Horrible Science at Wakehurst this Easter 6–22 April

Horrible Science at Wakehurst this Easter 6–22 April

Wakehurst is hosting two weeks of Horrible Science activities based on the best-selling Horrible Science Books by Nick Arnold.

It’s a perfect opportunity for children to discover there’s a lot more to plants than meets the eye!


Check out the weirdest and most horrible plants, from bug eating monsters to plants that kill in a variety of activities:



  • Horrid Science lab – Roll up your sleeves in a real-life lab. Investigate foul fungi and meet creepy carnivorous plants including the Venus fly trap.
  • Stink workshops – enjoy creating some truly horrid smells. Make a unique potion to take home with you; £4
  • Botanist Hall of Fame – explore an exhibition of famous botanists from the past to the present and learn about their real-life horrible science experiments.
  • Potty planting – find out what our scientists are doing to ensure the survival of our favourite foods. In the Potting Shed you can get your hands dirty and plant your own bean to take home with you.
  • Wicked Weeds Detective Trail – Set off on a chocolate hunt through the woods. Gather clues along the trail to work out which wicked weed suspect is responsible for a ghastly plant murder to claim your chocolate prize; £4
  • Visit the Wicked Weeds Crime Desk and create your own ‘wanted poster’, which will remind you to look out for villainous weeds growing all around you.
  • Frightening face painting – be transformed into a frightening animal, a villainous plant or favourite flower; £4


Many activities are free apart from where marked above and are included with entry to the gardens.

Adult ticket: £13.95  Children: Free

Horrible Science® is a registered trademark of Scholastic Ltd and is used under authorization.  All rights reserved.  Based on the bestselling books written by Nick Arnold and illustrated by Tony De Saulles.  Illustration copyright ©Tony de Saulles.  Licensed by Scholastic Children’s books through Rocket Licensing Ltd

Wakehurst is the perfect day out with kids this Easter

With more than 500 acres, children will find the perfect places to explore and let off steam.

  • Tree Trunk Trek located in Coates Wood, is a log trail on which children will love to climb and let off steam.
  • Don’t forget to hire a Wakehurst Explorer backpack to help children make the most of the gardens and be an adventurer for the day! Adults may need to lend a hand with some of the activities; £4 to hire