We have been to Wakehurst many times, sometimes with friends, sometimes with family, once last year on a school trip and once even for a wedding reception, and every single time we visit we discover something new. Once it was the plant sale area, not sure how I missed that, as it is right next to what is normally the main entrance (due to the one way system in place this is currently the exit), but still I did. Another time a cousin introduced us to the bird watching area, which has been our favourite spot ever since, and this time we were delighted to be recommended the Rock Walk, which is almost otherworldly with its gigantic boulders wrapped in giant twisting tree roots.
Our plan this time was to head for the Tree Trunk Trek, to give the kids some exercise in the natural play space, but we couldn’t help going in the other direction first with our bag of wild bird seed and taking lunch to the pheasants and garden birds who live in the Himalayan Glade. Some of the birds are so used to visitors that if you stand still for just a few minutes they will take seed from your hand.
On our way back over towards the Millennium Seed Bank and the Tree Trunk Trek we stopped off at the Stables Kitchen restaurant which is offering a wide range of hot & cold meals to be eaten indoors & out. There are one way systems in place, socially distanced tables & face coverings must be worn when queueing inside. We were served quickly & the kids were beyond delighted to find that a homemade brownie was one of the options for the children’s lunch bag. We did eventually make it to the Tree Trunk Trek, but by this time we had already been trekking for several hours and the grown-ups were really quite worn out, so the children had a quick clamber about and we made our way home. Next time we will try not to get so distracted, but it is very difficult when there are so many new places to discover…
Entrance tickets must be booked in advance via the website. National Trust members and children 16 and under go free. Car parking charges apply.