Summer holidays are a-comin…and we’ve got enough events planned at Bodnant Garden to keep the whole family happy.
From July through to September we’ve got tailor-made children’s activities with our Grow Wild programme, walks, talks and workshops for the grown-ups and a welcome for our four legged friends too with late night, dog-friendly opening on Wednesdays until 8pm.
And if that’s not enough, you can always simply enjoy strolling around one of the finest gardens in the UK in all its summer glory – enjoy the rose gardens, herbaceous beds and lily ponds on the Terraces, the grassy wildflower glades of the Shrub Borders and the cool of The Dell with its giant conifers and riverside lined with blue hydrangeas. We’re also welcoming picnics to the garden this year and have four areas perfect for al fresco dining – in The Dell, the Old Park, the Yew Dell and Chapel Park – so you can really make the most of your day out in the garden.
The fun kicks-off on July 21 with a Kids’ Craft Week, which will include different activities every day from 11am to 1pm…then from July 28 to August 31 get ready to Grow Wild!
Grow Wild is our special programme for families offering nature-based activities six days each week; pond dipping on Tuesdays (12-3pm), evening nature walks on Wednesdays (5-7pm), Wild Art on Thursdays (12-3pm), Wildlife Detectives on Fridays (2pm), Storytelling on Saturdays (2pm) and Gardener’s Apprentice on Sundays (2pm). It’s the second year we’ve run the Grow Wild events.
Last year it was hugely popular, with children and their parents! The highlight of the summer will be a Wild Wood Weekend on Bank Holiday Saturday to Monday, with tree climbing, demonstrations from our arborists, wood carving, a tree trail, bug hunting, tree planting, displays of our garden machinery and lots more.
EVENTS FOR ALL SUMMER 2014:
July 26 – Photography workshop: Join renowned local photographer Pierino Algieri in the garden and pick up some expert tips, 10am-12 and 2pm-4pm. Please book.
July 29 – Poem Open: A chance to see inside the mausoleum belonging to the garden’s founder family, with its beautiful stained glass windows and carvings (open all day.)
July 30 – Herbaceous Borders Walk: Enjoy all summer has to offer in our guided walk with a gardener, and learn about how we’ve been renovating our beds, from 2pm.
July 30 – Falconry Display: Meet the keepers and birds of prey from 10.30am-4pm, and see flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
July 28 to August 31: Grow Wild!
August 10 – Music in the Pin Mill: Award winning Welsh harpist Dylan Cernyw returns to the garden for an afternoon performance, from 2pm.
August 13 – Secret Bodnant: Explore an area of the garden currently closed to the public. This walk takes place on the second Wednesday of every month, 2pm. Please book.
August 17 – Plant Hunters’ Fair: What treasures will you find at this Plant Heritage event, taking place in the car park, 10am to 4pm?
August 23 to August 25 – Wild Wood Weekend.
August 24 – Music in the Pin Mill: Popular folk group Felin Haf perform, from 2pm.
August 26 – Poem Open: Another chance to see inside the mausoleum. The Poem is open every last Tuesday of the month from March to October.
August 27 – Plant Hunters’ Walk: Join a gardener for a tour of the garden highlighting plants brought back to Bodnant by 19th century global explorers, from 2pm.
August 27 – Falconry: A return of the birds of prey, from 10.30am-4pm with flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
All these events are free with normal admission to the garden. For the Secret Bodnant walks and photography workshop please book to reserve your place as numbers are limited. For more details about any of these events call the garden office on 01492 650460 or see our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnantgarden