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Notice: Ooo it's a bit blustery! The gardens are closed due to high winds, but why not escape the chill and join us for a nice hot chocolate and tasty treat in the cafe. The New Inn visitor center is open as normal from 10am-6pm. Stowe House is also open today but accessible from another entrance call their info line to find out more.

A monumental day out

The scale and beauty of Stowe have attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise, and still cast their spell today.

Your visit starts at the New Inn visitor centre outside the gardens. This fusion of modern and restored 18th-century buildings was where visitors of the past were welcomed to Stowe.

Stop by the light and airy café for delicious fresh food and the shop for unique products inspired by the gardens. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking. A short walk or a ride in a buggy from New Inn takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits.

Family fun - Cadbury Easter egg trail

Bring your family to Stowe for another of our Cadbury Easter Egg Trails © Cadbury

Bring your family to Stowe for another of our Cadbury Easter Egg Trails

This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail 3-6 April 10am-4pm invites your family to unleash your inner explorer with an adventurous trail around the gardens. Uncover the hidden story of how the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels ended up living in a world inspired by Stowe. They’ll be plenty of fun and festivities at the Basecamp for the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Become an Eggsplorer

Family friendly trail route for all ages © NTPL / Rob Stothard

Family friendly trail route for all ages

This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail 3-6 April 10am-4pm invites your family to unleash your inner explorer with an adventurous trail around the gardens. Uncover the hidden story of how the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels ended up living in a world inspired by Stowe. They’ll be plenty of fun and festivities at the Basecamp for the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Bank holiday weekend 3-6 April 10am-4pm

Claim your chocolaty prize © Jana Eastwood

Claim your chocolaty prize

This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail 3-6 April 10am-4pm invites your family to unleash your inner explorer with an adventurous trail around the gardens. Uncover the hidden story of how the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels ended up living in a world inspired by Stowe. They’ll be plenty of fun and festivities at the Basecamp for the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Fun whilst raising funds at Easter

Get closer to nature on the trail around the lakes © Nick Daly

Get closer to nature on the trail around the lakes

This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail 3-6 April 10am-4pm invites your family to unleash your inner explorer with an adventurous trail around the gardens. Uncover the hidden story of how the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels ended up living in a world inspired by Stowe. They’ll be plenty of fun and festivities at the Basecamp for the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.

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Seasonal highlights

We're recruiting

Volunteer Ivy enjoying a tour through Stowe with Paul from the gardens team 

Could you be our next volunteer of the year?

We are celebrating the people from our local community who give so much back to our charitable cause and help us by volunteering at National Trust Stowe. Find out about an inspirational story of Ivy Cakebread, our award winning volunteer and the new roles we are currently recruiting for that you could apply for.

 

Step into spring

Download our spring walk 

Have you got a spring in your step and want to get outdoors for some fresh air? Pick up our trail which will take you on a route around the gardens to discover the fresh beginnings and beauty of the spring flowers. One of our gardeners have pointed out the best displays to see - in 2014 they planted hundreds of extra bulbs so we expect to see a wide range of flowers lasting through to the end of April.

 

Restoration work

Bell Gate Drive at Stowe drawn John Claude Nattes in 1805 © John Claude Nattes

We're currently in the process of restoring an area of the parkland down Bell Gate Drive. The work will continue throughout February. You'll see the work taking place as you make your way down to the gardens, stop by to see the interesting conservation work in action. Ask a member of the National Trust team to learn more

Snowdrops and seasonal flowers

Snowdrops grow in wide carpets across the garden © Stephen Robson

Vast amount of snowdrops and winter flowers in the Elysian Fields, Lamport Garden and Sleeping Wood are now in out in bloom. Over the last few years, the gardeners have worked hard to plant additional bulbs such as lilies and primroses. We're hoping this will result in the flower display this year longer lasting until the end of April.
 

Try a midweek visit

Get away from it all with a visit during the week © National Trust

We know some of you like a more peaceful visit. We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a quieter day out, why not visit during the week if you can?

Enjoy a peaceful Winter wander walk, and a selection of events taking place mid-week. We also host a monthly dog walk on a Wednesday, and Toddler Tuesdays.

 

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