Family Activity Programme

Girl plantingGardens’ 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 four exciting and educational themes to choose from:

  • Brilliant Birds
  • Tremendous Trees
  • Bugs and Beasties
  • Amazing Plants!

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. There 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

There are many different events that are run through the year aimed at families and more details can be found on our Events Pages.