Spring has come early – the daffodils are out, the blossom is bursting and we’re looking forward to an egg-stra special Easter at Bodnant Garden (sorry).
After a mild winter we’re enjoying a dazzling spring floral display and preparing to welcome visitors with a host of holiday activities – including popular Easter egg hunts for children.
It’s a bit different to this time last year, when North Wales was under a deluge of late snow after suffering a long, cold, wet winter. Our neighbours at National Trust Chirk and Erddig had to draft in sledges for their Easter egg hunts! This time round we’ve had a mild winter and the garden has exploded with spring colour. The show of camellias, magnolias, cherry blossom, our famous rhododendrons and swathes of daffodils is stunning.
Of course it’s not quite Easter yet, but so far so good and we’ve got a fun-packed programme of events to offer visitors…so fingers crossed for the weather.
There is a full programme of activities for families during the two-week Easter holiday period. We’re also launching a month-long Rhododendron Festival, which offers walks, talks and workshops for adults celebrating the garden’s famous plant collection.
Whether hunting for plants, bugs or chocolate eggs, families can enjoy Easter trails at Bodnant Garden
Easter events at Bodnant Garden:
Sat 12 – Sun 27 April (every day from 10am-4pm): Plant It, Grow It, Eat It – Visitors can drop in and plant a pumpkin seed in a pot to take home and grow on. No extra charge. No Booking Required.
Tuesday 15 and 22 April: Pond Dipping (12-3pm): Families can have a go at ‘dipping’ in the Lily Pond using nets and jars to examine water wildlife (before returning it safely!) No extra charge. No Booking Required.
Sun 20 and Mon 21 April (10am – 4pm): Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail – Children do an ‘eggsplorer’ trail around the garden, collecting stamps in their passport to bag a chocolate egg. Cost £2 per child. No Booking Required. There will also be facepainting in the Cadbury gazebo and an Easter Bonnet Competition with judging and prize giving at 3pm on the Monday.
Thurs 17 April: Launch of Rhododendron Festival with a walk and talk from our expert taxonomist on A History of Bodnant Rhododendron Hybrids, 2-3pm. No Extra Charge. No Booking Required.
Thursday 24 April: Photographing Rhododendrons – a workshop delivered by award-winning local photographer Pierino Algieri as part of our ‘I Love Bodnant Garden’ photography competition. Booking required for time slots 10am-12pm and 2-4pm. No Extra Charge
Friday 25 April: Bat Walk – Discover the bats of Bodnant with expert Cathy Wuster of Gwynedd Bat Group, 8-10pm. Booking Required. No Extra Charge.
Saturdays April 12, 19 and 26: Story telling in the Pin Mill every Saturday at 2.30pm. No extra charge. No Booking Required.
Easter events, including the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail, will be going on at National Trust properties across Wales. For full details contact Bodnant Garden on 01492 650460, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden or the NT Wales website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/wales