Have a wild time this half term at Bodnant Garden

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden

Autumn is a special time at Bodnant Garden as our huge collection of towering trees light up the landscape in reds, golds and purples. This season we’re celebrating our Land of Giants with a host of activities for all the family.

The 80 acres of Bodnant Garden are home to trees from around the world. Some of them are the biggest and best of their kind in Britain and as well as being horticultural giants they are hosts for birds, bats and other wild beasts. Join our daily guided Champion Trees Trail from October 17-21, 2pm at the Old Mill, and drop in on our woodcraft demonstrations in the Old Park meadow, on October 18,19 and 20 (11-2pm). From October 22 we’ll also have a self-guided Top Trunks trail for families through the half term holidays.

During half term week from October 24-28 (11am-2pm) we’re going wild about bats. Follow the pumpkin trail down to the Old Mill where youngsters can learn all about these fascinating creatures as they make their own art and craft bats, and a giant spider web to decorate the mill.

On Saturday, October 29 (11am-1pm) everyone is invited to give the gardeners a hand raking up fallen leaves. See how many buckets you can collect and enjoy a stomp and a jump while you’re about it. Drop by for as long as you like near the Sweet Chestnut Tree on the Top Lawn.

If you’re feeling brave, on Sunday, October 30 (12-2pm) you can help our friendly Halloween witches making a hovel from sticks and branches at the Far End.

Also this week, the Poem in The Glades will be open to visitors on Tuesday, October 25. The mausoleum was built in 1880 by the garden’s founder Henry Pochin for his family and this will be the last chance this year to view the beautiful interior before it is closed for winter.

All week there will be special autumn menus at the Pavilion tearoom – with pumpkin featuring high on the menu - and also al fresco refreshments in The Dell, where you can warm your hands with hot drinks and soup by a brazier.

Enjoy all this and stunning autumn displays around the garden, with brightly coloured, late blooming flowers accompanied by stunning foliage, berries and fruit, all set against breathtaking mountain panoramas. Immerse yourselves in autumn...

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