Fun for all the family

Visitors discovered the secret life of ponds, how to make a bug hotel and got a glitter makeover at the 2019 festival

Mother and daughter enjoy ice cream
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival was home to an exciting array of activities to get the whole clan involved in 2019.

Visitors explored what secrets lie beneath the surface of ponds in our interactive pond dipping experience, got glammed up with glitter face painting and made a flower crown.

Glitter face painting

Girl with face painted
Born on the festival circuit, the team from In Your Dreams offered face-painting for little ones and adults looking to complete their festival look.

Explore ponds 

Pond dipping
Visitors grabbed nets too see what they could find in our interactive pond dipping experience, located in our wildlife and community area. Jules Howard, a zoologist, writer and author, helped guests discover the secretive species living in our ponds and explained how identify them.

Find The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar Family Trail
The Very Hungry Caterpillar continued his trail around RHS Shows, making a stop at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Families searched all over the festival for the huge pieces of fruit the caterpillar had chomped through to find the greediest caterpillar in town.

Admire bug hotels

A bug hotel
Kids all over Greater London and the Home Counties worked hard to make bug hotels any creepy crawly would be proud to check in to. Visitors browsed through the entries and found ideas for making their own five-star establishment at home.

Make a flower crown

Mary Gilmore
Flower crown artist Mary Gilmore was in the Workshop Tent every day throughout the show, helping visitors create their own floral headwear. Guests could take their stunning headpiece away to wear around the festival.


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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.