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Summer Holidays Activities For Kids: Visit A National Gardens Scheme Garden

If the weather permits, venture out with your little one today and enjoy the great British outdoors (and some seriously fun playgrounds) at one of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) gardens

OK, so the UK may not have constantly sunny skies and miles of white sand beaches, but we do have some pretty incredible landscapes and gardens that we’re probably all guilty of not taking advantage of. So now’s your chance.
NGS gardens all over England and Wales are currently open to the public for the summer, bursting with activities for your little one to get involved in. From exciting spaces to explore to learning about nature, each garden is filled with things for your tot to touch, smell and look at. And make sure you leave time for the play areas (and tree houses!) at selected gardens – find out which are most geared towards children here.

But whichever garden you go to, make sure you download a Garden Activity Sheet featuring the CBeebies television characters Numberjacks to make your little one’s trip even more fun.

And there’s a charitable benefit to your visit. Approximately 80p in every £1 raised at the garden gate goes to the NGS beneficiary charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and Help the Hospices are just two of the charities helped. 


It doesn’t cost much to visit an NGS garden, usually around £4 for adults and most locations are free for children.


You can find gardens open near you here or you can download the free ‘NGS Garden Finder’ app.

If you can’t make it out today, you can go on a nature trail near your house – or even in your back garden. Print off photos of some birds, bugs and plants for your toddler to look out for and arm him with a pencil so he can tick them off when he spots them.


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