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Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
01844 339254

Opening Times

Open 10am – 5.30pm (5pm in winter) daily.

Waterperry Gardens have been delighting visitors for years with 8 acres of historic and inspirational gardens nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The gardens feature a spectacular 200 foot herbaceous border along with rose and formal gardens, a lily canal and riverside walk.

The Plant Centre and Garden Shop stock everything you need for the gardening year.

The  Gallery and Gift Barn house beautiful artworks by British artists alongside home, outdoor living and gift ideas.

Waterperry’s Rural Life Museum is packed with quirky ephemera and the Saxon Church within the grounds is complete with its original 13th century stained glass windows.

No visit is complete without stopping at the Teashop serving hot and cold lunches, afternoon teas and some of the best cakes in the county!

Waterperry Gardens are just 7 miles from Oxford city centre.

The Gardens

  • Virgin’s Walk
  • Sebbs & Rock Gardens
  • Herbaceous Border
  • Islands Beds
  • Alpine Garden
  • Waterlily Canal and Miranda’s Border
  • The Formal Garden
  • Cordon Avenue & Pear Walk
  • Long Walk – Colour Borders
  • Mary Rose Garden
  • Riverside Walk
  • Saxifrage Collection

Childrens Play Area

The children’s play area is situated opposite site the Teashop.

Museum Of Rural Life

The Museum of Rural Life is situated in a 18th Century granary building and displays an impressive collection of ancient tools and implements. The museum also showcases the following:

  • Horse brasses, turrets, swingers, horse bells, shoes and bits
  • Old veterinary implements and relics from household kitchens
  • A unique collection of brass stamps
  • Traps and alarm guns
  • 70 different brass beer barrel bushes and unusual decorative skewers from the meat trade
  • Mediaeval pottery found on the Waterperry Estate.

Gallery

The Gallery  is located in a 18th century barn and offers affordable, contemporary art and craft.  The gallery especially focuses on showcasing British work, including more than 25 Oxfordshire-based artists.

The Gallery is open every day:

April – October 10:00am – 5.30pm

November – March 10:00am – 5.00pm

Teashop

The Teashop at Waterperry Gardens offers a relaxed and leisurely environment, a perfect place to enjoy one of the delightful pastries made with locally sourced ingredients. The Teashop also serves lunch as well as a variety of afternoon teas.

Shops

  • The plant centre, housed within the ancient walled garden offers plant connoisseurs and budding amateurs alike the chance to buy unusual varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants. They additionally sell pots, water features and garden furniture.
  • The Garden shop sells a wide range of bedding, herbs and vegetable plants in season and has a great range of garden sundries, tools, bulbs and seeds.
  • Gift Barn: Here you can find an assortment of home and garden accessories. The Gift Barn also offers lotions and potions, home fragrances, candles, fashion accessories, jewellery as well as stationery products, gift wraps and cards.
  • The Gallery at Waterperry: Here you will find beautiful artworks, textiles, ceramics, glassware and crafts from selected British artists.

Opening details

Waterperry Gardens are open all year round except between Christmas and New Year. Please check Waterperry Gardens website for full details.

The only charge at Waterperry is for access to the ornamental gardens. Admission charges go directly towards helping maintain and develop the gardens.

£9.50 per adult (£7.00 in November and December).

Children 16 years and under go free.

Events

May 2022

May 28 @ 10:00 am - June 5 @ 5:30 pm

Gnometastic

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£2.50 – £9.50

Half term fun at Waterperry Gardens. Help the gnomes in the gardens who have forgotten their names. Find all eight gnomes (and their names). £2.50 per child with a prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal garden entrance fee applies of £9.50. Gardens open daily from 10am till 5.30pm.

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June 2022

June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

The Reluctant Dragon

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10 – £45

Running time: approx 1hr 45mins (including a 15 min interval) When a boy finds a dragon up on the Downs he’s not in the least surprised. He’s always known the cave there was a dragon cave, so it seems right for a dragon to be living in it. But this particular dragon is not a bit like the ones in fairy tales – this one writes poetry and doesn’t like fighting! A delightful new adaptation of The Reluctant Dragon, an…

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June 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rare Plant Fair

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
Free – £9.50

The chance to browse stalls manned by experts specialising in both rare and traditional plants, all in the beautiful setting of Waterperry Gardens. Normal garden entrance fee applies. 10am till 4pm (gardens open till 5.30pm). ADVANCED BOOKING tickets are available. TICKETS will also be available at the gate on the day. Adult tickets £9.50 per adult, includes the Gardens and Fair. Children under 16 Free. Once you have arrived at the Fair you are welcome to stay as long as…

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June 23 @ 10:00 am - June 26 @ 5:00 pm

Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Crafts Festival

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£8 – £40

Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Crafts Festival is back after two years! Taking place at the prestigious Waterperry Gardens, this edition of Handmade Oxford will have an open-air festival feel over four days. You will be able to browse and shop for exquisite, contemporary British craft, participate in a packed programme of craft workshops, and watch live demonstrations hosted by our designer-makers. A slow living section will be present with sustainable products and there will be opportunities to listen to…

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June 23 @ 10:00 am - June 26 @ 5:00 pm

Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Crafts Festival

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£8 – £40

Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Crafts Festival is back after two years! Taking place at the prestigious Waterperry Gardens, this edition of Handmade Oxford will have an open-air festival feel over four days. You will be able to browse and shop for exquisite, contemporary British craft, participate in a packed programme of craft workshops, and watch live demonstrations hosted by our designer-makers. A slow living section will be present with sustainable products and there will be opportunities to listen to…

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July 2022

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present 2022 SUMMER TOUR OF AS YOU LIKE IT

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10.00 – £17.00

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself – invite you to join them this summer for the sparkling comedy, As You Like It. One of the UK’s finest touring theatre companies present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed – in the open air, by an all male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. “Love is merely a madness!” Separately, Rosalind and her dear friend Celia, the noble Orlando,…

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July 23 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Secret Garden Live presented by New Creations Collective

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£11 – £53

Saturday 23rd July 2.30pm – audiences are welcome to arrive and will be admitted in from 1.30pm Tickets – Adult £18 (16yrs+) / Child £11 (2yrs+) Ticket price includes FREE entry to Waterperry Gardens after the performance. Back by Popular Demand!! Following a hugely successful 2021 summer tour, The Secret Garden Live returns to enchant new and returning audiences… Join Mary on her journey to discovering The Secret Garden in this brand new, family-friendly, dance adaptation of the best-selling novel…

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July 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:10 pm

Rapunzel, IK Productions

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£11 – £14

Escape into the open-air this Summer with Rapunzel – an exhilarating, heart-warming production about one girl’s longing to break free from her imposed lockdown and explore the world outside. With wicked witches, lovable trolls, a fairytale Prince and miles of golden hair, Rapunzel is the perfect breath of fresh air for all ages. IKP’s trademark “delightfully daft” (The Stage) adaptation of Rapunzel brings the classic fairytale to life with bundles of slapstick physical humour, puppetry, and plenty to keep the…

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July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Moonrakers

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£ 15

An early evening of music in the beautiful Amphitheatre in the gardens of Waterperry. Bring your picnic! Drinks available at the bar. Celtic traditional and contemporary songs and tunes on harp, cello, guitar, bouzouki, whistles and female/male vocals. “..mesmerising instrumentals...wonderful gentle harmonies. An uplifting journey.” (BBC).

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July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Moonrakers

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10 – £15

Come and enjoy an early evening concert of folk songs and tunes in the fabulous open air Amphitheatre at Waterperry Gardens. Bring a picnic for an extended interval (drinks will be available at the bar). Much-toured 4-piece band, Moonrakers (harp, cello, stringed instruments, whistles, female/male vocals) perform songs and tunes from the English, Irish and Scottish tradition as well as their own compositions. They’ve been described as “startlingly talented” (Oxford Times), with five albums of “exquisite music” (BBC) and “truly…

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August 2022

August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Three Musketeers, Box Tree Productions

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10.00 – £15.00

Sat 6th August 2022 5:00pm, Doors Open at 4:00pm Peformance from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Tickets will be available to purchase online for this date from Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 9:45PM Young D’Artagnan comes to the big city with one aim: to follow in his father’s footsteps and become one of the King’s Musketeers. When he gets to Paris he meets three of the Musketeers; Athos, Porthos and Aramis. With his new-found friends he must prove himself and try to…

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