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Gardens Galore at Combermere

Inspiration - 12.04.19

The gates to our famous gardens will open once more next month, as we launch our series of Garden Open Days with the first on Tuesday 14th May.

Large blossom trees look beautiful in the gardens at Combermere Abbey in the spring time

As part of our centenary celebrations, donations from all Garden Open Days will go to our charity of the year, Together Trust. This year, Combermere Abbey has been in the guardianship of the Crossley family for 100 years. Currently owned by Sarah Callander Beckett, her great grandfather Sir William Crossley bought the Combermere estate as a family home in 1919. In 1870, Sir William co-founded the Manchester and Salford Boys and Girls Society, almost 150 years later this is now known as Together Trust!

The woodland floor at Combermere Abbey is a carpeted with bluebells

On Tuesday 14th May, guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of the rare chance to enter the gates of this beautiful estate – which is closed to the public except for these Open Days – and spend a few hours surrounded by centuries of history and stunning Spring blooms. We’ll see the apple, pear and quince blossoming in the Fruit Maze, as well as classic bluebells, wild garlic and tulips throughout the gardens and woodlands. Guests can explore the restored Victorian Walled Gardens, iconic Glasshouse and the world’s only Fruit Tree Maze as part of the estate’s acres of gardens and woodland spaces.

: In the spring cherry blossoms and tulips look beautiful in the gardens at Combermere Abbey

As always, we’ll have a Plant and Produce stall with our expert Combermere gardeners on hand with their top tips of the trade. What’s more, our first Open Day in May will also offer guests the first chance to get their hands on our exclusive centenary jams and honeys. Inspired by estate produce, we’ll be selling our centenary treats for one year only – remember to bring cash to make sure you don’t miss out!

We’ll also be serving light refreshments in The Pavilion – after all, a day out in nature exploring exquisite gardens is never complete without tea and cake! If you’re looking to join us on our very first Garden Open Day in May, our gates will open at 1pm and close at 5pm – and remember that unfortunately picnics and dogs aren’t allowed. For a full day out, you can even book on to our Abbey tour on the 14th from 3pm, and immerse yourself the historic tales of the estate – who knows, you might even spot a ghost… Be sure to book in advance, as places are limited!

Immerse yourself in the historic tales of Combermere Abbey this spring time with an Abbey Tour

Adult tickets cost £5 and children under 16 can join you for only £2. If you can’t make May 14th, don’t worry! We’ll also be hosting Garden Open Days on Tuesday 15th June (National Garden Scheme), 13th August and 3rd September – why not join us throughout the year to see the beauty of nature change with the seasons?

If you’re joining us, we’d love to see your photos – you can tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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