Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

New! Happy families toolkit

This toolkit is a must for anyone interested in improving their offer for family audiences at their heritage venue; indoors or out, large or small.It focuses on:

•key areas in which to concentrate your efforts to get maximum benefit,
•realistic and achieveable solutions and
•real-life examples.

Whether you are a botanic garden, national museum, zoo, cavenous Tudor mansion, contemporary art gallery, historic parkland, tranquil nature reserve or a tiny heritage centre, families are probably an audience for you. Whether you've sarted your journey to developing your offer for families or are just taking the first tentative steps there's something for you.

This CD uses the author's industry expertise from work with hundreds of heritage sites plus selected best practice from across the sector. It will help you create shared, memorable, valued and magical visitor experiences for families. It stays true to the mantra of 'simple, inspiring, time-saving, achievable'.

The happy families toolkit is packed with:

•90 pages of sector specific analysis, examples and advice, all fully referenced
•Statistics and insight into families as a heritage and arts audience
•The truth about families as an audience, how they behave and what they want from their visit
•Insights into how families learn together
•Step-by-step guidance to doing a 'health check' on your current family offer
•A guide to planning improvement in your family offer
•Tips for changing your organisation as a whole to be more family focussed
•Ideas to help you get the all important welcome right
•Hints and tips for delivering your family offer and interpretation
•Five mini studies of real-life family offers.

The CD also includes:

•A 20 page directory of suppliers, funders and useful organisations
•A family offer checklist to help you assess your current offer (and other sites)
•Families quiz to complete as a team activity
•More about evaluation, social media and ideas on things to do with sticks!

The happy families toolkit is £12 plus 75p postage and packaging (UK destinations, please contact us if you would like prices for elsewhere in the world). Buy online now or contact us if you would like to be invoiced for your purchase or would like to purchase multiple copies for your organisation.

Please note: This is an electronic book supplied on a handy CD as PDF files.