The Primary Education Programme

A visit to the Botanic Garden is an ideal opportunity for children to engage with the natural environment.  Our collections include plants from tropical rainforests, deserts, mountains, bogs and more.  We have fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants too.  Our plants come from all around the world, so you can "visit" several continents in one day during your time here.  And of course our plants are beautiful too!

Our sessions are not classroom-based.  Groups are encouraged to experience the different parts of the Garden and Glasshouses, and get to know some of our plants.  We provide an exciting opportunity to learn about plants, their uses and their habitats.  School sessions include a variety of hands-on activities, such as art and craft with natural materials, games, challenges and group discussions.  We aim to promote a love of the natural environment, to support and encourage future generations of botanists and conservationists.

  • The Garden offers a range of sessions to enhance the curriculum for Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • Each session lasts between 1 hour 15 mins and 1 hour 45 mins and has a maximum capacity of 35 children.
  • The suggested donation for each session is £65.  By supporting the Botanic Garden with this donation you are helping us meet some of the costs that go towards running our educational activities and ensuring that we can continue to develop new and exciting sessions for schools.



School sessions do not include a general tour of the Garden, so please make sure you book extra time with us if you wish to explore the Garden afterwards.

Our sessions fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.


How to book

If you would like to make a booking, or if you require further information, please contact:

Emma Williams and Kate Castleden, Education Officers


T  01865 286690


If you'd like more information about some of the special sessions and projects we've run for schools, take a look here.