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 2 new trails for the 2014 season, and 2 of our tried and tested family friendly backpacks.
Look and Find Trail * New for 2014 *
Practice your looking, finding and counting skills with the help of our brand new "Look and Find" trail! Look carefully around you 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.
Nature's Numbers Trail * New for 2014 *
Our brand new "Nature's Numbers" maths trail was launched at the beginning of March, and will be available daily until the end of October. Explore the Garden from a new angle, and see how much maths you can find amongst our beautiful collection. From symmetry to Fibonacci, our new trail will help you examine and appreciate our plants from a new perspective.
This trail is aimed at families with children aged 7 years and above. The "Nature's Numbers" 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 magnify glass to look close up at leaves, match the colour of plants to those on a wheel of colour 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 vailable to borrow from the ticket office all year round on a first-come first-served basis. Free with entry to the Garden.