Rhododendron Festival at Sheringham Park

Walkers amongst the rhododendrons along the main drive

Sheringham Park has a nationally important collection of rhododendrons giving colour throughout much of the year to the garden. During May into early June the display comes to its peak when visitors can stroll down the main drive through the wild garden flanked on either side by flowering plants.

Make the most of the lighter evenings to take a stroll to see the colour of the wild garden.  The café, visitor centre and shop will be opening late until 7pm every Friday from May 19 to June 9 and in addition during the half term break daily from May 27 to June2.

The display is constantly changing so for regular walkers there is always something new to see with different varieties coming into flower. 

The earliest plantings here are thought to date back to around 1850, the red-flowered forms of rhododendron arboreum amongst the tallest of the rhododendron species here we believe date back to that period . Seeds of various types were obtained at the turn of the 20th century from the plant collector Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson which added to the diversity of the rhododendron collection here at Sheringham Park. The Handkerchief Tree you can see flowering in May we believe also came from the seed collected on one of Wilsons expeditions to China .

With over 80 species of rhododendron and azalea present in the garden a wide variety of colours are on display, with the many shades of  pink, red, purple, orange and yellow to attract your attention. Towards the end of May rhododendron ponticum bulks up the display providing a sea of colour from the two rhododendron viewing towers in the wild garden.

Climb to the top of one of our viewing towers to look down on the colourful display
Overlooking the rhododendron display from a purpose built tower.
Climb to the top of one of our viewing towers to look down on the colourful display

You can view the rhododendron display any day of the week from dawn to dusk when you can stroll through the garden at your leisure. If you would like to be accompanied by an expert join our regular guided walks, see details below


Rhododendron & Wild Garden Walk
Every Tuesday at 2pm from 10 May - 14 June

Head gardener Graham will take you for a tour of the wild garden to see the colour provided by the flowering rhododendrons and azaleas alongside specimen trees from right across the world. He will explain how such a wide range of species came to be here, and the ones are flourishing this year
£5 per person, book on the day.

" I've looked after the collection at Sheringham Park for the last ten years and the mass show of colour is a wonder to behold. Behind many of the plants are stories of intrepid and adventurous plant hunters who brought them back to our shores from distant lands."
- Head Gardener, Graham Brennan