hedgerows, about the many beautiful grasses, bumblebees, birds and butterflies.

Bring a camera or binoculars, a sketchbook or just enthusiasm for the natural world!

The morning walk is repeated in the afternoon.  Each walk takes around two hours, but at a very gentle pace.


Moth Night with Peter Cranswick

Saturday 8 August 2020, 8 pm until very late

Peter Cranswick (of the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge), will be giving 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.

You must let us know in advance that you will be attending.  Everyone must come to the village hall to sign in.  The event starts at 8 pm, and you can stay as long as you like - the recording will continue through until dawn.

There'll be a small charge TBC.

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

Pale Eggar Moth at Sun Rising

The Friends of Sun Rising AGM and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Talk

Saturday 5 September 2020, 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.

After the AGM, there will be talk presented by a naturalist from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on Gardening for Wildlife.

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!

Planting Day

A Date (TBC) in October 2020

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: this will be listed here nearer the time.  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)