Free children's Summer activities at Dobbies’ Swindon store

By Barrie Hudson - 12 June 2024


Dobbies has unveiled an array of free nature-inspired activities at its Hyde Road garden centre to keep children engaged and entertained throughout summer.

The first Dobbies’ Little Seedlings Club session of the summer takes place on Sunday 7 July and will spotlight minibeasts which live in the garden.

The Garden Creatures workshop at Dobbies’ Swindon store will explore the world of snails, slugs, spiders, and beetles, helping children understand their microhabitats and fascinating defence mechanisms. 

Children are also promised an understanding of what a pollinator is and how they can be attracted to the garden with pollinator-friendly lavender, which they can plant and take home.

In addition to the regular monthly workshop, Dobbies’ Swindon store is hosting a Little Seedlings Holiday Club on various dates across August to keep kids active and busy over the school holidays.

Children will learn about beautiful butterflies and get the chance to make their very own butterfly-inspired craft. Dobbies team members will begin the session by introducing the topic of butterflies, where they live, what they eat and what they need to survive, alongside the different species from around the world, uncovering the smallest and largest butterfly. 

Children at the Swindon store will learn about the insect’s lifecycle from caterpillar to butterfly and the importance of these magnificent creatures in the garden ecosystem.


Dobbies’ Little Seedlings Club is designed to educate and inspire the next generation of gardeners, getting children aged 4-10 together in a group setting to learn something new.

Robbie Williams, General Manager at Dobbies, is looking forward to welcoming children along to learn about the wonderful creatures that call our gardens home. 

He said: “Summer is a fantastic season for the gardening calendar and a great time to get children interested in the wildlife around them.

“We know just how stretched families can be over the summer holidays, trying to find new and affordable ways to keep the kids entertained. The free sessions in our Swindon store are designed to be inclusive, fun and educational, and we hope that families across the country can head along to their nearest store to get involved.”

The Swindon store will be hosting the club from Monday 12 to Friday 16 August. 

Dobbies is currently searching for its new Little Seedling Club Ambassadors, and calling on budding young gardeners who are looking to inspire their peers to get into gardening to get in touch. 

Successful ambassadors will become the faces of Dobbies’ monthly workshops, write blogs for the website, and feature in news articles and photographs.

The application process is simple; interested applicants only need to visit and fill out a short form, applications close on Sunday 23 June

For more information on Dobbies’ monthly workshop on Garden Creatures or Little Seedlings Holiday Club in the Swindon store, people can visit   



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