Mothering Sunday

Mum's go free Sunday, March 26th

One of the benefits of living in the UK is celebrating two Mother's Day. Two picturesque places offering free entry for Mothers accompanied by children are:

Claremont Landscape Garden (Esher) — Covering nearly 50 acres, Claremont is one of the oldest English landscape gardens with an original 18th century layout. Once enjoyed by royalty, including Queen Victoria, the Garden is on the Register of Historic Parks and described as the "the noblest of any in Europe". Unlike formal gardens of the past, these 'pleasure grounds' were designed to be natural, but in essence were made up of a series of planned views and vistas. Features include a turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, stone grotto and thatched cottage complete with a kids play area and updated cafe. 1372 467806
Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG

Painshill Park (Cobham) — Located 5-1/2 miles away and ironically on the same road is award-winning Painshill Park, another example of an 18th century landscape garden. However, Painshill is over three times larger than Claremont. Follow the prescribed path to enjoy the best views. Some of the unusual follies (decorative buildings) you will encounter are a ruined abbey, Gothic temple and tower, Turkish tent and crystal grotto. Painshill views have been featured in the the past on Wedgwood plates commissioned by Catherine the Great of Russia to films of today, including the Picture of Dorian Gray (2009) and Suffragette (2015).

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