Activities at Hidcote

Fun for the family 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."
- Alice

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Visitor reading a newspaper, sitting on a bench at Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire in September
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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.

Underwater world

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.

Newt in the pond at Hidcote
A newt swimming in the pond at Hidcote
Newt in the pond at Hidcote

For the Kids

Nature trails

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? 

Winter activites

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.

Play tennis at Hidcote
Tennis at Hidcote
Play tennis at Hidcote

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.

Just one of the spectacular views around Hidcote
Just one of the spectacular views around Hidcote
Just one of the spectacular views around Hidcote

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 

Bathing pool and Fuchsia Garden

Hidcote virtual tours

Enjoy magnificent views, discover exotic plants and experience vivid floral displays on a 360 degree virtual tour of Hidcote. Pictures taken August 2010.

The shop at Hidcote

Shopping at Hidcote

Our shop, plant centre and secondhand bookshop are open from 11am until one hour before close. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Hidcote for everyone, for ever.

Hidcote's Old Garden in flower in summer

Why Hidcote is special

The plant hunter's garden set in Cotswolds countryside.