Caldecote Open Gardens 2019

Next weekend (29/30 June) Caldecote Open Gardens is back, featuring an amazing classic & sports car show, tours of Caldecote Meadows (SSSI) and afternoon teas with wide countryside views and beautiful gardens. 

Join people who travel from far and wide to enjoy this annual event. This year the focus is a two-day show of vintage and sports cars (garden no. 3 below), plus the return of the much-loved stunning garden of Longmeadow which transforms itself into an outdoor tea room. We’ve laid on some spectacular weather and look forward to welcoming you!

Time and place

Caldecote Open Gardens 2019 takes place over the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. Gardens are open 2pm to 6pm on both days, except for Garden No. 2 which is open on the Saturday only.

Tickets

Your ticket for the event is a programme which can be purchased at your first garden you visit – all gardens will be marked by a ‘Garden Open’ post and balloons. £5 per adult – children free. Collect stickers to add to your programme and keep track of where you’ve visited. Children love them!

Dogs

Dogs are very welcome in all gardens, as long as they are kept on leads (not all gardeners or fellow visitors will be natural doggy people, and some gardens have pet residents of their own), and accompanied by responsible owners who will clear up any gifts left by their pets!

Wheelchair accessibility

The gardens are of course gardens of private homes, and have not been specifically designed for wheelchair access, but many of them are largely accessible, even if some areas may be more difficult to explore than others. We’re sorry that there are no designated disabled access WC facilities.

Garden No. 2 has a narrow entrance gate and so is not suitable for wheelchair access, but all other gardens are generally accessible: the entrance is wide enough for a chair, and there are no steps into the garden. Some of these gardens may have gravel paths or driveways, but experience has suggested they do not pose too much of a problem because of the depth or size of the stones. We would be glad of your feedback after the event, so that next year we can provide additional information in advance of the weekend.

Gardens opening this year

Garden No. 1: 1 Highfield Farm

Highfield Farm offers surprising and wide countryside views from an old-style traditional garden. Sit back and relax in the sun with a cup of tea to start off your afternoon!

Highfield Farm is tucked away – follow the signs to Cosy Pets from the St Neots Road or Highfields Road. If you’re in a car, look out for signs to the field parking. 
Find it on Google maps here or scan the QR code:

Garden No. 2: 19 West Drive (Saturday only)

The Bell family look forward to welcoming you to their friendly garden with children’s activities and a plant sale.

Street parking available.
Find it on Google maps here or scan the QR code:

Garden No. 3: 98 West Drive (NB Sunday ONLY)

Get up close and personal with an impressive collection of classic cars and sports cars in this spacious gardens that kids will love.

Street parking available.
Find it on Google maps here or scan the QR code:

Garden No. 4: Longmeadow

A firm favourite every year, for two reasons: this is a spectacular garden that we can all draw inspiration from, and which seems to evolve every year, and for this event it evolves into an outdoor tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and amazing homemade cakes.

Parking on site – turn into the long drive and park along its verges. You can also leave your car here and walk to Clare Farm (Garden No. 5).
Find it on Google maps here or scan the QR code:

Garden No. 5: Clare Farm

Clare Farm is always a treat to explore – it’s got every style from cottage garden to Victorian to wild and to modern. Around every corner or through each hedge is something surprising, including a doggie paddling pool and a lake.

Clare Farm is also the site of Caldecote Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is home to hundreds of different plant species. Join a tour of the Meadows by Natural England’s Monica O’Donnell, with talks on gardening for bumble bees by entomologist Donal O’Donnell – 3pm on Saturday and 2.30pm on Sunday. There will also be local honey for sale – limited edition, so make this your first stop if you don’t want to be disappointed!

Limited street parking – we recommend leaving your car at Garden No. 4 if walking is not an issue for you (half a mile).
Find it on Google maps here or scan the QR code:

Map of the event

Here’s the map to get you started – it’s included with your programme, which you can buy at any of the gardens from 2pm on either day.

Comments

  1. G Ferrao-Lenn - June 30, 2019 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Thank you for organising this lovely open gardens show! We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. I loved garden no.4 very welcoming hosts and the best garden I have seen in a long time.
    Cheers!

    • Webmaster - July 20, 2019 at 9:53 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind note, which I will pass on to the owners of Longmeadow! Thank you for supporting the event, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year!

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