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 two trails and two family friendly backpacks, all available for you to borrow during your visit.
Look and Find Trail
Practice your looking, finding and counting skills with the help of our "Look and Find" trail! Keep your eyes open as you explore the garden, and see if you can spot 1 sparkling fountain, 2 trimmed yew trees, 3 arches...
This trail is aimed at families with children aged 2 to 7 years. The "Look and Find" trail is available from the ticket office, or alternatively you can download it here.
Winter Wonders Trail
Our "Winter Wonders" trail will take you on a tour of the Garden, to look out for signs of life at this the coldest time of year. From buds on our trees to bulbs in the ground, our plants are starting to reawaken ready for the spring.
This trail is aimed at families with children aged 7 years and above. The "Winter Wonders" trail is available from the ticket office, or alternatively you can download it here.
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 “Plant Hunter”. 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.
Explore the Garden with your eyes wide open! Use a magnifying glass to look close up at leaves, match the colour of plants to those on the "colour wheel" and find your favourite view in the whole Garden.
Suitable for family groups with children aged 5 - 7 years.
Our plants and trees come from all around the world. Use this backpack to help you discover the range of countries our plants have come from, and see the diversity of plant life we have growing here. There's even a Plant Hunter hat to help you get into character! This backpack was developed in collaboration with pupils from St. Kenelm's CE (VC) Primary School in Minster Lovell, near Witney.
Suitable for family groups with children aged 7 - 11 years.
Backpacks are available to borrow from the ticket office all year round on a first-come first-served basis. They are avaiable daily (9 am - 4.15 pm) from March until the end of October, and at weekends only (9 am to 3.15 pm) from November until the end of February.