May

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sunday 19th May - Depart: 10am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£35 - (includes entry) | (National Trust Members £21)

Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden which is to this day heralded for its beauty and diversity.

Read more about Sissinghurst Castle Garden here

June

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Friday 21st June - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£50 - (includes festival entry)

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show which is now in its seventh year celebrates the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle. It is packed with inspiration, flowers and plants and everything for the home and garden. This year’s event will have more exhibitors than ever before with the stunning Grand Floral Pavilion as the centrepiece of the show.

Read more about Blenheim Palace here

Woburn Abbey Garden Show

Saturday 22nd June - Depart: 10am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£40 - (includes show entry)

Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and within 42 acres of Abbey Gardens, "The Gardener’s Garden Show" offers one of the best locations of any show in the UK and has become an important diary date for gardening enthusiasts. The show offers access to award-winning exhibitors and nurseries that have been handpicked by Woburn, with the displays complemented by an array of live entertainment, artisan foods, shopping, demonstrations, informative talks and gardening advice, tips and tours.

Read more about Woburn Abbey here

Great Dixter House & Gardens

Thursday 27th June - Depart: 9am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 2 hours

£50 | (HHA Members £37)

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd and was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm for over 40 years. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

Read more about Great Dixter House here

July

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Saturday 6th July - Depart: 9am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£60 | (RHS Members £54.50)

A whole host of great things to enjoy at this classic annual festival – as well as the abundance and variety of florals, there will be garden sets, workshops, music and competitions.

Read more about RHS Hampton Court Palace here

Coton Manor Garden

Thursday 18th July - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 7pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£45 - (includes entry)

Occupying a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house, this lovely 10 acre garden is landscaped on different levels comprising a series of distinctive smaller gardens which provide variety throughout the seasons and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the garden there is a magical 5 acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow at its best at this time of the year. There is also an extensive nursery, garden shop and café.

Read more about Coton Manor Garden here

RHS Hyde Hall Garden Tour & Cream Tea

Saturday 27th July - Depart: 10am / Return: 6.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£50 - (includes entry, tour and cream tea) | (RHS Members £38.50)

Located in the Essex countryside, this peaceful garden is a perfect destination for a day out. With its wide open skies and far reaching views, it has an eclectic combination of different gardens, with some 360 acres to explore!Highlights include a beautiful hilltop garden, with herbaceous borders, a rose garden and a Mediterranean-inspired Dry Garden which showcases an array of drought tolerant plants that will thrive in an area of very low rainfall. There is also a superb Global Growth Vegetable Garden, displaying fruit and vegetables from around the world.

Read more about Hyde Hall here

August

Kew Gardens: Chihuly - Reflections on nature

Saturday 3rd August - Depart: 10am / Return: 6.30pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£45 - (includes ticket entry)

The world's most celebrated contemporary glass artist is back, showcasing his work against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens. Unique art installations will be situated across the grounds, including the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. You can experience his Drawings and Rotolo series - the most technically challenging work Chihuly has ever created - and Seaforms, undulating forms that conjure underwater life. The celestial vibrant blue masterpiece Sapphire Star will welcome us as we walk through Victoria Gate. In a Kew Gardens first, the Temperate House will be home to a brand new, specially designed sculpture inspired by the cathedral space it will inhabit.

Read more about Kew Gardens: Chihuly - Reflections on nature here

September

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Sunday 8th September - Depart: 9.30am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour

£55 | (RHS Members £42)

This late summer show features spectacular displays, outstanding quality nurseries and trade stands, including Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show winners, National Dahlia Society Show with more than 100 exhibitors taking part, NAFAS floral displays, expert advice and more.

Read more about RHS Garden Wisley here

Leeds Castle Flower Festival

Sunday 15th September - Depart: 10am / Return: 6pm - Approx journey time: 1 hour 30 mins

£50 - (includes entry to festival)

Be inspired by the creativity of international award-winning floral designers. See incredible floral displays inside the Castle and around the grounds, a sight not to be missed!

Read more about Leeds Castle here