Family Friendly events at the Botanic Garden

 

The Garden provides a series of fun, family friendly activities throughout the year including drop-in holiday activities, family backpacks and insightful trails around the Garden.  Join us for craft activities, sowing and growing as well as exploring the beautiful Garden and Glasshouses.  All our family friendly activities are free with entry to the Garden, however we do encourage donations to cover the cost of materials.

These activities form part of the collective offer from the Oxford University Museums and Collections, and the current 'Mindgrowing' leaflet listing all of these events can be found at here. find out more about Mindgrowing at: www.mindgrowing.org

Most of our family friendly activities are suitable for primary school age children, however we also run activities specifically for the Under 5s.  Details of all upcoming events can be found below. 

We have full toilet facilities, including disabled access and baby change facilities.  We are also able to provide seating for breast-feeding mothers if required.  All family friendly events are both wheelchair and buggy friendly.

 

Family Friendly Events 2017

 

Wednesday 15th February

11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Take a Fairtrade Break

Find out about the lives of farmers who provide our food.  Make some tasty treats, play games and take part in activities run by University of Oxford plant scientists.

Drop-in, suitable for all ages.  This event is free with an entrance ticket.

 

Wednesday 15th March

10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Spring is Here! Under 5s event 

Come along to look for signs of spring, share some stories and get some seeds ready to grow.

Drop-in, suitable for Under 5s.  This event is free with an entrance ticket.

 

Wednesday 12th April 

11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Naturewatch

Find out more about the natural world around us.  Take part in crafts and activities and meet an invertebrate expert.

Drop-in suitable for all ages.  This event is free with an entrance ticket.

 

Wednesday 3rd May

10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Teddy Bears' Picnic Under 5s event

If you go down to the garden today….  Bring your Ted and your picnic and join us for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the Garden. Plenty of gardening, craft, stories and sensory play too!

Suitable for Under 5s.  This event is free with an entrance ticket. 

 

Wednesday 31st May

11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Nature in Your Garden

What nature can we find in the garden?  Find out how to encourage wildlife in your garden and make something to take home.  Take part in natural art and craft activities and more!

Suitable for all ages.  This event is free with an entrance ticket.

 

Saturday 1st July

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Alice Day picnic

Explore the weird and wonderful at the Botanic Garden, as inspired by the Alice in Wonderland story.  Bring along your picnic, and enjoy some tea in our beautiful Garden.  Listen to stories, and bop along to the songs of Nick Cope.  Have your face painted, take part in our crazy craft and sow some topsy-turvy vegetables to take home and grow.

Suitable for all ages.  This event is free with an entrance ticket.

 

Saturday 12th August

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Plants That Changed the World picnic

Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Garden and find out more about some of the plants that changed the world!  Have a go at the activities, from craft to sowing and growing, which will help you explore these plants and find out more about how and why they are special.  Bring along your picnic and enjoy the entertainment and refreshments.

Suitable for all ages.  This event is free with an entrance ticket.

 

Wednesday 20th September

10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Harvest Time, Under 5s

Explore the Garden, taste-test some harvest produce and make some harvest-themed creations to take home. 

Suitable for under 5s. Free entry for children with paying family member.

 

Saturday 30th September

10.00 am - 11.30 am, 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm, 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Splendid Seeds! for children aged 5 - 9 years

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Science Oxford invite you to explore the fascinating world of seeds and pods, in a special hands-on family workshop at the Botanic Garden.  Discover exotic seeds in the glasshouses and meet the biggest seed on the planet!  Take part in fun seed-themed activities and experiments.

£10 per child includes 1 free entry.  Adult required to stay.

Places must be booked in advance at: https://scienceoxford.com/events/science-garden-splendid-seeds/

 

Wednesday 25th October

11.00 am – 1.00 pm

Art in the Autumn

Get creative in the Garden: take your inspiration from our autumn kaleidoscope of colours and make a beautiful fabric wall hanging to take home.

Suitable for all ages. Free entry for children with paying family member.

 

Saturday 9th December

11.00 am – 1.00 pm

Christmas Creations

Spend a festive and creative morning, making Christmas decorations from natural materials. Collect leaves, pods, twigs and natural treasures from the Garden and turn them into beautiful decorations to decorate our Botanic Garden Tree then make some to take home!

Suitable for all ages. Free entry for children with paying family member.