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Family Day Out: Wimpole Estate and Gardens

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Published on August 7th 2018
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Facination for the Gardener

Walled gardens have always fascinated me. I love the secluded atmosphere and rows of sumptuous vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, combining bounty and beauty in one space. Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire has one of my favourite walled gardens - a four and a half acre organic plot dating back to the 1790s with a central pond where the kids love to watch the fish.

Fun for children

As you wander through the garden the kids can have a go at the downloadable ‘Walled Garden Challenge’ - a colourful worksheet that gives nuggets of information about how the garden works and includes questions from Philip Whaites, the head gardener, on different areas like the hot wall and glasshouse.
One of the questions encourages children to draw their own scarecrow to protect the food from hungry birds. If they enjoy this activity, you could get involved in the Wimpole Scarecrow Competition in September where scarecrows created by local community groups will be on display in the walled garden.

Wider wanderings

Surrounding the gardens (which also include a plant hunter trail, stumpery, parterre, and secret laurel tunnel) is wide, open parkland with geocaching activities for older children and adults, encouraging exploration of Wimpole Hall on a larger scale. The parkland is free to visit, so this is an activity that can be enjoyed separately from a visit to the National Trust house and gardens. For younger children, the farm has always been a favourite of ours and there is a brilliant woodland adventure playground alongside the farm.

Books and Tea

Before you head home, visit the second-hand bookshop to pick up a bargain and have a snack in the Old Refectory Restaurant or Stable Kitchen.
All in all, Wimpole Hall parkland and gardens are not to be missed if you are looking for a fun family day out in Cambridgeshire this summer.
Follow this link, to find out how close Wimpole Estate is to you

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