This is the quintessential English village experience. On certain weekends in June, July and August villages around the coast persuade their residents to open their gardens for all to see. This is often accompanied by anything from a flower festival in the village hall to a pop-up cream tea room, summer lunch amd even the occasional bouncy castle. Most villages supply a map and then you set off on a sort of treasure hunt of who has the most beautiful homes and gardens around. There is a usually a nominal £5 per person admission fee to all gardens which goes to charity
Whether you are a keen gardener, nosey neighbour or someone who likes to see places that you would never normally be able to get beyond the front gate then this can be a fun way to spend a few hours on a weekend. 2021 could be something of a ‘bumper’ year as with so many of us spending hours in the garden over the past year they may never be so well kept again. Do reach for your sun hat and go and explore some of the best hidden gardens on the Norfolk Coast.
Thornham Open Gardens June 26th 2021. 11am-5pm Map and guide from the church and Village Hall.
Ringstead Open Gardens will take place on Sunday 27th June 2021 11am-5pm Flower Festival, Teas, Coffee and Cakes, a delicious lunch and a gentle wander round some great gardens.
Old Hunstanton Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July 2021 10am-4pm.
Flower Festival at St. Mary’s Church. A Scarecrow Trail will also feature, and stalls at the village hall.
Lunches available but please contact to pre-book. Tea, coffee and refreshments are also available.
Stanhoe Open Gardens Saturday 17th July 2021 2.00pm to 5.30pm. Private gardens will be open in this attractive north-west Norfolk Village, famed for its duck pond. Gardens available to visit include Barwick House, The Grange and Stanhoe Hall. Additional attractions include tombola, raffle, cakes, books, plants and vintage. Art exhibition in All Saints’ Church. Cream teas served at Isabel Lodge and Pimm’s on sale in the Village Hall.
Holme-Next Sea There is no open gardens until 2022.