More Than a Day
Just like nature, our garden changes throughout the seasons. Membership is your ticket to enjoy everything we offer, from estate-led menus to workshops and seasonal events; Garden Day in spring, Garden Lates in summer, Harvest and Apple Day come autumn, and enchanted trails in winter.
The gardens at The Newt have been shaped over the last 200 years by successive enthusiasts, including Margaret Hobhouse who elevated the gardens to a Victorian ideal, introducing colour, a greenhouse and many trees of beech, oak, pine, walnut and cedar. Renowned garden designer Penelope Hobhouse gave Margaret’s vision a new lease of life in the 1970s, followed by Nori and Sandra Pope, whose experiments with colour delighted and inspired thousands of visitors in the mid-1980s. The latest incarnation has been created by Italo-French architect Patrice Taravella, who believes a garden should be both beautiful and useful. Influenced by thousands of years of horticultural history and mixing ornamental and productive elements, the gardens are a feast for the eyes and the stomach. At their core sits the Parabola, a walled garden concealing an apple tree maze; and at the edges, diverse woodland provides a sheltered habitat for native wildlife.
Explore the Gardens
Mixing ornamental and productive elements, our gardens are a feast for the eyes and stomach. We share the land with a host of wildlife; you may spot native deer promenading in the woods or Great Crested newts bathing in the ponds.
Discover something new during your visit. Steel yourself for an aerial walk through elegant boughs of noble ash, then get hands on with soil, scents, botany and design at The Story of Gardening. Visit the world’s most famous gardens in virtual reality pods, admiring the abundant fruit trees of Babylonstoren or gazing into the lily ponds at Monet’s Giverny. Peek into the fascinating life of bees and their hives at the Beezantium. No visit is complete without perusing Somerset specialities and estate breads, meats, cheeses, preserves and cyders in our Farm Shop, or finding the perfect gift in the House & Garden Shop.
Entry to our garden attractions is included in your membership - with more opening in 2021.
Eat the Garden
Our garden eateries serve fresh, seasonal fare, led by what is growing in our gardens – from crisp green leaves to freshly picked berries. The Garden Café offers a perfect vantage point over the kitchen gardens and orchards below, from which a vegetable-led menu is sourced - serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
Entry is via the Gatehouse and all diners must have a valid Membership or a Member's Guest Day Pass for the day of reservation. Advance booking is essential and we require a deposit upon booking of £5pp for breakfast and £10pp for lunch.
Sample Breakfast Menu
Autumn Lunch Menu
Great Garden Escape
Don't miss the train... Run away this summer and experience all things Somerset. From May 2022 we will be embarking on a First Class adventure, whisking you from London Paddington to the heart of the West Country. Explore picturesque gardens and ancient woodland, discover the art of cyder making and enjoy the finest fare plucked from the soil beneath your feet. Finally relax back into your seat and savour the perfect afternoon tea, as the miles fly by and we return you to the city.
Inspired by the land beneath our feet and the history and tradition of Somerset, we run a seasonal programme of workshops and events. The weekly Journal explores the activities, people and things that excite us. Join us in the garden, tune in digitally, follow Newt News or visit the shop to discover something new.
1 December - 2 January
Enchanted Tree Trail
For the young (and young at heart), take to the trees this festive season and learn more about our favourite and most ancient specimens, and the wildlife that inhabit them. Ends with a tasty treat.Included in membership
Hort Course: Fruit Tree Pruning
Learn to prune fruit trees in the first of our ‘Hort Course’ workshop series.
2, 23 February
Create compact ‘moss-ball’ indoor plants, perfect for decorating the home.