With the school summer holidays now under way, our Garden is an ideal spot to bring the family, meet friends and let your imagination and feet roam free, whatever your age! Whether navigating the maze, having a pretend tea party in the Hermitage, playing hide and seek in the nooks and crannies, racing up hills or simply playing in our rustic woodland playground, we love to see people enjoying this gorgeous place.
We've put together a brand new trail for families to enjoy together this summer with the help of local ilustrator, Hannah Shaw. It centres round the Rococo History Book, which has mysteriously disappeared. Can you and your family become Rococo Time Travellers and help piece together the historic secrets of the 18th century Garden? On your travels you can also spot 119 amazing sculptures dotted around the Garden for our summer exhibition ‘Art Unbound’. Amongst them are a moving shark, jumping monkeys, spinning windflowers, dancing hares... and lots more! And best of all, the trail is free of charge. The Rococo Time Traveller trail runs from 20 July to 8 September, generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Standard admission fee to the Garden applies.
Alongside this, our summer sculpture exhibition Art Unbound runs until 8 September. Featuring 119 intriguing sculptures placed thoughtfully around the Garden, there are works of all shapes and sizes and in a variety of materials to interest for all ages.
Still to come we have our final family theatre show of the season lined up: IKP bring their retelling of the Arthurian legend with their performance of "The Sword in the Stone" on Monday 26 August. For more details and how to book, see our events page.
With free parking, freshly-ground coffee and delicious homemade cakes in our cafe, a visit to the Garden should be a treat for all ages. And our furry family members needn’t miss out on all the fun, as well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome too. So bring everyone with you!