Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will know I am huge advocate of the ‘there is more to Essex than TOWIE’ movement. Don’t get me wrong, TOWIE has a place in my heart, and has boosted the local economy no end by increasing our visibility as a tourist destination, but for me the real Essex is one of countryside and natural beauty.
About 20 minute drive from me are the RHS Hyde Hall gardens. I have lived in the area five years now but, until last week, had never visited Hyde Hall gardens. Oh my goodness, how had I gone so long without seeing this place? It was brilliant.
Hyde Hall Gardens Essex
This 360 acre RHS garden located just outside Chelmsford is a wonderful location for a family day out. Aside for the beautiful plants on display at Hyde Hall gardens there are also two fantastic tea rooms (selling the tastiest carrot cake I have had in ages), garden talks, wooden play areas, nature trails and a large gift shopping containing everything a girl could want and more.
We walked around for hours on our visit last week. I was particularly taken by the beauty of the ponds. I can see many a summer day spent sitting by the water writing, in my not to distant future.
Hyde Hall Gardens Essex – Children’s Activities
One of the latest additions to the Hyde Hall gardens is the wooden play area – a great treat after a walk round the gardens. The visor centre at Hyde Hall gardens have a lovely range of nature trails and i-spy activities for the children to complete on your visits too, great way to get them interested in nature from a young age.
During the school holidays Hyde Hall gardens put on seasonal activities for the children as well. This time of year they have a free Lindt Easter Bunny hunt and (for an addition £2 per child) families can spend some time in the barn making wild art and Easter baskets.
Hyde Hall Gardens Essex – Membership
I was so taken by Hyde Hall gardens that I purchased an annual membership there and then. For £40.50 per year I can have unlimited visits for myself and one family member (under 5′s enter for free) to all four RHS gardens. You only really have to visit three times in a year to make your money back, and I have already been to Hyde Hall gardens twice this month so I am well on my way!
I am so excited to have found this local gem. let me know if you pay it a visit – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Everything looks SO lush! And you look like you had a fun day =) #countrykids
The membership sounds like a great bargain for visiting such a wonderful place, it also sounds ideal for families with lots to see and do. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.
This place looks so lovely! And what gorgeous family photos too! #countrykids