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 - All year round

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 - January & February 2016

Despite it being the depths of winter, the Garden's plants and trees continue to grow and change as spring draws ever nearer.  See if you can find blossom, buds and bulbs as you explore the Botanic Garden.

This trail is aimed at families with children aged 7 years and above.  The "Winter Wonders" trail is available from the ticket office at weekends, or alternatively you can download it here.


For more trails see our Trail Archive page.


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 “Games” and “Medicinal”.  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 and play some of our garden-themed games such as Botanic Bingo and the wheelbarrow memory game!

Suitable for family groups with children aged 4 - 7 years.





Use the medical case notes to explore the medicinal plant beds and find out a bit more about your body.  Learn how to use a stethoscope and find out who is the most relaxed member of your family!

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:

March - October: daily, 9 am - 4.15 pm
November: daily, 9 am - 3.15 pm
December - February: weekends only
For more backpack information see our Backpack Archive page.