In these troubled times the unconscious and conscious connections we make with each other and the urge to help each other out is a real and heartwarming positive.
Visits to the Gardens truly do seem to be providing people with the healing moments we all need.
Over the last few months children, whether or not they are aware of the implications of the pandemic, are also visibly relieved to be out in a space where they can express their feelings and drink in the inspiring sights and smells.
For us running the charity, this helps us remember why we are doing it. As a charitable business we are also aware of our interdependencies with other small businesses. Artists, performers, makers have all taken a hit and we are proud to be able to offer a space and some business for them.
Equally we are indebted to all the online organisations out there connecting us to each other. Over the last few months there are some who have been particularly helpful
Here are a few… please follow and use them too #wegrowtogether
At last, like some large furry dog coming out of a lake we shake ourselves off after months of uncertainty and get to some planning. In this case particularly for evenings.
As a lot of our musical friends are desperately missing somewhere to play, we thought it would be nice for them, and us, if we shared our space with them and you as where better to hear some lovely music than in the safety of a gorgeous outdoor space?
Now in normal times we’d organise well ahead as so many people have busy lives and full diaries but let’s face it right now not many of us have social engagements or much else come to that in our diaries. This might give us a rare chance to programme at quite short notice in order to give us all the best shot with England’s unpredictable weather right now.
So what are we thinking?
Well, be prepared at just a week’s notice to be invited to some Summer Evening Musical Soirees across a range of musical styles, we’re thinking some Classical, Folk and Americana, Mellow Jazz, Acoustic Reggae, Light Opera and more. All to be enjoyed with safe distancing, good company and you’re most welcome to bring your own picnic or refreshments so no hanging around at a bar or such.
So signup for our newsletter or check back here under events to be sure to see what we’re up to.
Stay safe everyone and look forward to seeing you soon
<John Mostyn, Business Development Manager (jobshare)>
We are also proud to announce an extra treat for Members: Friday evening late openings.
These were always planned for 2020 and even though they are starting later in the season we are making every Friday evening in August a stroll and picnic evenings for Members.
The Gardens are a subtly different place on summer evenings; the bees still buzz around the scented flowers, light grows softer in the sky and it’s still warm enough to kick back and relax before bedtime.
Every Friday starting on August 7th members can use the Gardens from 5pm to 9pm.
We still ask members to prebook. This way you will know the Gardens will be safe for you and your family.
The car park will also be supervised throughout that time.
We hope to have the shop open for takeaway refreshments.
You can stay just for a stroll or hang out for the whole time for a picnic and chat.
As always, we just ask you to take home your rubbish and leave with a contented smile.
PS … It’s not too late to benefit from our covid-19 15 month membership deal. Join or renew by July 31st and get an extra 3 months on your annual membership. See HERE
August in the Gardens is so packed with lovely activities, performances and treats there is surely no reason to risk those queues and crowds by going any further afield.
In the ‘New Normal’ we have revamped some of the way we do things and almost all activities now will be ‘pre-booked’.
So, in addition to normal Day Entry and our popular picnic takeaway ‘Cream Tea in A Box’ we have for visitors delight;
First Songs musical sessions for babies and their grown ups and Relaxed Concerts by the renowned B’Opera who create beautiful music for tiny ears.
Yoga sessions with Yogi Clair – two sessions in the outdoors follow by a cream tea.
We have so many charming spaces in the Gardens and we are really pleased to be able to use them to enhance these sessions – what a memory to be made! Baby’s first ‘move and groove’ under the heritage apple trees.
The size of the Archery Lawn of course allows us to spread out and keep safe while still enjoying live performances from great local theatre companies.
Tread the Boards based in Stratford and Heartbreak Productions based in Leamington are bouncing back from lockdown with specially adapted performances for the family audience
Tickets for Wind in the Willows and Alice in Lockdown will go on sale on this site by the end of this week.
Roll up! We’re really pleased to announce that government guidelines now mean we can have socially distanced live performance and entertainment in the Gardens!!!
Not only can we now provide some fabulous fun entertainment for eager visitors in our wonderful venue, but we can also support the return to work of some creative people and performers who have totally lost their livelihoods during lockdown.
Just as a taster, with yet more to come later….. we have 2 specially adapted performances for families:Wind in the Willows from Stratford based theatre ‘Tread the Boards’ and a super 2 person show ‘Alice in Lockdown’ played from a caravan by those stalwarts of Midlands open air theatre Heartbreak Productions.
Tickets will be on sale soon… but put these dates in your diary
Saturday 8th and 9th August for Wind in the Willows and
Friday 21st August for Alice in Lockdown
Many calculations and cogitations have gone into making sure these productions are safe and healthy for both players and audiences.
Audience members will be allocated self contained spaces; ‘bubbles’, across the Archery lawn and around the Gardens, where they can settle down for the show, properly socially distanced from everyone else – a great picnic experience for families too.
Car parking, ticket checking and finding your own special ‘bubble’ will all be managed in timed and safe ways too.
More is planned for the rest of the simmer for adults as well as families.
After such a difficult time for so many people we are thrilled to be able offer our Gardens space for some warming, healing and reviving activities this summer.
Stay in touch for more news…coming soon
The perfect takeaway food for a socially distanced Garden experience...
Last year’s popular Cream Tea in a carry out box is set to return to the Garden in the next week. Scrumptious locally made scones, oodles of proper Cornish cream and berry jams all ready for you to collect at our Orangery shop and take off to your favourite place around the gardens for your own summer picnic treat.
Just order your Cream Tea in a Box package online and collect it when you come to the Gardens.
The box and nearly all the packaging is made of totally compostable plant based materials – so nothing goes to waste. We are still offering never ending tea/coffee refills – but given current circs. these will be served in a new cup, so please help us by disposing of the packaging in the recycling bins.
With our 10acres of beautiful green space we are the ideal space for your staycation days out… pack a picnic basket, add an order for a Cream Tea in a Box and take a trip to 18th century elegance.
Check the website ticket page HERE
Gardens open during the Covid-19 for healthy walks, fresh air and social distancing play
Half Term Family Friendly Activities in the Gardens
Make the most of the warmer weather to get out and about in the open and discover nature.
Self Guided Trails all week
There’s a caterpillar flower trail for the littl’uns and for everyone, try our ‘invent a plant name‘ to stretch everyone’s creative powers.
3 days of craft activities.
Leaf and plant printing.
Make your own pictures, bunting or gift tags with collected leaves and flowers.
We’ll use 2 techniques. One with paint and one with a hammer (Hapa zome).
suitable for all ages (with adult supervision
12- 3pm, £2 per person (including garden entry).
FREE for Family Friendly Activities Annual Pass holders
Tuesday 28th May
Wednesday 29th May
Friday 31st May
Don’t forget the Gardens open at 11am – Make a day of it
Richard Shilling – acclaimed environmental Land Artist – will make a welcome return to our green and pleasant land in October.
He and his partner Julia Brooklyn, who specialises in working with children, have agreed to run some special days for schools on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October.
Using natural materials and responding to the environment the class workshops will release individual and group creativity this Autumn.
Half days or whole school length days are available to book. We welcome schools of any kind and
groups of home educated children to book places.
Suitable for all ages and abilities
£5 per child (group prices by negotiation), ring 0121 749 4100 or email to book
Julia and Richard have agreed to stay over until Saturday and to continue the Festival feel of their artist residency on Saturday 27th October. The Land Art Fesitval day will be a drop in anytime, join in and make art together type event. Let our garden inspire you to explore shapes and places together
Normal Garden Entry fees apply (TBC)
The amazing young performers of the K’antu early music ensemble provice a fun and lively ‘have a go’ music making workshop this summer afternoon (1pm -2.30pm)…
Watch out: vegetable flutes may be involved :-)))
Later at 3.30pm K’antu will enchant us with a concert of early music in our 17th century Gardens
Normal entry prices apply
Discounted entry for members