Friday, 24 June 2016

Alfresco summer nights: Late garden openings

The National Trust’s best locations for late garden openings.

Written by National Trust

South West

The Courts Garden, Wiltshire
Special evening openings, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June, 11am – 9pm
Throughout June The Courts Garden will be offering special evening openings until 9pm on Thursdays. Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the garden to experience the fragrances and beautiful blooms in a different light.
Price: Normal admission applies
For more information, please call 01225 782875

South East

Mottisfont, Hampshire
Mottisfont Lates, 9 - 11, 16 & 18, 23 - 25 June, 10am - 8pm
For a truly memorable English summer garden experience, step into Mottisfont's large walled garden, home to one of the most famous rose gardens in the world. For anyone who can't get along to Mottisfont during the working day, this is a great opportunity to visit after-hours and unwind in the relaxing surroundings, with the scent of roses filling the air. Many of the rose species growing at Mottisfont are available for sale in the shop, so everyone who visits has the chance to take away a little of the garden's magic.
Price: Normal admission applies
For more information, please call 01794 340757

Scotney Castle, Kent
Late opening, 4, 11, 18 & 25 June, 5pm-8pm
Thanks to the long summer days the garden will be open late (until 9pm), so why not bring along the whole family and make an evening of it? The tearoom will be serving mezze platters for two, or you can pack a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
Price: £5 (normal admission applies)
For more information, please call 01892 893 868

East of England

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Late night opening, 21 & 28 June, 5, 12 & 19 July, 10am – 7pm
Make the most of the light summer evenings by exploring Blickling after hours. Every Tuesday during summer the shops, cafes will stay open until 7pm so you can experience the stunning grounds in a new way. Take a stroll round the garden or relax with a cuppa in the tea room.
Price: Normal admission applies
For more information, please call 01263 738030

North West

Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Beyond the Garden Gate –10 & 17 June, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Unwind after a week at work by spending a summer Friday evening in Dunham Massey's glorious gardens. With live music, mouth-watering tipples and stunning summer colours, it's a great place to lose track of time with a bunch of friends.
Price: Normal admission applies


Dyffryn Gardens, Glamorgan
Late night Fridays, 24 June & 8 July, 10am – 8pm
Celebrate the season with an evening trip to Dyffryn Gardens: the perfect way to relax after a week at work. Bring a bottle of bubbly and a picnic and enjoy your dinner al fresco while soaking up the summer sun. There will be musical performances to enhance the experience.
Price: Free (normal admission applies)
For more information, please call 02920 593328

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