We’re opening the gates of Bodnant Garden after hours for the first time. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden as never before, with a glass of wine to wash down the view!
Bodnant Garden is beautiful at the best of times but imagine relaxing at a table on the Italianate terraces, overlooking the Carneddau mountains as the sun goes down, sipping a crisp white or rich red and listening to the evening bird song, maybe even a touch of classical music in the background…
Imagine no longer! The experience could be yours to enjoy, take home and treasure if you come along to our new Walk and Wine evenings.
We will provide the wine, canapés, music in the Pin Mill and even croquet on the lawn. We can’t absolutely promise you a fine evening of course, but what we can offer is a chance to see the garden as never before when the landscape takes on a completely different ambience – a chance to enjoy our plants, trees and magnificent views in the dusk light.
Just chill quietly and enjoy the atmosphere…or bring friends and pretend you’re at a country house garden party of old – Jeeves and Wooster, or Agatha Christie style (without bloodshed, hopefully).
It is the first time we have opened the garden to the public in the evenings. The idea came from our student gardener David Green who had a light-bulb moment when leaving work last summer.
He recalls: “I got to thinking what I would do when all the visitors had gone home if I lived in the house – put a comfy chair on the Croquet Lawn to watch the light fade, sip Pimms and gorge myself on canapés whilst listening to some light opera, jazz or Bossa Nova… I thought it would be nice to try and recreate a summer evening from Bodnant’s heyday – kinda 1920s maybe.”
Walk and Wine events will take place monthly through the summer on Thursdays April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25 and August 29, when you can enjoy the full, sophisticated al fresco experience. There will also be an opportunity to see inside the Pin Mill building which will be open to the public and of course the whole garden will be open to visitors for strolling.
In addition, we will be having informal weekly late night openings on Wednesdays in May and June, from 5pm to 8pm – the May dates will be open to dog walkers too. Regular admission charges apply for the Wednesday late night openings.
The first Walk and Wine takes place Thursday, April 25, from 6.30pm to 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) and costs £6. Subsequent Thursday openings take place from 5pm to 8pm. For more details of these events see our website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden/ or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BodnantGardenNT