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The Ladybird Books Exhibition at The Garden Museum - Discover a Gem of Interactive Learning, Up to 50% off + Kids Go FREE

The Garden Museum, Lambeth

Great weekend or Half Term activity!

Use by 27th October 2019

Suitable for 0-100 years

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A lush and beautiful spot in the centre of London discover The Garden Museum, a hidden Southbank gem. With an award-winning cafe, a climbable medieval tower and a collection of filled with historical and nostalgic wonders it's a must-visit whether your family are plant lovers or not. 

Plus take a wander down the garden path with Ladybird Books in a nostalgic exhibition celebrating the iconic illustrated books and the impact they made in teaching children about the natural world. The instantly recognisable artwork from the ‘golden age’ of Ladybird Books will be discovered by a whole new generation of children in this family-friendly exhibition.

  • See original artworks from beloved titles like  the What to look for series, British Wildflowers, Garden Flowers, British Birds and their Nests, The Life of a Honey Bee, Pets and Trees
  • This heart-warming collection of illustrations will take visitors back to the innocence and joy of playing in the garden as a child
  • Filled with interactive exhibits and activities that will have kids learning all about nature
  • Enjoy the carts in the nave with books and toys for children and the free museum trail activity sheets for children
  • Make sure to stop by the award-winning Garden Cafe
  • Climb the 131 steps of the Medieval tower views across the Thames to Westminster
  • Discover the tomb of the Captain of the Bounty, William Bligh 
  • Take a quiet moment in the Sackler Garden, an ‘Eden’ of rare plants with a calm, reflective atmosphere, you'll definitely want to take your time here
  • All set in a stunning former church

Half Term Activities: 

21 Oct 2019 & 26 Oct 2019 - BUILDING BUGS -1pm - 3pm

Head to the museum for a family workshop and create a 3D insect

Take inspiration from the creatures found in What to Look For in the Garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition to create your own creepy crawly. Families will work with artist Bethan Durie and experiment with new techniques such as weaving and threading to construct their bug using natural and upcycled materials. Suitable for ages 3+, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with your entrance ticket but you will need to register in advance to attend. Click here for more info

23 Oct 2019 - FALLING LEAVES -1pm - 3pm

Work as a family to create your own hanging leaf mobile.

Join artist Bethan Durie and experiment with weaving, tying and cutting techniques to construct a cascading creation of leaves. Take inspiration from images found in What to Look For in the Garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition, and work with both natural and upcycled materials. Suitable for ages 3+, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with your entrance ticket but you will need to register in advance to attend. Click here for more info

Dates and Prices

Dates: 

  • Use by 27th October 2019
  • Please note that the museum is closed on the first Monday of March, April, August, October and November for general maintenance.
  • Please note that the tower closes one hour before the Museum’s closing time. In inclement weather the tower may be closed for safety reasons, please call on the day of your visit if you would like confirmation that the tower is open.
  • Every Friday from 3pm-5pm the Sackler Garden will be a Silent Space with no phones or conversation, an opportunity to relax and connect with nature.

Museum opening times

  • Open Sunday–Friday 10.30am–5.00pm
  • Saturday 10.30am–4.00pm

Café opening times

  • Lunch is served from 12pm – 3pm daily (12pm – 2pm on Saturdays).
  • Dinner is served on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6pm – 9pm. 
  • Due to the busy lunch period, the restaurant only serves meals from 12 – 3pm, but outside this time tea, coffee and fresh pastries are available.

Price Information: 

  • £5 for Single ticket, Up to 50% off
  • Children under 16: Free
  • Entry to Ladybird Books Exhibition is included is in your ticket to the Museum
Need to Know
  • Please note that the museum is closed on the first Monday of March, April, August, October and November for general maintenance.
  • Please note that the tower closes one hour before the Museum’s closing time. In inclement weather the tower may be closed for safety reasons, please call on the day of your visit if you would like confirmation that the tower is open.
  • Every Friday from 3pm-5pm the Sackler Garden will be a Silent Space with no phones or conversation, an opportunity to relax and connect with nature.
  • Lunch is served in the cafe from 12pm – 3pm daily (12pm – 2pm on Saturdays).
  • Dinner is served in the cafe on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6pm – 9pm.
  • Due to the busy lunch period, the restaurant only serves meals from 12 – 3pm, but outside this time tea, coffee and fresh pastries are available.
  • Unfortunately, there is no parking at the Garden Museum. There are some private car parks nearby which charge for parking, please contact the museum for further details. 
  • The museum has cycle racks available for those cycling to the Museum.
  • No refunds or exchanges permitted
How to Redeem
  • Please present your LittleBird e-Ticket at the entrance 
  • You will receive your e-Ticket via email once you have purchased
Plan your Visit

Address and Contact Info

The Garden Museum
Lambeth Palace Road
London
SE1 7LB

Nearest Station: Lambeth North
Nearest Park: Monument SOE Agents
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