Events

Sunday 11 March   12noon – 3.30pm  Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea

Special afternoon tea available in the Reed Barn Tea Room Adults £15.95; child £7.50 Normal admission Booking essential

We are open 7 days a week from 26 March to 15 April

Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April.  11am – 4pm Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Children will be searching for nature clues in the garden to solve a special Easter crossword.  When it’s completed, collect your Cadbury chocolate prize! £2.50 per child, plus normal admission

Spring Nature Trail Tuesday 3 to Sunday 15 April

Enjoy our popular Spring Nature Trail in the garden, for older children and adults – with an Easter biscuit as a prize.£1, plus normal admission

We are open 7 days a week from 26 March to 15 April

Wisbech Rose Fair Wednesday 4 July – Saturday 7 July

House and Gardens open during Wisbech Rose Fair. Peckover gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about roses throughout the afternoons during the week.Normal admission

Heritage Open Day Saturday 8 September Free admission

We are open 7 days a week from 22 – 28 October

Half Term Autumn TrailSaturday 20 to Sunday 28 October

Solve the clues in the garden and come along to the Reed Barn to collect your Autumn biscuit Children £1

We are open 7 days a week from 8 – 16 December

Christmas Celebration Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 December

Selected rooms of Peckover House will be decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements. We will also be including Christmas trees brought in by community groups to reflect and continue the Peckovers’ legacy and involvement in the community. Music by local choirs and musicians. Mulled wine and homemade mince pies available in the Reed Barn. House open 11am – 4pm (last admission 3.30pm) Normal admission

What to See

The two-acre Victorian garden of Peckover House has hidden corners, paths and the occasional touch of the exotic.

The garden, as it is seen today, has a decidedly Victorian character and is justly celebrated as one of the most important town gardens surviving from this period.

Laid out by the Peckovers from the early 19th-century onwards, it has evolved over a long period of time in response both to changes in gardening fashion and the family’s taste.

The Peckovers were keen plantsmen and sought out new varieties and foreign species of plants and trees.

19th-century

When the Peckover family moved into the Southwell’s residence in the early 1790’s their garden consisted of an area immediately behind the house. Beyond their immediate garden the family owned an orchard and 17th-century threshing barn. The family also owned farmland close to the house.

Over 150-year period the Peckovers would nurture the garden – an extension of their philanthropic nature – acquiring numerous rare foreign plants and trees from plant hunters.

In its 19th-century heyday, the garden was supported by 17 gardeners. Under Alexandrina Peckover, this number was reduced to five estate men-cum-gardeners. Fed Wenlock, the head gardener at this time, could not read, but is said to have written the plant and tree labels in beautiful copperplate

20th-century

When the National Trust took over the property, the number of gardeners was further reduced to one full-time and one part-time assistant.

When George Peeling began work in the garden in 1968, there was much that had been neglected and was in need of rejuvenation. By the time he retired 18 years later, he had successfully brought the garden back from the brink of wilderness.

Quiet Space

Silent Space is a not-for-profit project that the Peckover Team is pleased to work with.

In our increasingly technology driven lives it can be refreshing to switch off from today’s noisy world.

For a few hours, 11am-1pm, on a Tuesday (on normal opening days) we will designate the Wilderness Walk as our Silent Space. Follow a secret path bordered by mature trees, shrubs and perennial plants and enjoy the songs of the many birds that frequent the garden.

We join several other gardens around the country in providing our visitors with an area where you can switch off your devices and enjoy being silent.

As followers of the Quaker Faith quiet contemplation was an essential part of the Peckovers life, so working with the Silent Space project fits well with our Spirit of Place.  We invite you to join the Peckover ethos of quiet contemplation as you wander along the Wilderness Walk enjoying the many different plants growing in this area.

If you would like to know more take a look at www.silentspace.org.uk

What we Offer

Elegant Georgian town house with wonderful walled garden

Peckover House is a secret gem, an oasis hidden away in an urban environment. A classic Georgian merchant’s town house, it was lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years.

The Peckovers were staunch Quakers, which meant they had a very simple lifestyle – yet at the same time they ran a successful private bank. Both facets of their life can be seen as you wander through the house and gardens.

The gardens themselves are outstanding – 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.

Contact Us

The main contact is:

Telephone – 01945 583463

Email – [email protected]

Website – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peckover  – has all of our up-to-date news, photos, events and history on.