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.
Marvellous Medicine Trail
Take the Marvellous Medicine trail around the Garden and the Medicinal Beds to find out palnts have helped to keep us healthy for thousands of years and continue to be really important in making medicines for us now and in the future.
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 and play some of our garden themed games such as Botanic Bingo and the wheelbarrow memory game!
Suitable for family groups with children aged 5 - 7 years.
Use the meical 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. 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.