Spring at Capel Manor Gardens

11th April 2017


I’ve written about Capel Manor Gardens a few times. It’s one of the loveliest days out to be had in our neck of the woods and it’s 5 year old Seren’s “happy place”.

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We renewed our family membership last week and friends joined us for a day there.

About Capel Manor Gardens

Capel Manor is a horticultural and animal care college based in an old stately home. The public can visit the gardens which helps raise funds for the college. Students have won prizes at Chelsea Flower Show and they had a show garden at the Ideal Home Exhibition last week!

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There is an interesting juxtaposition of learning areas managed by students, show gardens and family attractions. The Gardens also have a testing area for Which? I tell  my kids is the “Witch Garden” when I want them to go quietly through it and not risk trampling any plants!

It’s a quirky place and consequently, every time we go, we have a different adventure.

The children were giddy to be there with friends. They ran around and climbed trees. Imogen dug in the dirt. I felt a bit like I was pushing them on to the Maze, to the new Fairy Walk when they were happy to just be.

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The highlights were hide and seek in the Japanese garden, talking to the velvet-y rabbits, spotting a pheasant in the woodland area and climbing up and along the GIANT felled / fallen tree stump.

We ate our first proper picnic of the year for lunch. Afterwards, I treated the girls to an ice-cream in the afternoon. There is a canteen there which reminds me of the refectories from my Uni days).

Easter Events

Capel Manor Gardens have an Easter Egg Hunt event on this weekend. We went last year and it was great fun. If you are thinking of going it’s probably best to mention that these events are largely run by the students. As such they might not be polished as at other attractions. However, they are charming, the students do put a lot of effort in and with a bit of patience, they are great events.


  • Reply Claire 12th April 2017 at 7:54 pm

    This looks like a lovely place. I can see why it would be your happy place.
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    • Reply Sian 20th April 2017 at 7:45 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Sarah Stockley 15th April 2017 at 10:48 am

    It looks so lovely. I love that little hobbit style door. Sarah #CountryKids
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    • Reply Sian 20th April 2017 at 7:47 am

      Yes it is a bit hobbit like!

  • Reply Kim Carberry 15th April 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Aww! I can see why it is your girls happy place. It looks almost magical. Beautiful photos.
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  • Reply Coombe Mill 15th April 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Capel Manor looks like a beautiful day out, the girls look like they’re having a fantastic time exploring and playing. I can see why their imaginations are captured whenever you visit, it really does look like a magical place full of so many exciting places to explore. Hide and seek in the Japanese Garden with friends sounds like a great way to spend some time!

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    • Reply Sian 16th April 2017 at 8:24 am

      It is a fantastic place to explore!

  • Reply Becky Willoughby 16th April 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Looks a magical place to explore
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    • Reply Sian 20th April 2017 at 7:47 am

      It is!

  • Reply natalie 17th April 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Oh your pictures are beautiful. My girls would love this place! #countrykids

    • Reply Sian 20th April 2017 at 7:48 am

      Ah thank you!

  • Reply Heidi 17th April 2017 at 9:11 pm

    What a beautiful place. It looks so magical. I can see why you call it your happy place. Now off to take a look at the website and plan a road trip! #countrykids

    • Reply Sian 20th April 2017 at 7:42 am

      Great, we think it’s worth a visit!

  • Reply Mudpie Fridays 19th April 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve always fancied visiting, and have actually looked at some of the courses which are being run there. Stunning photography! Simply beautiful x #CountryKids
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    • Reply Sian 20th April 2017 at 7:41 am

      Oh wow really! I love the look of the flower arranging courses. Thank you!

  • Reply Cheryl | TimeToCraft 20th April 2017 at 7:42 am

    It looks almost like summer in your photos. A good day for a picnic indeed. The girls look like they are having lots of fun. What a lovely place to visit and a wonderful setting for the students to learn in as well. #CountryKids

  • Reply Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) 20th April 2017 at 10:13 am

    YOur photos are just so lovely. The light are amazing.

    The garden looks like a fairytale place. So magical so I can see why its Seren’s happy place.

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  • Reply Helena 20th April 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day out. I also love the girls dresses. Where did you get them from? #CountryKids
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  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum 20th April 2017 at 8:55 pm

    This looks great place to visit. So nice that each time you go there is something new to explore. Mich x
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  • Reply tracey at Mummyshire 21st April 2017 at 1:45 am

    Oh I loved reading this post as it took me straight back to when we lived in London – we were not far from Capel Manor and would often make a trip there with our daughter. I think you’ve caught it beautifully & I really like your last shot, overlooking the maze. Stunning
    Popping across from #countrykids – sorry for the last commenting.
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  • Reply Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 26th April 2017 at 2:33 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to explore. What beautiful gardens. I can see why it is your happy place. Love the hobbit hole in the first photo 🙂 #countrykids
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  • Reply Carol 1st May 2017 at 9:42 am

    I forgot to say

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