Family Weekend Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May

This interactive weekend is all about getting children involved in gardening and the great outdoors, with an emphasis on fun. Bring along your young ones to explore not only life on earth but also the magic of outer space in our new Planetarium.

Over in the Health and Wellbeing Garden, Pathways Day Service, are hosting a herb hut where little ones can get hands on with herbs and they’ll also be selling cakes and drinks from the tea room for those in need of a break.  Norseman Direct will have lots of hands on creative activities for youngsters to get involved with.

There is plenty of lively entertainment including Mr Alexander who is back with enough tricks up his sleeve to entertain children and adults alike with his spectacular one-man show, reminiscent of vintage variety shows.

And here’s some more good news – children (under 16) receive free entry to RHS Malvern Spring Festival on all four days.

Exploration Zone

We’ve developed this area especially for budding gardeners and horticulturalists. Fun, hands-on activities help children learn and explore the wonderful world of plants and gardens.

Step inside our Planetarium and be transported to space, with daily talks including Great Planet Adventures, Back to Moon and We Are Aliens. Talks take place every hour from 10am – 3pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

School Garden Challenge

Every year groups of school children learn about much more than gardening as they work in teams on our Chris Collins (Blue Peter) lead School Garden Challenge supported by BAM, this year the garden designs theme is Space.  Take a look at the 13 School Garden Challenge designs. 

Chris Collins Workshops

BBC Blue Peter Gardener, Chris Collins, will be on hand to guide young gardeners through planting workshops throughout the weekend.

Meet the Author

Saturday 13 May

The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek

Czech illustrator Petr Horáček is the author of a variety of charming picture books for children, including Blue Penguin, The Greedy Goat, Silly Suzy Goose, Elephant, Puffin Peter and The Mouse Who Reached the Sky. Join him for storytelling and watch him bring his characters to life with a live drawing session.

Suitable for age 3 - 6

The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do by Andy Seed

Plenty of interactive family fun based on this exciting book of outdoor things to do, including true stories, practical challenges, games (try Sock Golf on stage), jokes and photos of fantastic things to make and try. Have a go at limbo, build a paper boat, catch a leaf and discover the amazing fun you can have outdoors with this brilliant book.

Suitable for age 7

Sunday 14 May

Grumpy Frog with Ed Vere 

'Someone is not happy... In fact, someone is in a very bad mood indeed. Come and find out what Grumpy Frog is so grumpy about. New York Times bestselling author Ed Vere will be reading his latest book and teaching you how to draw a very grumpy frog.'

Suitable for age 3 - 6

The Big Bird Spot with Matt Sewell 

Discover new bird species, names and stories, and learn how to draw their markings at Matt Sewell's Spotting & Jotting Club. Create your own bird book with the best-selling author and artist of Our Garden Birds and A Charm of Goldfinches, as he launches his first book specifically for children, The Big Bird Spot. No artistic skills required.

Suitable for age 7

Shifty McGifty with Tracey Corderoy

Meet Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, a pair of robber dogs who swap their lives of crime for a career in cupcakes, and solve wacky mysteries along the way. Join author Tracey Corderoy for a deliciously interactive event, packed with craft and canine capers.

Suitable for age 4 - 7