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Queuing may be necessary during busy periods.

All activities in Pavilion in the event of wet weather.

About this event

Join us for a day of family activities inspired by the Dodo Bird, and find out why it became extinct. You can also join in some family friendly activities that Friends of the Earth are running for their Great British Bee Count, another creature in danger of extinction today.      

Bandstand Terrace:  Great British Bee Count

Suitable for all ages.

Join Friends of the Earth for their Great British Bee Count.  Take part in fun activities including a pollination game with giant flowers; building a bee home and joining in with some bee songs.

Build a Bee Home  

  • 10.30am – 11am
  • 3.30pm – 4pm

Bee Songs               

  • 11.30am – 12pm
  • 1.45pm – 2.15pm

Pollination Game    

  • 12.15pm – 12.45pm
  • 2.30pm – 3pm

Hands On Base: Bee Talk

Suitable for children aged 5+.

Join bee expert Rory from Friends of the Earth to find out more about different types of bees, what we can do to save them from extinction and get up close to some bees from our handling collection...


  • 12pm – 12.30pm
  • 2.45pm – 3.15pm

Gardens: Bee Garden Walk  

...then follow Rory out into our Gardens and find out about the different flowers that bees are attracted to.

Meet at the green post box.


  • 12.30pm – 1pm
  • 3.15pm – 3.45pm

Natural History Gallery – As Dead As A Dodo Stories

Suitable for all ages.

Join Mr Horniman, who has stepped out of his time machine to tell you stories inspired by the Dodo Bird.  

  • 11.30am
  • 1.15pm
  • 3pm

Natural History Gallery – What happened to the Dodo?

Suitable for children aged 5+.

Join our Natural History Curator Jo Hatton for a short talk on why the Dodo became extinct.

  • 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Education Centre – Family Art Fun

Suitable for children aged 3+.

Come along and make a Queen Bee Crown that you can then wear to some of our Great British Bee Count activities. 

  • Every 45 mins from 11.00am until last entry at 2.45pm