Dobbies Royston is offering a range of nature-inspired activities for children to enjoy at the garden centre this summer.

The first Dobbies' Little Seedlings Club session of the summer takes place on Sunday, July 7, and will focus on minibeasts that live in the garden.

The 'Garden Creatures' workshop will explore the world of snails, slugs, spiders and beetles - helping children understand their microhabitats and defence mechanisms.

Attendees will also learn about what a pollinator is, and how you can attract them to your garden with pollinator-friendly lavender, which they can plant and take home.

In addition to the regular monthly workshop, the Royston store is hosting a Little Seedlings Holiday Club on various dates across August to keep children busy during school holidays.

Children learn about different butterflies and get the chance to make their own butterfly-inspired craft.

Dobbies’ colleagues 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 will learn about the insect's lifecycle from caterpillar to butterfly, and their importance in the garden ecosystem.

The Little Seedlings Clubs are aimed at children between the ages of four and 10.

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 Royston store are designed to be inclusive, fun and educational, and we hope that families can get involved."

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

Dobbies is also looking for budding young gardeners to become Little Seedlings Club Ambassadors. To apply or for more information fill out a form on by Sunday, June 23.