What is there for children?
There is much to see, smell, touch and marvel at in the World Garden, if you are one of our younger visitors. There are lots of wacky sculptures to look out for as you travel around the world; watch out for Colin the Cobra and the silver tree made from 51km of wire! The cactus house - Hot & Spikey - has some really strange specimens including 'alien eggs' and a plant that actually smells of dog poo.
We recently installed three warped mirrors along the border, which children can spends hours playing in front of seeing how much smaller, wider or taller they can be!
To help children find their way around the World Garden, we have devised a Plant Hunter Quiz for the more intrepid plant hunters, as well as a House Quiz that allows you to unravel some of Lullingstone's mysteries.
Over Easter Weekend children are tasked with navigating the World Garden on their own plant hunting mission, with the reward of an Easter Egg for successful explorers.
Each year in May we host a gun powder-packed Medieval Weekend, complete with firing canons, a battle re-enactment, archers and campfires.
Every August we have our exciting Plant Hunters' Weekend when Tom, the certified 'plant nut' dresses up and takes visitors on a trip around the world, 'travelling' from the Edwardian period to the present day with some animal friends!
Children may also be interested to learn about honeybees. We now have three hives filled with up to 120,000 bees in the summer! There are display boards to learn more about just what bees do. In 2014 we have also introduced a miniature 'Insect Inn' for children to explore; who knows what bugs they might find!
Or simply join us for a picnic - you can settle by the lake or the garden, and there are cakes, sandwiches, baked potatos, soup, teas and Kentish ice-creams for sale in the Castle Marquee.
'Just to say a huge thank you for taking us round the world garden a few weeks ago. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I am still hearing mention of your name.'
'Had a great time at Lullingstone castle and world garden my boys loved looking at all the different plants from around the world'.
'What a wonderful place to visit. The family are so welcoming. And Tom you are such an inspiration!