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Discover Wakehurst's Willows and Wildflowers

If you live in London and are a big flowers enthusiast, then you have probably been to Kew Gardens. But a little further afield there is another place to explore. Kew's Wakehurst Place in West Sussex is in full bloom, and celebrating the summer with a Magical Meadows Festival. If you fancy taking the family out for the day, then there is lot to enjoy and admire.

Throughout the school holidays, there will be daily kids' craft activities such as making flying paper birds, minibeast movers, lucky dip meadow sticks, and weaving friendship bracelets out of hay.

Walks will include a sculpture trail, where you can discover all the wonderful sculptures made out of willow and a tour of Wakehurst given by Iain Parkinson, who will talk about conservation from the 10th - 31st July.

Meet the birds of prey on the 24th July, as the team from Alfriston Falconry put on an amazing flying display, followed by a chance to handle the animals, which include barn owls, hawks, falcons. and eagle owls.

On the 17th & 24th July you can meet the experts who look after Wakehurst's meadows, and learn about the wildflower seed production site. Perhaps after that you'll be ready to put you botanical knowledge to the test in a Wildflower Challenge.

For the 19th & 20th July, Wakehurst will be stepping back in time with its Scything and Cider Festival, which will feature a regional scything competition.

Also, throughout the festival, until the 24th December, there is a meadow folk exhibition, showcasing the people who look after the meadows, wildflower trail, and wildflower of the week.
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Why? Fun for families
When: Until 24th Dec
Phone: 020 8332 5655
Where: Wakehurst Place
Cost: Entry 12.50 adults, Free for children
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