Following the government announcement of a four-week lockdown in England, we're pleased we can keep the outdoor spaces we care for in the South East open, including coast and countryside sites and car parks, as well as, gardens and parklands. You can still enjoy takeaway food and drink from our cafés and food outlets, in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to gardens and parks, especially at busy times like weekends. See what's open and ready for you to book this week below...
The formal gardens at Polesden Lacey take on a quiet charm in winter, with their stone walls and topiary. While the views from the south lawn are glorious in the winter light. There are plenty of walks to try on the wider estate.
Laced with frost and dotted with unusual winter blooms, Winkworth Arboretum becomes a secret haven during the colder months. Look out for beautiful views across Badger's Bowl; and the tree branches reflected in the lake by the boat house.
The parkland, courtyard and Kitchen café at Hatchlands are open for you to enjoy. The estate is perfect for walks, taking you past peaceful ponds, through pastures and woodlands, with plenty of wildlife to spot on the way.
Unfortunately, we've had to postpone Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail at our places in the South East until later this winter. But there's still lots of things you can do to help Peter's friends at home. To prepare for your adventure, get stuck into these Peter Rabbit activity packs - we'll be adding more throughout the season. At home you can still get creative, help out a wild animal and learn more about the natural world around you with the help of your favourite Beatrix Potter characters.
The gardens are sleeping at Polesden Lacey, Claremont Landscape Garden and Hatchlands Park, but there's still plenty of beauty in the winter light and sculptural trees. Don’t miss winter's highlights, we have all the top spots here.
We all need a break from the box sets, so why not blow away the cobwebs and get out into the countryside on a winter walk. Our downloadable walks are easy to follow with step-by-step directions starting from Polesden Lacey, Hindhead Commons and Winkworth Arboretum. Every step you take helps us care for these special places for years to come.
Over the winter season, we'll be bringing you five fun activity packs with your favourite Beatrix Potter characters for you to try at home, and also some extra inspiration for all the family this winter.
Searching for the perfect Christmas present but wanting to be more conscious of your impact on the planet? Take a look at our 2020 Christmas gift guide for a selection of thoughtful gifts that prioritise people and planet.
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