Barracks Lane Community Garden

A beautiful green space at the heart of a growing community

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A variety of different groups meet at the garden on a regular basis and welcome new members. Please contact the groups directly for further information, not the garden. If you can’t see the right group for you, why not start your own? We're always pleased to welcome new group bookings as well as bookings for one off events. Contact the co-ordinator at to discuss your ideas.

Chanting in the Cabin


Meet: Monthly - Fridays 7.30-9.30pm - see below for 2017 dates


Dates for 2017 :

Sept 29th
Oct 27th
Nov 24th

A mix of easy to follow songs & chants from various Indian traditions, all of which have different flavours - some more tuneful and uplifting and some more deep & grounding. Most have guitar or harmonium accompaniment, and sometimes other instruments show up as well. We also favour the non-pitch perfect experimental approach and spend some of the session just making the sounds that want to be made, with no structure or accompaniment, seeing where it wants to go. We also love to sit and absorb the echo for a while after making sound.

It's a great opportunity to relax, enjoy your voice and make sound without the pressure to get it right or be musically great. There are also many known health benefits and good reasons to do this, and it's also a lovely way to hang out with community.

Donations to good causes. We provide refreshments. No experience needed.

Contact: Josh: 07747 610539

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

Name It

Meet: Saturday evening from 6 - 9pm


Name  It young people’s project:  Meets Saturdays.  For young people 11 – 19 years old.  A chill out space open 6 – 9 pm.  Come along, share your ideas. More details from  Tel: 07763478011

Contact: Tel: 07763478011

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

Open garden with Quiltbag crafternoon


Meet: We meet 2-5pm usually the second Sunday of the month.


Quiltbag stands for

Queer/Questioning Undicided Intersex Lesbian Trans Bisexual Asexual/agender Gay

A crafternoon is a shared making and creative space

We seek to make a no pressure art and social space, where no one will police or question our identities

We bring some refreshments, a couple of games, yarn, drawing materials, colouring books and any other crafty things that take our fancy. Feel free to bring along your own snacks, art projects, games, or just yourself!

Entry is by donation – pay what you like to support the garden.

Dates for 2017:

Jan 15
Feb 12
March 12
April 16 
May 14
June 11
July 16 - Cancelled 
Aug 13
Sept 10
Oct 8
Nov 12
Dec 10

Contact: Email

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

Qigong for Health with Zoe - Saturday Morning Movement at the Garden

Meet: Saturday Morning - Free if you are 60 plus! / 22nd and 29th July / 5th and 19th August 10 - 10.45am


Would you like some gentle strengthening exercise on a Saturday morning in a relaxed setting, to help improve flexibility, mobilise and condition your joints, and improve balance and coordination? The calm movements of Qigong and Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi bring you into a healing state of relaxation and peacefulness, and help to develop your inner sense of your own body, supporting your health on all levels.  £8/£6 concessions, FREE if you are 60+. Suitable for beginners. Zoe Bicat is a qualified and insured teacher of Qigong and Tai Qigong Shibashi and a physical therapist..

Contact: Zoe Bicat 07954 371 368,

Drop In? Yes just turn up.

Saturday social gardening group for joy, health and wellbeing! Starts April 2017


Meet: Every Saturday from April 1st - end Sept 2017 11am - 4pm


Saturday social gardening group for joy, health and wellbeing!

 Barracks Lane Community Garden in OX4 East Oxford / Cowley
Come and join our friendly drop in gardening group with tasks suitable for all levels of physical mobility in our lovely community garden.  
Relax with coffee and papers in the morning in our warm indoor space for those wishing to be rather than do!
The group runs every Saturday 11am – 4pm from April 1st to Oct 2nd 2017.  Fully accessible.  All welcome.  Free.
For more information about the garden and directions visit

The group is suitable for all – whatever your experience or physical fitness or mobility. You can just turn up and you are welcome to come for all or just some of the time. Please wear suitable clothes and bring a packed lunch if you are staying for the day. Tea and coffee provided.

Contact: 07729 655543

Drop In? Yes just turn up.


Meet: Thursdays 10.30 - 12.30


Twiglets: outdoor group for kids and babies. We are a newly formed group who meet every Thursday morning 10.30-12.30 to enjoy being outside in the lovely  Garden. Parents, grandparents and carers can have a cup of tea and a chat while little ones explore the garden. Bring a picnic blanket and maybe some lunch. We aim to provide a friendly, relaxed way for everyone to spend some time outside Indoor space available for bad weather, but bring rain gear if showers are expected! £3 for first child, additional children £1 (we're run by volunteers, admission goes to hire garden, tea and a materials for occasional activities). Find us on Facebook (Group: Twiglets @ Barracks Lane) or contact Martha -

Drop In? Yes just turn up.


Would you like to host your own group at the Garden? Go to the Booking the Garden page for details.

Can’t see the right group for you? Why not start your own! Contact us to discuss your ideas.