Waterperry Gardens is a 100-acre garden in the village of Waterperry, near Wheatley, east of Oxford. You must have seen signs for it on the highways close to Oxford.
We had never been to the Waterperry gardens before, so I thought it will be a perfect opportunity to go for their winter trail (in December 2020). The trail was priced at £2.50/child, with accompanying adult to pay the garden entry price. There was no map to tick stuff off on. The snowmen were scattered throughout the garden, so you didn’t really need to pay for the trail, as you can look at the snowmen anyway. We did get a lovely squishable penguin at the end of the trail (which for me was worth the price of the trail), but see what suits you and your family.
The walk and exploring around was quite lovely but there was not much in the flower beds to see. The gardens must be especially beautiful in the spring and summer, when the flowers are in bloom, which really makes me want to re-visit. There are a lot of benches and sculptures etc dotted around the walk, so you can sit in to relax and enjoy the beauty, when it is not cold.
We came across the “Stonhenge of Waterperry”, which the head gardener later told me on Instagram, is called yewhenge and is based on Stonehenge (POST HERE). There is a small play frame for children to play in
I hear Waterperry’s Rural Life Museum is packed with quirky ephemera and the Saxon Church within the grounds is complete with its original 13th century stained glass windows, but both were closed on the day we went.
As we went in winter, the entry was at reduced price. Children under 16 are free at all times but the peak adult price is £10.50 pp, which is on the steeper side in my opinion. You can use Gardener’s world 2-1 card for two for one entry, but I am not sure I would pay the full price for me and my husband. We will have to go in the Summer to find out if it is worth it or not, as , in terms of competition, Harcourt Arborertum and Oxford Botanic Garden are cheaper (£6.30/ adult) and have a lot to offer (and also offer Gardener’s world 2-1 entry). We also have National trust membership and go to a lot of similar gardens for no extra price, so it has to be something special for us to visit WaterPerry garden for that price. Dogs are also not allowed, which is not relevant to us but may be a deciding factor for some of you.
🗺 Address: OX33 1LA which will bring you to Waterperry. Drive to the end of the village (entrance to the garden)
🎟 Fee applies (please see WEBSITE for more details). Adults £10.50 (£8 per ticket in Nov-Jan).
Children 16 years and under FREE unless taking part in one of the trail.
You can use Gardener world 2-1 card for two for one entry
Member of the RHS Partner Gardens have free access every Friday throughout 2021
📅 Children’s Trails throughout the year coinciding with school holidays (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities onsite
🍕 Refreshments available
🐕 Dogs are not allowed in the garden, with the exception of registered support dogs.
🦽 The ornamental gardens are mainly flat and most paths are wide enough for wheelchairs. Most paths are gravel-surfaced but this is well compacted, and should not cause too many problems, although some areas may be more difficult at certain times of the year
🧺 Picnic allowed