Our Botanic Garden celebrated the start of summer with its first ever Fun Day, hosting a day of family-friendly activities across the 10-hectare site.
The aim of the event was to attract visitors to the Botanic Garden, showcasing it as a great location for a family day out. The Fun Day was a success, welcoming over 700 visitors to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and range of activities.
Bio-Blitz student volunteers delivered nature-themed activities, including butterfly and wildflower walks and pond-dipping. This highlighted the diversity of the plants and animals that make the Garden their home. Having been inspired by the colours and creatures in the Garden, children could have their faces painted with flowers or animals.
Staff and students from Teikyo University of Japan conducted traditional Tea Ceremonies in the Cherry Circle of the Japanese Garden. They also encouraged visitors to try their hand at the ancient craft of origami, creating paper animals.
Visitors were able to bring their own picnics or enjoy tasty treats from the café, while relaxing on the terrace with views over the fountain.
There was musical accompaniment throughout the day with performances from Pittington Brass Band and the Mandolin Orchestra. Visitors also had the opportunity to buy plants to take home, thanks to the Friends of the Garden who held a plant sale.
Set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover. It's open to the public all year round, with free entry for staff and students.
Find out more about the Botanic Garden visit durham.ac.uk/things-to-do