The Hive at Moss Bank Park

The Hive at Moss Bank Park


The Hive is a local food-growing project based in Animal World on Moss Bank Park in Bolton. Whatever your age or ability, we can provide you with inspiration and training for growing your own food at home and enjoying nature while you do!

See our summer events and activities schedule by clicking here

For Schools

The Hive offers a unique learning experience inspiring pupils of all ages and abilities to explore and actively learn about growing food, wildlife and the environment.

We offer a range of programmes, some of which have been devloped specifically for the brand new 2014/15 curriculum.

Key programmes include:

Taste the Wild

An interactive and enjoyable session where students get to make healthy bread, pizza, soup or curry. A perfect fit for the new Design & Technology curriculum – what better way to learn about seasonality and where food comes from than to pick the herbs for the top of your pizza`, or by pulling up potatoes for your soup!

Our Miniature World

This session focuses around investigating the minibeasts that are friends and foes to the gardens of The Hive.; from the colourful ladybirds which eat our greenflies to the slimy slugs which make our lettuces disappear! A perfect session for KS1 students.

Plants – growing green!

The role and parts of a plant continues to be one of the most tricky subjects of science – especially when trying to deliver it in the classroom! This session uses interactive games and dissection of a plant to help students grasp this complex subject in an interactive, fun and effective way.

For more information on the education programmes at The Hive please contact James Hall on 01204 663754 or

You can view/download our education programme leaflet by clicking here.

For Families

Nature Tots: Join us for an adventurous bug hunt or get creative with nature art! A range of themes to help you and your little ones enjoy the outdoors!

10.00am – 11.15am: 15 months to 3 years
11.30am – 12.45pm: 3 to 5 years

There is a cost of £4 per sessions which includes refreshments for both children and parents.

Please contact Charlie Barlow on 01204 663 754 or email to book. Block bookings are available with an offer of 1 free session for every 10 block booking made

The Achieve Programme

Are you aged 18+? With our formal training programme we want to pass on skills that you can utilise within your own community, and inspire you to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

We have a range of training promgrammes available including plant propagation and outdoor cookery course. 

For information on any of the above programmes, please contact James Hall on 01204 663754 or click here to email.


Join us every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to meet new people and learn new skills. We have a range of sessions and activities including willow weaving, green wood working and helping develop The Hive’s new dinosaur zone for children.

Contact Charlotte Yates on 01204 663 754

 FREE Fun for the kids.

The Hive, Moss Bank Park

Off Moss Bank Way


Telephone: 01204 663754 



FREE – But Donations  are welcome

Age range: 5 – 12

Booking required: No

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