Groombridge Place is a magical place in itself, but throughout the school holidays the Enchanted Forest is visited by the talented Acting Moon Events team bringing something extra special for guests to enjoy.
This Summer sees the theatrical group performing their charming version of The Wizard of Oz until August 11th. Performances take place in Crusoe’s World three times a day at 11:30am, 1:15pm and 2:25pm. Taking place on a custom stage in Crusoe’s World this is a relaxed and informal show making it perfect for younger theatre goers. You can even tuck into your picnic or take advantage of the BBQ whilst you watch!
The Wizard of Oz is fun and engaging with classics like ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ bringing a smile to all ages. My children particularly like the Scarecrow who kept falling over…although my three year old wasn’t too keen on the Wicked Witch of the West!
The performance lasts about 45 minutes with the cast offering a meet and greet session after the show. Well worth making the effort to visit whilst it’s on!
Groombridge has so much to offer. It’s somewhere I always leave feeling like we should have arrived earlier to fit more in! Here’s some of our favourite areas to visit in the Enchanted Forest and Gardens.
The Treetop Walk
The Treetop Walkway allows you to explore the forest canopy first hand. Starting at ground level the course takes you 20 metres high along a 350 metre trail. Make sure you come prepared with decent footwear, supervision for under 10’s and a stomach for heights!
The Giant Swings
Carry on deeper in the woods and you’ll come across the Giant Swings. Set up high on a steep bank these swings whoosh thrill seekers high into the air nearly touching the branches of the surrounding forest. I recommend the big net swings for families with younger children.
The River Ride
The most relaxing way to reach the Enchanted Forest. The boat ride leaves every 15 minutes taking you through the Weeping Willows and deep into the woods. You’ll need some change for the ride as the journey costs £1 for children and £1.50 for adults.
The Formal Gardens
These beautiful gardens are easily missed as they’re in the opposite direction to most of Groombridge’s attractions. Turn right as you leave the entrance and you’ll discover The Secret Garden, Maze, giant chess and historic house. Even in the school holidays we had the gardens virtually to ourselves. Sit back whilst the kids explore…perfect.
There’s also regular Bird of Prey displays, Crusoe’s World and the Board Walk, Romany Camp and Teepees….but like I said, it really is too much to fit into one day!! To find out more please visit the Groombridge Place website here.