By Ann Evans

 

 

Barnards Farm, Essex


Visiting a private garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun to be had during the summer holidays for all the family. The National Garden Scheme’s family-friendly gardens promise a warm welcome, homemade cake and a great value day out for the whole family.

There are over 100 family-friendly gardens open across England and Wales over the school break, with everything from miniature railways, veg plots and fairy gardens, to mazes and literature-themed trails to keep younger visitors amused all afternoon long.

 

Offering great value for money, most of the National Garden Scheme family-friendly openings offer free entry for children and the average adult admission is just £4.50, with homemade cake and teas priced much lower than many other family destinations.

 

George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “Being outdoors, having fun and learning about nature is especially important when we’re young, and there’s no better way to do this than in some of Britain’s most extraordinary private gardens.

 

“It’s fantastic that many of our volunteers have gone that extra mile to create exciting and magical gardens that will appeal to younger visitors, so families can enjoy making memories together this summer.

 

“We also offer budget-friendly entry fees, tea and homemade cake, from which the funds go to nursing and caring charities like Marie Curie, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK, so visiting a National Garden Scheme garden is a win-win all round.”

 

 

 

Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire

 

 

Since 1927, the National Garden Scheme has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity through entry fees, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the UK – having donated £55million over the last 90 years.

This year the National Garden Scheme donated a record £3.1million from funds raised at open gardens in 2017 and supported charities including: Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; Hospice UK; Carers Trust; Queen’s Nursing Institute; Parkinson’s UK; Perennial; National Autistic Society; and MS Society.

There are over 3,600 private gardens open to the public in 2018, all of which can be found by vising the National Garden Scheme website, or in the Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via the National Garden Scheme shop and at all good book retailers.

Here are a few unmissable family friendly gardens.

 

 

Ralph Court, Herefordshire

 

  • Trails

Berridale in Cumbria: A large suburban garden with an impressive vegetable plot, a fairy dell and a mini trail that children love. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/21350/

 

Renishaw Hall & Gardens in Derbyshire: A stunning 7 acre garden created in 1885 with woodland walks and lakes, a character trail and a children’s maze. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/10405/

 

Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens in Devon: A charming 10 acre garden which boasts novelty crazy golf and the fascinating Nursery Avenue, which promises to take you back in time to your childhood with works of art including Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet! https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/16232/

 

 

Renishaw, Derbyshire

 

Ralph Court Gardens in Herefordshire: The 12 gardens set in the grounds of a Gothic rectory are themed around children’s books (Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Pirates), as well as Greek mythology (Medusa, Triton), British mythology (Green Man and Jack in the green) and areas of the world (Japan, Africa, Italy). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32264/

 

  • Miniature railways

Barnards Farm in Essex: The 17 hectares of garden and woodland at Barnard Farm has lots to explore – as you follow the signposted routes, you will come across an angel, giant poppy heads and giant cacti, and you can also walk the stones of the Japanese garden, inspect the vegetable plot check for wildlife in the ponds and lake. For a woodland adventure, take the Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/13670/

 

 

The Courtyard, Kent

 

Pilmoor Cottages in North Yorkshire: A ride on the miniature railway at Pilmoor Cottages runs through 2 acres of gardens across water, through a little woodland area, past flower filled borders, and through a tunnel behind the rockery and water cascade. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30374/

 

  • Wheelchair-accessible

The Courtyard in Kent: The Courtyard is fully wheelchair accessible and welcomes all families, especially children with disabilities. The garden is part of a family home on a smallholding with hens, ducks, pony, pigs, lambs and sheep, and there’s plenty of room for kids to let off some steam while the grown ups sit and eat a delicious homemade cream tea. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34965/

 

 

The Courtyard, Kent

 

  • Vegetables and animals

Riverford Field Kitchen Garden in Devon: A four-year-old organic kitchen garden, with a huge polytunnel. Visitors can enjoy mini tutorials and demonstrations, a guided tour of the polytunnels in the garden’s Land Rover (over 3’s only), and arts and crafts. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34542/
21 Chestnut Road in Hampshire: Visitors can see fairies in the secret garden, feed fish in the pond, and spot ponies and donkeys roaming free in the village where the house is located.
https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/19437/
 

Dale Farm, Norfolk

 

Visit ngs.org.uk/garden-activities to try out some garden-inspired ideas and download the resources.

Visit www.ngs.org.uk/family to discover your nearest family-friendly garden – listed in county order.

 

 

Tags:

National Garden Scheme, open gardens, family friendly gardens.

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME’S FAMILY GARDENS

By Ann Evans

 

Pic 1.


Visiting a private garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun to be had during the summer holidays for all the family. The National Garden Scheme’s family-friendly gardens promise a warm welcome, homemade cake and a great value day out for the whole family.

There are over 100 family-friendly gardens open across England and Wales over the school break, with everything from miniature railways, veg plots and fairy gardens, to mazes and literature-themed trails to keep younger visitors amused all afternoon long.

 

Offering great value for money, most of the National Garden Scheme family-friendly openings offer free entry for children and the average adult admission is just £4.50, with homemade cake and teas priced much lower than many other family destinations.

 

George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “Being outdoors, having fun and learning about nature is especially important when we’re young, and there’s no better way to do this than in some of Britain’s most extraordinary private gardens.

 

“It’s fantastic that many of our volunteers have gone that extra mile to create exciting and magical gardens that will appeal to younger visitors, so families can enjoy making memories together this summer.

 

“We also offer budget-friendly entry fees, tea and homemade cake, from which the funds go to nursing and caring charities like Marie Curie, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK, so visiting a National Garden Scheme garden is a win-win all round.”

 

 

Pic 2

 

 

Since 1927, the National Garden Scheme has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity through entry fees, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the UK – having donated £55million over the last 90 years.

This year the National Garden Scheme donated a record £3.1million from funds raised at open gardens in 2017 and supported charities including: Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; Hospice UK; Carers Trust; Queen’s Nursing Institute; Parkinson’s UK; Perennial; National Autistic Society; and MS Society.

There are over 3,600 private gardens open to the public in 2018, all of which can be found by vising the National Garden Scheme website, or in the Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via the National Garden Scheme shop and at all good book retailers.

Here are a few unmissable family friendly gardens.

 

Pic 3.

 

  • Trails

Berridale in Cumbria: A large suburban garden with an impressive vegetable plot, a fairy dell and a mini trail that children love. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/21350/

 

Renishaw Hall & Gardens in Derbyshire: A stunning 7 acre garden created in 1885 with woodland walks and lakes, a character trail and a children’s maze. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/10405/

 

Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens in Devon: A charming 10 acre garden which boasts novelty crazy golf and the fascinating Nursery Avenue, which promises to take you back in time to your childhood with works of art including Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet! https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/16232/

 

Pic 4.

 

Ralph Court Gardens in Herefordshire: The 12 gardens set in the grounds of a Gothic rectory are themed around children’s books (Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Pirates), as well as Greek mythology (Medusa, Triton), British mythology (Green Man and Jack in the green) and areas of the world (Japan, Africa, Italy). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32264/

 

  • Miniature railways

Barnards Farm in Essex: The 17 hectares of garden and woodland at Barnard Farm has lots to explore – as you follow the signposted routes, you will come across an angel, giant poppy heads and giant cacti, and you can also walk the stones of the Japanese garden, inspect the vegetable plot check for wildlife in the ponds and lake. For a woodland adventure, take the Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/13670/

 

Pic 5.

 

Pilmoor Cottages in North Yorkshire: A ride on the miniature railway at Pilmoor Cottages runs through 2 acres of gardens across water, through a little woodland area, past flower filled borders, and through a tunnel behind the rockery and water cascade. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30374/

 

  • Wheelchair-accessible

The Courtyard in Kent: The Courtyard is fully wheelchair accessible and welcomes all families, especially children with disabilities. The garden is part of a family home on a smallholding with hens, ducks, pony, pigs, lambs and sheep, and there’s plenty of room for kids to let off some steam while the grown ups sit and eat a delicious homemade cream tea. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34965/

 

Pic 6.

 

  • Vegetables and animals

Riverford Field Kitchen Garden in Devon: A four-year-old organic kitchen garden, with a huge polytunnel. Visitors can enjoy mini tutorials and demonstrations, a guided tour of the polytunnels in the garden’s Land Rover (over 3’s only), and arts and crafts. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34542/
21 Chestnut Road in Hampshire: Visitors can see fairies in the secret garden, feed fish in the pond, and spot ponies and donkeys roaming free in the village where the house is located.
https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/19437/
Pic 7

 

Visit ngs.org.uk/garden-activities to try out some garden-inspired ideas and download the resources.

Visit www.ngs.org.uk/family to discover your nearest family-friendly garden – listed in county order.

 

 

Tags:

National Garden Scheme, open gardens, family friendly gardens.

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME’S FAMILY GARDENS

By Ann Evans

 

Pic 1.


Visiting a private garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun to be had during the summer holidays for all the family. The National Garden Scheme’s family-friendly gardens promise a warm welcome, homemade cake and a great value day out for the whole family.

There are over 100 family-friendly gardens open across England and Wales over the school break, with everything from miniature railways, veg plots and fairy gardens, to mazes and literature-themed trails to keep younger visitors amused all afternoon long.

 

Offering great value for money, most of the National Garden Scheme family-friendly openings offer free entry for children and the average adult admission is just £4.50, with homemade cake and teas priced much lower than many other family destinations.

 

George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “Being outdoors, having fun and learning about nature is especially important when we’re young, and there’s no better way to do this than in some of Britain’s most extraordinary private gardens.

 

“It’s fantastic that many of our volunteers have gone that extra mile to create exciting and magical gardens that will appeal to younger visitors, so families can enjoy making memories together this summer.

 

“We also offer budget-friendly entry fees, tea and homemade cake, from which the funds go to nursing and caring charities like Marie Curie, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK, so visiting a National Garden Scheme garden is a win-win all round.”

 

 

Pic 2

 

 

Since 1927, the National Garden Scheme has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity through entry fees, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the UK – having donated £55million over the last 90 years.

This year the National Garden Scheme donated a record £3.1million from funds raised at open gardens in 2017 and supported charities including: Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; Hospice UK; Carers Trust; Queen’s Nursing Institute; Parkinson’s UK; Perennial; National Autistic Society; and MS Society.

There are over 3,600 private gardens open to the public in 2018, all of which can be found by vising the National Garden Scheme website, or in the Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via the National Garden Scheme shop and at all good book retailers.

Here are a few unmissable family friendly gardens.

 

Pic 3.

 

  • Trails

Berridale in Cumbria: A large suburban garden with an impressive vegetable plot, a fairy dell and a mini trail that children love. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/21350/

 

Renishaw Hall & Gardens in Derbyshire: A stunning 7 acre garden created in 1885 with woodland walks and lakes, a character trail and a children’s maze. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/10405/

 

Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens in Devon: A charming 10 acre garden which boasts novelty crazy golf and the fascinating Nursery Avenue, which promises to take you back in time to your childhood with works of art including Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet! https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/16232/

 

Pic 4.

 

Ralph Court Gardens in Herefordshire: The 12 gardens set in the grounds of a Gothic rectory are themed around children’s books (Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Pirates), as well as Greek mythology (Medusa, Triton), British mythology (Green Man and Jack in the green) and areas of the world (Japan, Africa, Italy). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32264/

 

  • Miniature railways

Barnards Farm in Essex: The 17 hectares of garden and woodland at Barnard Farm has lots to explore – as you follow the signposted routes, you will come across an angel, giant poppy heads and giant cacti, and you can also walk the stones of the Japanese garden, inspect the vegetable plot check for wildlife in the ponds and lake. For a woodland adventure, take the Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/13670/

 

Pic 5.

 

Pilmoor Cottages in North Yorkshire: A ride on the miniature railway at Pilmoor Cottages runs through 2 acres of gardens across water, through a little woodland area, past flower filled borders, and through a tunnel behind the rockery and water cascade. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30374/

 

  • Wheelchair-accessible

The Courtyard in Kent: The Courtyard is fully wheelchair accessible and welcomes all families, especially children with disabilities. The garden is part of a family home on a smallholding with hens, ducks, pony, pigs, lambs and sheep, and there’s plenty of room for kids to let off some steam while the grown ups sit and eat a delicious homemade cream tea. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34965/

 

Pic 6.

 

  • Vegetables and animals

Riverford Field Kitchen Garden in Devon: A four-year-old organic kitchen garden, with a huge polytunnel. Visitors can enjoy mini tutorials and demonstrations, a guided tour of the polytunnels in the garden’s Land Rover (over 3’s only), and arts and crafts. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34542/
21 Chestnut Road in Hampshire: Visitors can see fairies in the secret garden, feed fish in the pond, and spot ponies and donkeys roaming free in the village where the house is located.
https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/19437/
Pic 7

 

Visit ngs.org.uk/garden-activities to try out some garden-inspired ideas and download the resources.

Visit www.ngs.org.uk/family to discover your nearest family-friendly garden – listed in county order.

 

 

Tags:

National Garden Scheme, open gardens, family friendly gardens.

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME’S FAMILY GARDENS

By Ann Evans

 

Pic 1.


Visiting a private garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun to be had during the summer holidays for all the family. The National Garden Scheme’s family-friendly gardens promise a warm welcome, homemade cake and a great value day out for the whole family.

There are over 100 family-friendly gardens open across England and Wales over the school break, with everything from miniature railways, veg plots and fairy gardens, to mazes and literature-themed trails to keep younger visitors amused all afternoon long.

 

Offering great value for money, most of the National Garden Scheme family-friendly openings offer free entry for children and the average adult admission is just £4.50, with homemade cake and teas priced much lower than many other family destinations.

 

George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “Being outdoors, having fun and learning about nature is especially important when we’re young, and there’s no better way to do this than in some of Britain’s most extraordinary private gardens.

 

“It’s fantastic that many of our volunteers have gone that extra mile to create exciting and magical gardens that will appeal to younger visitors, so families can enjoy making memories together this summer.

 

“We also offer budget-friendly entry fees, tea and homemade cake, from which the funds go to nursing and caring charities like Marie Curie, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK, so visiting a National Garden Scheme garden is a win-win all round.”

 

 

Pic 2

 

 

Since 1927, the National Garden Scheme has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity through entry fees, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the UK – having donated £55million over the last 90 years.

This year the National Garden Scheme donated a record £3.1million from funds raised at open gardens in 2017 and supported charities including: Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; Hospice UK; Carers Trust; Queen’s Nursing Institute; Parkinson’s UK; Perennial; National Autistic Society; and MS Society.

There are over 3,600 private gardens open to the public in 2018, all of which can be found by vising the National Garden Scheme website, or in the Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via the National Garden Scheme shop and at all good book retailers.

Here are a few unmissable family friendly gardens.

 

Pic 3.

 

  • Trails

Berridale in Cumbria: A large suburban garden with an impressive vegetable plot, a fairy dell and a mini trail that children love. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/21350/

 

Renishaw Hall & Gardens in Derbyshire: A stunning 7 acre garden created in 1885 with woodland walks and lakes, a character trail and a children’s maze. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/10405/

 

Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens in Devon: A charming 10 acre garden which boasts novelty crazy golf and the fascinating Nursery Avenue, which promises to take you back in time to your childhood with works of art including Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet! https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/16232/

 

Pic 4.

 

Ralph Court Gardens in Herefordshire: The 12 gardens set in the grounds of a Gothic rectory are themed around children’s books (Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Pirates), as well as Greek mythology (Medusa, Triton), British mythology (Green Man and Jack in the green) and areas of the world (Japan, Africa, Italy). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32264/

 

  • Miniature railways

Barnards Farm in Essex: The 17 hectares of garden and woodland at Barnard Farm has lots to explore – as you follow the signposted routes, you will come across an angel, giant poppy heads and giant cacti, and you can also walk the stones of the Japanese garden, inspect the vegetable plot check for wildlife in the ponds and lake. For a woodland adventure, take the Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/13670/

 

Pic 5.

 

Pilmoor Cottages in North Yorkshire: A ride on the miniature railway at Pilmoor Cottages runs through 2 acres of gardens across water, through a little woodland area, past flower filled borders, and through a tunnel behind the rockery and water cascade. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30374/

 

  • Wheelchair-accessible

The Courtyard in Kent: The Courtyard is fully wheelchair accessible and welcomes all families, especially children with disabilities. The garden is part of a family home on a smallholding with hens, ducks, pony, pigs, lambs and sheep, and there’s plenty of room for kids to let off some steam while the grown ups sit and eat a delicious homemade cream tea. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34965/

 

Pic 6.

 

  • Vegetables and animals

Riverford Field Kitchen Garden in Devon: A four-year-old organic kitchen garden, with a huge polytunnel. Visitors can enjoy mini tutorials and demonstrations, a guided tour of the polytunnels in the garden’s Land Rover (over 3’s only), and arts and crafts. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34542/
21 Chestnut Road in Hampshire: Visitors can see fairies in the secret garden, feed fish in the pond, and spot ponies and donkeys roaming free in the village where the house is located.
https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/19437/
Pic 7

 

Visit ngs.org.uk/garden-activities to try out some garden-inspired ideas and download the resources.

Visit www.ngs.org.uk/family to discover your nearest family-friendly garden – listed in county order.

 

 

Tags:

National Garden Scheme, open gardens, family friendly gardens.

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME’S FAMILY GARDENS

By Ann Evans

 

Pic 1.


Visiting a private garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun to be had during the summer holidays for all the family. The National Garden Scheme’s family-friendly gardens promise a warm welcome, homemade cake and a great value day out for the whole family.

There are over 100 family-friendly gardens open across England and Wales over the school break, with everything from miniature railways, veg plots and fairy gardens, to mazes and literature-themed trails to keep younger visitors amused all afternoon long.

 

Offering great value for money, most of the National Garden Scheme family-friendly openings offer free entry for children and the average adult admission is just £4.50, with homemade cake and teas priced much lower than many other family destinations.

 

George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “Being outdoors, having fun and learning about nature is especially important when we’re young, and there’s no better way to do this than in some of Britain’s most extraordinary private gardens.

 

“It’s fantastic that many of our volunteers have gone that extra mile to create exciting and magical gardens that will appeal to younger visitors, so families can enjoy making memories together this summer.

 

“We also offer budget-friendly entry fees, tea and homemade cake, from which the funds go to nursing and caring charities like Marie Curie, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK, so visiting a National Garden Scheme garden is a win-win all round.”

 

 

Pic 2

 

 

Since 1927, the National Garden Scheme has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to some of Britain’s most beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity through entry fees, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the UK – having donated £55million over the last 90 years.

This year the National Garden Scheme donated a record £3.1million from funds raised at open gardens in 2017 and supported charities including: Macmillan Cancer Support; Marie Curie; Hospice UK; Carers Trust; Queen’s Nursing Institute; Parkinson’s UK; Perennial; National Autistic Society; and MS Society.

There are over 3,600 private gardens open to the public in 2018, all of which can be found by vising the National Garden Scheme website, or in the Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via the National Garden Scheme shop and at all good book retailers.

Here are a few unmissable family friendly gardens.

 

Pic 3.

 

  • Trails

Berridale in Cumbria: A large suburban garden with an impressive vegetable plot, a fairy dell and a mini trail that children love. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/21350/

 

Renishaw Hall & Gardens in Derbyshire: A stunning 7 acre garden created in 1885 with woodland walks and lakes, a character trail and a children’s maze. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/10405/

 

Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens in Devon: A charming 10 acre garden which boasts novelty crazy golf and the fascinating Nursery Avenue, which promises to take you back in time to your childhood with works of art including Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet! https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/16232/

 

Pic 4.

 

Ralph Court Gardens in Herefordshire: The 12 gardens set in the grounds of a Gothic rectory are themed around children’s books (Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Pirates), as well as Greek mythology (Medusa, Triton), British mythology (Green Man and Jack in the green) and areas of the world (Japan, Africa, Italy). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/32264/

 

  • Miniature railways

Barnards Farm in Essex: The 17 hectares of garden and woodland at Barnard Farm has lots to explore – as you follow the signposted routes, you will come across an angel, giant poppy heads and giant cacti, and you can also walk the stones of the Japanese garden, inspect the vegetable plot check for wildlife in the ponds and lake. For a woodland adventure, take the Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR). https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/13670/

 

Pic 5.

 

Pilmoor Cottages in North Yorkshire: A ride on the miniature railway at Pilmoor Cottages runs through 2 acres of gardens across water, through a little woodland area, past flower filled borders, and through a tunnel behind the rockery and water cascade. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30374/

 

  • Wheelchair-accessible

The Courtyard in Kent: The Courtyard is fully wheelchair accessible and welcomes all families, especially children with disabilities. The garden is part of a family home on a smallholding with hens, ducks, pony, pigs, lambs and sheep, and there’s plenty of room for kids to let off some steam while the grown ups sit and eat a delicious homemade cream tea. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34965/

 

Pic 6.

 

  • Vegetables and animals

Riverford Field Kitchen Garden in Devon: A four-year-old organic kitchen garden, with a huge polytunnel. Visitors can enjoy mini tutorials and demonstrations, a guided tour of the polytunnels in the garden’s Land Rover (over 3’s only), and arts and crafts. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34542/
21 Chestnut Road in Hampshire: Visitors can see fairies in the secret garden, feed fish in the pond, and spot ponies and donkeys roaming free in the village where the house is located.
https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/19437/
Pic 7

 

Visit ngs.org.uk/garden-activities to try out some garden-inspired ideas and download the resources.

Visit www.ngs.org.uk/family to discover your nearest family-friendly garden – listed in county order.