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image for Gardening Event item typeThe Beth Chatto Pumpkin Hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens

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Gardening Event, Sat 20 - Wed 31 Oct 2018





The Beth Chatto Gardens


Elmstead Market,


Come and join our ever popular annual Pumpkin Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens!

Challenge your children to find the hidden pumpkins around the Gardens, complete the hunt and collect your reward.

(Note for parents/carers: reward is a stationery item plus choice of healthy reward or sweets.)

Guess the weight of the pumpkin and see our fabulous gourd and pumpkin display too!

Adults £6.95; children £1.50 or up to 3 children go FREE if you book your adult ticket in advance online via this link: https://www.bethchatto.co.uk/courses/the-great-pumpkin-hunt18.htm

Friends of the Garden Card Holders - this event is free (for up to 3 children) and there is no need to book - please just visit any day between 20-31 October.


Note for parents/carers: there are shallow ponds in the Gardens and adult supervision is required at all times.
There are no zombies or scarily made-up people at the Pumpkin Hunt or the Gardens. There may, however, be a couple of cobwebby scarecrows.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 - Wed 31 Oct 2018 10:00 to 16:00



Plan route to Beth Chatto Gardens using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TM 067241  Lat: 51.87788 Long: 1.00228

By Road:
The Gardens are situated 6 miles east of Colchester and a quarter mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children