Summer fun for familes

Children walking in garden in summer

There are many different family activities to keep you entertained whether for just half an hour or for the whole day. Pop into the Welcome Hub when you arrive to see what’s on offer and pick up your activities.

Floral summer - family trail

This trail looks at the many colourful flowers and plants that fill the garden in summer, it has no set route so you can explore the garden in your own way and complete the trail in any order. Can you find the large jasmine basket and complete the petal search, head into the Rose Garden to draw a beautiful vase of roses and then continue on a flower hunt. 

£1 per trail, normal admission applies.  Daily 16 Jun – 19 Aug

What plants will you find on our trail
Girl smelling the roses
What plants will you find on our trail

Letter from the garden – family trail

Write your own letter from the garden. Explore and describe the features of the garden and create your own topiary hedge. Search out the special plants on a word hunt and then add your own flower illustration.

£1 per trail, normal admission applies. Daily 20 Aug – 28 Oct

Explore the garden on a trail this summer
Children playing in garden around hedges
Explore the garden on a trail this summer

Art and craft 

The Messel family, who lived at Nymans, were very creative and we have taken inspiration from some of their ideas. Come to the potting shed for drop-in family workshops. 

31 July & 1 Aug    Decoupage flowers – use cut out flower pictures to create your own layered design

7 & 8 Aug   Colour your own garden – your chance to draw and colour your own picture using the garden and flowers as your inspiration. We have created colouring sheets to help you get started.

28 & 29 Aug   Silhouettes  - make fun shapes and patterns

11am - 3pm   Free, donations welcome. Normal admission applies

Come and be creative at a drop in workshop
Collection of cut out flower pictures
Come and be creative at a drop in workshop

Summer spotting

One of our free spotter sheets are fun for younger children to explore the garden more closely, looking for all kinds of things from flowers and butterflies to statues and fountains.

If you wish to explore nature a little closer you could grab a 50 Things scrapbook and try some of the many activities. Here are a few you could do while in the gardens this summer:

18. Create some wild art - the colourful fallen petals are perfect for creating your own natural picture. Collect some you find while in the gardens and use them to make a collage or even a sculpture.

24. Go on a walk barefoot - the soft grass is a good spot for having a try at going on a bare foot walk.

31. Hunt for bugs - the meadow is a good place to watch and listen to all the insects that are attracted to the grasses, see if you can spot a grasshopper jumping. Look out for butterflies and see if you can watch one resting on a flower.

Look out for butterflies this summer
Butterfly at Nymans
Look out for butterflies this summer

Games in the garden

Head to the log stepping stones area where you will find a selection of games to play. Have fun with a game of skittles or challenge your friends and family to a game of giant jenga. You can test your skills witha game of noughts and crosses or try a new card game.

Have a go at games in the garden this summer
Having a go at games in the garden
Have a go at games in the garden this summer

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