Summer at Anglesey Abbey

Join us this summer for a day of relaxation, exploration and discovery. We'll be celebrating our summer blooms all the way through June and July, when the gardens are at their best. Start planning your adventure...

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Summer Blooms | 5 June - 22 July 

Enjoy heady scents in the formal Rose Garden, the buzz of insects in the Wildflower Meadows and a riot of colour through our Herbaceous Border. Don’t miss, as recommended by our garden team, ‘…the gardens at their absolute best.’

This year the team will be sharing their top tips, stories and amazing knowledge through a variety of Q&A drop-in sessions and walking tours.

Saturdays will have an extra buzz in the air with family friendly wildlife spotting in the meadows and live music on the South Lawn to say thank you for your ongoing support. The outdoor kiosk will be on hand with refreshing drinks and ice creams.

Why not pack up a picnic and find a quiet spot to enjoy a good book in the gardens? We’ll also have our new pop up bookshop on the South Lawn over the weekends for you to take a leisurely browse.

Explore the gardens

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium flowering in the Herbaceous Border at Anglesey Abbey

Herbaceous Border Q&A  

Pop in to see a member of the garden team every Tuesday between 2 - 4pm, and have a chat about all things in the world of herbaceous borders! The team will happy to answer questions and talk about the work they're doing. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!

A butterfly resting on a Black Knapweed within the Wildflower Meadows.

Wildflower walking tour 

Join us every Tuesday and Friday at 12.15pm for a gentle stroll through the meadow with our garden team. Hear more about the history of the area, the fragility of the landscape and the biodiversity impacts. Discover more about the wildflowers and butterflies that call Anglesey home. Book on arrival for a suggested donation of £2 per person.

A close up of a rose in the Rose Garden at Anglesey Abbey

Rose Garden Q&A 

Calling all rose enthusiasts! Pop in to see a member of the garden team every Friday between 2 - 4pm, and have a chat about the world of roses! The team will happy to answer questions and talk about the work they're doing. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!

The sound of summer

Close up of trumpet horn reflecting Polesden Lacey

Open Air Jazz

In partnership with Cambridge Jazz Festival, join us from 12 - 2.30pm on 5, 19 June and 3, 17 July for an afternoon of live music on the South Lawn. No additional booking needed, just pack a picnic, bring your rug and enjoy.

Woman enjoying an open air performance

Open Air Folk

Cambridge Folk Festival will be back with live music on the South Lawn from 12 - 2.30pm on 12 & 26 June, as well as 10 July. So settle back and enjoy a chilled Saturday afternoon this summer. No additional booking needed, just come and soak up the atmosphere.

June & July line ups

5 June | Cambridge Jazz Festival: Sam Miles Trio
12 June | Cambridge Folk Festival: Claire Hayes Trio
19 June | Cambridge Jazz Festival: Tim Boniface Trio
26 June | Cambridge Folk Festival: Tom Copson
3 July | Cambridge Jazz Festival: Django's Tigers
10 July | Cambridge Folk Festival: Chris Fox & Dan Wilde
17 July | Cambridge Jazz Festival: Phil Stevenson Trio

Family fun

Soak up the summer sunshine

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Perfect picnics

Sit back, and feel the grass between your toes with an old fashioned summertime picnic! Don't panic if you've forgotten something, our Outdoor Kiosks in South Glade and the Arboretum are on hand with anything you might have missed - or even an ice cream for dessert!

Two teenagers lying on a blanket reading books

Lose yourself in a good book

Perhaps you enjoy a classic Austen novel, or like getting your teeth into a good crime fiction, maybe you're a fan of Harry Potter? Whatever your preference, we've plenty of calm spaces to get lost in your favourite paperback. Our top recommendations would be the Quiet Room, the Narcissus Garden or if you're after a spot of shade, a deckchair in the Pinetum would be perfect!

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