not going to lie, when I used to hear anyone mention the Royal
Horticultural Society (RHS) I’d immediately think it was suited to a certain
‘type’ of person (not me or my little ones!). Recently however, I’ve discovered so much more
about the RHS, and I can confidently say it seems like the perfect way
to spend a day with your family.
at Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, and it looks set to be a very family
friendly day out indeed. From trails to willow weaving, there’s so much
to fit in, and so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all
the reasons why it’s the perfect way to spend a day as a family…
Why the Royal Horticultural Show Cardiff 2018 is the Perfect Family Day Out!
Growing Gardener’s Family Trail
Grab a copy of the ‘Growing Gardeners’ Family Trail booklet from the
Information point and take part in the trail as a family. Search out the
giant gardening tools; Fleur the Flower Pot, Wendy Watering Can,
Wallace Wheelbarrow (which are all made from wire, frames and yarn!) as
you wander around the show, learn lots of facts along the way and don’t
forget to make sure your booklet is stamped at all three trail stations
so you can hand in your booklet at the RHS Hub to exchange it for your
so much to do when it comes to family fun, including the chance to ride
on the Floral Ferris Wheel, or learn about floristry/flower arranging
with the Lily Pad Flower School and learn to willow weave with Out to
Learn Willow. There’s also the opportunity to take part in fun upcycling
activities at Green City Events as well as meet the lovely owls from
the Owl Sanctuary.
|*Photo credit: Royal Horticultural Show.|
Kids Go Free
This can be a maker or breaker of a situation because paying for children to attend events can be a massive expense. Luckily The RHS do no charge for children under the age of 16, so you can take your children for a fab day out and only the adults have to pay 🙂
National Museum Wales’ Mini Labs
This will be their fifth time at the show and National Museum of Wales mini laboratories will be presented in the form of glass greenhouses. The greenhouses will focus on Big Pit National Coal Museum, National Museum Cardiff and National Waterfront Museum. There will be plenty do and each one will have their own set of interactive activities focusing in The Big Pit, Sea and Plants.
Schools’ Wheelbarrow Competition
Yes, we home educate, but it doesn’t mean we don’t support children in their creative adventures just because they go to school. I think the Wheelbarrow Competition is an amazing way of pulling together a love for gardening and creativity, and I can’t wait to see who wins! Maybe one year the home educating community of Cardiff will submit an entry…
Talks and discussions aren’t just for adults, and it looks as though the RHS agree! This year families will get the chance to attend child-friendly events in the talks theatre as well as take part in interactive story time with Helen Marshall, author of The Mole and the Flower.
New and Exclusive
There’s a whole new floristry area with many sessions running each day. You can simply have a chat about flowers or focus more closely on specific areas of floristry, such as making sure your bouquet lasts or learn how to make flower themed items such as floral headdresses and button holes.
Check out the Grow Together Garden, focused on the theme of growth; family growth, community growth or more specifically personal growth. RHS aim to ‘guide and provide inspiration for many generations, genders and abilities Bringing the idea of enabling everyone to enjoy the outdoors and gardening experience.’
I, for one, cannot wait to attend The Royal Horticultural Show with George and Molly. It looks set to be inviting, exciting and altogether perfect for families looking for a fun, alternative and educational day out.
The Royal Horticultural Show is on in Cardiff from 13-15th April, opening at 10-5.30 on the 13th and 14th, 10-4.30pm 15th with a plant sell off at 4pm on this day. Advance tickets cost £11, or £10 for RHS members and if you pay on the day it will cost £14 with RHS members paying £12. Plus, don’t forget, children under 16 are free of charge!