May half term for families at Bodnant Garden
May half term is a special time at Bodnant Garden. There are 80 acres of glorious spring garden for families to explore and enjoy together - this year with the help of our new Lost Words Trail.
We'll be running our special new nature trail from May 26-June 3 and also in the summer holidays. Based on the book by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris,The Lost Words celebrates some of the words that have disappeared from children’s dictionaries; in recent times words such as ‘broadband’ and ‘chatroom’ have replaced others like ‘bramble’ and ‘conker’.
Through the holidays families will be able to follow a simple, self-led trail around the garden looking out for lost words relating to animals and plants. On different days there will also be activities along the way like willow weaving, pond dipping and children’s birdwatching walks. The trail ends at the Old Mill in the Dell, where children can listen to the whole book being read aloud by one of our storytelling volunteers.
Birds of Bodnant
May is a great time to experience Bodnant Garden’s birdlife too. Join our Dawn Chorus Walk on Monday May 28, at 5.30am (cost £20 - add on a Welsh breakfast afterwards for £5) Booking is required for this event, on 01492 650460. It's an unmissable spring highlight and well worth getting up early!
On Tuesday, May 29, 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.
And of course there's 80 acres of spring garden in bloom - displays of rhododendrons, cherry blossom and bluebells - crowned at the end of May and early June by the flowering of our famous Laburnum Arch.
You can enjoy all this with extended opening hours in May and June, from 9am – 5pm. The garden is also open late on Wednesday evenings, to 8pm, from April to the end of September, when you can bring your dogs for summer evening walkies.