Summer for families at Bodnant Garden

Children looking for plants at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, North Wales

Get back to nature and back to childhood this summer with our #50Things challenge. Whether you're discovering the fun of Pooh Sticks for the first time or rediscovering it (from too many years ago to remember) there's something for the whole family to enjoy.

The National Trust '50 things to do before you're 11¾' challenge celebrates the outdoor pleasures of childhood, like building a den, rolling down a hill or playing conkers. It's become a firm favourite with families, with kids able to tick off their #50Things at their own pace, at NT places all year round. 

At Bodnant Garden this summer 2019 we’ll be running Five Out Of Fifty. There will be five different #50Things activities every day throughout the holidays and something new to try every time you visit, from Pooh Sticks to Den Building, and Hunting for Fossils to Cloud Watching. We'll also be running guided activities through the holidays. All these activities are free (normal garden admission applies) and will take place in the Old Mill if the weather is wet, unless otherwise stated.  

20-24 July: Wild Art in the Laburnum Arch

25-31 July: Make a Seed Bomb in the Old Park meadow

1-7 August: Create a Mini Wildlife Garden in the Laburnum Arch

8-9 August: Pond Dipping at the Lily Pond

10-14 August: Wild Art in the Laburnum Arch

15-21 August: Tree activities and storytelling on the Top Lawn

22-28 August: Discover mini-beasts in the Yew Dell (includes moth trapping on 25 August)

29 August–1 September: Pond dipping in the Lily Pond or Canal Pond

Other summer 2019 events at Bodnant Garden to put in your diary:

Beefest: Join us celebrating bees, meadows and wildlife on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, with demonstrations and activities throughout the garden. 

Music at the Pin Mill: Welsh harpist Dylan Cernyw performing at the Pin Mill (in the Pavilion if wet) on Sundays 16 June, 14 July, 18 August and 15 September, from 2pm - 4pm (free event, no booking, normal garden admission.) Also these days we're offering Musical Picnics - collect your picnic and blanket from the Pavilion and take it into the garden to enjoy the music! Book online or by calling the booking line.

History of Bodnant: Guided walk on Saturday 27 July at 12noon. Free event but please book your place online or by calling the booking line. Normal garden admission.

Birds of Bodnant: Guided walk on Monday 17 June, Friday 26 July and Friday 23 August, starting at 11am from the Welcome Centre. Free event but please book your place online or by calling the booking line. Normal garden admission.

Poem open day: 30 July and 27 August. Free, no booking needed, normal garden admission..

'The Secret Garden': Don't miss this outdoor theatre event on Monday 12 August. Bring your picnic and enjoy a performance of this classic children's story on the Front Lawn, from 6.30pm-10pm. See cost and booking details in our What's On page. 

Not forgetting of course, there are 80 acres of garden, woodland, meadow and riverside for you to explore; two tearooms, an outdoor refreshment kiosk in The Dell and picnic benches across the garden. Dogs are welcome on #WagWednesday evenings from 5-8pm in summer.

There's something for everyone to enjoy at Bodnant Garden this summer. Get the family together and tick off your #50Things adventures around our special places in Wales.