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Lockdown opening

5th Nov 2020 10:00 - 2nd Dec 2020 16:00

Autumn colour, lockdown opening | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

We are very happy to announce that Exbury Gardens will remain open throughout lockdown.

With new government guidance on taking exercise in visitor gardens, we are very pleased to announce that Exbury Gardens will be open throughout the lockdown period and possibly throughout December.

We believe that keeping the gardens open to the public in this way is in the best interests of all, enabling our visitors to reap the mental and physical benefits of using our 200 acres of outstanding natural beauty for exercise.

Ticket prices will be reduced to £8 per adult and £3 per child to enable more people to enjoy the health benefits of visiting the gardens in the coming month.

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The steam railway will be closed but our play area will remain open for families to enjoy, as will our toilet facilities. We also have a fantastic caterer on site, offering hot and cold drinks and snacks to take away, including a wide range of vegan and gluten free food.

Please also note that, as the days are getting shorter and the afternoons and evenings becoming darker, visiting hours will be changed to 10am - 4pm, with last entry at 2.30pm.

The gardens are exceptionally beautiful at the moment, with our acer collection shedding vibrant scarlet leaves and our National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum aflame with oranges and yellows. We are also having an exceptionally good year for fungi, with many interesting species carpeting our woodland garden. We have very rarely opened in November in the past and so it's a real pleasure to be able to show off our collections of rare trees and shrubs at this time of year.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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