BBC Gardeners' World Live 2019 was perfect for the whole family - a great opportunity to educate children about gardening, food and wildlife.
Activities for children
See the 2019 Highlights
New for 2019, the Show features a trail of activity for children to take part in, including live 'make and do' sessions with Lee Connolly, AKA the Skinny Jean Gardener.
1: 'Garden Makes for the family’ (located on the BBC Gardeners' World Magazine stage Sat/Sun)
Lee Connolly, AKA the Skinny Jean Gardener, presents over 100 Blue Peter-style ‘makes’ for the family to do in the garden. From new ideas starting your adventure, to up-cycled ideas to transform the garden.
2: ‘The biggest gardening entertainment show!’ (located from the Bandstand Sat/Sun)
A brand new family/kids stage show, putting a whole new spin on the usual garden talk. The Skinny Jean Gardener brings a mix of gardening game show, education and prizes to the stage, with audience interaction and participation a must, this is like no other gardening show in the world, leaving both parents and kids with inspiration to get home and get growing!
- Chick handling
- Egg decorating
- Colouring and collage
- And more!
RSPB were a key contributor to our Children’s Trail at the Show in 2019, they included 4 educational and fun elements:
- Nature wall - a magnetic wall depicting a woodland, where children can stick magnetic animals and insects to, creating their own habitat full of wildlife. This has the aim to encourage reintroducing species into their natural environment and indicates some of the species supported by a woodland.
- A Bug Hotel – This feature will be 1msq, in which children can add elements to contribute to their home. Children will leave feeling inspired to create a smaller scale bug hotel of their own at home.
- Wheel of Wildlife Fortune – a classic game with a wildlife twist. Children will spin the wheel for it to land on species. This will reveal plenty of ideas as to how to attract that species to their garden.
- Get your photograph taken as a wildlife species – a take on the classic seaside photo opportunity – pop your head through the hole to pose as a wildlife creature and snap up the perfect photo!
Roots to Fruit drop in mini allotment - kids could try their hand at various gardening techniques with the RtF Practitioners there to instruct and guide.
Plus, there were more great family gardening and children's activities across the Show, including new for 2019 - trampolines and the return of the Bathgate Sandpit.