The sweet success of plants – enjoy mouth-watering half term activities at Wakehurst Place (May 28 to 31)
Children can explore the connection between plants and sweets through a range of fun discovery and craft activities at Wakehurst Place, near Haywards Heath, this half term (Tuesday May 28 to Friday May 31).
Young visitors will be able to make their own mouth-watering treats by dipping fruit in chocolate, and create a box to take their sweets home in – if they last that long!
They will also be able to learn about links between the plants and traditional sweets, such as peppermint creams and lemon bonbons, and find out lots of fascinating facts about chocolate. (See list of activities below)
Family activities will be held daily from May 28 to 31 inclusive, from 10.30am to 3.30pm and cost £2 per child. (Normal admission fee applies, accompanied children under 17 are admitted free at Wakehurst.) No booking required.
In addition to organised activities there are a variety of other attractions and features for families to enjoy at Wakehurst, the 500 acre country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the heart of glorious Sussex countryside.
Discover the new SightSeeing climbing poles play space, complete with lookout holes and wooden carvings of wildlife, set alongside a picnic area with stunning views over the estate’s Westwood Lake. The feature is one of a number of natural play features which take visitors on an Adventurous Journey around the estate. Visitors can pick up a ‘passport’ and complete plant hunter challenges, before visiting Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to complete their journey.
A family fun leaflet, available from the Wakehurst Visitor Centre, also provides lots of fun ideas to help people explore the gardens and its plants.
Half term family activities:
- Yummy Choccy Fruity Box Make a box to put your hand-made chocolate dipped fruits into.
- Sweet Factory Make your own chocolate dipped fruit treats and put them into the chocolate box you have made.
- Box of Delights Open the Box of Delights and find out lots of fun facts about chocolate.
- Plant Pick and Mix Find the hidden plants in our traditional sweets.
- Have a minty moment Find out how to make peppermint creams at home.
Notes to editors
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Picture attached shows young visitors Toby and Ferne Jackson enjoying Wakehurst’s new SightSeeing play space.
Wakehurst Place is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and home to formal gardens, natural woodlands, nature reserves, and a sixteenth century mansion. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, located at Wakehurst, is the largest wild plant seed collection in the world. The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and its partners have collected and conserved seed from 10% of the world’s wild flowering plant species (c. 30,000 species) and aim to conserve 25% by 2020.
Wakehurst is on the B2028 between Ardingly and Turners Hill (Junction 10 off the M23), West Sussex, RH17 6TN and open every day from 10am, except December 24 and 25. For more information ring 01444 894067 or see the Visit Wakehurst pages on the Kew website.
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