Things to see & do
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Join us for lots of talks and activities. From stargazing evenings, welly week and lecture lunches to free entry days we have plenty to keep you entertained.
See our events page for more information.
Top plants in October
- Curly kale in the kitchen gardens
- Paper bark maple in the Arboretum
- Horse chestnuts producing conkers
- Japanese maple in the west garden
Things to do
Go on a welly walk
Grab your most colourful wellies for a wonderfully wet walk.
Read a book
Snuggle up on the sofa in our newly finished Red Library.
We have several horse chestnuts for you to collect conkers.
Arboretum in autumn
Enjoy a crisp autumn walk in our huge arboretum and see the vibrant colours of the Limes, Maples and Horse Chestnuts. A great way to stretch the legs with family and friends.
All you adventurers should bring wellies to explore the squelchiest bits, but there is a shorter tarmac path for families using buggies and wheelchairs.
The gardens are open 7 days a week throughout the year, see our opening times.
Explore the large Victorian mansion set within the gardens, the house is unfurnished so offers a great way to appreciate the architecture, fireplaces and ceilings.
We have just finished moving our second hand book corner into the Red Library. You can now enjoy the room as it was intended and while away an afternoon with a good book.