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Family Activity Programme

Gardens' Explorer Family Backpacks

Available to hire from the Gardens' Main Reception desk every day during opening hours, these are a series of fun family activity backpacks. Each backpack is bursting with creative activities and resources to help families to explore the Gardens and are suitable for all ages (younger ones will need adult help).

There are three exciting and educational themes to choose from:

Brilliant Birds

Tremendous Trees

Bugs and Beasties

Backpacks contain an activity sheet, an answer sheet for parents/guardians, clipboard, colouring pencils and depending on the theme of your backpack, a magnifying glass, binoculars, tape measure, ID sheet or bug pot.

Hiring a backpack is easy and costs just £2 to hire (plus £8 refundable deposit). Just ask at Reception when you arrive, which themes are currently available and choose the one you want. Each activity backpack can take up to 90 minutes to complete and aims to help families to get more of their visit.

Children's Trails

Fun and educational children's trails costing just £1.50 each. The trails are suitable for all ages (younger children will need help reading the question sheet from an adult) and will help to make your visit to the Gardens extra special.

Theer are many different trails to choose from including:

Magical Plants

Plant Record Breakers

Marvellous Medicine

Brilliant Butterflies

Beautiful Birds

Dangerous Plants

Fabulous Food

Family Events at the Gardens

Girl planting

There are many different events that are run through the year aimed at families, inlcuding:

Christmas Grotto Nov 23rd to 22nd December 2013 (every Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 2pm)

Easter Funday Sun April 20th 2014

Teddy Bear's Picnic Weds August 27th 2014

Halloween Funday Thurs October 30th 2014

Some of our family events allow children under 16 years old to be admitted to the Gardens for FREE and more details can be found on our Events Pages.


Special Events