Hole Park Bluebell Spectacular
10th April - 9th May 2021
The 16 acre gardens and additional 10 acres of woodlands will be open in time to host the Bluebell Spectacular between 10 April and 9 May 2021 when visitors can enjoy one of nature’s most impressive shows!
The Hole Park website will have a bluebell barometer with updates on when the bluebells are at their peak. In addition to the bluebells, Hole Park Gardens offer visitors colour and interest all year round. There is plenty to enjoy including immaculately trimmed yew hedges, sculptures, herbaceous borders an exotic garden, mature trees, impressive magnolias, camelias and rhododendrons which lead into the bluebell wood which Hole Park is famed for. Visitors will pass the bear family sculptured out of a fallen oak tree before entering the Bluebell wood with its circular walk which leads to the renovated solar powered icehouse. The path then winds its way through the silver haze of the wild garlic walk before returning to the gardens.
The gardens and tearooms are open daily from 1 April to 7 July before opening on Wednesdays and Thursday until the end of October. The gardens will also be open on Sundays in October. Opening hours are 11am to 6pm. Visitors can bring their dogs into the gardens and woodlands but please keep them on a short lead. Hole Park is a family-owned estate which has been in the Barham family for the past four generations. Formalised gardens combine with natural woodland. These extensive gardens were developed, laid out and planted by Colonel Barham, the great-grandfather of the present owner, in the years between the two World Wars.
Visitors to the gardens in early April will see swathes of crocuses, narcissi and daffodils. A pretty ‘Camelia Walk’ with shade-loving hellebores takes walkers down a path flanked by flowering cherry trees. Before the bluebells take centre stage, the meadows and woodland floor are a sea of primroses and dainty blue scillas. Magnificent mature magnolia trees will also be flowering throughout the gardens and woodlands. In May the gardens are full of tulips, roses and clematis and the vineyard garden has several impressive standard wisterias to admire. Rhododendrons and azaleas flower throughout the gardens and the delicate wild orchids will start to flower in the meadows alongside the architectural spires and star-shaped flowers of ‘camassia’. The sundial garden provides a view over the Wealden countryside through an oval shaped window in the topiary hedge.
Visitors to the gardens in the summer months can see the recently renovated long herbaceous borders. Half the border has been replanted in the original pink and blue planting scheme first used by the late Christopher Lloyd when he first designed the border at Hole Park. The remainder of the border was replanted using the original colour scheme of yellow and white.
Late Summer and Autumn Highlights
The late flowering agapanthus ‘Hole Park Blue’ and colourful exotic border with its cannas and dahlias are an impressive sight in late summer before the reds, yellows and golds of autumn appear bringing colour and interest to the gardens in October. Visitors can enjoy the annual Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend at the end of September. One of the Seven Wonders of the Weald; the garden was also crowned Kentish Garden of the Year in 2016 by Visit Kent and Kent Life Magazine.
Baby changing facilities
Free car parking
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome