Family Trails and Big Botanic Backpacks

Are you a new visitor to the Garden?  Or would you like a few suggestions to help you explore our beautiful site with your family?

We have a trail and two family friendly backpacks available for you to borrow during your visit.


Nature's Foodstore

Pick up a copy of this trail at the ticket office to find out how the Garden provides food inside and out over the winter. This trail will run from Monday 21st November until Sunday 1st January.


Big Botanic Backpacks

Our family friendly backpacks will open up a world of exploration and investigation to you.  Use the activities and equipment inside to help focus your walk around the Garden and Glasshouses.

There are currently two themes to choose from "Looking” and “Measuring”.  They contain a selection of activities suitable for a range of ages, and are packed full of ideas to help you get the most from your visit.

Backpacks can be signed out without charge from the ticket office and used for the duration of your visit.


Backpacks are available to borrow from the ticket office all year round on a first-come first-served basis:

March - October: daily, 9 am - 4.15 pm
November: daily, 9 am - 3.15 pm
December - February: weekends only