Summer for families at Bodnant Garden

A family pond dipping at Bodnant Garden

School's out, and we’ve got plenty to keep little hands and imaginations busy at Bodnant Garden, whatever the weather.

To kick off the 2017 school holidays (July 24 – 28 and July 31-August 4) we’ll be making Crafty Creatures in the Old Mill, 12pm to 3pm on Monday to Friday, creating hedgehogs, dragonflies, owls, spiders and other animals from sticks, clay, beads, pipe cleaners and lots more.

Following our opening arty fortnight we’ll have activities every day:

  • Mondays – ‘Penny Pathways’ walks – 12pm to 3pm -  collect an old penny and clue sheet when you arrive and flip a coin to take you on a mystery tour of the garden.
  • Tuesdays – Pond dipping – 12pm to 3pm – at the Far End or the Lily Pond
  • Wednesdays – Plot to Plate – 12pm to 3pm – Plant a mini vegetable garden to take home, under the Laburnum Arch if the weather is fine, and the Old Mill if wet.
  • Thursdays – Wild Art – 12pm to 3pm – create a temporary collage of flower petals, sticks, leaves and other natural materials - Laburnum Arch/Old Mill.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday – Follow our Top Ten Trail and tick off your #50Things list. Our new trail map will be available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer holidays and in the closing week of the holidays (Tuesday August 29 to Sunday September 3). The map takes you all around the garden and children can do as much as they want, over a many days as they want, collecting stickers along the way.

The highlight of the holidays is a return of the popular tree climbing weekend on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, August 27 and 28. The Big Tree Climbing Company will be helping children and adults scale a beech tree in the car park. This event is free and bookable on arrival.

Not forgetting of course, there are 80 acres of garden, woodland, meadow and riverside for you to explore together. And when you need to re-fuel we’ve got two tearooms, two outdoor refreshment kiosks and plenty of picnic benches across the garden too, so you can load up your back-packs and make a day of it.

Bring on summer!