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RHS Garden Bridgewater and Gardens of the North West

Currently the largest gardening project in Europe, RHS Garden Bridgewater opens to the public in 2020 and we are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to be among the first to visit it. This once in a generation project will see the Royal Horticultural Society take inspiration from the heritage of the site and transform it into a world-class garden, while also delivering a programme of community outreach and education activities, volunteering and training.

Based on an overall design by leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, highlights will include one of the largest walled gardens in the UK, beautifully landscaped grounds, living plant collections and horticultural trials.

We will also take the opportunity to visit some of the best gardens in the North West, beginning at Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, where the contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was also led by Tom Stuart-Smith. After our visit to Bridgewater we visit, by way of contrast, a nearby private garden which has a good variety of plants and is a haven for local wildlife.

Next day we travel to Dunham Massey, a great plantsman's garden full of native favourites and exotic treasures set around an elegant Georgian mansion, followed by Tatton Park, whose gardens have developed over 200 years yet retain much of their Edwardian character.

Before departing for home we visit Arley Hall, which preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight. The pair of herbaceous borders is one of the great garden sights of England.

We are based at the Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel in Handforth, Cheshire, which has attractive gardens of its own.

What's included?

  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Accommodation

Full Price
£595

Today's Price
£565.25

Saving
£29.75

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Save £29.75 if you pay your full balance today, just £565.25

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £120

Tour highlights:

  • Special visit to RHS Garden Bridgewater, the newest addition to the RHS stable
  • Italian style at Trentham Estate
  • Special access to a privately-owned garden
  • Dunham Massey and Tatton Park, two of the foremost gardens in Cheshire
  • Arley Hall’s famous double herbaceous borders

Tour details

Dates 18 September 2020 - 21 September 2020
Duration 4 days
Cost
Full Price
£595
Today's Price
£565.25
Saving
£29.75

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Save £29.75 if you pay your full balance today, just £565.25
Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £120 Balance due by 26 June 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BWGBR20B

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
1730 2000
Luton Parkway
Railway Station
1900 1830
Northampton
Railway Station
1000 1730
Birmingham
Victoria Square
1130 1600

Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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18 September 2020: Itinerary

We depart by coach from our pick-up points this morning and head for the north-west of England, where we begin with a visit to the gardens of Trentham Estate in Staffordshire. The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith. To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. Both these schemes were designed by eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold medal winner, Piet Oudolf.  At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. Take the circular lakeside walk all the way round as it takes you beside the River Trent, by the bird hide, through Capability Brown’s cascading weir and along atmospheric woodland trails. The show gardens offer further inspiration to gardeners’ on a more domestic scale.  Lunch is available here (not included).

Following our visit we continue to our hotel in Cheshire, where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel

After breakfast we depart for our visit to the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater at Worsley, to the west of Manchester. This once in a generation project will see the Royal Horticultural Society take inspiration from the heritage of the site and transform it into a world-class garden, while also delivering a programme of community outreach and education activities, volunteering and training. Based on an overall design by leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, highlights will include one of the largest walled gardens in the UK, beautifully landscaped grounds, living plant collections and horticultural trials.

In the afternoon we visit a nearby private garden which in contrast to Bridgewater is much smaller but no less intriguing. As featured on BBC TV’s Gardeners World, this is a two-acre water garden with ponds, streams, waterfalls, islands and a lake. There is a good variety of trees, plants and climbers the garden is a haven for local waterfowl, including swans, coots, moorhens, grebes, herons and kingfishers.

We return to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel

Following breakfast we visit the gardens at Dunham Massey. Previously a garden of straight lines and regimented planting favoured by the 2nd Earl of Stamford and Warrington, the garden became the family’s pleasure ground under the 5th Earl when sweeping lawns and meandering paths were introduced. Shunned by Cheshire society, 7th Earl George Harry and his wife, former circus performer Catharine Cox, abandoned Dunham in 1856 and the garden was left unchanged for the rest of the 19th century. After being pressed into service to help the war effort in both world wars, Dunham Massey was taken over by the National Trust in 1976 and work began to transform the garden to its former glory. It was decided that the garden would have an Edwardian pleasure ground feel with the freedom to choose from a range of planting options, with native favourites alongside exotic treasures. The garden continues to evolve today - modern additions include the Rose Garden and the Winter Garden.

Later we visit Tatton Park, whose gardens have developed over 200 years yet retain much of their Edwardian character. Lewis William Wyatt and Joseph Paxton, architect of Crystal Palace, designed various elements including the Conservatory which is now open following a comprehensive restoration programme. Other features include a vegetable garden used for growing varieties of plant known to be cultivated at Tatton during the Edwardian era such as 'Scarlet Emperor' runner beans, 'Fat Lazy Blonde' lettuce and 'British Queen' potatoes and a fine representation of a Japanese garden, thought to be the result of Alan de Tatton’s visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at the White City in London in 1910.

Once again dinner is served back at our hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow Hotel

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for a visit to Arley Hall. A pair of herbaceous borders was laid out here in 1846 and they survive to this day, beautifully maintained - one of the great garden sights of England. There are also old walled gardens with good mixed borders and a simple terraced walk above a ha-ha. Still in private hands, Arley Hall preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight.

Following this, our final visit, we return to our original pick-up points.

Meals include: Breakfast

18 September 2020: Additional Info

18 September 2020: Accommodation

Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow is a superb hotel in the South Manchester area. It has 89 bedrooms and is set in attractive gardens in Handforth. Guests have the choice of en-suite executive or family rooms, with a superb restaurant and spacious bar lounge offering a stylish and informal environment in which to dine and relax.

The Pinewood has a wide choice of rooms and facilities with the option of using our landscaped grounds for relaxation and entertainment. Is is conveniently located for local attractions, and only a few miles from the airport and all major motorways, leisure travellers staying at the Pinewood will also enjoy its peaceful and stylish setting. 

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