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Room on the Broom

15 October 2022 to 30 October 2022 Wakehurst

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It may be blustery outside, but Witch really needs your help! Get ready for an adventure through our enchanted woodlands following Witch’s trail to see if you can find the items she’s lost along her way. Don’t forget to watch out for Dragon on your journey! A perfect October half term adventure for all the family and perfect for some Halloween fun!

The autumnal tale Room on the Broom, based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, arrives at Wakehurst in Sussex this autumn. The trail presents a new interactive adventure for October half term. Welcoming the Halloween season, the trail will recreate Witch’s windswept adventure through 3D installations and family-friendly activities. There will also be an exciting add-on sticker hunt to accompany the main trail, where participants can build their own “magnificent broom” from the book.

The journey begins in the enchanting Bethlehem Wood where a willow wand-making workshop will set the scene for this magical adventure. Along with a wooden sculpture of a broom providing the perfect photo opportunity to capture this magical day at Wakehurst.

Families can take part in a treasure hunt to find the witch’s lost items amongst the trees. As intrepid explorers reach the end of the journey, they will encounter more surprises inspired by the whimsical tale as they continue into the dramatic landscape of Coates Wood.

At the end of the trail lies the friendly Witch, carved from wood, in a garden of cauldrons. Here, visitors will be able to re-enact the end of the story, collecting natural ingredients to mix up in a cauldron to create their own autumnal spell.

Children will love roaming through wild woodlands and exploring the magnificent Water Gardens, meadows and Westwood Lake.

With delicious treats, early opening times for members, as well as quiet sessions for those with additional needs and disabilities, this trail is a truly accessible and enjoyable adventure for all.

Lorraine Lecourtois, Head of Public Programmes at Wakehurst said “We’re delighted to be able to welcome visitors to Wakehurst in Sussex for this new interactive trail over the autumn half term. Bringing the tale of Room on the Broom to life will encourage visitors to explore Wakehurst’s woodlands, bursting with vibrant autumn colour. The installations and activities will allow visitors of all ages to encounter nature in a new way, understanding the vital role of plants and fungi.

Ticket Information:

Room on the Broom adventure 10am to 5pm Included with entry – pre-booking essential Children 16 and under go FREE.

A truly magnificent mission (Add-on activity) 10am to 5pm £3 per child

Wakehurst and Kew member’s early opening 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27 & 29 October 9am to 9.30am Get a head start on the Room on the Broom adventure with exclusive member-only early opening.

Quiet sessions 16, 22, 27 October 9.30am to 10am Our 9.30am opening slots will also be available to book as quiet sessions for those with hidden disabilities.

Further Information: Room on the Broom | Kew