Sandringham House and Gardens, Norfolk
May 19 : 9:30 am – 4:30 pm£20.00
Sandringham House and Gardens
PGG visit to Sandringham House and Gardens.
House & Gardens
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
Sandringham House is set in 24 hectares of glorious gardens, perhaps the finest of all the Royal gardens. Every generation of the Royal Family which has lived here has added something of their own times and tastes, from the peace of the woodland walks to the drama of the carrstone rockeries, from the formality of the North Garden with its pleached lime avenues to the intimacy of the Stream Walk.
The original gardens of Sandringham Hall have been extensively altered since 1862. In the 1870s the original lake to the west of the House was drained, filled in and planted with elaborate formal parterres. Two new lakes were excavated, dotted with small islands and edged in places with carrstone; a romantic rockery and grotto were created and a picturesque valley formed to direct water from natural springs down a dell into the upper lake. In 1913, a charming summerhouse called The Nest was built for Queen Alexandra on the rockery overlooking the Lake and the Dell, and all this splendour was kept immaculate by a huge workforce. Queen Alexandra’s death in 1925, her son King George V’s death in 1936 and the outbreak of the Second World War led to inevitable changes and rationalisations in the reign of King George VI, and the labour-intensive parterres and borders, dug up during the War, were replaced by sweeping lawns. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was employed to create the North Garden, edged in box and bordered by pleached lime avenues. In the 1960s The Queen invited Sir Eric Savill, famous for his gardens at Windsor, to re-landscape the Woodland Walk and the Bog Gardens, and in 1996 the then Head Gardener created the beautiful Stream Walk.
Hosted by Head Gardener and PGG member Martin Woods.
We are looking forward to welcoming members of the PGG to the Gardens at Sandringham timed for when the azaleas and rhododendrons should be at their peak.
In the morning members of the Garden team will be available to guide the group around some of the points of interest within the garden, the tour will also include some areas not normally open to the public such as the old walled garden, biomass plant and compost heaps. Some of the equipment used to maintain the garden will also be on display.
After lunch at the visitor centre, entrance to Sandringham House and the museum which contains some interesting historic photographs of the House and Garden as well as many other items of interest including a collection of vintage cars associated with The Royal Family. Tea and cakes will be served in the stables tea room later in the afternoon allowing the chance to further explore the garden before returning to the visitor centre.
9.30am – Arrival at Sandringham Visitor centre, chance to chat or have a quick walk around the sculpture trail.
10.00am – Coffee, in the Visitor Centre.
10.30am – Guided tour of the Garden.
12.30pm – Return to the Visitor Centre for lunch.
2.00pm – Visit the House and Museum.
3.30pm – Tea and cake at the Stables Tea room.
4.30pm – Return to The Visitor Centre.
Sandringham is 6 miles NE of Kings Lynn and signposted from A148 Fakenham road and the A149 Hunstanton road. Car parking is at the Visitor Centre (nearest postcode PE35 6EH).
Cost per person for the day £20.00 which includes entrance to the Gardens, House and Museum, refreshments on arrival, two course lunch and afternoon tea.