Garden open times:

Snowdrop Open Days: 11.00-4.00pm, last entry 3.00pm, gates locked at 4.30pm

Snowdrop Thursdays: 11.00-3.00pm, last entry 2.00pm, gates locked 3.30pm

Main season Open Days: 11.00-5.00pm, last entry 4.00pm, gates locked at 5.30pm.

Open Thursdays: 11.00-3.00pm March to end November.

Gardens closed December and January.

Entry Fees (2020):

Open days: Adults: £4.50  Children: Free of Charge. Pre-booked tickets required, except for season ticket holders and Friends. No refunds unless the Garden opening is cancelled by the Trust due to high winds or other unforeseen circumstances.

Open Thursdays: Adults £3.00 Children: Free of Charge

We can now take payments on debit cards and would prefer this to cash payment.

Coronavirus arrangements

For Open Days we are limiting the numbers of visitors to the Gardens in order to help visitors maintain their social distancing.

The health and safety of our volunteers is our top priority, so we have put a range of measures in place and we will not have our normal activities in place where we consider we cannot provide them safely. Visitors find a number of signs in place to remind you (and our volunteers) to maintain social distancing and limit group size to a maximum of six people. These measures are in line with our COVID-19 risk assessment.

For monthly Open Days priority parking will be given to Season Ticket holders and Friends of the Gardens. All other visitors must pre-book tickets and arrive in line with your time slot.  No pre-booking required if you arrive on foot or on bicycle.

  • Refreshments will be available
  • Queueing systems will be in place for refreshments and the loos but beyond that visitors will be able to spread out and explore the Gardens as usual, maintaining their social distancing.
  • There will be hand sanitizer available to visitors.
  • Volunteers taking payments, serving refreshments etc will wear protective facemasks/visors/gloves
  • Guided tours, music and additional children's or other activities will not be available until further notice.

We are open additionally for Open Thursdays but no parking is currently available, so visitors must arrive on foot or on bicycles. There are lots of local footpaths, enabling easy access for example from Great and Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Canfield and Takeley.

  • There will be no refreshments on sale.
  • There will be hand sanitizer available to visitors.

Parking:

In order to allow access to residents and emergency vehicles, please note that car parking is not permitted along Park Road (the approach road to the Gardens). Please follow the instructions of the stewards in our car park - thank you for your co-operation.

Disabled Access:

The Gardens are mainly laid to lawn so, under dry weather conditions, they are reasonably accessible. However, if the weather has been very wet then the lawns tend to become more difficult to negotiate. Carers enter free of charge. Disabled toilet facilities are available.

Refreshments at "Daisy's":

On Open Days our volunteer team serves bacon rolls, cheese or hummus rolls and homemade soup (Snowdrop open days and October Open day only) until 2.15pm (or subject to availability) and a range of delicious homemade cakes as well as hot and cold drinks until 30 minutes before closing time or until we sell out!

No refreshments provided for Open Thursdays.

Toilet facilities:

Chemical toilets are used at the Gardens as there is no mains water or sewerage. The toilets are cleaned regularly and anti-viral/anti-bacterial spray is provided, although visitors may also like to bring their own.

Garden produce and other merchandise:

Seasonal vegetables and fruit will be on sale through the summer and into autumn, as well as other merchandise.

Children's Activities:

Children enjoy visiting our treehouse and we have a dedicated Children's Area near the Italian Garden, including log stepping stones. We provide a children's fun trail but cannot currently offer our usual simple but fun craft/wildlife activities for our younger visitors.

Dogs:

Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead and owners should come prepared to clean up after them! There are poop bags available at the Entrance Kiosk and bins for their disposal at the entrance, by the toilets and by the bins near the tea pavilion.

Guided Tours are not currently available but our printed Garden Guides allow self-guided tours

Guided tours leave from the croquet lawn twice on each open day, usually at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. If there are other attractions on then these times may change - check "What's On" for the individual open day for that day's information. Tours cost £1.50 per person and tickets are available on the gate or from the tea pavilion and the archive building.