The gardens are looking glorious, after their rather longer than usual time away from the public gaze, and the sun was shining as we set off on our Garden of Imagination Trail at Borde Hill, looking for unicorns, giants, mermaids and other magical creatures.
Mathilde’s (8) favourite dragon
As always, the activity booklet is beautifully illustrated and there are a range of activities for children of all ages to complete; so little ones can draw, count and try out the physical activities, whilst older children can also use their imagination to answer some of the questions. All participants receive a prize which should keep them occupied in the car on the way home (if they aren’t asleep from all the fresh air and exercise).
You need to book entrance tickets in advance, and if you want to do the trail you also have to book that in advance too, but the online booking system is really quick and easy and it means there is no queuing at the entrance, which is a major bonus when you have children with you who aren’t great at waiting patiently in a queue. There is an additional optional part of the trail in the woodland this year where you can look for fairy doors and note down the fairy powers, but watch out for the troll who lives under the bridge!
Troll under the bridge by Lotty (8)
There is a one way system in place to aid social distancing, which just added to the fun for the children as they also needed to search for the next designated pathway. The cafe is operating a card only, take away service and we enjoyed freshly made sandwiches, ice cream and cake. The toilets are operating on a one family unit at a time policy. The gift shop is open, but you will need to remember to take a mask with you if you want to go in. The children’s playground remains closed for the time being.
See below for a brief review from Ben (9) who had a lovely time:
To book the Garden of Imagination Trail, which runs until 13th September, visit the Borde Hill website.