This post is sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society
The RHS Flower Show returns to Tatton Park from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st July 2019 and will be a celebration of all things big, beautiful and bug-filled! There will be the iconic back to back gardens (6x4m plots each with its own unique and quirky design), a Dahlia experience with over 5,000 blooms, the Floral Marquee brimming with flowers and foliage and much much more! But did you know the show also has a host of activities to entertain and inspire children of all ages? Kids also go free (up to two under 16s with each paying adult), making it a great value family day out! Read on to find out everything on offer for families, and click here for ticket information.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trail
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the much loved children’s classic, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ To celebrate, there will be a family trail around the Show hunting for the caterpillar and three of his favourite bits of fruit. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will also star in a very special back to back garden created by Tatton Park.
The Bug Hub
Head to the all new Bug Hub dome to discover a host of creepy crawlies! You will be able to see some of your favourite bugs up close at the microscope station, take part in a slug survey and even create a vegetable garden, learning how this can be done whilst living in harmony with the wildlife in your garden.
Make a mini pond
Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be teaching you how to make a mini pond to encourage wildlife into your garden, and letting you study some of the creatures that you find around garden ponds. They’ll also be holding storytelling throughout the Show and have newt experts on hand to teach you about some of the four legged pond inhabitants.
Plant a Herb Garden
Children are invited to plant a 3x3m herb garden in the Dig In Area at the Show. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get their hands dirty and learn all about the different herbs that they can grow at home.
As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, 24 schools from across the North West have designed and built gardens based on the theme ‘Best of British Bug.’ Have a look at their work and inspire the kids to get involved in gardening too!
Meet the Megabeasts
Bugsnstuff will be offering a chance to meet and learn about some of nature’s biggest and most exotic bugs and the creatures that prey on them. If you’re feeling brave enough, you’ll even be able to handle some of the critters. Please note this will be on Friday to Sunday only.
There are lots of other activities happening within the “Green Fields” family area, including face painting, woodland crafts, a planting workshop, wildlife activities with RSPB and the chance to make your own creepy crawly out of clay and recycled materials!
Child friendly eating
The Garden Lounge offers table service for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, but there are plenty of more informal food options around the Show, from baguettes and cakes to burgers and fish and chips, with a choice of covered and uncovered seating areas to eat in. Picnics are also allowed!
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park runs daily from Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st July inclusive. Wednesday is for RHS members only. Click here for ticket information (remember 2 kids under 16 go free which each paying adult – no ticket required).