Family Friendly Events at the Garden

Plant labels for the seed sowing activity at "Get Growing" April 2014

 

The Garden runs 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.

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 downloaded here.

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, and details of past events can be found here

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 2014

 

Saturday 29th November to Tuesday 6th January 2015

Green Christmas 2014     During opening hours

Come and see the Botanic Garden's Christmas tree, decorated with natural materials, and the Conservatory all decked out for Christmas.  Take a festive trail and find Christmas plants from around the world (available at weekends only).

Free with entry to the Garden.

 

 

Family Friendly Events 2015

 

Saturday 10th January to Sunday 1st March

Winter Wonders Trail     During opening hours at weekends

The Garden may appear asleep, but take our trail to find early signs of spring, looking at leaf buds, blossom, bulbs and evergreens.

Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Monday 16th February to Sunday 8th March

Fabulous Fairtrade     During opening hours

Explore the Glasshouses and Exhibition space to discover more about Fairtrade crops and the people who grow them.

Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Wednesday 18th February

Fabulous Fairtrade Fruits     11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Help us to decorate our giant rainforest vine with collage fruits and funky leaves.  Find real tropical fruits growing in the Glasshouses.

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Wednesday 8th April

Get Gardening!     11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Get ready for National Gardening Week.  Make your own plant pots and take home seeds to grow.  Take our trail around the Garden and have a go at our craft activity.

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Wednesday 20th May

Teddy Bear's Picnic, Under 5s event     10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Bring along your favourite teddy and enjoy stories, craft and more in the beautiful Botanic Garden.  Don't forget your picnic!

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Wednesday 27th May

Bee Nice to Nature     11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Find out how to make your garden bug friendly.  Make insect feeders to bring bugs and butterflies into your garden!

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Wednesday 17th June

Peter Rabbit in the Garden, Under 5s event     10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Explore the Botanic Garden to find pesky Peter Rabbit!  Find your favourite veggies and do some taste testing.  Have a go at the crafts and enjoy some stories. 

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Saturday 4th July

Green Alice's Day     1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Join us for our first picnic afternoon of the summer.  Enjoy music, stories and activities with a green theme, plus meet local eco champions.

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Saturday 18th July

Green Picnic Afternoon     1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Join us for our second picnic afternoon of the summer.  Meet local eco champions and enjoy live music, stories, activities and growing fun!

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Saturday 1st August

Green Picnic Afternoon     1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Join us for our third picnic afternoon of the summer.  Meet local eco champions and enjoy live music, stories, activities and growing fun!

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

Wednesday 23rd September

Make Some Music, Under 5s event     10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Come along and get noisy with our collection of instruments that are all made from plants!  Make a seed shaker to take home, and enjoy stories and more.

Drop-in session.  Free with entry to the Garden.

 

 

 

Available throughout the year...

Family Trails and Big Botanic Backpacks