It’s that time of the year again where the kids are off school and parents are desperately looking for ways to keep them entertained. If this sounds all too familiar, maybe there’s a way we can help. If you fancy taking away a few ideas to fuel your family fun this summer, make sure you read on!
The RHS Great Garden Quest, sponsored by the Witan Investment Trust, may be the answer you've been looking for. With plenty of fun events running from 24th July – 31st August at a number of different locations, your little ones certainly wont be complaining this summer. So, what exactly does the Great Garden Quest have in store?
The garden quest features wretched trolls who have stolen Drusilla the Dragon’s fire. The aim of this magical quest is therefore to reunite the dragon with her flames, which is achieved through acting in a series of activities.
Garden Wisley promises a fun packed programme of workshops, allowing children to make things in the craft sessions, enjoy some exciting storytelling, and hold a few creepy crawlies in the meantime. Although some of the scheduled events have already happened, there is still more to look forward to up until 31st August.
Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Again, if you have sadly missed out on events such as the birds of prey display and flying shows on the 1st and 2nd August at Harlow Carr, there is still time to catch up with other exciting activities. At Harlow Carr gardens, there is plenty of fun to be had at the Sow and Grow workshops, taking place Monday and Tuesdays, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Get your kids planting their own healing herbs and nutritious food in these adventurous and educational workshops.
At Harlow Carr’s Great Garden Quest, there are also opportunities to join in with interactive storytelling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11am-3pm, aswell as taking part in a spot of bug hunting around the garden meadows.
Hyde Hall, Essex
Hyde Hall gardens give kids the opportunity to enjoy activities such as garden games, the dragon quest trail and the Higgledy Hide play tower every day of this Great Quest. Between 19th and 22nd August, Hyde Hall will put on ‘Magical Journeys’ sessions which include ‘Sow and Grow’, Bug hunting and interactive storytelling. From 26th-29th August, there is also the chance to decorate hats, headbands and crowns, as part of the quest to find the mysterious dragon fire. Children’s activities take place between 10am and 3pm at Hyde Hall and are free with normal garden entry.
Garden Rosemoor, Devon
Garden Rosemoor also has plenty of activities for your little ones to get involved in. Family art and craft activities are available on a drop in basis between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Whether you choose to do magical map making on a Monday or make your own willow spider of the woods on a Wednesday, there is definitely something for everyone. If you want to join the dragon quest trail, you can collect your trail from the visitor centre and go on to collect runes and solve puzzles around the gardens.
Don’t also forget about the free archery tuition available on 21st August. Professional archers from Arms of Old will be on hand from 10.30am-4pm to help guide the children in this adventurous sport.
Tickets are available for families of 2 adults and 2 children with an additional cost for each extra child. Singular child tickets and adult tickets are also available. Take a look at the RHS website for details on pricing for each location.
Like the sound of the Great Garden Quest at Wisley but want something for the adults too? There is still a chance to enter our competition to win 2 adult tickets to RHS Garden Wisley, including access to the Wisley Flower Show in September. Hurry though as closing date is this Friday 22nd August!