Budget-friendly summer holiday adventures

Visiting a National Garden Scheme garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun (and homemade cake) to be had this summer at our gardens for children too. And, with children going free at the majority of our gardens, a day out at a National Garden Scheme garden is great way to have a budget-friendly break from digital devices, reconnect with nature and support great causes!

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Here’s a selection of gardens to explore this summer



Floral Media, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 6AQ

A beautifully maintained country garden. Beds overflowing with a variety of roses, shrubs and flowers. A gravel/oriental garden, cutting gardens, vegetable beds, Flower Farm supplying British grown stems to florists/farm shops. Long sweeping borders surrounding the main lawn leading to the wildflower meadows where you will find an interesting garden retreat. A horticulturalist’s haven. Only £4 and children go free!

For details of the opening on 13 July, click here



The Grange, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton in Craven, Skipton, Yorkshire BD23 3BU

There are over four acres of wonderfully varied garden set in the grounds of a Victorian house to explore at The Grange. With mature trees and panoramic views towards The Gateway to the Dales this lovely garden has been restored and expanded by the owners over the past 30 years. Bountiful herbaceous borders with many unusual species, rose walk, parterre, mini-meadows and water features make it a great garden to spend time in.

Opens Wednesday 24 July and Wednesday 14 August – children free. Home made teas.
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Welsh Lavender, Cefnperfedd Uchaf, Maesmynis, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3HU

A wonderful learning experience in fabulous location! Walk in the lavender fields, learn how the distillation process works, and visit the farm shop to try body creams and balms made with lavender oil distilled on the farm. The farm is a bumblebee haven with its wildflower area, orchards and a vegetable garden. Enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments.

Opens on dates throughout July and August – pre-booking essential – children free.
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Danesfield House, Henley Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2EY

Enjoy a magical experience in the 65 acres of parkland and gardens at Danesfield House. The gardens were completed in 1901 by Robert Hudson, the Sunlight Soap magnate who built the house. Since the house opened as a hotel in 1991, the gardens have been admired by several thousand guests each year. However, in 2009 it was discovered that the gardens contained outstanding examples of pulhamite in both the formal gardens and the waterfall areas. The 100-year-old topiary is also outstanding. Part of the grounds also include an Iron Age fort!

Opens Wednesday 7th August. Pre-booking essential, children go free. For more details click here 



Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3FY

There’s so much to explore! Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the miniature railway train for a woodland adventure. There are summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, and a walled vegetable plot. There’s also a ‘Japanese garden’, plus sculptures grand and quirky that enhance and delight.

Opens every Thursday in July and August – children free. Pre-booking is essential.
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This is just a tiny taster of our gardens open in July and August to explore all our family-friendly gardens




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