We want to offer more to families as part of a National Trust campaign called 50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 3/4 – which aims to reconnect today’s high-tech youngsters with the great outdoors.
Gardener Katie Croft is leading the effort for us at Bodnant Garden and has been organising a programme of school holiday activities which will help children and their parents get the most out of their visit…and hopefully inspire a new generation of nature-lovers.
Katie says: “We had a really fun Half Term at Bodnant. Lots of families enjoyed exploring the garden and helping the gardeners – we got lots of weeding done which was a bonus!
“More than 500 mud pies were made and they were stunning too, really creative. This activity seemed as popular with the grown-ups as the children, as did the croquet on the lawn.
“Lots of people hunted for bugs and bees and made flower kebabs and played Pooh Sticks in The Dell. The whole week went down really well with families and everyone had a great time.”
And if you don’t believe it, here are some of the pictures to prove it!
More fun than you can shake a Pooh Stick at…bug hunting, mud pie making, lawn games, pond dipping, helping the gardeners and plant hunting were just some of the things to do this Half Term. One activity that didn’t feature highly was puddle jumping – after a wet start, the sun shone on our events.
Our next family event is a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, to celebrate National Picnic Week – bring your picnics and teddies and enjoy lunch on the front lawn from 12.30 – 1.30pm.
The following weekend, June 22 and 23, Midsummer Madness abounds with a host of nature inspired activities for youngsters around the garden and at Bodnant Garden Centre, from crafts and storytelling to seed planting and pond dipping.
Then it’s the big one! In July we launch our first ever, summer-long events programme for families called Grow Wild. There will be gardening and nature activities going on around the garden everyday throughout the school holidays, late night wildlife trails on Wednesdays and special events at the weekends including a machinery festival, when kids (ok, and grown-ups too) can try sitting on a tractor or using the leaf blowers, and tree climbing days with specialist instructors.