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. Bring along a picnic, or indulge in some summer snacks from the Potting Shed.

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 £16.50 £15.00
Child £8.25 £7.50
Family £41.25 £37.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £14.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.10
Garden, stables and park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.70 £9.70
Child £5.35 £4.85
Family £26.70 £24.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.20
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.60
Park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £4.20
Child N/A £2.10
Family N/A £10.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.00

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
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

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:

  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 Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

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.
Meeting point
The Garden of Imagination is inside the Walled Kitchen Garden.
What to bring and wear
Don't forget to bring the sun cream!
Other
Garden ticket required.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
21 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
22 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
23 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
24 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
25 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
26 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
27 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
28 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
29 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
30 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
31 July 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
1 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
2 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
3 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
4 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
5 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
6 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
7 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
8 August 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
9 August 2019 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

Garden of Imagination

Sun 21 Jul 2019
10:30-16:00
The walled kitchen garden has been transformed into the Garden of Imagination.

Calke Unlocked: A Tour Turned on its Head (age 14+)

Tue 23 Jul 2019
11:00-12:30
Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked - a new kind of tour at Calke Abbey. Play games, take selfies, and see Calke in a whole new light.

Nature Detectives Walk

Fri 26 Jul 2019
13:30-15:00
Get your binoculars ready for this family friendly guided walk, where we'll be searching for signs of creatures in the woodland habitats at Calke.

Archaeology Live Day

Sat 27 Jul 2019
11:00-16:00
Get stuck in and make fantastic discoveries at our Archaeology Live Day.

'50 things' Bear Hunt

Tue 30 Jul 2019
11:00-15:00
The Calke Abbey bears are out and about with their '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' wall charts. Come and join them to tick off some of your '50 things'!

On the Trail of Ale Walk

Thu 01 Aug 2019
14:00-16:00
A fascinating walk to the hidden Tollgate brewery, where you'll learn about past and present brewing on the Calke Estate. Unfortunately this event is now fully booked.