Things to do

We have lots of activities in the garden for families big and small, young and old.

  • The Holly Maze is a perennial favourite. Why not play hide and seek among the low box hedges in the lower wilderness …
  • Or run up and down the corner mounds and wave at the Sphinx (she’s called Lamia).
  • Outside the walls are 3 ponds – can you spot froglets in the Spring, Damsel flies in the sunshine and reed mace (bullrushes) around the North Pond?
  • Over the summer there are free trails, activity starters and woodland walks every day of the week and midweek during holidays there are craft activities, special events and a whole range of creative things to do.

See here for more detail of the Summer activities coming up soon.

We have a special ticket to make an easy, and cost effective, way for young people and their grown-ups to enjoy the Gardens. Click here for information on the Summer Activities Season Pass.

We have lots of learning opportunities for individuals, for schools and for families, both regular and ad hoc activities. We take bookings for visits throughout the year.

We have one-off topics and multi-visit programmes – we can work with you to design your day, whether you are a school or home educator.

This year we are also pleased to be able to offer our woodland area for self-led Forest School activities.

To find out more, click here for the current brochure (pdf).

In the Summer tours run Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Pay your entry fee in the cafe and then meet by the blue gates by 1:55pm ready for your guide.