At the beginning of the summer holidays we met up with my parents to explore the garden of surprises at Burghley House in Stamford. We had visited a few years ago and whilst the garden of surprises is the same, the sculpture garden has a different theme each year. 2016 the theme is metallic.
The garden of surprises is lovely for children as they are able to play in the water fountains. There are doorways which have water falling down, pumps which cause water to spurt and a general splash area. Don’t forget the swimming clothes and a towel! There are signs saying that they must wear shoes so Croc style shoes are perfect. It wasn’t a particularly hot day, but they managed to enjoy playing in the water until they were cold.
There are other interactive parts including a small mirror maze, all making it a fun place for children and adults to explore.
Once we had finished in the garden of surprises we headed to the sculpture garden. This is a short circular walk taking in some beautiful sculptures on the way. We also saw many beautiful dragonflies. As I mentioned above, this years theme is metal. There were a number of animal sculptures including deer and this cow.
Along with some more abstract pieces.
It is a lovely way to spend the day, so that the children and adults are both happy. Whilst there is a charge to visit these gardens, there is also a large green space infront of the house that you don’t need to pay to enter where you can enjoy a picnic, although it would be a shame to miss the beautiful gardens.
What places have you visited this summer that you would recommend?