Great family activities to enjoy in the garden

Enjoy art workshops, special horticultural events, family fun activities and more throughout the seasons in the garden

Fungus Foray, Wednesday 27th September, 11am - 1pm

Join our gardeners as they take you on a foray around the park, searching for all kinds of different fungi – some more unusual than others. Find out which are safe to eat and what you can do with them. 11am – 1pm

£5 per person, plus normal entry. Places limited, book online with your garden entry ticket  

Beguiling Beetles Workshop - FULLY BOOKED

Jump into a world of observation, imagination, and storytelling with Ceramic Artist Anna Whitehouse, to create a porcelain beetle specimen for your wall, inspired by the Himalayan Garden.

Anna will guide an ‘ideas collecting’ exploration of the gardens, observing the autumnal textures and structures found along the way to fuel your making back in the classroom. Prepare to have your imagination sparked, your fingers creating beautiful things and to see the world around you slightly differently afterwards! All work will be taken back to Anna’s studio to fire and will be ready to collect 2 weeks later.  This is course is suitable for complete beginners and upwards.

Beguiling Beetles Workshop Details:

Saturday 7th October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost £100 per person
Includes tea & biscuits
Booking essential: email


Botanical Illustrations Workshop, Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th October

Back by popular demand, we are running Botanical Illustration Courses, with Bridget Gillespie. Botanical Illustration is the art of depicting plant forms accurately, to capture their individual characteristics and to aid identification. This 3-day workshop will be in a step-by-step format, with demonstration and individual tuition from Bridget covering drawing, composition and watercolour techniques. Suitable for complete beginners to intermediate painters. Materials are not included.

Bridget Gillespie is an award-winning Botanical Illustrator. In 2002, 2008, 2017 and 2018 she was awarded Gold Medals by the RHS who have purchased several pieces for their archive collection. Bridget has works in the RHS, Hunt Institute collections and illustrated The Northern Pomona.

Botanical Illustrations Workshop Details:

Autumn workshop:          Wednesday 18 – Friday 20th October 2023

10am – 4pm                       Suitable for beginners and intermediate painters.

Cost:                                      £200

Booking essential: email

Autumn Harvest Experience, Thursday 26th October, 11am - 2pm

Join us at the end of the season with a special tour around the garden taking in the fiery Autumn colours and finding out what the gardeners will be doing once the garden closes. Our chef will be creating a special harvest lunch for you using produce grown at the garden. 

£30 per person (£20 season ticket holders). Places limited booking essential email:

The Garden Tearoom chef makes use of the gardens harvest from the Buddha Garden

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