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Updated 6th June 2020

Great Dorset Plant Fair on Sunday 21st June Cancelled

We are so sorry to inform everyone that the decision has been made to cancel the Great Dorset Plant Fair. Although Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is now open again, we have to strictly limit the number of people entering the Gardens at any one time. Given the interest in the event, particularly with other similar events being cancelled, we could not guarantee social distancing or the safety of visitors and stallholders if we were to proceed. The event would have been popular and it would have been impossible to safely control the number of visitors.

Our Plant Centre at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is open every day from 11-4, and we have lots of plants in stock from the nurseries here at Abbotsbury. We hope you are all staying safe and well during this pandemic and we hope to be able to see you all again soon.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Swannery to re-open

We are happy to announce that following recent changes to the Government’s guidance, and following a comprehensive health and safety policy review, we can open Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Swannery to limited numbers of visitors

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will re-open on Thursday 4th June 2020 and Abbotsbury Swannery will re-open on Saturday 6th June 2020. We are asking everyone who wishes to visit to book online, indicating their date and time of arrival. We are restricting the number of hourly arrivals to 60 people so that we can monitor the number of people onsite at any one time, and ensure that we can maintain appropriate social distancing.

For the time being, the restaurant, cafe and shops are closed. We are hoping to be able to open the shops again on 15th June, following Government guidelines. We are working hard behind the scenes to be able to open our catering facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, and once the Government guidance allows it.

There are a number of specific measures put in place at both sites, and we have listed these on the individual online ticket descriptions. Please ensure that you read and fully understand these before booking your ticket, and that all members of the visiting party are aware of these rules and guidance. This includes measures such as not conducting the mass feeding at the Swannery, the removal of certain benches around both sites and the prevention of access to pinch points such as the West Lawn at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

The Plant Centre at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will now open from 11am to 4pm every day. Our staff will use the first hour of site opening to ensure that the area is re-stocked and watered.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this difficult time. We hope that reopening these two relatively large open sites will provide a much-needed respite and a place for relaxation during these difficult times.

Plant Sales Area open every day, 11am – 4pm, from Thursday 4th June 2020.

We will opening the plant sales area at the Gardens from tomorrow (Saturday 16th May), 11am to 4pm. It will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The Gardens remain closed at this time, including toilets and café. All transaction will be card payment as we cannot take cash.

Here is an update from the Plant Centre, from 18th May:

Now our Plant Centre is open again, we’ve got an excellent stock of some of the rarer plants everyone associates with Abbotsbury Gardens. We’ve been busy looking after our plants during the lockdown and have masses of even bigger and better plants ready to go. If you’ve looked at our images posted from the Gardens then we have most of these for sale plus many more unusual species all grown on site.

We’re now open every day 11 to 4, but if you want to check if we have something available, you can email the nursery direct on

Important news: We have taken the difficult decision to close all Abbotsbury Tourism attractions to the public until further notice.

We have done our best to stay open and offer a small number of local people a place to walk around and relax at a difficult time.

However, our overriding concern is keeping everyone safe and healthy in light of the current guidance on social distancing.

Rest assured that throughout the closure, we will continue to care for our swans at the Swannery and animals at the Children’s Farm. We will endeavour to post regular updates on social media so you can keep up-to-date with how they are doing.

Latest government information on Coronavirus can be found on the Department of Health website.


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