Plan your visit to Easton Walled Gardens - Children’s Week
Whenever I visit a garden in a part of the country I don't know, the one thing I want to do is make the most of the time and pack in as much as I can into a precious day off, especially with family in tow. It can be very difficult to find the information all in one place so we have put together this little guide to our area which we hope you find useful. If you would like further advice you can contact the office or tweet us @ewgardens
So here it is! Ideas for making the most of your visit to Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and some child friendly places to visit. Scroll down to see ideas for overnight stays, route planning, refreshments, good food and other gardens to visit around Easton Walled Gardens.
Making the most of your visit to Children’s Week at Easton Walled Gardens:
Allow about 2 hours to visit us: 2 1/2 hours if you are eating in the tearoom. Our postcode is NG33 5AP if you are searching for the gardens on google. (Don't rely on Sat Nav for directions, it will take you up and down the A1 - see our directions page for more.)
The gardens are open from 11.00 - 4.00 but we never turn away visitors who arrive at 10.30! The busiest time of the day for arrivals is 11.30 -12.30. Click here for full opening times.
We have loos with a baby change unit, a shop including some beautiful plants for sale, sweet pea seeds and other carefully chosen products such as Sophie Allport, Wrendale Designs and Susan Entwistle. There is even a selection of products especially for children.
During Children’s Week, there will be lots of fun activities for families to take part in. Our famous Pumpkin Rolling event is one not to be missed – choose your pumpkin and roll it as far as you can down the terraces. Take part in the nature scavenger hunt, plant a spring bulb or conker or perhaps arts and crafts is more your thing. Make a wind streamer, create a spooky bat picture or do a leaf rubbing. Of course there is our turf maze and wren trail to have a go at too! (Some activities may incur a small fee).
New this year are Halloween Story Walks - Join Tom the Tale Teller for a spooky halloween story walk around the gardens. Tom's stories come alive with his endless enthusiasm and wonderful talent for telling tales. There will be 2 story walks, one at 1pm and the other at 2.30pm and tickets for these must be booked in advance either online or by calling 01476 530063. Normal garden entry fee applies for adults and children 5yrs and over. Tickets for the Halloween Story Walk are an additional £5 per child.
The gardens have limited access for wheelchair users although it is possible to see much of the lower gardens from above. If you have limited mobility and can manage slopes with a handrail then you may well find the lower gardens possible to navigate. For a full round up of disabled facilities See more here. This goes for buggies too but good all terrain buggies will be able to access all of the gardens!
We have a busy but efficient tearoom which serves light lunches and cream teas but, if you prefer, the estate pub in Burton le Coggles is open for lunch every day except Monday and Tuesday. Eating at The Cholmeley Arms (NG33 4JP) is very popular so you may need to book on 01476 550225. There are some comfortable rooms available if you want to make an overnight stay.
Services and refreshments on the way:
Visit the local towns of Bourne, Grantham or Melton Mowbray on your way to Easton Walled Gardens for refreshments, petrol and provisions. The Cholmeley Arms is also on your way or try The Pantry (NG33 4NH) in Corby Glen or the Five Bells in Edenham which we have heard good things about.
Other places to visit:
Alternatively, you might like to explore some of the beautiful architecture of our area and enjoy some retail therapy. Stamford, with its stunning Georgian buildings and great shopping is just 20 minutes on the A1.
The lovely market town of Oakham is just 25 minutes away and has great shopping and some fabulous places to eat. Nearby is Rutland Water with plenty of choices of things to do with young families including Bugtopia and Rock Blok. You can explore the whole region by visiting southwestlincs.com or discover-rutland.co.uk
*Please check opening times and prices at all venues before visiting.