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Wakehurst February half-term

Join us this half-term for a week of fun family activities, and find out what plants need to grow. 16 to 24 February 2019.

Event details

Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February 2019, 10am to 4pm


Half-term trail: Sow the love

Unearth the secret tools plants use to grow on our half-term trail. Join us to learn more about how plants grow and how we can best care for them.  

Set off on a winding trail through the Mansion gardens and learn about the five elements - soil, water, sunlight, air, and shelter - that plants need to grow healthy and strong. Use your activity booklet to piece together the clues and learn more about how plants survive and thrive. 

Put what you've learnt to good use. At the end of the trail you'll get to roll up your sleeves and sow your own broad bean to take home with you. 

This event is in partnership with the Climate Coalition, the UK's largest group of people dedicated to taking action against climate change. As part of this half-term initiative they'll be encouraging us to show our love for all the things we want to protect from climate change, and plants are at the top of our list. 

Cost: £2 per child 

Who are the Climate Coalition? 

The Climate Coalition is the UK's largest group of people dedicated to taking action against climate change. 

Along with their sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, they’re a group of over 130 organisations – including the National Trust, Women’s Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB – reaching across the UK to show their love for all the things they want to protect from climate change, and to ask politicians to put aside their differences and commit to doing whatever is necessary to protect them. 

Explorer rucksacks

Pull on one of our explorer rucksacks and prepare for an intrepid journey through Wakehurst! 

Jam-packed with creative goodies, each rucksack will make sure your child makes the most from their time in the garden. A little adult help is needed with some of the activities - making them a great way to share in the joy of discovery.

When you return your rucksack, claim a Wakehurst explorer badge too.

We have three great packs:

Nature explorers (under 6's): 

  • Collecting, searching, nature spotting and artistic projects will reveal your inner explorer.
  • Includes a Wakehurst collecting stick, word search and a magnifying glass and crayons for leaf rubbing.

Discovery explorer (6-8's): 

  • Get up-close to the world's mini-beasts by looking at insects and check out the amazing world of bees. We've got an creative challenge for you too!
  • Includes a magnifying bug pot and special brush (so not to harm you bug), plus tips for making a natural collage.

Expedition explorer (8+): 

  • Take our compass challenge and be a real life forester, measuring the age of your tree.
  • Includes a compass, binoculars and a guide to create your own sculpture. 

£4 hire charge. Pick up from the Vistor Centre on arrival

Enjoy half-term at Wakehurst

Make a wish at our wishing station

Learn more about the amazing work of the Climate Coalition in the Mansion. Write your wish for the world's future on your own green heart, which will be pegged on bunting to make a beautiful display. 

Tree Trunk Trek

Located in Coates Wood this is an exciting and adventurous log trail on which children can crawl, climb and have hours of fun. There’s even a stage area where they can use their imagination and create their very own shows.

Children climbing wooden wall during Wild wood weekend, image Jim Holden

Natural play spaces

Interspersed throughout Wakehurst are natural play spaces where children can let off steam and have fun.

As you walk through the grounds you will spot woven willow structures to run through, tree stumps to climb on and some fabulous talking totem poles, a labyrinth and an acoustic chair.

Willow tunnels at Wakehurst

Woodlands of the world

Get a taste of North America amongst the hickory and sweet gum trees in Horsebridge Wood. Experience the landscape of the eastern Himalayas amongst rhododendrons in Westwood Valley.

Visit Coates Wood to discover the Wollemi pine, dubbed a 'living fossil' as it dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.

More about Wakehurst's woodlands

Opening times

Open daily at 10am 

Gardens close at 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Mansion and Millennium Seed Bank close at 3.30pm (last entry 3pm)

Winter Garden at Wakehurst

Eating and drinking

The Stables restaurant: for hot meals, soups, sandwiches and cakes (open 10am-3.45pm)

The Seed cafe: for tea, coffee, sandwiches and soups (open 10-4.15pm)

Coffee from new caterers at Wakehurst