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”.
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!
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.
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).
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.