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Being Fungal (UK Fungus Day)

7th Oct 2023

Join artist and fungus enthusiast Jane Lawson for a day learning about and celebrating all things fungi!

Event Details
Stanley Bank Wood, Saint Helens, UK
  • Interactive,
  • Free

This event is now sold out but we encourage you to book onto the waiting list, and you will know by Friday whether a place has become available. Can't make it? How about a two films about fungi at Lucem House on Thursday 5th October instead?

Join artist and fungus enthusiast Jane Lawson for a day learning about and celebrating all things fungi! You will be brought into close contact with fungi in a variety of ways: through sight, touch, smell and taste.

On UK Fungus Day, the annual celebration of our fungal world, we invite you to delve deeper and learn more about the fungi found in our local green spaces. Jane will take you through a process of Being Fungal, at one of the North West Fungus Groups’ most popular mushroom spots.

Weather permitting, we’ll spend the morning outside interacting with nature. We encourage you to dress for all weathers, but if it gets too wet, we’ll head inside the Visitor Centre.


Arrival and introductions

Please make sure that you arrive on time, with appropriate clothing and footwear (we'll remind you a couple of days before the event).

Fungal Foray with Tom Ferguson
11am - 1pm

A guided outdoor walk with park ranger and fungus expert Tom Ferguson. There will be two routes available: one route that is suitable for people with limited mobility, and another that will be over uneven ground.

1pm - 2pm

For our mushroom-based lunch, we’ll head into the visitor centre, where we’ll remain for the rest of the afternoon.

Being Fungal: experience the lifecycle of a mushroom from spore to spore
2pm - 3pm

A game exploring the life cycle of a mushroom.

What's it like to Be Fungal?
3pm - 5pm

We'll make a collective zine about the day; each participant will get one to take home.

This event is aimed at adults.

Part of A Sense of Green.


We aim to create safe, welcoming and accessible spaces for all.

Access information for Stanley Bank Wood:

  • Nearest car park and accessible toilets at Sankey Valley Park Heritage Centre

  • Mostly level, well surfaced paths

  • Nearest train stations are St Helens Central and Garswood

About the artist

Jane Lawson

In partnership with