Chelsea Physic Garden is a hidden oasis in the heart of the Royal Borough and a real treat to visit with kids. The garden itself is a truly magical and tranquil spot next to the river Thames. It was set up by the Apothecaries to help grow medicinal plants and is a wonderful way to introduce young people to the benefits of botany and educate little Londoners on the importance of plants for the planet.
As part of their family friendly events and activities throughout the summer, the garden is featuring Dr Dolittle – an incredibly immersive and interactive show that takes place throughout the garden site. The set-up is similar to a trail, you start in one stop and then continue along and get more snippets of the story.
First up you meet Felix the Cobbler and his injured squirrel friend. Felix knows there is a doctor who can speak to animals but doesn’t know where the doctor is and needs your help to find them. This incredibly witty production has children running to find the doctor, interacting with animals at the zoo and posting letters to get the doctor to return. It is funny for adults and incredibly entertaining for kids who will love getting involved in the action.
After your visit you can find a shaded spot (bring a blanket and some toys to keep the kids occupied) grab some delicious snacks from the on-site cafe (they also serve great wines and champagne if you’re in the mood to celebrate) or bring some snacks and have a picnic on the grass or on one of the benches throughout the site.
Dr Dolittle is on until 18th August and tickets are £25 Adult and £18 Child and includes your entry to the Garden on that day. This is suitable for all ages, but it is aimed at children. More info and bookings here.