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Events and activities

Family Event
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden (subject to availability of leaflets). This is a self-led activity around the Garden.

Family Event
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden (subject to availability of leaflets). This is a self-led activity around the Garden.

Family Event
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Thursday, April 30, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what you can discover in the garden (subject to availability of leaflets). This is a self-led activity around the Garden.

Family Event
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - Monday, April 13, 2020

Easter Chicks are hiding in the Garden. Pick up your spotter sheet and see how many you can find in this fun family event. Self-led activity.

Family Event
Thursday, April 16, 2020

The gardens are beginning to come to life after the winter. Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, to hear some stories and legends about the natural world - we might even hear a few Durham legends - then enjoy some nature inspired craft.

Family Event
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Local green woodworker, Chris Helliwell, will be demonstrating his traditional wood-turning craft skills using a pole lathe and shave horse, and giving people an opportunity to have a go.

Garden Event
Monday, April 27, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020

This week is all about Gardening. Pick up a free gardening starter kit (subject to availability) for children and let them discover how to grow flowers or vegetables. No need to pre-book. Just turn up on the day.

Family Event
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Beautiful Birds you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Family Event
Monday, May 25, 2020

A wide selection of plants and seeds available for purchase. There will be cacti and succulents for sale from the Teesside Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society.

Family Event
Monday, June 1, 2020 - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Fabulous Flowers you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Family Event
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Come along and have your face painted with flowers, butterflies, glitter or animals.

Family Event
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Signs of Summer you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Family Event
Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Durham MG Owners Club was formed in 2001 for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars, both classic and modern. This informal gathering will showcase up to 20 cars representing models produced from the late 1940s through to the early 2000s. Visitors will be invited to nominate their favourite car on display, with a small trophy being awarded to the overall winner.

Family Event
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Learn circus tricks, including how to juggle and spin plates, at this fun workshop.

Family Event
Monday, July 27, 2020

Join us for a day of bear-related fun. Bring your own teddy, enjoy bear-related craft activities and storytelling.

Family Event
Saturday, August 1, 2020 - Monday, August 31, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Marvellous Mini Beasts you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Family Event
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Join storyteller, Elizabeth Baker, for a story-walk around the gardens. As we walk, Elizabeth will tell stories and legends from some of the countries the wonderful plants in our gardens are from. After the walk we'll head back to the greenhouse to create our own legends. (The story walk will last between 30 and 40 minutes).

Family Event
Monday, August 17, 2020

Join us for a day of bear-related fun. Bring your own teddy, enjoy bear-related craft activities and storytelling.

Family Event
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what Terrific Trees you can discover in the Garden. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Garden Event
Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Durham Orchid Show at Josephine Butler College gives guests the opportunity to witness displays from Orchid Societies, as well as the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers.