Free event Family friendly


Now - Sun 12 Sep 2021


11:00 - 14:00

At the former aviary within the Gardens, there will be volunteer guides who will outline the history of the Valley Gardens and assist with questions.

Visit the planted Rose Garden, sensory garden, other walks plus the children's playground, all are supported by the Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens.

This is a public park from 1950 and is a Grade 2 listed Historic Park on the site of a medieval Dominican Friary, and former nurseries and market gardens with liquorice cultivation.

Friary, hermitage and blue plaque, too.

The former aviary building has been around since at least 1840 and was built in the Georgian period. Former uses include it reputedly being used as a male card school retreat (a gambling den), and as a packing shed for the on site market gardens.

Open house, just drop in and speak to the volunteers.

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There is very limited on-site parking via Friarwood Lane. There is a central ramped walkway off Southgate, should you park in the town centre.