Days out with the kids don’t have to be difficult to plan. Especially when there are a plethora of excellent gardens throughout the country for families. Here we round up a selection of perfect days out for the kids and the bigger kids. Don’t forget: many of these activities and events are free, but entry to the garden or house itself is paid for. Always check the website first.
This half term head on a day out with the kids to the National Botanical Garden of Wales, which is focusing on birds. There will be a wide selection of activities on offer for all ages, including making bird feeders, birdsong identification, tips on feed birds and birdy arts and crafts. Don’t miss the British Bird of Prey Centre’s flying displays each day too. For more information visit their website. Llanarthney, Wales
Everyone loves a sing-song. Clumber park is running a children’s singing workshop with crafts in the cafe on 18 and 20 February. All are welcome and the event is free, although normal admission charges apply. Nottinghamshire
Art meets science this February half term as the garden features a host of artists and art trails, which are more than just a spectator sport. Get involved with activities such as adding to a giant nature-themed mural, shaped like a vine in the dome tent. There’s also a chance to follow a living colour trail through the Biomes, marble making, paper weaving and natural fabric dyes too. It sounds like an action packed day out. St Austell, Cornwall
The National Trust garden is running a series of workshops on how to make wildflower seed bombs and decorate grass head pots. Booking is essential and the workshops take place between 11am and 4pm between 18 and 21 Feb. London
The North Rippon Fountains Abbey is a beautiful garden and this half term is hosting a craft workshop for families and kids where you can make your own forest scene with twigs from the estate. It begins on 15 February and runs to the 23. Ripon, North Yorkshire
The orchid festival 2020 at Kew Gardens © Ines Stuart Davidson
Kew Gardens offers a perfect family-friendly day out pretty much whatever the weather, but at the moment there’s the Orchid Festival, which will a perfect day out with the kids. The festival this year celebrates Indonesia and all the biodoversity and wildlife which can be found on the archipelago. It is bound to inspire the whole family and there is a host of after-hours events on too. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect. London
You’d hope that the Museum of Childhood would be all over half term and they absolutely are. There’s outdoor activities planned each day, alongside garden workshops, sketching workshops and indoor dens can be made and nature themed games can be played. Sudbury
There’s a whole week of storytelling, art and craft workshops and garden exploration for families over this February half term. Plus Hyde Hall has a brilliant Higgledy Hyde play area, which is an absolute favourite with kids of all sizes. Chelmsford
Galanthus ‘Seagull’ This robust snowdrop is both large and thickly textured, and I particularly like its chunky, sculptured and honey-scented flowers. It is also easy to grow. 23cm. © Jason Ingram
Don’t forget to check out our long list of where to catch spectacular snowdrop displays, which will be guaranteed to inspire bigger kids. This month in particular is a perfect opportunity to catch Margery Fish’s Snowdrop Ditch at East Lambrook Manor in Somerset which can be seen as part of the Festival of Snowdrops.
A dining table is set with a succulent feast © RHS/Luke MacGregor
Don’t miss the many workshops at Wisley this half term, which include craft and planting, as well as theatre performances on 22 and 23 February. There’s also a chance to go on a tour of the Wisley weather station on 20 February, but we’re most excited about the Giant Houseplant Takeover in the Glasshouse. Surrey