Spring colour at Calke Abbey

Wisteria in the gardens at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Spring is a wonderful time to get outdoors and closer to nature. As Calke’s gardens start to bloom, take a peaceful wander around the walled kitchen gardens and see the gardeners at work. The gardens are open every day from 10am to 5pm.

Bright highlights in the gardens

One of the hightlights in Calke’s fascinating gardens is the rare, surviving auricula theatre. Adorned with bright and summery pelargoniums, the theatre looks spectacular throughout the spring and is well worth a visit.

The borders will soon be bursting with a medley of wallflowers and roses – the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs in the gardens. 

Pelargoniums on the theatre at Calke
Pelargoniums on the rare surviving auricula theatre at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

It's bluebell season

Wherever you go at Calke this spring, you're bound to discover a carpet of stunning bluebells! Take a relaxing stroll through Serpentine Wood, where the ground will be covered in bluebells. You can download a bluebell walk from our website to help you explore.

If you're visiting the gardens, you'll find a sea of bluebells spreading over the pleasure grounds.

Serpentine Wood is bursting with bluebells this spring
A carpet of bluebells at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Orchids of the Limeyards

June is the perfect time of year to take a longer walk to Calke's fascinating Limeyards to see the orchids in bloom. Why not join a park guided walk to discover seasonal highlights around the park?