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Game Fair Gardens – the largest show garden ever attempted


Lord and Lady Salisbury’s estate at Hatfield House will host the event again and an ambitious plan of new attractions will delight the crowds – including the installation of the largest show garden ever attempted – brought to life by leading educational institution Capel Manor College.

Game Fair Gardens designed by RHS Gold Medalists from Capel Manor College will tell the story of the countryside, estates, country gardens, traditional practices and innovations.

Visitors will experience an immersive journey through themed gardens reflecting the interests and passions of The Game Fair’s audience. Expect kitchen gardens, traditional crafts, art & sculpture, animals and superb design in the setting of Hatfield House which already has an international reputation among garden enthusiasts.


Entrance to Game Fair Gardens is included with your standard Game Fair entry ticket and VIP packages. However, we have also teamed up with our partners Capel Manor College and Hatfield House to offer an unrivalled opportunity to visit some of the grandest gardens in the country on one ticket and you have the entire season to take advantage of it.

The Gardens Experience ticket includes entrance to The Game Fair, entrance to the award winning gardens at Capel Manor College and entrance to the stunning gardens, park and woodland walks at Hatfield House. With The Game Fair as your first stop, the other gardens can be visited at leisure right up until late September.

Nestled in Enfield, North London, Capel Manor is a beautiful Georgian house set amongst 30 acres of picturesque gardens. Boasting a rich history that dates back to the 13th century, the estate is home to 60 colourful gardens, a zoo, restaurant, and Capel Manor College’s Enfield campus. Have fun exploring the Gardens and enchanted Fairy Forest, say hello to Capel’s Creatures and work your way through the holly maze!

An unmissable treat of tranquillity for any green-fingered enthusiast, the garden dates from the early 17th century when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants from all over Europe for his new home.  It is the RHS Gold Medalists from this Mecca of gardening that have created the inspired design of The Game Fair’s new gardens this year.

At historic Hatfield House, the trees, bulbs, plants and fruit trees, which had never before been grown in England, have crafted the inspiring and fragrant gardens you can explore and enjoy today. Enjoy the pleached lime walk, the beautiful blue and silver border and a relaxing stroll down through the mature beech and oak trees of the Woodland Garden. Bluebells, wild flowers and narcissi cover the ground in the spring, with magnolias, camellias, prunus, sorbus and malus collecting alongside the paths. The resplendent rhododendrons survive from the 19th Century and there are many late-flowering shrubs like styrax, eucryphia hoheria and halesia, as well as magnificent varieties of hydrangea paniculata lining the grass paths to the fledgling Yew House.