Open Gardens Day 2018

Sunday 17th June 2018 2.00 to 6.00 pm – a big Success!

Despite rather ‘grey’ weather our Open Day actually attracted a bigger attendance, may of whom were visitors in previous years – a great complement to all the villagers who work so hard to organise all the gardens, stalls, activities and refreshments. Each year the event raises funds for the upkeep of the local church and Village Hall. This was our 26th annual event, and the descriptions below will give you the ‘flavour’ of how the day ran. If you wonder where Elkstone is, please click here.

The cost of admission was £5.00 per adult (that’s 13 years and onward), payable on entry to the car park – follow the road signs on the day. Pre-teenagers (accompanied by adults) were free entry. The admission included car parking. One other thing – we do operate a ‘no dogs’ policy; they are wonderful from their owners, but they can cause stress to the domestic pets of the households who kindly open their gardens for this event – and bringing them to leave in the car is not allowed either, a fine day can bring disaster…

Straight away it must be said that over the years, thanks to the wonderful support given to us by websites and media (see below) we have had outstanding attendances, and this simply would not happen without their help.

Aerial Approach to Elkstone

 

Elkstone is one of the highest villages in the Cotswolds, with extraordinarily beautiful limestone houses and cottages, with views across valleys that are often described as breathtaking

Strollers at Open Gardens Day

 

 

 

On a glorious Sunday afternoon, visitors had a unique opportunity to visit this very special Cotswold village and see it in a detail not normally accessible to the casual visitor.

 

 

St John’s Church – Summer Sunrise

 

St John’s Elkstone is the highest church in the Cotswolds, and dates from Norman times. The dawn sun shining through the chancel window illuminates the altar area with golden glow of stunning beauty. In the last year much work has gone into eco-themed developments including a “bug-hotel”, the Coronation Meadow, and new eco ‘facilities’ for the benefit of visitors.

 

 

 

 

Norman Arches – Evening Concert

The church has quite exceptional Norman arches in the chancel and sanctuary, and boasts a wonderful Norman tympanum above the south door. The chancel arches, and those leading to the altar, are among the best in Gloucestershire, if not in Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

Evil Spirits – Keep out!!

 

It has been said by those who know that it was well worth taking a detour to explore the church and its striking collection of Norman arches and decorative features including grotesque monsters, birds, and a very Roman-looking centaur, ready to shoot an arrow from his bow.

 

 

 

Garden Seat with View

 

In the course of the afternoon you could amble through a selection of beautiful private gardens.

 

 

 

Welcoming Blooms

 

In preparation for Open Gardens Day, villagers prepare a range of garden displays from the very simplest, to those that would challenge most!

 

Elkstone Rose

 

 

 

 

 

Some blooms are really special!

 

Viewing the blooms..

 

Even Elkstone villagers enjoy the scenery each year!

 

 

 

 

Visitors could try their hand at hitting the targets with our 633 Squadron Lancaster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your garden will look even better than ours…

You could browse the many stalls feature a children’s clothes store, lovely craft-made jewellery a tombola, plants and much more….

 

 

 

 

 

Tea, Coffee, and soft drinks too!

 

Visitors could enjoy village teas, & home-made cakes or ice creams….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free tractor rides all afternoon…

– or enjoy a tractor ride through farmland with sensational views.

 

 

 

 

 

Bell ringers from all over the country visit Elkstone for Peal sessions

Bell ringers from all parts visit Elkstone for Peal sessions

On this special afternoon you can not only soak up the atmosphere, made more special with glorious flower displays but you could also hear the bells and visit the bell tower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over Elkstone..

Elkstone’s houses date from medieval through to modern times – they all represent the glorious heritage of the Cotswolds – we hope you’ll enjoy your visit – we’re sure that like hundreds of others, you’ll want to visit us time and time again!

 

 

 

 

 

Elkstone near Cirencester / Cheltenham

N5148’ 37.7” W0202’ 45.6”

OS Explorer Map 179, SO968122

For Sat Navs: please use postcode GL53 9PD

 

We are very grateful for the support of the following organisations which helped to promote our event:-
• Cotswolds Info whose website link is Cotswolds Info.
• Cotswold Preview whose website link is Cotswold Preview.
• Country Gardener whose website link is Country Gardener.
• Cotswold Life Magazine whose website link is Cotswold Life.
• So Glos Online Magazine whose website link is So Glos Online Magazine.
• Gloucestershire Guide whose website link is Gloucestershire Guide.
• Open Gardens UK National Directory whose website link is Open Gardens.
• Where Can We Go whose website link is Wherecanwego.
• BBC Radio Gloucestershire whose website link is BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

We have many other organisations helping us to publicise this event – a big thank you to you all!
If you have a query about this event, please fill in the form below.