University gardens offer a fun day out for Leicester kids

Posted by pt91 at Oct 07, 2011 03:21 PM |
Learning and laughs guaranteed as Botanic Gardens awarded Quality Badge for Learning Outside the Classroom

With its green lawns, immaculate plantings, sculpture exhibits and (supposedly) haunted houses, no one could accuse the University of Leicester Botanic Garden of being dull. This popular destination provides a fun and entertaining day out for school children from across Leicester - and has now been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. The Badge recognises the Garden's value as an educational day trip, providing all sorts of learning opportunities for schools.

Established at its site in Oadby in 1947, the Botanic Garden includes such delights as a restored Edwardian garden, a desert hothouse, herb gardens and an untamed meadow. There are also classrooms available at the Garden and its satellite facility, the Attenborough Arboretum in Knighton. The Botanic Garden staff can accommodate a whole class of excitable little learners for activities such as maths and science days, the Whole World Cake activity and the opportunity to go on a bear hunt… and hopefully catch a big one!