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 £15.50 £14.10
Child £7.75 £7.05
Family £38.75 £35.20
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £13.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.50
Garden, stables and park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.20 £9.20
Child £5.10 £4.65
Family £25.50 £23.20
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.45
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.20
Park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £3.80
Child N/A £1.90
Family N/A £9.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £1.60

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.
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
17 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
18 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
19 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
20 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
21 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
22 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
23 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
24 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
25 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
26 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
27 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
28 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
29 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
30 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
31 July 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
1 August 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
2 August 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
3 August 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
4 August 2018 10:30 - 16:00 Available
5 August 2018 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

A Maze in Calke

Tue 17 Jul 2018
10:30-16:00
Experience a whole new adventure at Calke this summer! Lose yourself in the willow maze and see if you can find a surprise in the middle.

Garden of Imagination

Tue 17 Jul 2018
10:30-16:00
The walled kitchen garden has been transformed into the Garden of Imagination...

Calke Alive

Wed 18 Jul 2018
12:30-16:00
Travel through time and meet characters from Calke's past, as they tell the tale of the years of grandeur, the gradual decline and the dramatic end.

Calke Unlocked: a tour with a twist

Thu 19 Jul 2018
11:30-13:00
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.

Archaeology Live

Sat 21 Jul 2018
11:00-16:00
Watch our archaeologists as they carry out a live dig looking for a lost garden structure.

20th century house and 1940s tea dance

Thu 02 Aug 2018
12:30-16:00
Meet characters from 20th century Calke as you explore the house, then enjoy a good old-fashioned tea dance in the afternoon.