RHS Family Gardening Festival

Celebrating budding gardens, all five RHS gardens will be hosting a range of activities for families to get involved in gardening during the upcoming garden festival.

A family exploring RHS Garden Harlow Carr in spring.
credit: RHS

Running from the 25th of May to the 2nd of June, the festival (held in collaboration with Burgon & Ball) is designed to appeal to gardeners of all ages and involves a series of interactive planting activities, creative crafts, inspirational storytelling, shows and fun garden trails to explore.

Dates, times, and activities vary per garden:

RHS Garden Bridgewater, Salford: 25 May – 2 June

Visitors can join RHS Garden Bridgewater for family trail, hands-on planting sessions, seasonal crafts and interactive story sessions across over 150 acres of beautiful garden a stone’s throw away from central Manchester. For horticultural inspiration, families can travel throughout the seasons to explore a year in gardening with the Family Trail, and growing gardeners can get stuck in with seed planting workshops. Whether joining the RHS Sweet Pea Society or experts at the Northwest Counties Chrysanthemum Society, budding horticulturalists can take home their own seeds to watch them bloom into beautiful plants. The Middle Wood Event Space will also be hosting plenty of fun crafting activities where little ones can make their own sunflower seed packets, and there will be a host of interactive storytelling sessions to get stuck into. Little gardeners ages 3-6 can also participate in an exciting garden adventure where they will discover all of the garden’s best secrets with an RHS expert.

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey: 25 May – 2 June

Half-term at RHS Garden Wisley is packed with hands-on activities, with 240 beautiful acres of gardens to discover and plenty of activities to keep little horticulturists busy. Families looking to get green-fingered can travel throughout the seasons with a Family Trail to get inspiration for a year of home planting and get stuck in at the Core Learning Centre with lots of hands-on seasonal craft activities. The garden will also play host to a collection of exciting performances with special appearances from the Skinny Jean Gardener from the hit CBBC Extreme Gardening Show and, for younger children, the Pif Paf Bee Cart, an exciting walkabout theatre experience exploring all things bees and pollination. RHS Garden Wisley will also be running Muddy Hands Green Fingers sessions where children learn vital safety skills and grow their green fingers by raking in the gardens with expert advice.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire: 25 May – 2 June

This half-term, families can enjoy a range of interactive activities, crafts, and green-fingered activities at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Along with a family trail for gardeners of all ages to explore a year in horticulture and learn all about the home gardening calendar, there will be family story yoga and hands-on tomato planting workshops where little ones can choose an RHS-grown plug plant to take home for delicious fruit all summer long. Those looking to get their hands dirty can also take part in a propagation workshop where they will learn the best techniques to take cuttings from succulents and share with friends and family, as well as plenty of crafting, including making paper plant pots for sunflower seeds to take home and grow. There will also be the chance for budding gardeners to join the RHS Garden detectives for “Gardening Tales” to learn about all the exciting jobs they do in the garden

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex: 25 May – 2 June

From sunflower seeds to special story times, RHS Garden Hyde Hall has plenty for the family this half-term, with a packed schedule of activities for all ages. As well as an exciting family trail for families to explore and learn about gardening at home, little ones can get stuck in and help the expert gardeners plant giant sunflower seeds before making their own creative sunflower pots and planting their own seeds to take home and watch grow. The Hilltop Lodge will also be hosting plenty of fun, seasonal craft activities throughout the week, and those who want to explore can join an interactive storytelling walk around the garden.

RHS Garden Rosemoor, North Devon: 25 May – 2 June

For plenty of half-term fun, families can enjoy the 65 acres of beautiful RHS Garden Rosemoor with performances, crafts and gardening activities. Guests can embark on a special Vegetable Hunter Family Trail to discover all the edibles growing throughout the gardens and get stuck in with gardening-themed crafts, including making beautiful bee and butterfly dishes from air-drying clay for wildlife in your garden. Visitors can also enjoy stunning performances by Flying with Strings, an interactive string puppet show inspired by British birdlife, where the audience will meet the graceful swallow, charismatic hoopoe, and colourful bee-eater. Throughout the week, head gardener Lily will be hosting interactive story times, and for those wanting to get their hands dirty, there will be Paper Pots and Tomato plant sessions for little ones to plant their own seeds to take home and watch grow.