May half term for families at Bodnant Garden

Children look at a tree at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

May half term is an extra special one at Bodnant Garden – not only do you have acres of family fun at your fingertips but, as an extra treat, the famous Laburnum Arch to enjoy.

The 55-metre pergola walkway bursts into dazzling golden bloom at the end of May, early June, crowning our spring season and heralding the start of summer.

During the holiday week (May 27-June 4) we’ll have a new Top Ten 50 Things Trail for families. The trail covers our pick of the best National Trust ‘Fifty Things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ checklist, which you can tick off at Bodnant Garden.

It will take most of the day to do the whole trail, but it’s self-led and you don’t have to do all the activities in one go. Just pick up a map at reception and away you go:

Barefoot Walk in the Old Park meadow, Catch a Falling Leaf in the Yew Dell and Arboretum, Play Pooh Sticks, Go on a Fossil Hunt and Build a Den at the Far End, Make a Grass Trumpet and Climb a Huge Hill at the newly opened Furnace Meadow, Create Wild Art and Make a Home for a Wild Animal in the newly opened Furnace Wood and Explore Inside a Tree in our Rose Garden.

Garden delights

May is a great time to see Bodnant Garden’s birdlife too and we have a special Dawn Chorus Walk with expert guide on Monday May 29, from 5.30am – 7.30am  (cost £20, call 01492 650460 to book).

On Tuesday, May 30, the Poem mausoleum will be open to visitors (and every last Tuesday of the month through summer.) If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the mysterious Victorian building in The Glades, here’s your chance to find out.

Local singers from Coastal Voices Choir will be making a welcome return to the garden and providing sweet music to our ears on Saturday, June 3, when they perform at the Pin Mill from 2pm – 4pm.

And of course there's the Laburnum Arch - an annual flowering spectacle not to be missed - plus 80 acres of late spring garden bursting with colour and scent.

All this can be enjoyed with extended opening hours in May and June when Bodnant Garden opens from 9am – 5pm. The garden is also open late on Wednesday evenings, to 8pm, from May to the end of August, when you can bring your dogs for summer evening walkies.