Little Diggers Summer Fun at Wyevale Garden Centre Andover

We were recently invited along to Wyevale Garden Centre in Andover to get involved in some of their Little Diggers Summer Fun events.

Potty About Bees

The first event was Potty About Bees, where the children could choose a flower to plant in a pot and decorate it with a bee they made. The Little Diggers area was a nicely themed fenced off area just outside the main shop. Although outdoors, it benefited from being under cover, meaning sessions can go ahead rain or shine… Which was just as well for us, as we had a typical British summer day!

Provided for each child was a pot, a plant, compost and materials to make our own bees to place in the pot. Aided by a couple of very friendly staff, we set about planting and crafting. SO Kid needed a little more parental support than others as he was having a particularly ‘shy’ day, but he very much enjoyed the experience and was excited to put his plant pot straight in the garden when we arrived home!

The Little Diggers events are aimed at little ones aged 3-8 years, but some of the activities, such as Potty About Bees, will also appeal to slightly younger or slightly older siblings if they want to tag along during the holidays. SO Teen joined us on this occasion (mainly to supervise the rest of us!) and while the craft was a little un-cool for her age, she did enjoy choosing and planting a flower to bring home.

Tea with Buzzy Bee

The second event we attended was Tea with Buzzy Bee! This event was held in the garden centre’s restaurant. We started off with hot drinks for the grown ups and squash for the kids. On the table were activity sheets and crayons to keep the little ones occupied whilst we awaited the arrival of Queen Bee. Unfortunately for SO Dad, this did not mean Beyonce was joining us for afternoon tea… however, I think this particular Queen Bee was equally entertaining!

Food arrived in bespoke Little Diggers paper bags for the children (hot food options were also available) and afternoon tea for the grown ups was served on a 3 tier stand, full of delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes. We had to be very careful to hide these from Queen Bee, as she did keep buzzing around them! After she had flown into several windows despite being told to use the door (perhaps she had been on the nectar!), we were all taken on a hunt around the garden centre, both indoors and outdoors, to collect stickers and find out bee facts along the way. Led by Queen Bee herself, we were encouraged to make bee sounds and fly just like her. Again, SO Kid was a little shy and was enjoying the hunt but wasn’t so keen on joining in with the ‘flying’. SO Dad, on the other hand, was having a whale of a time, much to the embarrassment of his kids! Thankfully for his sake, he was driving us home, otherwise he may well have been left there!

After all the stickers had been collected and SO Dad had finished making a fool of himself, we were led back to the cafe where the kids each found a biscuit had been left for them, along with black and yellow icing, to decorate as a bee. We were given as much time as we needed to decorate the biscuits and take pictures with Queen Bee and could leave as and when we were ready.

In the Tea with Buzzy Bee session that we attended, there were only two families taking part. However, this did not reduce the enthusiasm of any of the staff who were absolutely brilliant throughout. Our host was a lot of fun and very engaging with the children.

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Little Diggers Summer Fun at Wyevale Garden Centre Andover

  • August 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
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    There really is no excuse not to get little ones out and doing something out of the house. How great that even garden centres have realised this and who doesn’t love some biscuit decorating and a 3 tier stand of cake! #countrykids

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  • August 12, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    What a lovely idea and a bit different from the normal themes you often see, I love the little bee cookies #countrykids

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  • August 12, 2017 at 8:47 am
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    It looks like you all had a fab time enjoying a bee themed day together, some great crafty ideas for you all to take part in. It’s great that even that SO Teen could join in even though the activities were for younger kids, family days like this are important. It’s great that they accepted that SO Kid was a little shy and you could help too, I bet you all want to go back for another fab activity soon!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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  • August 12, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    That sounds like so much fun for the little ones, it’s a shame that SO kid was a bit shy but it sounds like SO Dad enjoyed himself šŸ™‚ #countrykids

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  • August 12, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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    Lol, the thought of So Dad buzzing around did make me chuckle. It’s great so many places now do activities during the holidays #countrykids

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  • August 14, 2017 at 6:11 am
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    This looks like a great activity. I will look up to see if there is something similar going on close to us! #countrykids

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  • August 14, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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    What a great idea for a day out. I am sure my teen would have loved the bee biscuits. #countrykids

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  • August 16, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    It really does sound like a great day. We live in Hampshire too and it’s not that far for us to go there so I might check it out #CountryKids

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  • August 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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    It’s fantastic that the garden centres put on activities like this. I love how educational and entertaining it all was for you. #CountryKids

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  • August 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    That sounds like a fun session. I love the bees to go with the flowers in the pots and those biscuit bees look very yummy. Sounds like SO Dad enjoyed it more than the children did! šŸ™‚ #countrykids

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