Special Events for Schools




New and exciting! The Botanical Gardens has organised two special days of rainforest storytelling aimed at Primary Schools.

Jump in the canoe, hold the oar and travel with storyteller Ana Maria Lines deep into the rainforest.  Ana will lead you in to a magical adventure down the Amazon River from Brazil through to Colombia. Along the way, every flower, bird and fish will have a story to tell.


Friday 5th December is offered to Years 1 to 3, whilst Friday 12th December is offered to Years 4 to 6. Sessions are offered at timed slots for a maximum of 30 pupils each time:

10:15am to 11am, 11:15am to 12pm , 12:30pm to 1:15pm or 1:30pm to 2:15pm.

Sessions will take the form of the delivery of multicultural stories and songs from the rainforest, blended with music and dance to engage the audience. Join us for this unique and magical imaginative journey in to the mysteries of the rainforest.

The price for a session on either of the two dates costs just £62.50 for a maximum of 30 pupils. Entry fees to the Gardens apply in addition and you can choose to lead the rest of the day yourself at our self-guided school rate, or why not add a teaching session led by one of the Gardens’ Education Officers for a little bit extra?  All our prices and teaching session options are found on-line at http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/education/education-for-schools.


Telephone icon  Call us today to make your booking or to find out more on 0121 450 5093 or email us.

The closing date for bookings for this special event is Monday 3rd November.


Ana Lines is a Brazilian professional storyteller of many years who has performed in England, Italy, Scotland,11 Ana (2) Ireland and Brazil. Here are some quotes about Ana’s work from past schools that she has worked with:

“The workshop supported positive attitudes towards literacy, interactive way to learn, speaking and listening skills.”

“Children really engaged through whole session – listening to stories, taking part and carrying out group activities.”

“Very enjoyable. Appealed to all learning styles. Children were enthralled and well motivated. “

“Delivered in an entertaining and informative way.”

“The workshop was interactive . The children were fully engaged and enjoyed the experience.”

“ Very enjoyable . All children were engaged and responded well.”

“A delightful session.”

“It was lovely to see the children all engaged. There was so much language work and it was so interactive.”

“Children enjoyed the stories, songs and dancing. Ana kept their attention all the time.”

“Fantastic storyteller! Very engaging for children. Lots of opportunities to interact and perform and practise their own storytelling skills. Children really enjoyed it.”