Summer Fun now on at the Dorothy Clive Garden
We are hosting an educational family based ‘Beetle Mania’ trail around the garden throughout the school summer holidays inspired by children’s book ‘Beetle Boy’ written by M.G. Leonard, who recently appeared on Spring Watch Unsprung and who recently won the Branford Boase Award for outstanding first novel ‘Beetle Boy’.
Families can join the trail, free of charge, from Monday 24th July and will be available for every day over the summer holidays from 10am to 5:30pm daily. The trail aims to educate families and other visitors about Beetles, other insects, and wildlife that lives within the 12 acre hillside garden, and is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting horticultural education and environmental sustainability.
Families will be invited to explore the garden guided by the trail which will journey through the woodland quarry and garden, following the story of the Beetle Boy. There will be Beetle identification sheets and also a display of sample Beetles donated by PHD entomologist, Fran Sconce, from Harper Adams University Entomology department. Families will be asked to collect items along the trail and then make their own beetle to take home.
There will also be several giant games such as snakes and ladders and croquet available on the garden paddocks for families to enjoy all summer.
We are also hosting an educational ‘bat walk’ on Friday 4th August from 8pm to 10pm with the Staffordshire Bat Group. They will have special bat detectors to allow visitors to listen out for bats as they fly around hunting for insects in flight. This is a ticketed event at £5.00 but free for members. Booking is essential.
There will also be two outdoor theatre productions played by Folksy Theatre taking place: Children’s Theatre: The Princess and The pig Sunday 6th August from 12-1pm and 4-5pm. Plus William Shakespare’s Twelfth Night taking place at on Friday 18th August at 6.30pm to 9.45pm.
Over the summer holidays, the garden tearoom will be open from 10am to 5pm daily. Visitors can purchase a selection of refreshments which including children’s packed lunch bags, seasonal soups, homemade scones, light lunch snacks and various hot and cold drinks. The garden is located in the heart of the garden where visitors can sit, relax and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The gift room is adjacent to the tearoom and has recently been extended. visitors can purchase M.G. Leonards books ‘Beetle Boy’ and ‘Beetle Queen’, as well as the recently re-launched Billington’s Gingerbread, Dorothy Clive branded products, gardening books, RHS branded soap plus there is a new plant sale area. The gift shop is open from 10am to 5pm daily.
There is also a plant sales area outside the giftroom which sells a large range of seasonal plants.
The Dorothy Clive Garden is open from 10am to 5:30pm, seven days a week throughout the main season from April to September and then weekends from October through to March, annually. Admission is free for children under 4 (and members), £2.00 for children between 5 and 17, £7.50 for adults and £7.00 for concessions.
The Dorothy Clive Garden is a charitable garden trust. It was set up by Colonel Harry Clive in 1958. The objectives are, to use the garden for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public and to maintain and develop the garden inspired in the memory of the late Dorothy Clive.