On Saturday 26 April the first of the two annual plant hunters’ fairs will be held in the walled garden from 10am to 4pm. The entry fee is £1 per adult (u18s are free).
This year extra dates have been added to Sugnall’s annual bluebell and blossom walks, which this year will take place on Sunday 27 April and over the Bank Holiday weekend: Sunday 4 and Monday 5 May, from 10.30am-2.30pm.
The entry fee for the walks at Sugnall, which coincides with the annual Stafford Walking Festival (Monday 5 May), is £2 per adult (u18s are free); the self-guided walks will start outside the Tea Room, which is inside the walled kitchen garden. The guided bluebell walks are an additional £2 per person and will take place at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Using maps provided on the day, walkers will guide themselves around the local network of permissive footpaths through woodland and over farmland; visitors will also have the chance to join a morning or an afternoon guided tour of the bluebell woods and Sugnall’s ancient fishpools. The guided tours take about an hour and are not demanding, but sturdy footwear is recommended.
For those interested in a longer walk, there is a good 4-mile circuit around the 40-acre Copmere Pool via The Star Inn; this could be further extended by going westwards onto Gratewood Heath and towards the Bishop’s Woods.
Ample free parking is available in the Sugnall Business Centre’s car park, which is opposite the entrance to the walled garden.
The walled garden is signposted of the Eccleshall-Loggerheads road at Sugnall.