National Children’s Gardening Week 28th May – 31st May

This May half-term The Higgins Bedford will be celebrating National Children’s Gardening Week with family-friendly activities and workshops. All of the fun is inspired by the current exhibition, Round and Round the Garden – A Celebration of Horticulture in Art.

National Children’s Gardening Week is a great chance to get the kids out this half-term, trying something new, and getting creative.

There are a number of different workshops on offer, sponsored by Polam School. For the first time, The Higgins Bedford is offering holiday activities for teenagers, who can take part without needing to bring an adult with them.

Events for Young Children

Each Workshop has two sessions per day that start at 11am and 2pm and are not suitable for children under 3 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cress Craft

Tuesday 28 May Cost £3

Decorate a wooden house and garden, then plant and grow your own mini salad.

Garden Caddy

Wednesday 29 May Cost £3

Assemble and decorate a little wooden caddy for carrying hand tools and small plants around the garden.

Herb Planters

Friday 31 May Cost £3

Make and decorate a self-watering planter.

Events for Young People

All workshops start at 12:30pm, last an hour and are aimed at 12-16 year olds. Those taking part do not need to be accompanied by an adult.

House and Garden

Tuesday 28 May Cost £3

Create a mini-house and garden and plant your own salad.

Handy Caddy

Wednesday 29 May Cost £3

Create a garden caddy, handy for garden tools or art stuff.

Planter People

Friday 31 May Cost £3

Upcycle a plastic bottle and create a cute planter

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“Our ‘Round and Round the Garden exhibition’ is a great visit for the whole family. Alongside these workshops inspired by the exhibition, The Wynding Wixam Tree is a sensory installation that’s just waiting to be explored.

“The exhibition features work by major artists, celebrating our human fascination with gardens and looks at how gardens and gardening have provided inspiration for artists. It also features local gardens with photos from members of the public for the #BedfordLovesGardening display at the exhibition entrance.”