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Waterperry Gardens Great Pumpkin Hunt

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Just a quick post as I was up at Waterperry Gardens yesterday morning in the drizzle, doing the Great Pumpkin Hunt with my kids.


Waterperry (near Wheatley and about 20 minutes south of Oxford), does a variation on the same theme depending on the time of  year – I think last time I went was for the Easter bunny hunt. Anyway, it’s all gloriously lo-tech, in this case looking around the gardens with a map that even the gardeners couldn’t work out, trying to find 10 pumpkins with smiley faces put on them, perched in trees and hedges.

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But this is the glory of children and the simple beauty of the gardens because with some stickers to put on a map and a promise of a treat at the end, they loved it, and I loved it too – the gardens take in a maze, rose and walled garden, fruit trees and loads else besides, it’s so very pretty, and we spent a good hour walking around, all topped off with a bat chocolate cookie in the cafe afterwards.

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If gardens don’t float your boat, check out the bumper half-term Muddy Guide – it will see you through to the end of the week!

£2 per child and £6.50 entrance to the garden for adults.

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