How did it get to be May so soon…and more to the point, nearly June? If you want to get out and celebrate the season over May half term, here’s some of the great events and activities lined up at gardens in Hampshire and Surrey to get you out into the great outdoors.

wisley summerRHS Wisley – Woking, GU23 6QB

RHS Wisley never fails to come up with a generous range of activites for families over the May half term. This year you can enjoy birds of prey displays, making a wooden pendent and storytelling. You can also go wild in the woods den building, or visit the ‘Budding Gardeners’ exhibition of ‘pallet-sized’ gardens made by local school children.

All activities start: 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm unless otherwise stated.

For specific times, dates and further information see the link HERE. Normal admission prices apply.

hillier-pavilion-550-4Harold Hillier Gardens – Romsey, Hants, SO51 0QA

Join in with the pond-dipping fun in the Education Garden ponds. Find all sorts of mini-beasts and slimy snails! Equipment provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book. Price – £1.50 per child. 1pm to 4pm. 31st May.

For further information see HERE. Normal admission prices apply.

gardenspolesdenlaceyPolesden Lacey – Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BB

Let your children find out if they could have survived as Edwardian explorers during May half term week. Collect a map and survivial guide and let them try their hand at den building, water purifying and camouflaging. For children 5 – 12, £2.00 per child. Normal admission prices apply.

visitors-winkworth-arboretum-190940Winkworth Arboretum – Godalming GU8 4AD

If you’ve got really adventurous kids, they might be interested in the Wild Learning courses held at Winkworth Arboretum in half term, where they can get muddy and have fun in a safe, woodland outdoor setting. £38.00 per child. 5 – 12 years. 31st May and 1st & 2nd June. 10.30 am – 4.30 pm. For more information see the link HERE. To book and find out more about the Wild Learning company, see the link HERE.