Things to see and do at The Weir

There's something to see in every season in our beautiful garden set by the River Wye.

The Weir Garden proves to be a delight all the year round. There's something to see in every season in the beautiful setting by this stretch of the river wye. The ancient trees , rockery and walled garden are just some of the attractions. There are secrets to uncover; from Roman remains to giant fish. Take a look at our what's on page.

 

Seasonal highlights

Winter

From Late January onwards, you will see beautiful display of bulbs followed by snowdrops and many varieties of daffodils carpeting the banks. The gardeners will be busy preparing the walled garden for the planting season and selling winter produce, such as leeks, kale, round winter radish, chard and Jerusalem artichokes.

Spring

All the way into May, you will see the changes from snowdrops and daffodils to primroses, cyclamen and bluebells, not to mention wild garlic and spring vegetables. Look out for the crested newts in the rockery pool and if you're lucky, you may see an otter. Visit the walled garden to see how we grow and plant out young plants and tend a range of beans, peas and exotic plants in the Victorian glass house.

Summer

Kick your shoes off in the summer and wander on the lawn by the river. Picnic amongst the wild flowers and relax on one of our deckchairs. You can sit and enjoy the sound of the water as it laps against the banks and hear the buzz of wildlife which takes over the garden during the sunshine months. The ermine moth makes a summer appearance in late summer to early autumn. The walled garden will be ablaze with summer colours and scents, and fresh organic vegetables on sale.

Autumn

Warm up in a scarf in autumn. You can buy yourself a new one in our shop, which can be found just opposite the tea tent. Wonder at the colours of the trees along the river and bring the children to gather conkers from the top path. The river has a variety of flora and fauna in amongst the variety of mostly native trees. You'll follow woodland paths , and if you're early enough in the day, you'll catch the beautiful autumn mists. The walled garden is packed with fruit and vegetables in autumn. Pick up a few tips from our gardeners, and take some freshly picked produce home with you.

Families

At half-terms and weekends, families can enjoy our trails and activities, including raft making, building a shelter, bonfires camping and wooded play area. There is plenty of choice, from young gardeners club, artist's open days and guided walks. Pick up an adventure scrapbook to start your list of 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. In our riverside garden, you can take part in birdwatching, finding strange creatures from bugs and beetles, even newts. When you complete each thing, pick up a sicker or stamp at visitor reception to add to your scrapbook. Have a look at our events page to find out more.