Open Gardens Day 2021

  Sunday 6th June 2021

Elkstone Open Gardens Day for 2021 will be held on Sunday 6th June 2 to 6pm. The event attracts ever bigger attendances, may of whom are visitors from 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.

All activities will follow the COVID 19 restrictions in place on the day.

Last year we were unable to hold our normal event due to Covid so the villagers held a virtual one which can be seen by clicking this link

 If you wonder where Elkstone is, please click here.

The cost of admission is £5.00 per adult (that’s 13 year-olds and onward), payable on entry to the car park – road signs on the day will guide everyone safely into the car park. Pre-teenagers (accompanied by adults) are free entry. The admission includes 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




Visitors have 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. Recently  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 is 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 will be able to 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!





Tea, Coffee, and soft drinks too!


Visitors will be able to enjoy village teas, & home-made cakes or ice creams….








Free tractor rides all afternoon…

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

Unfortunately there cannot be any tractor rides this year due to the current Covid 19 regulations.  Hopefully next year ……..?






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

Bell ringers from all parts visit Elkstone for Peal sessions

Last year the church bells were taken down and retuned and we hope that it will be possible for them to ring out to celebrate the day. They hang on a working medieval bell frame which has recently been identified as of national historical significance and they date in time from 1657 to 1977.







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 help 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.