Summer of fun for families at Bodnant Garden

Children look at a tree at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

This summer we’ll be marking the birthday of children’s storyteller (and champion of the National Trust) Beatrix Potter, hosting an embroidery festival fortnight and inviting visitors to a Big Tree Climb.

July 28 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.  As a landowner in the Lake District, Miss Potter was passionate about conservation and a supporter of the fledgling National Trust in the early 1900s. She also created the much-loved Peter Rabbit and friends so we're having a Beatrix Potter Party, inviting families to bring a favourite cuddly toy animal to the garden – and take part in a group photograph on our terrace steps at 2pm.

From August 19 to September 8 we’re welcoming North Wales Embroiderers’ Guild to the garden for a Textile Festival celebrating nature through art. Members will be displaying textile work around the garden inspired by trees, plants and flowers, and you'll be able to find them with a special trail.

On Bank Holiday weekend there's a rare opportunity to scale one of Bodnant’s magnificent trees. On August 28 and 29 experts from the Big Tree Climb will be on hand to help visitors get a bird’s eye view of the garden from the tree canopy (no fee but booking is required when you arrive.)

Simple pleasures

Throughout the summer holidays from July 23 to August 28 there will be self-led activities every day, with plenty of chances for kids to tick-off their 50 Things To Do checklist. Grown-ups can join in too, with simple pleasures like walking barefoot in the Old Park and playing Pooh Sticks from a bridge in the Dell.

There are also organised events throughout the week. On Tuesdays join our seed sowing workshop and storytelling sessions, go pond dipping on Wednesdays, create some Wild Art on Thursdays and on Fridays get crafty with Sticks, Strings and Other Things. Activities run from 11am-2pm and are free (normal admission applies.)

Music, walks and talks 

There's something for every age and taste this summer. Enjoy Music in the Pin Mill on Sunday afternoons from award-winning Welsh harpist Dylan Cernyw, on July 24 and August 14, and explore the garden's beautiful family mausoleum on July 26 and August 30 at one of the Poem Open Days.

Join a gardener for a free, informal guided walk. Explore the Rose Garden on July 24 (2-3pm), discover Birds of Bodnant on August 15 (11am to 12.30) and learn more about the History of Bodnant Garden on August 24 (2-3pm). On July 30 there’s also a special Early Bird Walk, from 8am-10.30am, where visitors can spot birdlife with an expert guide (cost £20 with refreshments).

And if that isn’t enough, there are 80 acres of glorious garden to explore – enjoy the sights and scents of formal rose gardens and herbaceous beds, swathes of cool blue hydrangeas in the riverside gardens, buzzing wildflower meadows and tree lined glades.