For families

Half-term and Hallowe'en fun

Enjoy kicking through leaves this autumn

Enjoy kicking through leaves this autumn

We'll be celebrating autumn at our last Wild Wednesday of the year plus there'll be a spooky feel to the gardens throughout half-term thanks to our Hallowe'en trail (Saturday 25 October - Sunday 2 November).

Last chance to slide

Think your kids won’t be interested in our conservation work, how about climbing to the top of a 6.6m scaffold before heading down via our giant slide?

Don't miss out...we're taking down our giant slide so your last chance to have a go will be Sunday 2 November.

Open weekends and school holidays. Suggested £2 donation.

Woodland Play Trail

A woodland trail with a difference... around every corner you'll find a new place to play and test your climbing, balancing and den building skills.

Our woodlands are open daily.

Amazing maze

Take on the challenge of our massive yew tree maze and have fun getting lost as you explore the 500m of paths winding amongst 2m high hedges.

Who will be the first to get to the centre?

Storybook Play Den

Let imaginations run wild among all the storybook characters in this special area designed for under 10s. The Doll's House café is right next door - ideal for a cup of coffee whilst the children play.

Outdoor adventures

An outdoor adventure is always around the corner here.

Hunt for bugs, build a den, go bird watching and more as you complete our list of not-to-be-missed experiences.

Free family trail

Wrap up warm and discover the garden with our seasonal trails

Explore the gardens together with our free trail designed especially for families.

Follow the route and discover all that the gardens have to offer along the way. Pick up your copy from the Information Centre on arrival.

All the essentials

  • Baby-changing facilities in all toilets
  • Buggies to borrow from the Information Centre
  • Family-friendly cafés with children’s options, high chairs and bottle-warming facilities
  • Pushchair-friendly paths - stop by the Information Centre for a 'step-free' route map
  • Picnic areas, including in the Water Garden, right next to the play area
  • Free seasonal family trails available from the Information Centre