Erin with a finished plant pot at a Haven Plant Pot Art session

The O'Hallorans

The OHallorans

We’re made up of Lyndsey, John and Erin, who all love a new adventure. We try to get away as much as possible, especially during school holidays and variety is a must for us. That means staying anywhere from a luxury hotel to a hostel and it’s not often we go to the same place twice. 

If you’re going on a holiday to a Haven park, then you can expect there to be lots of activities to take part in. As there are lots to choose from, it can be hard to know what to pick! Find out more about Plant Pot Art, an activity we took part in at Haven Wild Duck.

How to book

You can book activities in advance of your Haven holiday online, or on the My Haven app. You can browse through the days of your holiday to see when certain activities are available. It might be that some activities are only run once during this time.

If you book in advance, you can do so via your Haven account or the app. You will need to select the day and time of the activity from the activity listings, and how many people will be participating. Adults supervising don’t need to pay for a space. You will need to pay in advance when booking via the app.

Booking is also possible at the Haven site you’re staying at. There is usually a desk or area for booking any activities, possibly in the family entertainment centre.

How much does this activity cost?

This activity costs £12 (2024 price) per person.

What age is Plant Pot Art suitable for?

Plant Pot Art is suitable for all ages. Younger children might need help from an adult.

How long does the session last?

Plant Pot Art sessions last for 45 minutes.

In order for your session to start on time, it’s important to be at the Ranger Station at least 5 minutes before the start time. 

Haven Plant Pot Art bird option

Plant Pot Art: What can you expect from the activity?

Choosing a plant pot

Before the session really gets going, your child will need to choose which plant pot they want to turn into a masterpiece. Erin had the choice of a bird or a ladybird but this could differ between Haven parks. The plant pots are plain white to start with; a blank canvas for your child.

Erin painting at a Haven Plant Pot Art session

Creating a plant pot masterpiece

During the session, children are given a box full of paint pens. In this case, they were Giotto pens and they worked pretty well. I liked the fact that it wasn’t a session using real paints because it meant less mess and less ruined clothes.

At this point, it might be a good idea to encourage children to have plan for their plant pot before they start to use the pens. Erin realised quite quickly that she wouldn’t be able to re-do something in black, or get another pot.

You can really go to town decorating the plant pot and it’s nice for children to have that freedom. We liked the bird and ladybird designs too. I think it made it easier to decide what to draw/ paint on them.

Protecting the paint

Once children have finished painting their plant pot they can let the ranger know. They will then take the pot away and cover it in a coat of lacquer. After this has dried, the paint will be protected, meaning it will last a lot longer!

Erin holding seeds and compost to put in a plant pot

Getting started with a plant

The lovely ranger at Haven Wild Duck gave all of the children a little bag of seeds and a bag of compost to get them started at home. I don’t know if this is done everywhere but I thought it was a really nice touch.

Erin with a finished plant pot at a Haven Plant Pot Art session

Plant pot art was a really nice activity and one that Erin really enjoyed. There was a range of ages on our session as well as a mix of boys and girls. For £6 a person, it’s really good value!

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