Subtropical Gardens in Dorset

Come along to the Abbotsbury subtropical garden and see rare and exotic species from all over the world. This magnificent Victorian walled garden is set in 20 acres of woodland valley and is one of the best gardens of its kind in the world! There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy with a children’s play area, nature trail and sunken gardens.

Why visit this subtropical garden?

The Abbotsbury garden has been awarded silver at the Chelsea Flower Show at Hampton court so come and see for yourself why it’s so spectacular!

Children will love the wonderland sculpture trail where enchanting sculptures of celebrated characters from classic literature are modelled from the original illustrations and cast in bronze. See if you can spot Alice, the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and many more! The coffee shop is just before the ticket office at the Gardens and so can be enjoyed by all. All food and drinks are served using “Vegware” plates and cups. They are made using plants and are biodegradable and compostable and break down with food waste.

  • Adult: £10
  • Child: £5
  • Under 5s: FREE
  • Open every day 10am- 5pm
  • Last entry between 3 pm-4 pm

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Brainfools - Lucky Pigeon

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A young businessman struggles with the demands of city life and, after losing his job, takes his frustrations out on a group of pigeons. Karma soon returns however, and the man finds himself turned into a pigeon, where he quickly learns about the playful world of this misunderstood animal. With a mix of absurd and extravagant theatre, impressive acrobatics, empathetic and funny stories and a pinch of satirical spice and puppetry, a cast of seven Lucky Pigeons will perform daring aerials and acrobatic feats in this soulful story.Brain Fools is led by two graduates of National Centre for Circus Arts. _“A soulful tale for the whole family, daring acrobatic feats in this fresh twist on contemporary circus.”_ Audience Member Please note that this is an outdoor performance -  dress for all weather and bring your own chair/blankets to sit on. Assistance dogs only. Refreshments available, cash only Suitable for ages 6+ Running Time: 60mins no interval Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.