Tots 'n' Tinies
Our popular Tots ‘n’ Tinies sessions are a gentle way for young children (under 7s) to explore the Gardens with parents and a member of our staff.
We learn and play outside, make something to take home, and finish with a story. Please bring a snack.
Who leads the sessions?
Most sessions are led by Carla Thomas-Buffin. She, and the other staff and volunteers, wear a dark blue Hillier Gardens” uniform.
How many people can come?
Sessions can be busy with up to 18 children, plus younger siblings.
Where do sessions start and end?
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyn’s Lane, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA. Sessions begin and usually end in Education in the Visitor and Education Pavilion – opposite reception. Come straight to the Education Centre.
What happens if I arrive late?
Please stop at Reception and they will try to find us.
Where do I park?
Please follow the brown tourist signs to the Gardens. Parking is free. Please allow 5-10 minutes for parking and walking to the centre. There is no parking next to the Centre, unless you have a blue badge.
What is the site like?
Indoors: The Education Centre is a large modern, single story building. It has accessible and family toilets.
Outdoors: The Garden has variable terrain including some small hills. It has grass, gravel and smooth paths, but we tend to use the grassy or wooded spaces, too.
What to wear?
Remember to dress for outdoor play, including wellies.
Do I need to bring anything?
Bring a mid-session snack.
What age is suitable?
These are sessions are designed for young children from age 2-7 years.
Can younger children come?
Siblings under two are welcome, but we do not always stick to paths, so a sturdy buggy or backpack carrier may be useful. There isn’t a charge for siblings under two.
Do I need to stay with my child?
Yes, children must be accompanied by an adult.
My mother is visiting. Can she come?
Additional grown-ups are welcome, but you will need to pay for additional adults. Of course, if you are a Member, you can bring them in as a guest on your guest pass. Please stop at reception on your way in.
What if it’s raining?
Unless dangerous, we go out whatever the weather. Please come prepared.
We need to cancel our session. Can we get our money back?
Sorry, we do not do refunds.
Can we turn up on the day?
No, we regret that advance booking is required.
Find out about our next Tots 'n' Tinies sessions.
- £5.95 per 1 adult and 1 child
- £5.95 per extra child
- Free for siblings under 2 years
Places are limited so book early from our What's on – Tots 'n' Tinies page or call 01794 369317.