Garden of Imagination

The walled kitchen garden has been transformed into the Garden of Imagination...

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Enjoy carefree summer days and let your imagination run wild in our natural outdoor play area, open every day of the summer holiday. The wide open meadow is a safe space for children to explore, with lots of activities to keep their imaginations busy. This year's theme is 'hide and seek'... what will you discover?

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Calke Abbey

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.50 £13.50
Child £7.50 £6.95
Family £36.20 £33.70
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £12.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.10
Garden, stables and park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.70 £9.10
Child £4.80 £4.50
Family £24.20 £22.80
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.10
Park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £3.60
Child N/A £1.80
Family N/A £9.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £1.50

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Park and stables admission charges apply to all non-members and are paid at the vehicle entry point which is one mile from the main gate. Tickets for the house and garden or garden only are purchased from the Ticket Office by the main car park one and half miles further on.

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Other
Garden ticket required.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
8 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
9 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
10 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
11 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
12 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
13 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
14 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
15 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
16 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
17 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
18 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
19 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
20 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
21 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
22 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
23 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
24 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
25 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
26 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
27 July 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Property office
Email
calkeabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01332 863822

Upcoming events

On the trail of ale

Thu 06 Jul 2017
14:00-16:00
A fascinating walk to the hidden Tollgate brewery, where you will learn about past and present brewing on the Calke estate. Unfortunately this event is now fully booked - we apologise for any disappointment caused.

Calke on camera - hidden shots revealed

Sat 08 Jul 2017
10:30-12:30
Join us on this photography walk in the park and pick up some handy photography tips.

Garden of Imagination

Sat 08 Jul 2017
10:30-16:00
The walled kitchen garden has been transformed into the Garden of Imagination...

Calke Explore

Sat 08 Jul 2017
10:30-16:00
Go on a wild adventure in the woods at Calke Explore.

Kids with cameras walk - hidden shots revealed

Sat 08 Jul 2017
13:30-14:30
Join us on this photography walk for children, teaching them some handy tips.

Archaeology Live

Sat 29 Jul 2017
11:00-16:00
Watch our archaeologists as they carry out a live dig looking for a lost garden structure.