'Unbind the Wing' walk at Bodnant Garden

Couple walkind in autumn at Bodnant Garden

This autumn you’ll be able to explore a previously untold story at Bodnant Garden as you stroll through the 80 acre grounds.

From September 27 to November 23, pick up our ‘Unbind the Wing’ guide when you arrive and enjoy your walk discovering more about the McLaren family and their connections to women’s suffrage.  

Around the garden you’ll find displays and artwork celebrating their decades of dedication to the cause; the letter writing, pamphleting, lobbying, public speaking and debating, which finally bore fruit with the passage of the Representation of the People Act in 1918.

Stunning centrepiece

Installations at the Laburnum Arch, The Poem mausoleum, the Pin Mill and Old Mill depict how this family of horticulturalists planted ideas and nurtured change, and how modern day campaigners such as Amnesty International are continuing the tradition of peaceful, non-political protest today.

A stunning centrepiece of our celebration is the ‘Unbind the Wing’ willow sculpture by artist Trevor Leat. Trevor created this striking 18 foot tall feature on the Lily Terrace over the course of two weeks in September. The figure releasing birds free beautifully depicts women’s for equality, freedom and suffrage.

Along the way you’ll also be able to enjoy the textile work created by North Wales Embroiderers’ Guild, and the protest banners produced by members of the community during our 2018 celebration of suffrage.

Our garden trail is free (normal garden admission applies) and there’s no need to book. We hope you’ll just enjoy at your own pace.

The Poem mausoleum at Bodnant Garden
The Poem mausoleum at Bodnant Garden
The Poem mausoleum at Bodnant Garden