Welcome to Box Open Gardens 2016


The gardens will be open on Sunday June 12th, from Noon until 6pm


Box is a beautiful hillside village in the Cotswolds, set around the top of a valley facing broadly south. The houses date back as far as the 17th century, with many cottages added in the 18th and 19th centuries during the expansion of the Cotswold woollen industry.


The gardens in the village range from traditional ‘pocket handkerchief’ gardens to a substantial landscaped country house garden, and all sizes in between. We have a wonderful range of gardens open, many of which have not been open to the public before. Descriptions and pictures of the gardens are included in the web pages to give you a taste of the treats in store.

Delights for all the family!


We have many delights arranged for all ages, including:

Cream teas

These are kindly made for us by the local WI, are always a highlight of the day and are much in demand. They are available in three locations: at the Village Hall at the West end of the village, at Grey Roofs near the middle, and at Box House at the East end, from 3.00-5.00pm.

Jolly Nice Ice Creams

A star of the show last time round, Harriet’s Jolly Nice ice creams are a treat for all the family and are in a range of wonderful flavours. The ice creams stall will be on the Village Green.

Nailsworth Silver Band

A true English country village experience is to discover the village as the traditional sound of the local Silver Band drifts across the valley from the Village Green.

Traditional music-making on the Village Green

Gardens open to the public

For details of the gardens taking part in the Open Gardens day CLICK HERE.

Art Display in the Village Hall

Box has two thriving art groups and we are lucky to have a high standard display around the walls of the Village Hall for you to enjoy whilst taking your refreshments.

Sculptures in many gardens

New this year! – We have some great local sculptors showing their work in a number of the gardens. These sculptures will be for sale.

For details click here.

Classic Cars at Box House

By the kindness of Peter Morris and David Mustardé a display of classic cars will be at Box House, our ‘Country House’, for you to enjoy in an appropriate setting.

Plant Stall

Chris French, a well-known local plant grower for markets in Stroud, Cirencester and Minchinhampton, will be selling her finest to raise money for Box Village’s charities. The Plant Stall will be in the middle of the village.

St Barnabas Church – an Arts and Crafts gem – flower display

One of the first churches built after the Second World War, our lovely stone church features the stained glass work of famous Arts and Crafts artist Edward Payne who lived in the village. There will also be a flower display and historical information about the village and church.

Children’s Discovery Trail

This will show pictures of distinctive features of the open gardens for the children to locate and identify.

Grand Raffle

There will be a grand raffle with generously donated prizes worth over £500 in total. Tickets £1 on the gate or where you get your cream tea.

To see what the prizes are Click here.

Further Information


Free car parking will be at the bottom of Box Lane, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Mustardé, and on Minchinhampton Common near to Box Village Hall, courtesy of National Trust.


Tickets will be on sale at each of the main entrances to Box on the day, and will be required to gain access to any of the Open Gardens. There will not be a charge for children.


For further details of Box Open Gardens please EMAIL US.