Stody Lodge Gardens reopens its gates to the public this May

The vibrant colours on display at Stody Lodge Gardens. Picture: Steven Brooks

The vibrant colours on display at Stody Lodge Gardens. Picture: Steven Brooks - Credit: Steven Brooks

For nine dates across May, Stody Lodge will open its gates to the public from 1pm to 5pm.

The vibrant colours on display at Stody Lodge Gardens. (Picture: Steven Brooks)

The vibrant colours on display at Stody Lodge Gardens. (Picture: Steven Brooks) - Credit: Steven Brooks

The spectacular floral displays of Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt will once again be open to members of the public this May, after a long winter draws to a close.

Punters will have the opportunity to walk the 14-acre flower gardens and admire the extensive collection of over 200 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas.

The watered gardens at Stody Lodge are in full bloom. Picture: Ian Burt

The watered gardens at Stody Lodge are in full bloom. Picture: Ian Burt

Designed in 1932 by London architect Walter Sarel, Stody contains some unique natural features, with its Azalea Water Gardens believed to be the largest single planting of the vividly coloured Azalea mollis in the country, with over 2000 plants spread across two acres of land.

Other attractions include The Long Walk, a 200m pathway lined with towering rhododendrons and blooming magnolias and camellias.

The gardens at Stody Lodge in full bloom. Picture: Ian Burt

The gardens at Stody Lodge in full bloom. Picture: Ian Burt


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This year will also see the return of the popular Stody 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day on Sunday May 7, which will offer families opportunities to feed and play with young goats, as well as a chance to enjoy a dog show, face painting, a petting zoo and a pirate treasure hunt.

An exhibition of the finalists of the Story 'Young Talent' Awards will also be on show.

The gardens at Stody Lodge in full bloom. Picture: Ian Burt

The gardens at Stody Lodge in full bloom. Picture: Ian Burt

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On top of this array of activities is a chance to admire a selection of outdoor sculptures by award-winning artist Tom Hiscocks, whose work will be on display from Sunday May 21.

Stody Lodge Gardens is open 1pm-5pm every Sunday in May, from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 and Bank Holiday Monday on May 29.

Entrance is £6, with children under 12 going free. For more information visit stodyestate.co.uk

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