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Botanic Garden Summer Fun Day - Sunday 16 June

Botanic Garden Fun Day 2024

Join us in the Botanic Garden on Sunday 16 June, to celebrate Summer with a full day of fun and a host of activities for all the family! There will be loads going on all around the Garden from 10am - 4.30pm.


A child having her face painted in the Botanic Garden

Face painting, storytelling and crafting

Choose from a range of colourful designs from our face painting artist then settle down to listen to our storytelling or take part in a crafting session at the Monkey Puzzle Lawn.




A man and woman smile towards the camera. They are outside, and it's a bright, sunny day. There is a white bee hive to the left of the couple and bright yellow daffodils to the right. They are holding honey jars and honey combs.

Honey Man and Sustainability Guru

Local beekeeper George Soppitt will bring his honey and expertise to the Monkey Puzzle Lawn and Durham University's Senior Energy Manager Tom Bray will offer advice about sustainability.




Pittington Brass Band playing at the Lawn by the Visitor Centre of the Botanic Garden

Music in the Garden

You will be able to enjoy music from Pittington Brass Band who will be playing at the Lawn by the Visitor Centre of the Garden on the afternoon.

You can also enjoy performances from the Mandolin Orchestra as they perform at the Lawn by the Visitor Centre on the morning.



Three women enjoying snacks and beverages at the cafe in the Botanic GardenFood and Drink

Our café will be open all day, serving fresh food and refreshments. Relax in the café or outside on the terrace, with a lovely view of the Garden.




Shoppers browse for plants at a market stall at the Botanic GardenFriends of the Garden Plant Sale

Friends of the Garden will be offering a wide selection of plants and seeds available to buy at a plant sale on the Greenhouse Lawn.

Conservation charity Plant Heritage will be there and the Teesside branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society will be selling cacti and succulents.



A mother and child in the Botanic Garden looking at a mobile phone screen and smiling. The child is pointing to the phone screen.

Alice Dalí augmented reality experience

Alice Dalí AR is a new augmented reality experience combining paintings by Salvador Dalí with passages from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a magical soundtrack. Families can seek out music-art experiences around the Botanic Garden via a navigation game app. Download the free app here.



Our flower wall, which will be at the Botanic Gardens for people to take a photo in front of

Photo props

Snap some family photos or take an Insta-worthy selfie lounging on our giant deck chair or posing in front of our flower wall outside the Visitor Centre.




Biodiversity in Durham with Bio-Blitz

Bio-Blitz Student Volunteers will be showcasing nature-themed activities such as pond dipping, butterfly and wildflower walks and moth trapping to show the diversity of plants and animals that live in the Garden.
Butterfly sitting on a flower


Botanic Garden Gardner

Our Gardeners are always working hard to keep the Garden looking great

Botanic Garden Flower beds

Colourful flowerbeds 

Botanic Garden pond and Heron

A Heron visiting the pond in the Garden

Ladies enjoying a cup of tea from the Botanic Garden cafe

Enjoy refreshements al fresco from our cafe

A bird sitting on a branch

Spot the variety of wild birds that visit that Garden

A person looking through a selection of cards in the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre Shop

Visit the gift shop


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Enjoy a day out at the Botanic Garden

Our 10 hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests of all ages visiting throughout the year.

Visit the Botanic Garden all year round