If you’re tearing your hair out looking for a fun day out with the family, that allows the kids to burn off their energy but is still a pleasure for you, then look no further than The Savill Garden. What better way to spend the school holidays, than walking around in one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens which never fails to charm visitors with its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed landscape and exotic woodland. Set within Windsor Great Park, it is less than 45 minutes away from central London – making it a perfect place to spend a warm spring day.
And right now the famous garden is hosting an Easter Dragon Trail, which runs until 11 April. Bring the whole family for a journey to the Far East as you search for clues among the amazing collections of exotic plants, flowers and trees to win a delicious chocolate prize. During the hunt, families are armed with a map which is full of clues. Along the route of the hunt, visitors have to spot photos of eggs which contain letters, that they later reorganise which leads them to the golden dragon. Not only is this probably one of the most stunning egg hunts you will experience, you will actually learn something too as the clues are all based on the plants in each distinctive area such as Spring Wood, The Summer Gardens, The Glades and The Azalea Walks. Best of all – everyone who goes on the trail is given duck and bird food to feed the stunning wildlife that call The Savill Garden home.
Savill Garden is a natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland to be be enjoyed by people of all ages. It was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill under the patronage of Kings and Queens, and is a place to visit all year round as it is full of constant discovery. It mixes native and exotic species and has bred many important garden hybrids. The gardens are ever-changing with every season bringing new colour and interest to delight the visitor. It is certainly worth visit in the summer when The Rose Garden is in full bloom. This section takes a fresh and contemporary approach to displaying roses. The design creates an intense sensory experience with roses especially chosen for their scent, strong colours and repeat flowering.
Visitor Information: Summer opening times for the garden is from 10am to 6pm daily, but last admission is at 5.30pm. The shop is open from 10am to 6pm daily, while the restaurant closes at 5.30pm.
Summer Admission Charges: Adults £9.75, Seniors £8.75, Groups (10+) £8. From April, children under 16 enjoy free entry into The Savill Garden.
Visit The Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0UU. Call 01784 435544 for more information.