Gayton Hall gardens

Mothering Sunday on March 26th is the perfect time to treat your mother to a visit to the splendid Gayton Hall gardens in Gayton, 8 miles east of King’s Lynn, which is opening as part of the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk.

This rambling semi-wild 20 acre water garden, has over 2 miles of paths, and contains lawns, lakes, streams, bridges and woodland. In the waterside borders  the unusual skunk cabbage grows and there is also an abundance of spring flowering bulbs. A variety of unusual trees many of which are labelled, and shrubs have been planted over the years.

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme says: ‘A visit to one of our open gardens is the perfect treat for Mothering Sunday. Gardens are a great place for families, where everyone can relax and enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful, stress-free setting, with the added bonus of tea and homemade cake.’

The gardens are open from 1 to 5pm, entrance is £5.00, children free.

The National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million so far. So visitors can leave knowing that entrance fees go to help great causes, such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Parkinson’s UK.

Details of all National Garden Scheme gardens opening on Mother’s Day and throughout the year can be found on the free ‘GardenFinder’ app, or on

  • Since its foundation in 1927, The National Garden Scheme has donated over £50 million to its beneficiaries
  • Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society. Further donations are also made.
  • Registered Charity 1112664