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Bountiful Botanics 2016

8 October 2016 to 9 October 2016, 10am to 5pm

Join us for a weekend of family-friendly fun to celebrate autumn.
Croquet lawn and paddock
Entry included with garden admission ticket
Bountiful Botanics 2016
Celebrate autumn at Wakehurst.

The hedgerows are heaving, the crops are abundant and the seeds ripe for collecting – come and experience the bounty of nature in this weekend bursting with activities for all the family. 

Roll up your sleeves and have a go in one of our drop-in family friendly workshops, have some gardening fun with our teams, or take in a talk and a guided walk around the Estate.

Harvest activity highlights

  • Traditional apple pressing
  • Vintage tractor display and rides
  • Tree climbing
  • Cider blending
  • Autumn Apothecary - herbal health for the family
  • Harvest taste zone 
  • Hedgerow brews
  • Plant alchemy – pigments and dyes
  • Seed swap
  • Foraging tours

Fun for all ages

The weekend’s programme is suitable for all ages and all generations, but for the especially young at heart, we’ve our hugely popular tree-climbing and aerial runway, tractor rides, drumming workshops, story-telling and a display of Wakehurst’s big machines. Children can also enjoy making their own seed sculpture, cast in plaster.  For the very young don’t forget the Children’s Heritage Garden, with its mud kitchen and potting shed.

Pick up an envelope from the Visitor Centre on your next visit to Wakehurst to save and store your seeds. Bring them back with you to swap with others at our giant swap hosted by our team from Wakehurst and Brighton’s Seedy Sunday.

Take a seasonal foraging mini-expedition around the Estate to learn about fungi, herbs and berries and enjoy an exhibition of waterborne seeds cast in glass, by artist Perdita Sinclair and enjoy stunning seed photography by Kew scientist Dr Wolfgang Stuppy.

Browse a range of hand-picked artisan stalls selling seasonal produce and hot food, gardening accessories and plants. Relax to some chilled live music, sip on cider, ale and botanic cocktails, or enjoy a selection of bountiful produce and hot food.

The event takes place in marquees on the croquet lawn and within Wakehurst’s stunning Elizabethan mansion.

See full programme details here

Entry to Bountiful Botanics is included with Garden admission and normal garden entry terms apply.

  • Tree climbing - £8 per person (age 7+) for 30 minute climb (advance booking required – limited places), aerial runway £5, pay on the day (for aged 4-7 years).

Book tickets for tree climbing

  • Tractor rides - £2 per person, pay on the day (cash only).
  • Seed pod casting workshop with artist Perdita Sinclair - £3 per participant. Adult accompanying a child goes free. Suitable for all ages with accompanying adult. Pay on the day (cash only).
  • Autumn brew infusions - £5, pay on the day (cash only), includes a bottle to take away.

Some of our talks and tours are not suitable for very young children; children may attend but must be supervised at all times out of courtesy to other visitors. As an alternative, we do have plenty of activities that are specifically geared to our younger visitors.

Please note that we do not have a cash machine on site, however, cash back is available in the Visitor Centre shop with a purchase (£30 maximum cash back available).

For more information call 01444 894 067 or email