23 May 2015 10:00 - 31 May 2015 17:00
Thanks to the generous support of The Friends of Ness Gardens we
are running yet another half term fun programme of free events,
guaranteed to entertain children (and adults!!) of all ages. So
bring a picnic and make a day of it!
The whole garden is home to much wildlife, but there is a
specially designated wildlife area in the lower reaches of the
garden called WilderNess. The paths are mostly grassy and
may not be suitable for all vsitors, particulrly those with
buggies, wheelchairs and limited mobility. However, for intrepid
explorers the area is worth a visit - ask at the Admissions Desk
for a map and more details.
Find out more
about WilderNess here
Wildlife Family Fun Trail in the Gardens (Sat
23 - Sun 31 May) 10am-5pm
Discover more about the wildlife of Ness Botanic
Gardens and find out about their secret lives on this
interactive identification trail. How much do you know about
Ladybirds? Test yourself with the quiz. Toddlers can count the
ladybirds and their spots! Free trail included in your normal
Wildlife Photography Slide-show - Lecture Theatre (Sat
23 - Sun 31 May) 10 am-4.30pm
Richard Steel's beautifully observed wildlife images will keep
everyone happy. Since Richard (Wirral based) won the Countryfile
calendar photography competition a few years ago, his work has gone
from strength to strength. All the images are named so sit back,
relax and learn a few species! Slide show last approx 30 mins, but
come and go as you please. Free.
Richard's blog - Wildlife Photographic Journals (external
Family Soil Survey in the Garden (Sat 23 & Sun
24 May) 12 noon-3pm
Take a detour from the Family Wildlife Trail and
discover creatures that live in the soil and how to test soil.
Hands-on activities with Wildlife Trust Staff. Free included in
your normal garden admission.
Wildlife Crafts & Stories in the Visitor Centre
(Mon 25 May) 11am, 1pm and 2.45 pm.
Creeping Toad environmental artist and performer
will inspire you to make wierd and wonderful wildlife crafts
and then entertain you with his wierd and wonderful wildlife
Find out more
about Creeping Toad (external link)
Ness Family Crafts in the Visitor Centre (Tues 26, Wed
27 & Thurs 28 May) 12 noon-3pm
Make a dragonfly, butterfly, spider or design your own creature,
colouring corner and more with our wonderful, ever
popular volunteer craft helpers. Free.
Mini Bioblitz in the Garden on the Trail (Weds 27
May) 12 noon-3pm
Take a detour from the Family Wildlife Trail and go on a
bug hunt in the garden with University of Liverpool PhD
students to find out what lives here. Have a close look
at some of the bugs and beasties collected on the day at the Bug
Hub. We promise to put the bugs back! Free included in your
normal garden admission.
Bees and Bugs Galore Exhibit in the Visitor Centre (Weds
27 May) 12noon-3pm
Meet Bee and Bug experts Carl Klee and Tony Parker curators from
the World Museum Liverpool. Drop in to see their fabulous preserved
bee and bug collections and ask them questions to discover more
about these amazing creatures. Free.
Bee and Bug Walk (Weds 27 May)
Carl Clee and Tony Parker curators form the World Museum
Liverpool will guide you on a tour to discover the fascinating
bees and bugs that live in the garden. Meet at the Admissions desk.
Free included in your normal garden admission.
Bug Activity in the Garden on the Trail (Fri 29th
Take a detour from the Family Wildlife Trail to meet our
intrepid explorer Indiana Rob to find out more about the creatures
that live in the garden. Get close up to bugs in this short drop in
session. Free included in your normal garden admission.
Wildlife Story Time in the Visitor Centre (Sunday 31
May) 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Join storyteller Tom Goodale for creative and animated wildlife
tales that will captivate the whole family. Come along
and enjoy. Free.
Find out more about our
storyteller (external link)
Who is it suitable for?
Families - toddlers to 12 yr olds
What does it cost?
All activities are free. Some activities are in the Garden so
your normal admission applies
Do I need to book a place?
No - just turn up!
Visitor Centre & Gardens
No ticket is required