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Outdoor Event, Wed 18 Oct 2017

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Gardens


It's been billed as one of the 'most attractive autumn gardens around'- the Gravel Garden in autumn is wonderful sight. Join David Ward, who worked alongside Beth Chatto in creating the Gravel Garden as he explores the theory and practice of how to plan, prepare, plant and manage a drought-resistant garden. Topics include soil preparation, plant choice and the basics of the Beth Chatto style of planting.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 18 Oct 2017 10:30 to 15:00


A set seasonal lunch is included in the price. £56 or £51 for Gold Friends of the Garden and RHS members.

Events at this Venue


Elmstead Market,



See location of Beth Chatto Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 067241  Lat: 51.87788 Long: 1.00228

By Road:
The Gardens are situated 6 miles east of Colchester and a quarter mile east of Elmstead Market on the A133.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children