Summer in the Pleasure Grounds

Temple with close up of buttercups

Visit Petworth this summer for a delightful sea of wild flowers in the meadow and the Pleasure Ground.

See the Servants' Quarters border blooming with cheery asters, helleniums and crocosmia, sure to brighten up your day with seating available nearby to enjoy a light lunch, snack or drink.

In the meadows you can see plenty of wildflowers adding bursts of colour to the lawns of the Pleasure Grounds. These bright bursts complement the historic structures of the Doric Temple and Ionic Rotunda.

The new servants' quarters border designed by Lady Egremont.
Warm colours in the servants' quarters border
The new servants' quarters border designed by Lady Egremont.

Look out for the signs of summer with a walk around the monuments of the Pleasure Grounds or take a longer stroll around the 700 acre park.

See the new North lawn border beside the North Gallery slowly flourish and grow after the work over the winter. Designed from an 1890 tithe map of the Pleasure Grounds, our planting uses North American plants informed by the lists used by Capability Brown and the bills we have from the 3rd Earl of Egremont’s purchases.  The border does however, use more modern varieties where appropriate to reflect that time has moved on.

A family enjoying a picnic in Petworth Park

Picnics and ice cream at Petworth

There's plenty of places to enjoy a picnic at Petworth and make the most of the warm summer weather. You can even pick up some food and drink to enjoy outside or stop by the ice cream cart for something cool and refreshing