Although spring has arrived a little later this year, the bluebells at Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent are now looking fantastic, and will soon be at their peak.

The bluebell barometer on the website has moved up to reflect the current number of bluebells in flower around the gardens and woodlands.

During Hole Park’s ‘Bluebell Spectacular’, which is expected to continue until mid-May, visitors can admire one of nature’s most impressive shows as a magical carpet of bluebells transform the woodlands into an incredible sea of violet-blue.

In addition to the bluebells, wild orchids, scillas and primroses, the spring gardens have impressive magnolias, camelias, wisteria and rhododendrons.  The circular pathway also leads visitors past a bear family carved out of a fallen tree and a renovated solar powered icehouse.

The gardens are laid out in a series of rooms which are divided by immaculately trimmed yew hedges.  Interesting sculptures and water features add to the enjoyment of visiting Hole Park Gardens. Dog owners are welcome to bring their dogs into the gardens but only on a short lead.

A Centenary Walled Garden is nearing completion at Hole Park Gardens in celebration of 100 years since the founder of the gardens, Colonel Barham, the Great Grandfather of the current owner Edward Barham, first developed, laid out and planted the gardens.  Visitors can enjoy the tapestry of colour that will establish in this garden throughout this season.

The gardens and tearooms are open daily from 1 April to 30 June before opening on Wednesdays and Thursday until the end of October.  The gardens will also be open on Sundays in October.  Opening hours are 11am to 6pm.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Weald; the garden was also crowned Kentish Garden of the Year in 2016 by Visit Kent and Kent Life Magazine.

The circular network of hard paths enables visitors of all ages, including those who require a wheelchair, to enjoy the gardens.  Wheelchairs may be reserved free of charge and there are full disability WC facilities.

Light lunches and delicious homemade cakes are available in the coach house and local apple juice, beer and homemade jam and honey can be purchased.  There is also a small plant stall next to the coach house.

Admission booked in advance through the website: £10 for adults and £2.50 for children (5 to 17).  On the gate £11 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Adult Season ticket £30 each.  Child Season Ticket £8.

There is a dedicated tearoom for groups, free parking for cars and coaches and conducted tours can also be arranged for groups by prior arrangement.  Groups can request a Guided Garden Tour for £3.50pp (£50 minimum fee applies).

Hole Park is situated 4 miles west of Tenterden on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Benenden.

For further information about Hole Park can be viewed on  Group enquiries to  01580 241 344.