Activities at Hidcote
You’ll never be stuck for things to do at Hidcote. Whether you’re a keen gardener looking for inspiration or someone looking for a bit of fun as part of a day out, we’ve got it all.
Something for the gardeners
Watch the world go by in the plant house. Lawrence Johnston, the garden's creator used the original building to grow tender plants. Powerful scents add fragrance to the air in springtime.
Hydrangea corner is where the lacecap hydrangeas hit their peak in August. Take a closer look: can you spot the vigorous rose 'Bobbie James' hanging from the hollies?
Follow the winding paths of Cotswold stone as they lead you from the stream garden to the tranquillity of the wilderness. It's the perfect spot for a picnic.
On your way back, watch the great diving beetles as they dart around the pool. Or time your visit right to spot a rare great crested newt.
Enjoyment for all ages
Hidcote is a great place for families to explore nature and the many outdoor 'rooms' of the gardens at Hidcote. Join in the fun with one of our holiday trails or make your own adventure while exploring the garden.
Take it easy
Step back in time into Lawrence Johnston's drawing room. Sit beside the fire and dip into a gardening book. This is where Johnston spent most of his time, planning his garden and researching his next plant-hunting expedition.
Discover the garden’s untold stories with our new surround sound audio guide. Marvel at Johnston’s plant hunting adventures and learn more about his friends and inspiration.
" I loved exploring the garden and not knowing what was around the next corner."
Picnic in nature
Pack a picnic and enjoy the summer at our designated picnic area which has wonderful views out over Gloucester and Oxforshire.
You can always find a quiet corner in the garden to relax and unwind. Why not bring a book or newspaper, and while away the afternoon?
Free Wi-Fi is available in our Winthrop's Café. Give surfing the web a whirl while enjoying a cuppa and slice of home-made cake.
The pools are teeming with an abundance of underwater creatures that can be seen swimming around. Protected species like great crested newts and the more common frogs and toads enjoy our quiet pools for feeding, breeding and raising their young. It's great to look out for these amphibious species but please refrain from throwing stones and pennies into the water as it's damaging to their habitat.
For the Kids
During the holidays families of all ages can enjoy an adventure in nature with our holiday nature trails. You can find out more about Hidcote's seasonal trails below.
50 things to do before 11 3/4
Kids can get closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art. Many can be done at Hidcote or at home and in your garden.
Pick up your 50 things wall chart and stickers from Visitor Reception.
Summer activities and games
Hidcote sees hundreds of families visiting every year and has a number of things for yougests to see and do.
In the summer we have games of croquette, Kubb and tennis for visitors to enjoy. Or you can take in cloud bathing and bird watching on the Great Lawn. Then why not enjoy a pre-or post lunch family picnic at in our picnic area.
Please see our events page for a full programme of events.
Autumn at Hidcote
Explore the changing attmospher of the gardens here at Hidcote as we make the move through the seasons from summer to winter with our Autumn activities. Discover the crispness of the leaves as they crunch underfoot, take in the changing coloures, watch the wildlife seach for food for the winter and on our half-term trail try to find the pumpkins that have been hidden around the garden - how many can you spot?
We're inviting you to embark on Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Hidcote. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand. Hidcote's winter trail will run from the 4 December to 4 January, weekends only.
Energy to burn?
Feeling energetic? Come and have a go at a game of tennis on our all-weather court. Rain doesn’t stop play at Hidcote.
Tennis and croquet
We've everything you need, from period wooden rackets to match-winning tennis balls. All you need to bring are flat sports shoes and a lot of energy.
If tennis isn’t your thing try your hand at a spot of croquet. Have a go at this traditional pastime on the Great Lawn.
There's more to explore nearby
The wider estate
The garden is surrounded by beautiful countryside, accessible by a network of public footpaths. Walking guides are available from visitor reception.
Soak up great views by following one of many public footpaths leading from our car park.
Make the most of your day and stop off at Chipping Campden on your way home. Walk along the Market Hall's paved floor, lovingly worn by shoppers and traders over the centuries. Explore some of the little shops lining the High Street. You can enjoy a cup of tea and a warm welcome at one of the town's traditional tea-rooms.
50 great places to visit in Chipping Campden
Located just outside Chipping Campden and only 10 minutes by car from Hidcote is Dover’s Hill. It’s great for walking and plays host to the famous Olympick Games each May.
50 great places to visit in Chipping Campden