Hylands Estate will be offering great family events again this spring with special walks for toddlers, artisan farmer’s markets and a stunning flower show.
First up, the Tuesday Toddle is a fantastic opportunity for parents and pre-school children to explore the beautiful 575 acres of historic Hylands Park and its gardens on a guided tour. The next Toddle takes place on 7 February 10am to 11.30am and 1pm to 2.30pm, with morning toddles happening again on 21 February, 7 March, 21 March, 4 April and 18 April. The Toddle is a wonderful way for children to appreciate the natural environment by observing the seasonal changes in the park and gardens, as well as taking part in a craft activity. The cost is £5 per child and booking is essential on 01245 605523. To discover more, visit: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/tuesdaytoddle
Scrapbook Safaris take place during school holidays at Hylands. The safaris are a guided exploration of parks and gardens of Hylands Estate, followed by a craft-based activity to make a scrapbook of the objects that were found on the exploration. The safaris are a great fun-packed way for primary school age children to observe the seasons and the changes in the landscape. The next safaris are on 15 February and 12 April and run between 10am to noon. The safari costs £6 per child and it is essential to book in advance on 01245 605523. To find out more, visit: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/scrapbooksafari
The Hylands Farmer’s and Craft Market runs once a month on a Sunday at the charming Stables Visitor Centre. Here you can meet local producers who are passionate about what they produce and sample their wares; from fresh fruit and vegetables to locally reared meats, artisan delicacies to freshly baked specialty breads, as well as hand-crafted gifts. The market takes place between 10am to 4pm with the first market of 2017 will be held on 12 March followed by 9 April. Local producers who grow, brew, pick, bake or craft their own produce and who would like to have a stall at the monthly market should contact Michelle Marwood at: [email protected] To discover more, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/farmers-and-craft-markets
The National Flower Show returns to the Hyland’s Grand Pavilion between Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May for the third year running. The show is full of spectacular flower displays, amazing show gardens and offers the opportunity to attend talks with the region’s leading gardening experts. Hylands House will be transformed into a Festival of Roses whilst the Grand Pavilion will be home to the best nurseries, growers and plant experts that the UK has to offer.
The National Flower Show will be opened by the crowned king of gardening, Monty Don, on Friday 19 May and there will be the opportunity to meet him in the Gardening Theatre. Advance tickets are £8 adults, £7.70 concessions and free for children, but will be £12/10/5 respectively on the gate. For more information please visit: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/national-flower-show
For more information visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/hylands or call 01245 605500