It's no secret that I love RHS Wisley. It's one of those places that you could visit every month and it would always look different, the whole 'planting for continuous colour' thing boggles my mind and Wisley has it down to a fine art.
Autumn is a time when we all rush out to the woods, lose our minds over the changing colours of leaves and enjoy crunching though piles of them with our children, but garden such as Wisley still have a lot to offer at this time of year.
There's so many greatspaces for kids to explore at Wisley, I've include just a few of our favourites in this post. Above you can see the bridge by the Rock Garden and below some photos from Clore Learning Garden, the Alice in Wonderland theme was a real hit with Kitty.
When we visit Wisley we tend to eat at the Glasshouse Cafe. They do a good deal on Children's lunch bags, any 4 items and a drink for £4.50. There's a selection of sandwiches, pots of cut up sausages, cakes, biscuits, fruit and veggies, yogurts and more for children to pick their 4 items from and they can help themselves to cutlery and carry it all to the checkout in a paper bag. Maybe a picnic would be marginally cheaper but at this time of year the option to sit indoors added to the selection and how much my kids LOVE the sandwiches there win me over. FYI the bread is made on site daily and according to Kitty 'they have the best crusts ever'.
The cafe is conveniently situated near to the toilets and Glasshouse and there's a large open space for children to roam and play should you be engrossed in grown up conversation and enjoying your coffee far too much.
Above: Can you spot Kitty running through the long grasses by the Glasshouse? The Glasshouse is always a hit with children, the waterfall especially.
Below: Over by the Orchard they spot a tree ripe to climb.
Not an obvious spot to visit at Wisley with kids but the Trails Field look lovely at this time of the year, the dahlias are out in force. And no, they didn't pluck those blooms, they found them in one of the many tubs of dead-headed dahlias - they loved collecting them and handing them out to people. And I loved taking photos of all the flowers -win win!