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Wakehurst for families

Whether you want to have an adventurous journey through woods and gardens, or find out more about plants and nature, there are lots of family-friendly features to enjoy on a day out at Wakehurst.

Adventurous Journeys – eight outdoor play spaces

Pick up a passport from the Visitor Centre and fill it in as you journey round the eight play spaces.

  • find the hidden bronze seed capsule

  • read the plant hunter story

  • try the challenge

Talking Totems

Tap the totem poles and acoustic chair to hear the different sounds they make. Tap out a message to someone in your group. They were designed and made by local chainsaw carvers.


Venture up one of the climbing poles to see if you can spot any hidden creatures.

Tunnels and Tents

Run around and sit in our living, woven willow structures. They were designed by a local basket weaver and willow artist.  

Tree Trunk Trek

An adventurous and exciting log trail

Unexpected Endings

An amazing labyrinth of 600m based on the Fibonacci series, which is a special sequence of numbers found in nature that creates natural spirals.

Trunk Hopping

Jump from log to log and match the words and countries.

Time Travel

The finger labyrinth is a mini version of Unexpected Endings and takes you back in time to when this oak tree was a seedling.

Circles and Cycles

The display represents the flow of rainwater – bursting from the clouds and then flowing away in rivulets.