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Events and activities

Family Event
Friday, March 1, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019

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
Monday, April 1, 2019 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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 14, 2019

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.

Family Event
Thursday, April 18, 2019

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
Friday, April 19, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

Family Event
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Monday, April 22, 2019

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.

Garden Event
Monday, April 29, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019

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
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Friday, May 31, 2019

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
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Monday, May 6, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the Garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

Family Event
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Monday, May 27, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing, quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

Family Event
Monday, May 27, 2019

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
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019

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 15, 2019 - Sunday, June 16, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.

Family Event
Saturday, June 29, 2019

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

Family Event
Monday, July 1, 2019 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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 7, 2019

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
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Sunday, July 14, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the Garden.

Family Event
Thursday, July 25, 2019

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

Family Event
Monday, July 29, 2019

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

Family Event
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019

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 8, 2019

Get interactive with our Crazy Creatures who are visiting the Garden for the day. Animal encounters with rabbits, frogs, snakes, spiders, mice and other animals to enjoy.

Family Event
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - Sunday, August 11, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their craft skills in the garden.

Family Event
Monday, August 19, 2019

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

Family Event
Thursday, August 22, 2019

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
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - Monday, August 26, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.

Family Event
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019

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 8, 2019

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.

Family Event
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Sunday, September 15, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer will be demonstrating their skills in the garden. Les takes much of his inspiration from the History of Durham, in particular St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viv works with traditional paper crafts such as embossing quilling, parchment work and many more techniques.

Family Event
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and explore the garden to see what you can discover. This is a self-led activity, and subject to availability of spotter sheets.

Family Event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Sunday, October 20, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer will be demonstrating their skills in the garden.

Family Event
Friday, November 1, 2019 - Saturday, November 30, 2019

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

Family Event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Sunday, November 17, 2019

Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their craft skills in the garden.

Family Event
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - Monday, December 23, 2019

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