Press Release: Mother’s Day at West Dean Gardens - Free entry for mums and children

West Dean Gardens is the perfect destination for an enjoyable family day out on Mother's Day (Sunday 11 March) to admire the show-stopping displays of over 500,000 naturalised spring bulbs. For this special day only mothers enjoy FREE entry and a complimentary bunch of daffodils. Children go FREE all year round. Bring the whole family, including the dog, for a leisurely stroll through the crocuses, hellebores and daffodils throughout the grounds. Explore the award-winning Sunken Garden at the eastern end of the 300ft Edwardian pergola and admire the fruit trees coming into blossom. Then take in the Walled Garden and the glorious Victorian glasshouses where new growth will be emerging.

Explore the peaceful arboretum with its fine collection of trees with breathtaking views of the South Downs and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Afterwards browse the unique gifts in the Gardens Shop and enjoy a cream tea in the Visit England-awarded Gardens Restaurant.

A great Mother's Day gift idea is the West Dean Gardens Spring Pass offering unlimited visits to the Gardens to encourage everyone to enjoy the Great Outdoors this season. The pass is just £18 (adult), available from 1 March and is valid until 31 May. Usual adult entry is £9 adult so visit just twice and the pass will pay for itself. Children's gardens entry is free all year round (accompanied by an adult and excludes special events).

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Mothers Day Gifts

  • Mother's Day gifts Spring Pass - unlimited gardens entry for your mum during spring. 
  • Treat your mum to a One Day taster course at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (from £120) from jewellery making or blacksmithing to throwing a pot, writing, photography, painting and much more.
  • A short course gift voucher for £10, £25, £50 or £100, which can be used as full or part payment towards a short course. Email 
  • West Dean Arts and Craft Festival (1-3 June) tickets online (20% off for early bird now)
  • West Dean Gardens is an oasis of peace and beauty; inspiring and tranquil. If your mum shares a passion for gardens treat her to a Gardens Friends membership for a gift to last all-year round.

For more information or to browse the latest short courses go to

Free parking. Free admission to Shop and Restaurant. Dogs on short leads welcome.

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Editor's Notes West Dean Gardens is part of the Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust, also comprising West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084. West Dean Arts and Crafts Festival 2018 (includes annual West Dean House Opening (1-3 June). For more information

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Cream Teas at West Dean Gardens
Mother’s Day at West Dean Gardens, photo: Helen Yates
West Dean Gardens