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Launch of our new Flower Power Family Trail plus other summer activities at the Garden

The Garden is launching a new Flower Power Trail.
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The new trail, to be launched on Saturday 22nd July, is aimed at families with primary school aged children and will take visitors around the Garden to meet fabulous flowers and find out about the groovy creatures that pollinate them.

Hannah Elkington, Community Learning Officer at the Garden says: “We’re delighted to launch our summer 'Flower Power' Trail here at the Garden. We've chosen a funky 1960s inspired design for the trail which we hope our visitors will love! The aim of the trail is to lead visitors to various flowers and introduce them to the fascinating ways that the flowers appeal to the creatures that pollinate them. When they have completed each page, they can mark it off with a groovy sticker!”

Cambridge University Botanic Garden covers 40 acres and is home to over 8,000 species of trees and plants from all across the globe. The plant collections support University teaching and research and offer an exciting introduction to the natural world for families, schools and visitors of all ages.

Hannah continues: “The trail will encourage visitors to track down flowers such as those found on the spectacular Indian clock vine which hang down to allow birds to feed from them; to discover which pollinators come out in the dark for night-time flowers and there’s even a mini bee survey to try out at our stunning Bee Borders. We hope that as visitors explore our beautiful Garden, they will discover more about how flower shape, pattern and scent affect which creatures come along to feed from them.”

The ‘Flower Power’ Trail will run during the school summer holidays and is part of a host of other family activities on offer this summer including:

Bee a bee
28 July and 8 August 2017
2pm - 5pm
Enter the world of the bee… crawl into a giant flower and join in with games and crafts to discover what makes bees our stripy superheroes
Suitable for the whole family
Drop-in, no need to book
FREE (normal garden admission applies for adults) Children must be accompanied

Family Saturday: Shadow Art
5 August 2017
11am - 3pm
Use the shadows of the plants around us to make some abstract artworks
Suitable for the whole family
Drop-in, no need to book
FREE (normal garden admission applies for adults) Children must be accompanied

Dusk Patrol
11 August 2017
8.30pm - 10pm
Join us on a rare night time walk for families around the Garden. Have a go with our bat detectors as we look for the wildlife that comes out when the sun goes down.
Suitable for ages 8+
Bookable – booking essential, places are limited
Book on 01223 331875
£5 per person. Payable at the time of booking. Non refundable. Children must be accompanied
Booking opens 20th July

Bee Adventure
17 August 2017
10.30am and 11.30am
Vital Spark Theatre leads you on a 45 minute imaginary Garden adventure with a buzzy theme
Suitable for ages 2-5 years only
Bookable – booking essential, places are limited
Book on 01223 331875
£5 per child . Payable at the time of booking. Non refundable. Children must be accompanied.

Once upon a time in the Garden
23 August 2017
10.30am and 11.30am
Spread out a picnic blanket and join us for 30 minutes of our favourite stories about bees, flowers and other pollinators
Suitable for ages 3 – 5
Bookable – booking essential, places are limited
Book on 01223 331875
FREE (normal garden admission applies for adults) Children must be accompanied.

Family Saturday: Sensational Scents
2 September 2017
11am - 3pm
Rate the smells of the plants we’ve collected and make your own pot-pourri to take home using fantastic smelling flowers
Suitable for the whole family
Drop-in, no need to book
FREE (normal garden admission applies for adults) Children must be accompanied.

These activities are part of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Summer at the Museums programme:

Discover summer adventure on your doorstep

Pack more into your summer and join museums and collections in Cambridge and beyond for family activities, events and trails throughout the school holidays.

Taking place in venues throughout Cambridge and the county, Summer at the Museums brings you everything from storytelling and play-based activities for younger children, to hands-on events for all ages. Whether it’s something to do on a rainy day, an outing close to home, or a bit of creative fun, there are loads of things to choose from – many of which are free.

The Summer at the Museum’s What’s On guide is available across the city. For up-to-date information on what’s happening when, keep an eye on http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/whats-on/summer-at-the-museums or click on the link to the left.


Summer at the Museums is delivered by the University of Cambridge Museums as part of its Arts Council funded Major Partner Museum programme.

Publication Date
10/07/2017