May half term family fun at Trengwainton

Fallen camellia flowers on sticks in the ground

Come and join us for a right royal celebration this May half term as we mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with bunting making and wild art.

Design your own bunting

We think the Royal Meadow is the perfect spot for you to design your own bunting. Head to the Edwardian summer house and there you’ll find material and crayons to get creative and make red, white and blue triangles. Peg it to the string laid out around the trees and let’s see how long we can make it!

Make fallen flower kebabs

Pick up a stick at the reception and while you explore the garden, gather up the fallen flowers and leaves you find on the ground and pop them on your stick. Then add your flower kebab to all the others to create a collective piece of wild art in the shape of a crown.

Royal connections

At Trengwainton we’ve a bit of a history when it comes to commemorating all things royal; to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 the gardeners created the Jubilee Garden. Then when His Royal Highness Prince William was born in 1982 they made the William Walk.

The Royal Meadow got its name because there are trees planted on it that commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and Edward VII becoming king in 1901. Her majesty the Queen Mother planted a tree there in 1962 and the Princess Royal planted one in 2010. So as you explore the garden you can know that you’re walking in the footsteps of royalty.

Can't visit us? Activities to do at home

A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.

Two children running through a patch of daffodils

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.