5 March 2021
Best things to do at Wakehurst this spring
Enjoy these fantastic seasonal highlights at our wild botanic garden this spring.
Our gardens in Sussex are bursting with new life, vibrant colours and stunning blossoms in springtime.
So pull on your walking boots and come explore our bluebell woods, join in the Beano family fun and see beautiful spring colour.
Join the Beano fun
Come to Wakehurst this Easter holiday to enjoy Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza.
We'll be celebrating Dennis' birthday with Dennis, Gnasher and all their Beanotown friends.
Our festival of jokes, plants and pranks will have a story trail around the gardens in the form of a brand new specially made comic strip.
Perfect for kids and big kids alike, there will be lots of fun activities to learn about some amazing plant superpowers.
Do you dare to take on the Beano Banana Mission? Track down the hidden bananas buried amongst our wild habitat parterres and discover the letters that come with each piece of fruit.
Solve the anagram to crack the password and you'll be rewarded with a top-secret prize!
Stroll among a sea of bluebells
Surround yourself with bluebell beauty this spring as you wander through our wild woodlands.
The stunning spectacle of these UK native wildflowers is best in April and May, with great swathes of blossoming English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) carpeting the woodland floors.
Spending most of the year as bulbs underground, the delicate bell-shaped violet-blue flowers emerge in spring.
Take a short course
Reconnect with nature or channel your creativity this spring by joining one of our workshops.
Unwind from the stresses of everyday life at one of our forest bathing days, surrounded by the natural beauty of our woodlands.
Spot our rhododendrons
Blooming throughout March and April, our rhododendrons colour the spring landscape, from pretty pink to ravishing red.
Rhododendron mallotum is one of our rare Rhododendron species, growing near the viewpoint over Westwood Valley.
Found in the wild around the border of China and Myanmar, the crimson-flowered plant is considered Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Walking down Westwood Valley keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful Rhododendron arboreum.
This species, which produces red, pink or white flowers, holds the Guinness Record for World’s Largest Rhododendron at 20m in height, recorded in India.
Did you know?
During the Great Storm of 1987 our large rhododendrons growing in the Asian Heath Garden were swept away by hurricane-force winds. This led to us planting high elevation Rhododendron species that are more resilient, and can tolerate sun and exposed conditions.
Enjoy the spring blooms
From bright yellows to soft pinks, our gardens are overflowing with springtime colour.
Spot the daffodils on the lawns near the Mansion, crocuses across the gardens and butter-yellow cowslips around the Millennium Seed Bank.
Look out for the showstopping pink magnolia blossoms in the Water Gardens and woodlands of Westwood Valley and Horsebridge Wood.
The Spring Border by Mansion Pond is a highlight for this season with Forsythia, violas, primulas and fawn lilies (Erythronium) brightening the landscape.
Explore with your family
With more than 500 acres of gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve, there are plenty of things to do with kids at Wakehurst.
Seek out the natural play spaces dotted across the gardens, including woven willow tunnels, a labyrinth and the daring log trail Tree Trunk Trek.
The best bit is children (16 and under) are welcomed into the gardens for free.
Picnic in nature
Now the weather is getting warmer, it's the perfect time to enjoy a picnic in our gardens.
Grab delicious takeaway drinks and treats from our café and pop-up stalls at the Carriage Ring.
Or why not bring your own picnic? Find the best al fresco spot across our landscape – we just ask you not to eat on the Mansion lawns.
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