Catcott's annual Open Gardens day - chauffeured tour of the gardens
Vintage Wheels and Open Gardens (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm) By Katherine O'Shea
With hundreds of gardens across the country opening up for visitors this summer, one sleepy Somerset village has something a little different to offer. On June 23rd, the rumble of twenty-two vintage limousines will sound in unison as they chauffeur visitors around Catcott's annual Open Gardens day.
For over 25 years, the residents of this picturesque Polden village have competed for the coveted Catcott Best Garden award. The pristine private collection of vehicles (with the oldest being a stunning 1915 Reo seven seat convertible) are brought out together just once a year by local car-enthusiast, Gerry Wheeler.
The gardens in the village are something special too. Catcott has a proud horticultural tradition, having won the national Britain in Bloom award for best small village twice and scooping the West of England regional awards several years in a row.
The event attracts visitors from far and wide and provides a unique experience for garden and car-lovers alike. In addition to the beautiful display gardens, visitors can enjoy cream teas, homemade cakes, award winning ice cream, scarecrow displays, stalls, and two fantastic village pubs, all while being driven in Gerry’s much beloved Limousines.
Tickets are available on the day from Edington Village Hall at £8.00 each. Children under fifteen go free. All money raised is donated to local good causes. See https://catcottvillage.co.uk for further information.