We can’t think of any better place to explore the world of much-loved children’s character Percy the Park Keeper and his woodland friends than in one of Cheshire’s favourite parks.
It’s Britain’s largest winter garden and an amazing time to visit as snowdrops are giving way to daffodils, irises and crocuses with huge swathes of colour to warm your cockles. It’s the perfect size for litte legs, curious minds and big imaginations with winding paths, large trees, babbling streams, bridges, stepping stones, lake, pond, enchanting organgery to explore and big lawns to tumble around on.
“We love that families can explore the antics of Percy the Park Keeper at Dunham, where so much work to let nature thrive takes place itself.”
Celebrating Percy’s 30th anniversary in print and publication of brand new tale, One Springy Day, follow a new interactive trail around Dunham’s gardens.
Pick up a map and receive stamps along the way as you discover the work that Percy the Park Keeper and his friends do to look after the natural landscape. Track down the mischeivous fox who has managed to scarper with all of Percy’s tools stuck to him.
Dressing up is very much encouraged for additional storytelling sessions across the holidays.
If you can stay still and quiet enough (a tall order we know), a top place to see live bunnies is the small hill topped by the commemorative sculpture in the garden by the lake.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied for the whole day here. Leave time to let loose further in the ancient deer park with its enchanting log piles ripe for den building, walking on and leaping off. We love that families can celebrate Percy the Park Keeper at Dunham, where so much work to let nature thrive takes place itself.
The One Springy Day trail marks the start of a year-long collaboration with author Nick Butterworth on adventures for families at Dunham celebrating the natural world. Look out for The Treasure Hunt in summer, After the Storm in autumn, One Snowy Night in winter and the chance to meet Nick Butterworth himself.
Collect a garden ticket from the visitor reception to take part in the trail.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
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