Family activities at Cardiff in 2019

Willow weaving, wildlife identification and kids designing gardens - all in the heart of Cardiff

Family sitting in the RHS letters at CardiffVisitors to the 2019 RHS Flower Show Cardiff discovered a host of springtime activities for the whole family. 

From story telling and strawberry potting, to willow weaving and identifying birds, there was an activity that was enjoyed by youngsters as well as the young at heart.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar family trail

The Very Hungry Caterpillar family trail

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is munching his way through RHS Shows this summer and started at RHS Flower Show Cardiff.

The RHS teamed up with The World of Eric Carle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic book’s publication with a series of family trails at RHS Shows, including Malvern Spring, Chatsworth, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park.

Visitors followed the caterpillar’s trail through the show, spotting the giant-sized fruit that he'd chomped his way through.

Willow weaving

Weaving willow
Visitors learnt new skills with the team from Out to Learn Willow. They appeared at Cardiff to share their skills in the ancient craft of willow weaving.

Visitors discovered the art of this traditional activity and how it has been used to create baskets, protect river banks and even catch crabs, lobsters and eels for centuries.

Being at one with nature

Snail on a young lettuce plant
There’s nothing better than seeing birds enjoy your garden. Visitors learnt how to identify winged garden visitors in the workshop presented by the Wildlife Trust.

For those who preferred critters of the creepier variety, there was a workshop run by the RSP, where visitors investigated the wonderful world of snails in their snail-friendly garden feature, Maenor Malwen.

Kids got growing

Child planting seed in potYoungsters were encouraged to get gardening with a host of activities available at the 2019 show.

Pennard Plants provided children with the opportunity to pot their own strawberry to take home and grow. 

Grow Cardiff headed to the show this year in a quest to get youngsters gardening and delivered design challenge workshop, showing how to design a garden.

Drawing materials were provided and all entries were displayed at the show. What’s more, there were prizes for the winners of our two categories – ages seven and under and ages eight and over.


Children listen to speakerThere were plenty of opportunities to sit back and listen to a story at the show. Interactive storyteller, Lucy Walters, was in the Talks Theatre on Sunday 14 April, telling the tale of two young dragons who needed help finding their way home.

Cardiff Library was also at RHS Flower Show Cardiff with storytelling and a workshop for children to make their own bookmarks.

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