Gardens to visit with the kids over the summer holidays

With six weeks to fill with fun activities to keep the kids entertained, the summer holidays can be a little bit daunting. To make things easier we’ve put together a list of gardens and parks to visit, with plenty of events to keep both you and the children happy.

National Trust Rufford Old Hall

Plant it, Grow it, Eat it on Wednesday 5th August 1pm-3pm at Rufford Old Hall. This educational event gives children the chance to feel like part of the gardening team as they plant seeds that they can then take home and continue to grow, before tasting the fruits of their labour. They’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment as they see their home-grown produce develop.

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Explore the fantastic range of wildlife at Norton Priory; there’s over a thousand known species in the gardens. You can discover the woodland nature on your own or take part in one of the great wildlife events. Our favourite for the summer is Creatures of the Night; a family friendly bat walk that’s taking place on Wednesday 12 August at 7.30pm. The kids will be talking about it long after returning to school.

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Longleat Safari Park & Adventure Park

It may take more than one day to discover everything Longleat has to offer. With a Safari Park, Adventure Park and Longleat Stately House, there’s no surprise it’s on our list of things to do this summer. Get lost in the hedge maze that’s over a mile long or experience the exotic by feeding a giraffe; never mind the kids, you won’t want to leave!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The rope bridges will appeal to your sense of adventure, whilst bamboo tunnels and giant, exotic plants will have the kids fascinated, eager to see more of the gardens. There’s plenty of events taking place during the summer holidays, including den building, camp fires, and trails, so make sure you schedule some time to visit these enchanting gardens.

the lost gardens of heligan

National Gardens Scheme

If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids that won’t break the bank, consider visiting a NGS garden. There are close to 500 gardens located across England and Wales so there’s sure to be something close to home. A day out admiring someone else’s outdoor space will inspire children to spend more time in their own garden – you may even find you have a green-fingered helper the next time you’re pulling weeds.

National Wildflower Centre

Help children to connect with nature by getting them involved in an Explorer Tuesday event at the National Wildflower Centre. With events throughout July including a DIY Butterfly feeder workshop, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to learn about the shape, scent and colour of wildflowers, there’s plenty of activities to choose from.

Tweet us @best4hedging with photos and let us know your favourite places and events to take the kids over summer.

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