Museum and gallery doors are still sadly shut but many of their garden gates are wide open offering a lovely place for families to enjoy nature away from the crowds in the packed park. Here are a few of our favourites.
A Prehistoric Garden with living fossils, a Sound Garden with giant instruments, a Bee Garden with lots of tasty plants and a wonderful Wildlife Garden. Kids will love exploring this 16 acre site. Download a map of the gardens here. Gardens open from 7.15am (8am on Suns) until 5.50pm. Free.
The best hill in London for roly-polys. Kids will love charging through their 112 acres of glorious parkland with its ancient woodland and huge sculptures. Café open for take-away.
Open 7am–5pm. Free.
Home to over 25 tree species including a Japanese Maple and a Kentucky Coffee Tree the Picture Gallery's 3 acre garden is blooming with spring flowers and daffodils. The café is open for takeaway treats too. For even more flowery loveliness take a look online at the gallery's Uneartherd Photography's Roots exhibition extended to August 202. Open Tues–Sun 9am–4.30pm. Free.
The glorious garden at Ham House and the Orangery café (take-away only) are open for local visitors to enjoy. Stroll through the Cherry Garden, the Kitchen Garden and the Wilderness Garden. Four legged friends are welcome too but must be kept on a lead. The loo's are open too! Book your timed entry from 10am–4pm here. Adults: £5, child £2.50.
Classical landscapes, formal gardens, a waterfall, ponds and a woodland wilderness all set within 65 acres. The camellias are blooming and their super garden café is open for take-away. Open 7am to dusk. Free.
Julia Colls 3 March 2021