Great Dixter is a magical place for families to visit


If you want to know more about family activities at Great Dixter please contact Catherine: education@greatdixter.co.uk

Garden explorer club

Garden explorers is an adventurous group for toddlers and carers which takes place each Thursday and Friday at Great Dixter between 9:30 and 11:30 (10-12 during the school holidays), based from our education centre at Dixter Farm. Sessions are based around seasonal activity in the garden and on the estate, from seed planting and cooking using vegetables we have harvested from the garden, entering the local horticultural society show, to minibeast hunts, having fires in the woods and making musical instruments. Sessions are usually run by Education Officer Catherine, with special guest appearances from time to time.

There is usually a story and a walk, and always a drink and a snack (which we often make during the session) with an all essential (proper) coffee for the adults.

Garden explorers is suitable for toddlers aged 2-4. Older siblings are more than welcome during the holidays, and younger so long as buggies are robust enough to make it down to the woods and carers willing to push or carry. There are quite a lot of steps around the garden so we usually abandon buggies somewhere and collect them later. We go out in all weathers and quite often end up messy so suitable clothing is essential!

Each session costs £5.00 per child. Siblings are half price. Accompanying adults and babies are free.

Please note that parents or carers are responsible for direct supervision of children. 

To book a place email: education@greatdixter.co.uk or tel: 01797 254048.


Easter Holidays.

We will be running sessions on the 3rd and 4th April (with Catherine) and 11th April (with Becky) for school aged children and younger siblings- heading for the woods.

Sessions for for preschool aged children will take place on the 6th and 7th April and on 13th and 14th April (Good Friday)  (older siblings welcome so long as they have a preschool aged sibling).

Places are limited and on a first- come first- served basis. To book a place please email education@greatdixter.co.uk  

Sessions will start at 10am and finish around 12. £5 for the first child, siblings are half price. Meet at Dixter Farm.


All activities are risk assessed. Please ensure that you provide the Catherine with any specific needs of your child. Please follow this link for additional health and safety information.

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