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Why children will love a day out in the gardens

The gardens will be open once again in Spring 2022, when wide open lawns and the space and freedom to explore makes Forde Abbey a great day out for all the family. Adventurers will love our willow labyrinth in the arboretum and watching wildlife on the lake. 

Pick up pocket money gifts and souvenirs on sale in our gift shop, and you’re most welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.

Our scheduled events for 2022 will be updated our Events page. We post regular snapshots on Facebook, and Instagram and you can get monthly news and offers delivered to your inbox when you sign up to our newsletter on the homepage.

Baboo Gelato


Will return to the gardens in early Spring 2022. 


Follow the trail around the garden to find the hidden boxes and stamps to mark the trail map. Based on the famous Dartmoor letterboxes, there is a prize draw for completed trails at the end of the season.


In the gift shop

On sale in the gift shop, children can find a treasure trove of toys and gifts to buy at pocket-money prices.


Wild Flowers

See how many wild flowers you can identify in our wildflower swirls that comes to life over the Summer months – interlocking circular swirls to follow, and woven with a mix of blooms much loved by the butterflies and bees.

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