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



Given ongoing uncertainty, we have made the decision to cancel most of our events for the rest of this year.  The AGM of The Friends of Sun Rising will be an online event.  Planting Days (October) and Tree Planting (November/December) will go ahead, with appropriate social distancing, according to the situation at the time.  For more information, see below.  Please get in touch if you have any queries.

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.

The Friends of Sun Rising AGM

Saturday 5 September 2020, 2 pm

This is the annual gathering of The Friends of Sun Rising, usually held at Tysoe Village Hall.  Because of the pandemic, we feel it would not be possible to continue as a physical gathering in the hall, but we shall be presenting the AGM using ZOOM technology. If you're on our mailing list, you'll be sent information in good time, to enable you to get involved.

The AGM is an opportunity to hear updates on fundraising and events, together with plans and developments at Sun Rising more generally.  We hope the technology will also allow you to ask questions and share feedback.

The event is open to all subscribing members of The Friends of Sun Rising.  If you've not subscribed yet, we'll guide you as to how to pay your subscription beforehand.

After the AGM, there was to be talk presented by a naturalist from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on Gardening for Wildlife. Sadly this has been cancelled.

Planting Weekend

17 - 18 October 2020, 11 am - 4 pm

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 day or two when we provide all that is needed.  This year we hope to 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.  You can bring your own tools or borrow ours.  We'll have topsoil, grit and knowhow to help you should you need it.

If at all possible, the event will go ahead this year.  However, in order to maintain social distancing to keep you all safe, it will be necessary to let us know you are coming and book a slot.  This will mean not too many families are onsite at the same time.  If you're on our mailing list, you'll be invited to attend.  If you aren't on the list, do get in touch.  And don't worry, it need not be first-come first-serve: you will have the opportunity to reserve bulbs, plants or seeds beforehand, so they are ready for you on the day.

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)

Nature Survey Days

This year's dates are now CANCELLED - but let us know if you see anything interested when you're visiting!

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.

Nature Walks

This year's walks now CANCELLED - We are looking at the possibility of an online Tour

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.


Open Day

This year's date now CANCELLED - Please let us know if you'd like us to send you information or talk through ideas

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

Sadly now CANCELLED - we do hope to book the band for another year though.

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

Moth Night with Peter Cranswick

This date now CANCELLED - but we will reschedule for 2021.

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.

Pale Eggar Moth at Sun Rising