Treefest! Autumn half term for families at Bodnant Garden

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

This autumn, as dazzling leaf colour lights up Bodnant Garden’s 80 acres, we’re going wild about our trees with a month-long Treefest celebration.

Treefest, from 13 October to 10 November, will include activities from guided walks and talks for grown-ups, to a full half term programme of events for families including willow weaving, fungal forays, storytelling and much more.

We're passionate about our trees at Bodnant Garden. The garden is home to a historic collection of natives and exotics which goes back to the Georgian era when the first beech, oak, sycamore and chestnut were planted. Successive generations of the garden's donor family planted American conifers and Asian broad-leaved trees and today Bodnant is home to 42 UK Champion Trees – the biggest, rarest and best of their kind – and 130 Welsh Champs too.

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy this fantastic treescape, as leaves turn the canopy to reds, purples and golds across the whole garden. As an added treat this year visitors will be able to enjoy this autumn display in Furnace Wood, which we opened to the public in spring 2017 after a long renovation project. Join the celebrations taking place in Furnace Wood and around the garden (activities are free and don't need booking, unless otherwise stated):

Guided birdwatching walks: Friday 13 October and Friday 10 November at 11am (free, please book.)

Willow weaving workshop for families: In the Old Mill on Sunday 22 October at 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm (£2 per child, please book.)

Guided garden walks: From Monday to Friday, 23-27 October at 11am (free, please book.)

Fungal forays: Saturday 28 October at 10.30am and 1.30pm (£2 per person, please book) Also on this day catch the bird ringing demonstrations in Furnace Wood.

Food marquee: Join us at our special autumn food marquee near the Old Mill in the Dell, Saturday to Tuesday, where the kids can have a go at leaf cookie decorating too, from 11am-3pm. Enjoy special Halloween hot food menu in the Dell on October 31.

Wild in the Wood Week: Come and have a go at limbo, hula hooping, quoits, stick tower making and giant noughts and crosses from 10am-4pm in Furnace Wood, 29 October to 4 November.

Room on the Broom: Halloween storytelling and clay puppet making in the Old Mill, Tuesday 31 October at 11am, 12noon and 2pm (plus special Halloween hot food served in The Dell.)

Chainsaw bench carving: Saturday 4 November at the Far End, 11am-3pm.

Marshmallow toasting: Over the campfire at the Old Mill on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5 from 11am-3pm.

Throughout the month we’ll also be inviting you to Meet the Tree – get to know our Champions from the information displayed around the garden and in the Old Mill. Join us at Bodnant Garden this autumn and spread the tree love!

For more information about Treefest and Autumn Half Term see our events listings here on the website.