2020 – Currently Postponed due to Coronovirus Situation
We hope to run our annual Elkstone Open Gardens Day this autumn but the Government makes an announcement that all is safe again, we can not declare a date, so please keep checking this page for updates.
In ‘normal years’, whatever the weather, our Open Days (held in June) attract 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. 2019 was our 27th 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 in 2019 was £5.00 per adult (that’s 13 year-olds and onward), payable on entry to the car park – road signs on the day guided everyone safely into the car park. Pre-teenagers (accompanied by adults) were 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
In the course of the afternoon you could amble through a selection of beautiful private gardens.
In preparation for Open Gardens Day, villagers prepared a range of garden displays from the very simplest, to those that would challenge most!
Some blooms are really special!
Even Elkstone villagers enjoy the scenery each year!
Visitors browsed the many stalls which feature lovely jewellery, a tombola, plants and much more; around the village were hand-crafted books telling stories of Elkstone history through the years.
Visitors enjoyed village teas, & home-made cakes or ice creams….
– and enjoyed a tractor ride through farmland with sensational views.
On this special afternoon you could not only soak up the atmosphere, made more special with glorious flower displays but you can also hear the bells and visit the bell tower.
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
N51o 48’ 37.7” W02o 02’ 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.