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Barnards Farm

So much to explore! Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. 'Japanese garden', sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.

Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR) :Separate charges apply. Sunday extras: Bernard's Sculpture tour 2.30pm Car collection. 1920s Cycle shop. Archery. Model T Ford Rides. Collect loyalty points on Thur visits and earn a free Sun or Thur entry. Aviators welcome (PPO), see website for details.

Every Thursday 19 April to 30 August (11am - 4.30pm). Admission £7.50, child £2.50. Light refreshments.
Sunday 24 June, Sunday 2 September (1 - 5.30pm). Admission £10.00, child £2.50. Home-made teas.
tea, coffee, cakes and light lunches (Thurs), home-made cakes, tea, coffee (Suns).

Visitors also welcome by arrangement January to November for groups of 30 minimum. Special needs groups 10 minimum. Admission £10.00, child £2.50. Light refreshments.

This garden also makes a donation to St Francis Church.

Bernard & Sylvia Holmes & The Christabella Charitable Trust
01268 454075

Wheelchair accessible WC Golf buggy tours available.

How to find us

Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3LX

5m S of Brentwood. On A128 1½ m S of A127 Halfway House flyover. From Junction continue on A128 under the railway bridge. Garden on R just past bridge.

More about Barnards Farm

The 17 hectares of garden and woodland have been in continuous development for 36 years and now give delight in all seasons and for all ages and tastes. The collection of sculptures from the grand to the quirky includes work by Elizabeth Frink, Anthony Gormley and Nicholas Lavarenne. These are carefully placed to The sculpture collection is carefully displayed to amuse or surprise and always to enhance the garden. As you follow the signposted routes, you will come across an angel; giant poppy heads; giant cacti and many more.You can also walk the stones of the Japanese garden; inspect the vegetable plot; enjoy the planting of the gardens around the house; check for water lilies and wild life in the ponds and lake and listen to the birds in the woodland. On your way round take a rest and enjoy the view - there are plenty of seats.You can also take in the view down the avenue from Thomas Heatherwick's Sitooterie. Come in spring for flowers and crab apple blossom; early summer for the rose covered belvedere. Tea, coffee and cake are always on sale and on Thursdays soup, filled rolls and toasties are on the menu. We can usually provide golf buggy tours for less able walkers and the miniature railway (BMR) runs on Sunday and school holiday open days. On Sunday open days we provide a guided tour of the sculptures at 14.30 and also display a collection of veteran and vintage motor vehicles and a 1920s cycle shop. Try your hand at Archery on Sundays as well. Aviators are welcome (PPO).
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One of the featured gardens in ' Secret Gardens of East Anglia' by Barbara Segall, photographs by Marcus Harper published September 7th 2017