Winter Holiday Family Activities

The festive season provides the perfect opportunity for visitors of all ages to come together and explore the Arboretum. Why not enhance your next visit by taking part in one of our new family activities, available over the Winter holidays.

Trees at the Arboretum

Shadow Puppetry

Come and explore the contrast of light and dark and create your own shadow puppet.


Learn all about the Science behind using light, and take this knowledge and your puppet home to create shadow stories for all the family!



1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm | 01 - 05 January 2024

Interactive Storytelling

Our magical interactive storytelling workshops will be a whole lot of fun this winter. The stories will leap off the page with a little bit of help from you!


Our skilled storytellers will guide the young participants through the stories and bring them to life in a unique way. This holiday, the story is: WOW! Said the Owl.



11.00am, 11.30am & 12.00pm | 01 - 05 January 2024

Family Craft Activities

Arts and Crafts

Using materials provided and your creative skills, design and make your very own owl to take home using a variety of resources.


Alternatively, to help you remember your time at the Arboretum this Winter, design and make a badge that you can show your friends and family!



12.00pm to 3.00pm | 01 - 05 January 2024

Family taking part in an outdoor trail at the Arboretum

'What Animal Am I?' Outdoor Trail

Pick up one of our Activity Trail maps and head into the grounds to discover more about the many animals that call the Arboretum home. Once you have completed the trail, young visitors can return to the Remembrance Centre for a treat. 


£2.50 per person

10am - 4pm | 02 December 2023 - 07 January 2024


A frosty image of the river tame