Rare Plant Fair, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Nr. Cirencester

11th April 2021
Entry is by ADVANCED BOOKING only. The tickets will have hourly allocated slots throughout the day. A booking fee applies and is included in the ticket price.
Ticket sales will go live of February 1st 2021.
Pre-booking is only required for adult visitors; accompanying children under 16 are admitted free of charge and you do not need to pre-book for them.
Please note that no dogs are allowed in the Garden or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs)
This Grade II listed Old Rectory with its organic garden has been developed over the past 40 years and is in a very tranquil setting on the banks of a mill race, with the River Coln running through the gardens. The wooden bridge that spans the river encapsulates the quirky spirit of fun, creativity and history that comes together at Quenington. The history of the site probably stretches back to the 12th century, when the Knights Hospitaller had a preceptory in the village.
Esme Bradburne, a former head gardener, who read Agriculture at Oxford, was one of the original founder members of the Soil Association. The garden is still run completely on organic lines and Esme’s work was seminal in creating much of the planting that we see today. Although the present layout goes back to 1928 when the Old Rectory was bought from the church.
There are herbaceous borders, mature trees, pool and bog gardens, as well as the large vegetable garden. The garden contains a permanent sculpture display.
Proportion of proceeds donated to Cobalt.
Admission
£5.50 per adult includes the Fair and Garden. Price includes booking fee.
ADMISSION IS BY ADVANCED TIMED TICKET ONLY.
The tickets will have hourly allocated slots throughout the day, in order to spread the number of visitors across the day, but once you have arrived at the Fair you are welcome to stay as long as you like up to the closing time of the event. If you are delayed and arrive late for your time slot, don’t worry – we’ll still let you in!
Children under 16 Free. You are not required to prebook tickets for accompanying children under 16.
Parking
Main car park is at the Old Rectory, with overflow parking on the village green (5 min walk). Blue badge parking is available at the house, on a first come, first serve basis. Please follow the directions of the parking assistants when you arrive at the Fair.
Plant pick-up point available in the main car park.
Accessibililty
The majority of the Fair and Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and those with mobility issues. Accessible toilet available.
Refreshments
Arrangements for refreshments will be advertised nearer the time of the event, and will depend on the nature of Government restrictions in place at the time of the Fair.
Picnics
Picnics are permitted in the car park but not in the Plant Fair/Garden, please.
Photo by Steve Russell Photography
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