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I love the English Cotswolds and think everyone should visit this beautiful place at least once in their lifetime. Having lived all over the world and traveled as much as possible, I still think that this little part of England is one of the world's greatest treasures. This site is dedicated to helping spread the word and encourage sustainable travel to the Cotswolds.

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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Frolic Amongst the Follies at A Georgian Garden Party

Ridiculous title for a posting, I know, but how else could one describe it?  This year, the Rococo Gardens in Painswick (The Queen of The Cotswolds) will play host to a very extravagant and exclusive garden party.  The gardens are full of Georgian follies and include a hedge maze to rival Hampton Court’s.

20th, 21st & 22nd August
Rococo Garden Party

Frolic as if it were the 18th Century as the garden celebrates local produce, crafts, and as part of the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity, our woodlands.

BBC Radio's Johnnie Amos will be chairing a special Gardeners Question Time and celebrity chef Felice Tocchini will be cooking up a feast in the Orangery.

Treat yourself yourself to the ultimate in garden luxury with Champagne & Cupcakes in the newly restored Red House, which will become an exclusive pre-booked VIP Area during the party.

Garden Party Opening times:  11.ooam - 6.30p.m
Adult: £6.00
Adults over 60: £5.00
Children (5 to 16) :£3.00
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children):£16.00
Pre - booked Groups: (min. 20) will be entitled to a 20% reduction.
Visitors arriving in Georgian costume will gain free entry into the garden.

Programme of events and more information available on the Rococo Garden Party website, please click here.

About the Gardens
Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick, and famous for its snowdrop display, the Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design. This gem of a garden, which was originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

A magazine article of 1753, describing this style of garden, finished with the line:

“.......You are taken to a pompous and gilded building, consecrated to Venus for no other purpose that the squire riots here in vulgar love with a couple of orange wenches from the local play-house.”

Enough said!

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