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Flower Festival/Show, Sat 22 - Sun 23 Apr 2017


Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens


Beth Chatto Gardens

01206 822007


Elmstead Market,


Beth Chatto is one of the most influential gardeners of our time and as part of the Essex Big Weekend, is offering 10 lucky visitors a free afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of her 7.5 acre garden in Elmstead Market, near Colchester, Essex.
The Gardens, acclaimed tearoom, plant nursery and gift shop attract garden and plant lovers from all over the world to see how Beth transformed a boggy wetland and gravel carpark into gardens that thrive because of the conditions they grow in, not despite them.
Don't miss the Plant Festival 22nd-23rd April: free garden entry, plant lectures, tours and more.
Award winning Beth Chatto established her own gardens built on her “right plant in the right place” ethos in 1960. She won 10 consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the 70s. Now in her 94th year, she has published several gardening books and has both written and featured in numerous books and articles throughout her lifetime, sharing her deep love and profound knowledge of planting.

Her gardens and nursery are now one of the nation’s favourites and have influenced and inspired a generation of gardeners. They continue to grow and develop with dedicated and knowledgeable staff, many of whom learnt their trade working alongside Beth Chatto.

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

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Apr 2017


Summer (1 Mar - 31 Oct): £6.95 per adult.
Winter (1 Nov - 29 Feb): £4 per adult
Child admission: FREE (max 3 per paying adult) or £1 on special event days (eg Wildlife Fair, Wildlife Trail, Great Easter Egg Hunt, Great Pumpkin Hunt)

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 1 - Sat 15 Apr Easter Egg Hunt
Tue 4 Apr Garden Feasts & Mini-beasts!
Wed 5 Apr Ponds and Planters
Tue 11 Apr Spring Fingers
Tue 11 Apr Wild Water
Thu 13 Apr My Garden Kitchen



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 accessDisabled access
  • 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

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