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Clued In With Kids Review Arley Garden Festival, 22nd and 23rd June 2019

Clued In With Kids Review Arley Garden Festival, 22nd and 23rd June 2019


Arley Hall And Gardens, Arley, Northwich CW9 6NA

With the promise of some sunshine today, we decided that a family day out to Arley Hall and Gardens located in the heart of Cheshire was in order. Families visiting will see the gardens bustling with activity as they participate in Arley’s 25th Garden Festival. The festival is of course a major highlight for those passionate about horticulture and Arley Hall have also made sure that there’s plenty on offer for our little explorers too!


When we arrived, we were instantly drawn in by the festival atmosphere as we explored all of the independent trade stalls, tempted by home made cakes, unique tasting pies including wild boar and mushroom, ciders, and ice creams. Our little girl then led the way and took us to admire the impressive classic cars on display outside Arley Hall itself. The owners of the cars are fantastic with children and one kind family even let our toddler sit inside their vintage Lotus, where she had a great time steering the wheel and going beep beep!

It was then time for us to explore Arley Hall itself. Arley Hall is an attractive, charming and inviting family home, built between 1832 and 1845. The family has had a home on this site for over 500 years and the current home consists of elaborate ceilings, oak panelling, impressive and majestic fireplaces, intricate stained glass windows, and a vast array of antique furniture. Although there were only a few rooms open to the public (the house is still lived in after all), the rooms on display were a delight to view. Our favourite was the library as we were impressed by the attention to detail on the panelling.  We were equally as impressed by the elaborate ceiling as we ventured up the Grand Elizabethan Staircase, listening to a live pianist as we explored the home. The highlight for our little girl was the antique pram. She was fascinated and completely puzzled at how different it looked compared to her own.

We spent most of our time in the stunningly beautiful gardens. Taking over 250 years to develop, it is clear to see why the gardens won gold at RHS Tatton. The gardens are bursting with colour, and the eight acres of formal gardens and the woodland and are full of twists and turns for families to explore. All of the paths are easy to navigate with wheelchairs and pushchairs, and there was plenty of space for our toddler to run around, stretch her legs and enjoy being in the fresh air. She spent lots of time running around, playing, rolling over, admiring the water features and sculptures, exploring the nooks and crannies of the little cottage in the formal garden, and she liked the gigantic ‘twisty tree’ which, in her opinion, is where ‘Stick Man’ lives.


As you explore the grounds during the Garden Festival, you will also enjoy the musical entertainment on offer. From 10am until 1pm, The Wabash Jazzmen will be performing in the showground and from 2pm until 5pm, The Lymm Concert Band will be playing in the Band Stand. You can also enjoy ‘Street Jazz’ being played in the Stable Yard.

Due to our impending nap time, we didn’t get to see the play zone, suitable for children up to the age of 10 years old. Here children can build sandcastles in the sand pit, play on the slides and swings, or zip down the zip wire. We did sneak in a visit to the children’s fair rides before we headed home though. She had a great time on the Merry-go-round, so much so that she went around twice! Other children were enjoying jumping away to their hearts content on the trampolines, getting their faces painted, climbing trees with Discover Tree Climbing and more. The play area is a permanent feature but the other activities listed in this paragraph are here especially for the Garden Festival and do come with small additional costs. For example the Merry-Go-Round is £2.


Obviously our review focusses more on what there is for families but for those who are gardening enthusiasts, there is a programme of talks in the Gardener’s Question Time marquee, garden tours with the head gardener or even Lord Ashbrook himself, the local schools have created flowerbeds which are open for public voting, and in the Countryside Marquee visitors will be able to enjoy learning about crafts and skills such as coppice fencing and dry stone walling.

There is still time to go to the Garden Festival on the 23rd June, 2019 as you can buy tickets on the gate. Our hints and tips would be to make sure you take a picnic. Although there are plenty of treats to tempt you, as with similar events, food prices are a tad more than you may expect to pay in our opinion. We would also recommend that if you are busy tomorrow and instead are debating a visit next year, if you pre-book your tickets you will save £5 per person. Kids under 16 go free which is great but for mum, dad and nan to visit today, it would cost £16.50 per person on the gate as opposed to £11.50 if you had pre-booked. £11.50 is great value for the type of day we had but at £16.50 per person we feel it is a bit on the steep side for families, especially if you add on food, drink, fair rides, tree climbing, face painting etc.

We had a fantastic day out with our toddler today. The gardens are beautiful and offer the perfect space to explore in the sunshine. Our two year old was more than happy just running around to her hearts content exploring the gardens and older children will enjoy the trampolining, zip wire and tree climbing. We were stopped by several visitors who wanted to chat to us or our little girl as the festival has an incredibly warm and friendly feel.  We will definitely be back again next year as we had a great, relaxing family day out in Cheshire.


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*This review is based on our own personal family experiences and our own opinions.

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