Make the Mander's front garden your back garden

Black & White photography of the Mander family playing tennis

As we all hope for long sunny days this summer make the most of our 17 acres of garden with our relaxing, informative and invigorating outdoor activities.


Find your perfect spot to relax and enjoy the garden in full bloom, don't worry if you’ve forgotten your blanket, borrow one of ours from the Grigg House. You can picnic anywhere you like in the garden, but if you’re looking for benches or a shady spot then head to the orchard.

Create and learn

In the Grigg house you'll also find charcoal and paper if you enjoy drawing, and books to read. Or why not bring you own easel and brushes.

If the weather is good our volunteers often run impromptu architecture tours, a great way to get to know the outside of the building just as well as the inside.

Feeling energetic?

Challenge your family and friends to a game of croquet or badminton on the tennis lawn. Then head over to the Bridge Garden and see who can build the best den.  Bird or bug finder kits can be borrowed (£2.50 including prize) from visitor reception, so see what you can spot on a family nature walk. After all that exercise you’ll be ready for a cold drink and an ice cream from the tea-room.