With the weather (hopefully!) starting to feel like summer 2017 is on its way, it’s the perfect time to plan some days out to enjoy late-Spring, early-Summer blooms in some of Britain’s wonderful gardens and woodland.
Here are a few ideas to inspire you…
Admire the bluebells
There’s still plenty of time to join the Big Bluebell Watch, take a look and add your own bluebells to the Woodland Trust map. National Trust property, Blickling Estate in Norfolk, will be turning blue on the Bank Holiday weekend (27 May) to celebrate the bluebell season.
Chatsworth in bloom
In Derbyshire, Chatsworth House will be welcoming the RHS for the debut of what is set to be an amazing and innovative show – RHS Chatsworth bursts into bloom in June (7-11). Hot on the heels of RHS Chelsea, Chatsworth looks set to become a regular highlight in the RHS show calendar – and to celebrate, we’re giving you the chance to save 1/3 on all our Royal Horticultural Society collections.
Enjoy an Elizabethan garden
Kenilworth Castle is home to the splendid Elizabethan Gardens – a must for all garden lovers, described as a haven of peace and tranquillity, full of colour and fragrant walkways. Over the Bank Holiday weekend and throughout half-term the castle will host an Elizabethan Pageant and welcome budding courtiers to transform them into Knights & Princesses.
Take a trip further south to stunning Arundel Castle in West Sussex, throughout May & June you can experience their Allium Extravaganza 2017. Described as a ‘floral firework display’, these towering blooms are one of our favourites garden highlights.
If you’re in the capital, you can take the opportunity to explore London’s green secrets – its garden squares. For just one weekend in June (17-18) over 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across 27 London boroughs will unlock their gates.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to plan a fabulous garden-inspired day out over the next few weeks!