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 leaflet listing all of these events can be found at  

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

Take a Fairtrade Break   11.00am - 1.00pm

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. Children free with paying family member.


Wednesday 15th March

Spring is Here! Under 5s event  10.30am - 12.30pm

Come along to look for signs of spring, share some stories and get some seeds ready to grow.                                             Drop-in, suitable for pre-school children. Children free with paying family member.


Wednesday 12th April 

Naturewatch 11.00am - 1.00pm

Find out about more about the natural world around us. Take part in crafts and activities and meet an invertebrate expert.   Drop-in suitable for all ages. Children free with paying family member.


Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Teddy Bears' Picnic Under Fives Event 10:30am - 12:30pm

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 the under fives. Children free with paying family member. 


Wednesday 31st May 2017

Nature in your Garden Family Friendly Event 11:00am- 1:00pm

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. Children free with paying family member.