Welcome to Whilton Locks Garden Village Events

Here at Whilton Locks Garden Village, we have a fabulous reputation for hosting family, fun filled events. A reputation of high quality events at affordable prices, with events for you, your friends and family and even your dog! A reputation earned from the fabulous feedback by you, our visitors – we are really proud of these achievements and look to ensure our events are the best possible fun at the best possible value.

Update Spring 2021.
Our Garden Centre and Pet Shop remain open for essential supplies. Events currently on Hold

We host a number of seasonal events too – from our Winter Wonderland and Real Ice, Ice Rink for the Christmas season to events all year round; for Easter, Hallowe’en, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Let’s Have An Event Because They Are Great Fun Day!

We host a number of themed events too – from meets and greets of Space Rangers and Ice Princesses, to both educational and enjoyable Cuddle Sessions with our Meet the Animalswhat would you choose? Something soft and furry or scaly and slimey? We have hosted a number of events for fans of Harry Potter, Dinosaurs, Pirates, themed Afternoon Teas and brilliant Birthday Parties.


Tell me more about online bookings at Whilton Locks Garden Village and Paypal.
First of all you do not need a Paypal account to pay with Paypal. You can use any Credit/Debit Card to pay. We use Paypal, as our default payment portal, as we believe it’s the most secure available worldwide.

We love this business – they go the extra mile for you EVERY time, not just the first visit. Very well run with a caring culture – superb customer care – WELL DONE.” Beverley Bates, Facebook.

NEW for 2020: “The best Santa’s grotto ever, and I have been to loads. Well organised, very friendly and helpful. My grandchildren enjoyed it last Sunday. They didn’t stop talking about it. Everyone should go.” Enid Morris, Facebook

Took our girls to see Santa in his grotto today and it was a great experience. The grotto was magically decorated, Santa a lovely sweet man who was great to the children and parents and Santa’s helpers outside were very sweet girls who completed the experience. Great present as well for the money. Well done Whilton Locks.” Michaella Sutton, Facebook

NEW for 2020: “Just wanted to say thank you for a fab visit to the Grotto on Saturday, our 5 year old had a great time. Mrs Claus, Santa and the elves were so friendly and welcoming and the three stage process, ie woodland and Santa’s lounge before seeing Santa himself, was a great idea!”
Thanks again and Merry Christmas! ”
Beverley Heeley, Facebook

“Really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea and so did our guests one of whom was celebrating her 88th birthday. There was a good choice of cakes and sandwiches.” Terence W, Groupon

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More Reviews: “Just been to the Valentine’s day cuddle day and afternoon tea. What a fantastic afternoon and a great range of animal interactions. My son who is 5 absolutely loved it and held every animal and his sister who’s almost 2 joined in with quite a lot too.  Also the tea beforehand was delicious. Definitely look into this for my sons 6th birthday in September.” Emily Wright, Facebook

“I’ve been before for shopping , today I came with my boys to meet santa in his grotto and I was really impressed ! The grotto is beautiful !!!!! I love the sleigh area making more photo opportunities and happy children . “Santa” didn’t rush us and made it very special ! I loved the snowman bouncy castle and the ice rink what a lovely way to spend a family day out on a normally stressful run up to Christmas ! Allanah Swain, Facebook

NEW for 2020: “Highly recommend, it was brilliant!” Laura Roberts, Facebook

NEW for 2020: “I NEVER leave reviews, I always forget to, but I couldn’t ignore today. We arrived with three kids today, and I can honestly say we had just the best day. The ice rink was fantastic – we have used it before but their COVID safe approach meant it was incredibly spacious for all. The Santa’s grotto was the best one we have seen in years (and with three kids we have seen a fair few!) but honestly, without doubt, the thing that really stood out today was the staff. Dan in the cafe couldn’t do enough to help a crazy family of feral kids (sorry!!) and literally every member of staff we came across from the rink, to the grotto to the shop was just so helpful and genuinely friendly. We will be coming back soon, we’ve always loved the place – but hats off to you for coming back so strong from a rough 2020 so far – we cannot recommend you enough!! Thank you xx” Natasha Whiles, Facebook

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Our plant area is bursting with stunning plants of all colours and sizes 💐🌻🌸🌳

From grow your own to shrubs, bedding plants to herbaceous perennials we have all you need to fill your borders and pots!

Open today (Sunday) 10:30am - 4:30pm

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Roll up, roll up! (See what we did there) We still have plenty of top quality turf available!

While stocks last.

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“GREECE! Not Grease!”
“Write something about the Duke of Edinburgh.” I was asked.
“I don’t know anything, that hasn’t already been written, apart from the chocolate story.” I said.
“You waffle on all the time, I don’t know, there was something about Dick van Dyke the other day, and the Rough Furlough’s Child,* what the dickens was that? Originally, the Duke came from Greece, perhaps start with that?”

Now, I would argue an easy mistake to make!!!

This is one of our favourite photos of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen - but do you know the real story here?
In the photo, Philip can be seen standing off to the side of the Queen as she walks by, grinning widely as she giggled. An explanation that had been circulating claims that Philip was pranking the Queen by dressing up as a palace guard, which caused her to laugh.

While the photo is real, Philip was not pulling a prank. In reality, the photo captured the Queen laughing at a swarm of bees that interrupted a ceremonial review of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle.

The photo was taken at an event in 2003. Philip was dressed in full uniform to escort the Queen, as he was the colonel of the Grenadier Guards at the time. Unfortunately, the event was interrupted by none other than... a swarm of bees.

One thing about the Duke of Edinburgh was his excellent sense of humour - I reckon he would have appreciated our Greece/Grease little ‘mistake’ (See our earlier post).
Ensure you make no mistake with a trip out to us this weekend. Whilton Locks Garden Village will be taking part with the minute silence at 3pm Saturday.

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*Our most popular post of 2020, award winning**
**(Should have been!)
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Tell me more, tell me more. Is your garden just right?
The good news for gardeners is that the colder nights are coming to an end and we are now forecast for some sunny days and much warmer nights. Hooray I hear you say!

The good news continues. For hungry gardeners our restaurant has reopened in line with new government guidelines and our outdoor terrace, a real suntrap, is ready to welcome you. In fact you could say: Shooby doo-wop she-bop, chang chang changitty chang sha-bop. Confused? Let me explain...

Summer Living
(Wasn’t that a hit for Olivia Newton John and John Travolta? - Ah now you see where this one is going, get ready with your hand jives).
It’s been a crazy few weeks on outdoor living with many of you looking for outdoor furniture and fire pits/chimineas* to keep you comfortable and warm. We still have a large range of firepits and chimineas, our range of Hartman wicker has sold extremely well and we still have some items available. Our range of Hartman Cast Aluminium is due in next week so if you’re looking to increase or update your furniture then please visit our website to view our ranges in stock and ranges due. How about a song?

Summer living the winter has passed
Summer living our displays are quite vast
All for your garden - so easily
It’s all on show at W, L, G and Vee

Summer days gardenin’ away
To, oh, oh, the summer nights

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Do you travel from far?
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Like can we help load your car?

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Value Pack Bedding
Pansy, Viola, Stocks, Sweet William, Mimulus, Gazania, Calendula, Alyssum, Bush Begonias, Bush Petunias, Trailing Begonias, Bush & Trailing Fuchsias, Bush & Trailing Geraniums, Lobelia Trailing in mixed, blue and white. All now in stock, but be quick as they are selling like greased lightnin.’

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Summer Pot Bedding
Are these the ones that you want? Bush Geraniums, Trailing Geraniums, Osteospermums, Trailing Fuchsias, Million Bells, Bidens, Nemesia, Surfinia Trailing Petunias, Bacopa, Trailing Verbena, Double Trailing Petunias. All now in stock.

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Vegetable Plants and GYO
Well look at me I’m Sandra Dee. Our Veg range plants are now growing bigger and bigger each week. Carrots, Beetroot, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Onions, Brussel Sprouts, Peas, Beans to name just a few. A full range of pot grown Tomato plants, Cucumbers, Courgettes Runner Beans and Pepper plants are now available.
If you’re still in need of seed potatoes, garlic or shallots please be quick as this will be the last week of stock availability.

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Canalside Restaurant Update
Whilton Locks Garden Village and Canalside go together, like rama lama lama ka dinga da ding dong. In line with government guidelines we are very pleased to announce that our Canalside restaurant outdoor terrace is now open for meals, drinks, coffee and cake. Remembered forever? As shoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom! We have extended the outside seating area with a large terrace with tables and chairs are also now positioned around our outdoor pond. Choose your goodies at the till and we will bring your order to your table. You could say we’ll be hopelessly devoted to you!

Summer living the winter has passed
Summer living our displays are quite vast
All for your garden - so easily
It’s all on show at W, L, G and Vee

It turned colder, that's where it ends
No it’s not….

(Deep Breath)
*Chim chiminea
Chim chiminea
Chim chim cher-ee!
Some friends in your garden?
Perhaps Granny for Tea?

Chim chiminea
Chim chiminea
Chim chim cher-oo!
Best quality and prices
In store or delivered to you
Or a fire pit?
Cos we got those too!

Now as Summer draws near
and the weather looks great
You can be out in your garden
from the morning’ till late.

Though you saves your money
But it’s quality for you
With our bargain prices
You’ll be ‘appier too.

Chim chiminea
Chim chiminea
Chim chim cher-ee!
Some friends in your garden?
We’re allowed close family!

We hope you sang that in your very best cocker-nee! Take a butcher’s hook on our website today!

See you soon!
Whilton Locks Garden Village

N.B. Billy Ocean “Go and Get Turf’, Dick van Dyke and now John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Only the very best for you from WLGV! Do you like our posts? Please continue with your lovely comments via our social media or instore. During these strange times we hope we can raise a smile. Amazing how many people were whistling ‘Chim chiminea, chim chim cher-ee around the store last week!’

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The sun has got his hat on
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Everybody’s saving
Pick up yours today
The sun has got his hat on
and the bargains are craze-ay!

The sun has got his hat on
Hip, hip, hip hooray
The sun has got his hat on
Cos it’s Loyalty Card Thursday

All departments are now open
Come and enjoy your stay
The sun has got his hat on
And it’s due to shine all day!

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