It’s a Bank Holiday weekend, the beginning of half term, the Laburnum Arch is ready to burst into flower at Bodnant Garden and all is well with the world.
As spring moves into early summer the garden is a kaleidoscope of colour. The rhododendrons for which we are world famous are at their dazzling peak, trees and shrubs are loaded with leaf and blossom, herbaceous beds filling out with iris, lilies, Himalayan primulas and poppies, and the roses are beginning to swell, giving a hint of what’s to follow.
Our wildlife is full of the joys of early summer too. The garden is alive with bees, butterflies and birsdsong right now and you can almost hear the patter (and splash) of tiny feet – we have a new family of goslings on the lake at the Far End and froglets hatching out alongside the ponds.
It’s a lovely time to visit the garden and we have a host of activities this half term week for youngsters (plus plenty to keep the grown-ups happy too):
May 28-June 5 Fairies, Feet and Flying: Build a little house in our fairy village and try a barefoot walk in the Old Park. No extra charge, all self led activities, from 10-4pm.
May 31 Pond dipping: 12-3pm (free, no booking)
May 31 Poem open day: Take a look inside the beautiful mausoleum in The Glades (no extra charge)
June 1 Minibeast Adventure: Hunt for bugs, with sessions at 11am, 12 and 2pm (free, no booking)
June 5 Music in the Pin Mill: Coastal Voices Choir, 2-4pm
Early doors: The garden is open from 9am in May and June for the Laburnum Arch and spring floral display, and until 8pm on Wednesday evenings. During this time the Pavilion tearoom will also be offering breakfasts, from 9am, for early visitors.
Woof Wednesdays: Dogs welcome every Wednesday evening 5-8pm, from May to the end of August.
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