If you’re lucky enough to be in or around Bradford on Avon on the last Sunday of May, June or July, a wonderful way to explore the town is by visiting its Secret Gardens.
This annual festival sees around a dozen private gardens opened to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to see the town from an entirely different perspective. From tiny courtyards to grand lawns, a wander round these usually hidden parts of town makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon, and you can usually pick up a few plants or pause for some home made cake along the way. Tickets are available from the town’s Information Centre in Westbury House Gardens.
The middle week of July also sees Lynchetts hosting Bradford on Avon’s Sculpture Garden for the second year running. Showing pieces from around twenty local artists, the exhibition makes perfect use of the garden’s different areas, from the wildness of the orchard to the formality of the stone terraces.