Bridewell Gardens

Bridewell Gardens

Date of Adventure: 10 Jul, 2023

A secret garden and labour of love, it’s amazing what has been achieved here! Bridewell provides social and therapeutic horticulture for people enduring mental health issues, helping them move forwards with recovery. It’s pretty inspiring stuff and you can really feel the sense of hope and optimism taking root alongside the flowers and vegetables. Founded in 1994, the emphasis is on getting out into the open air, taking on new challenges and becoming part of a team.

Families are very much welcome to their open days: there’s no tutting or shhhhhing as children do what children do – run around exploring. We encountered warm welcomes and friendly conversations; to both children and adults. We were given grapes to feed the chickens (beware: they will stampede towards you!) and a beautiful posy of flowers to take home too. Every person we spoke to just had a sense of openness and community about them.

Bridewell 2024 Open Days are as follows:
Sunday 12th May
Sunday 9th June
Sunday 14th July
Sunday 15th September

Let’s support charities like these who are the unsung heroes of our communities.



Free entry on open days but donations welcome
Open 11am - 4pm on their open days detailed above
No booking required
Light refreshments on open days
Wheelchair and pushchair accessible around most parts of the garden, there are however some narrow paths and gravel paths which are not fully accessible.
25 minutes from Headington roundabout
S3 towards Chipping Norton
Free parking
The details


The Walled Garden, Wilcote, OX7 3DT

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Bridewell Gardens works alongside people in recovery, rebuilding confidence, self esteem, self compassion, rediscovering interests and hopes for the future.

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