The Big Back Garden is a firm favourite at Gardening Scotland.

It has proved to be such a popular attraction with visitors that without the Big Back Garden the Show just wouldn’t be the same.

Part family fun area and part eco-plot, it brings together everything that many people want from their garden at home – a place for the kids to play, somewhere to relax on warm days and space to raise a few vegetables for the pot.


Check out the list below of our new range of activities for our Big Back Garden 2017!

Big Back Garden

The Caley Children’s Area

We are delighted to have a Caley Children’s Area in the Big Back Garden this year. Come along to the Children’s Marquee in the Big Back Garden.  Lots of activities for children including seed planting, sowing grass heads and pot making plus opportunities for things to make and do in the garden.


Archaeology Scotland

Come and join Archaeology Scotland in the Big Back Garden and see what you might find in our Dig Site. Have a go at grinding your own flour or sort some archaeological finds. What Will you find?!

Rolling Haggis

Rolling Haggis, situated in the picturesque Pentland Hills, we have some of the most magnificent views in Scotland, with vistas from the Forth bridges across Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and over the Kingdom of Fife. Our setting is perfect for high octane fun.

Haggis Hot Shots is an exciting new experience offering people the chance to test their kicking skills in this fun and competitive mash-up of football and darts! The activity uses a giant inflatable dart board (5m tall) where contestants use a velcro ball to play a variety of games that are usually played on a traditional dartboard.

4 kicks for £2.50 / 10 kicks for £5


 Ayrshire Bees

Ayr Beekeepers will be in the Big Back Garden again.  There are lots to see and do at our stand.  Come and see our open hive demonstrations throughout the day where members of the public volunteer to look inside a beehive and learn about bees.  You can listen to the commentary instead if you do not want to be close up to bees.

Our educational stand has an observation hive and lots of information about wasps, bumblebees and honeybees and there are lots of beekeepers to answer any questions you may have.  Come and taste lovely Ayrshire honey which you can buy from the shop as well as a range of other items.  Children and adults can try candle making with pure beeswax and have your own candle to take away with you.  There are also some bee games to play if the weather is good!

Dynamic Earth 

Come and visit the Dynamic Earth worker bees to become a nectar collector. Learn all about honeybees, explore a real hive and learn the bee waggle dance. You can also get up close to some creepy crawlies and learn all about planet Earth with lots of fun hands on activities.


World of Wings

Fascinating team of birds will be joining the show this year. Come along to ask the friendly team their experiences working with these charming creatures.



NSPCC Scotland is very excited to return to Gardening Scotland this year as the charity partner. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people, so will be providing wrist bands in case any little ones get lost and acting as a focal point for family activity on site!

Please come along and visit us in the Big Back Garden where we will be playing a range of summer games and helping our treasure hunters find the hidden PANTS all around the exhibition! Don’t forget to get your treasure map with all the clues you’ll need to be a treasure hunter.  We also will be introducing children to our Pantosaurus and his song about safety this year (very useful for parents too!)

The story telling Teepee is also in the Big Back Garden so please join us for some classic children’s stories and quiet time for little ones (and mums and dads!)

You will also find us in the Floral Pavilion, where children can get involved in colouring in and crafting, while mums and dads can get some really useful information on keeping your children safe.

We look forward to seeing you this year!


Caledonia Play

Have fun in the sun with your picnic playing on Caledonia Play’s basket swing. Let’s see who is king of their castle whilst the others get their hands dirty in the sandpit!

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