We’ve just got back from a visit to the wonderful Painswick Rococo Garden. There is so much to see and do from finding all the fascinating historic ‘follies’ to navigating the maze, having a picnic in the lovely grounds, dipping your toes in the refreshing ‘plunge pool’ or playing in the rustic woodland playground.
We’ve visited the charity run gardens a few times but this summer, Rococo Garden has put together a great new trail for kids. With lovely animal pictures by local illustrator Hannah Shaw, young adventurers can set out on a journey to help ‘Snowdrop Bunny’ find all the items her friends have lost. Along the way, you can learn fascinating facts about the animals that call the garden their home. There’s some puzzling to be done once you’ve found all of the lost items, and as a reward for your detective work, there’s a prize to win.
We love this place. I’m especially interested in its history as the gardens date from the 1740s when they would have been used as ‘pleasure’(!?) grounds for guests at the Painswick House (not open to the public.) If anything, I would love to know more of this history and read more about it as I walk through the gardens. My husband loves all the beautiful planting and Ed loves the maze, the animal trail, the woodland playground and swing and simply picking up sticks!
Rococo Gardens also has plants, flowers and produce for sale and a lovely café with freshly-ground coffee and delicious homemade cakes. They offer half-portions of everything on the main menu. It has free parking, baby changing facilities and welcomes dogs.
The gardens are lovely to visit all year round and there are a number of events coming up including, an out-door production of ‘The Three Musketeers’ and BYO Apple Pressing in October. If you would like to become ‘A Friend’ of Rococo Garden you can buy annual membership which is £49 for a family and includes unlimited admission.
We were offered complimentary entry in exchange for this review.