In May’s edition of Gardeners World magazine you will find their annual 2 for 1 card. This gains you 2 for 1 access to 360 beautiful gardens across the UK, including some great ones in the South East. The magazine costs just £6.99 and you’ll probably save more than this by using the card just once. Here are some of my favourite places to visit using the 2 for 1 card.
Chiltern Open Air Museum
This is lovely outdoor museum which takes you back in time to see what life was like living in the Chilterns through various periods of time. You can explore over 35 reconstructed historic buildings including an Iron Age roundhouse, Medieval and Tudor barns and WW1 and WW2 Nissan Huts. Whilst you can’t walk inside the buildings at the moment, they are open for you to look in.
You’ll also find a working Victorian farm, complete with animals. They have sheep, chickens, cows and goats on the farm. Plus there’s a great little adventure playground with little forts for them to climb around in, slides and a rope swing.
Read my full review of the museum here.
Location: Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB
Tickets: To use your 2 for 1 card you need to purchase tickets from the ticket office on the day. Click here to visit their website for more info on prices.
The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park
These gardens are located within Windsor Great Park and are incredibly beautiful. Each of the interlocking gardens has its own distinct theme and feature plants from all over the world. I’ve visited the gardens in Winter, Spring and Summer and they are always beautiful in every season. In Spring and Summer they are particularly colourful with the woods filled with rhododendrons the Rose Garden in full bloom.
Read my full review of the garden here.
Location: Wick Ln, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ
Tickets: Pre-book your ticket on their website using code GARDEN241
Stonor Park Gardens
The gardens at Stonor Park are beautiful, particularly during the summer months when they are in full bloom. They aren’t huge so perfect for little legs to walk round. However there is an incredible new adventure playground called Tumblestone Hollow which is not included in the 2 for 1 offer. So if you are visiting with children aged 2+ I would opt for the full Tumblestone Hollow ticket instead.
Location: Stonor, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF
Tickets: Pre-book tickets via their website.
We visited these gardens in Oxfordshire after the first lockdown last year and loved them. They are really beautiful to walk round and split into several different sections including a walled garden, wildflower meadow and rose garden. Ashley loved just running around the gardens when we visited but there is also a small kids playground next to the café which was closed last time we were there.
Location: Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LA
Hever Castle and Gardens
We absolutely love it here! It’s down in Kent and about 1.5 hours drive from us, but well worth the journey. The gardens are huge and full of great play areas for your little ones. There are two adventure playgrounds, for different age groups. The toddler one is a huge sandpit full of tunnels, obstacles to climb on, a big slide and sensory equipment. The one for older kids is a huge fort!
They also have a fun water maze, which is great in the summer and a bigger hedge maze (which was closed when we visited due to Covid).
Location: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
Tickets: Pre-book your ticket on their website. To claim 2for1 book 1 adult & 1 partner offer/complimentary ticket (£0). Or for single visitors book – 1 partner offer/complimentary ticket (£0) and pay on the gate where you will receive 25% off.
The gardens here aren’t huge but it’s a nice place for a wander round, particularly when it’s cheap to visit with the 2 for 1 card. Pair your visit with lunch at Crocus at Dorney Court which is a lovely café with a great little kids playground. It’s also just round the corner from Dorney Lake which is a brilliant spot for scooters and bikes.
Dorney Court has been closed for the last year due to Covid, so check that it’s open before visiting.
Location: Dorney Court Dorney Lane, Windsor SL4 6QP
Tickets: Purchase tickets on arrival. Single visitors can also get 50% off with their 2 for 1 card.
The following places I haven’t visited myself but are on my list to go to this year.
Huge botanical gardens with an 18m high tree-top walk and a fun children’s garden.
Location: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance on their website and use discount code gardenersworld.
This is Kew’s wild botanic garden, with over 500 acres of woodlands, lakes, ornamental gardens and a private nature reserve.
Location: Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN
Tickets: It says on their website that they are currently for accepting 2 for 1 vouchers so keep checking back to see when this changes. I have also just noticed that National Trust members get in free here!
Located in Kent the huge castle and grounds have loads going on to keep the whole family entertained. There are a couple of amazing looking adventure playgrounds, one is modelled on the design of the castle itself and aimed at children aged 6-14. The other is for children aged 6 and under and has zip lines, sand pits, slides and turrets to climb.
There’s a land train to ride on, a falconry centre, punting and a ferry on the moat as well as over 500 acres of gardens and parkland.
Location: Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL
Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance on their website.
There are so many amazing places that you can visit with the Gardeners World 2 for 1 card, these are just a few examples to get you started.
Where to get your Gardeners World 2 for 1 Card
The card is available with May’s edition of Gardeners World magazine which you can purchase in the shops from 15th April or order online here.
Please ensure you check the website or call in advance to check what the current rules are around the 2 for 1 card entry before you go in case anything changes from the information provided above.