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I live in the North West and am always looking for something interesting for the children to do of a weekend. Quite often it involves jumping in the car and travelling to a nearby attraction, hopefully not spending to much at the same time. Last Sunday it was wifes birthday and she didn't fancy lolling around the house all day, and suggested we all took a ride out. She'd been looking on the net and had found this cool looking garden attraction in Nantwich. It would be about 50 minutes drive away, and as I'm one who always does as he's told, I agreed to take us. We left mid morning on the Sunday (we'd already lost an hour, because the clock had gone forward) and we travelled down the M6, having typed in the postcode that they had on their website, into our trusty Sat Nav. Within the hour we had arrived and the sign saying Stapeley Water Gardens was looking straight at us. We travelled down the drive and was surprised at just how much car parking space there was. There was also extra parking for coaches, although there were no coaches there, but I guess they must have them in full season. First thing we did was pop over and look at a display of Tents. They had all been erected outside and we were really amazed at the size and shape of some of them. I was approached by a salesman, but he was very friendly, and certainly no hard sell. After we had seen the tents, and my 4 year old having hidden in every place possible, we went inside the large shop. The shop is very mis matched. It looks like all kinds of buildings and greenhouses had been added together, and we both commented how it would be nice if the place was rebuilt. Don't get me wrong, the products they were selling were endless. There really couldn't me much they didn't sell. It just looked untidy. The first part of the shop we looked at was the camping section. It was amazing the amount of stuff you could buy. Anything from toilets, tent pegs, barbeque's. There was lots of choice too. Then we moved on to the garden section. This was great too. Everything had been thought of including benches, tables, ornaments. It was amazing to see how much they could squeeze in one place. Before we went outside, we checked out the aquarium section. They had thousands of fish. Cold and Tropical fish, Inside and Out. The kids were really keen to check out the karp. Outside we looked at the plants and trees. Unfortunately it was still a bit scruffy, compared with some Garden Centres we've been too, but you couldn't question the choice. So if locals were looking to buy something, it was highly likely they'd find it. Another nice extra outside was the pond/lake, which was separate. It was accessed through an arch. There was a little bridge and the water was full of large karp. By this stage we were all getting a bit peckish, so we called into the cafe. The prices were 'okay' but the choice wasn't good, and there wasn't a lot of places to sit, so we decided we'd go over to the other side of the car park, were there was another cafe and an attraction called The Palms, Tropical Oasis. The cafe was larger but the choice and prices were pretty similar. I decided to have a baked potato with tuna, whilst the rest of my family had a mixture of sandwiches and pies. In all, including the drinks, it cost me just short of £25.00. I must admit I wasn't that keen to go inside the The Palms, as I had spoken to friends who had been previously, and weren't impressed. However my wife and kids wanted to go in and so I duly obliged in paying the entrance fee. The entrance fees are as following: Admission Prices Standard Admission Prices Adult £4.95 Child (3-15 years) £2.95 OAP/Concessions £4.45 Family Ticket Prices 2 Adults & 2 Children £13.60 2 Adults & 3 Children £15.00 Group Admission Prices (for groups of 15 or more) Adult £3.95 Child (3-15 years) £2.35 OAP/Concessions £3.55 So what was it like when inside. Well it was okay. I'm certainly not going to say it was brilliant. We saw the Piranhas getting fed and heard a brief talk from a keeper (he was really interesting and obviously enjoyed his job). Then we went to see the Meerkats, Poison Dart Frogs, Tarantula, Piranhas, our Coati brothers and a Caiman Crocodile. We decided at this stage to have a walk outside but there was little to see. The outside of the building and the meeting room which we had to walk through to get out looked tired, and in need of a lick of paint. We had a sit down outside whilst the kids had a run around. We didn't bother going to the shop, to buy any souvenirs. We had enjoyed our day, but not overly enjoyed it. We would go back there again, if we were down that way. But we wouldn't travel there to visit it again. Recommended ...................... just!!
Easy to find following the brown signs, Stapeley is near to Nantwich town centre, if you were feling energetic you could walk one from the other in under 30 minutes and both are worth visiting. On the same site is The Palms Tropical Oasis so don't be confused into thinking Stapeley Water Gardens and The Palms Tropical Oasis the same venue. You have to pay to get into the Palms £4.95 for adults, £2.95 for children. This review is for Stapeley Water Gardens only, which are free to enter. There's a very large carpark, finding a space is never a problem even in the peak summer season. I think is due to the popularity of nearby Bridgemere Garden Centre which gets very full, and even on early Mnday off season mornings has more cars than Stapeleys peak days. It's worth visiting both and making your own mind up. Inside there's camping equipment and clothing, then through to indoor plants, plantpots, garden accessories and gifts, wildlife care and seasonal bulb sales. Up a ramp to the left is a little area let out to independent shops, at the moment it's lawnmowers and tents. To the right you'll find gifts for the home, books, world music and gift stationary. Fish sales are at the far back of the indoor centre, which is interesting to walk around and kids love it, and near here is the popular pet area selling rabbits, guinea pigs, quails and hamsters and their accessories. The staff are helpful and friendly, but in terms of gardening are not very knowledgable in my experience. I do love gardening, and have bought many plants from lots of outlets, but find my self dissapointed by Stapeleys quality- more often than not the plants die of disease and so I've stopped buying them from there. The pricing on the plants is in line with any garden centre in the area. The price of home and giftware is slightly higher, good quality by and large though. I've seen some of the items on sale for £2-3 in pound shops, you do pay a premium fo the setting. The sales are very good, often 50-75% off and worth visiting. The cafe is inside centrally, bright and open, I've found the quality of food to be on the poor side and the servings small compared to pricing of similar outlets in the area, but the service is very good and friendly. If you need lunch out, try the town centre instead. The actual water gardens from which Stapeley gets it's name, are small and sparse, situated at the back of the garden centres land. There's lawned paths which you can walk on with natural shaped pools of water, mostly containing fish and plants you can buy in the centre itself. It's a dissapointment for gardeners and pond lovers really, you're far better visiting historic houses for more naturalistic displays, and the flower shows for modern ponds.
Stapeley Water Gardens- a real treasure to Nantwich! Oh how I miss this place (reflecting back)! I used to live 12 doors down from this place so I know quite a lot about it! When I was growing up, me and my sisters always used to walk here and admire the fish and play on the park and if we were lucky and our parents had given us some money- get a Rollover hot-dog!! There really is something for the whole family here! Here are some of the attractions you can visit here: 1) Garden centre 2) Water garden centre 3) Palms tropical oasis 4) Camping and outdoor 5) Angling centre 6) Fish and pet centre The Garden Centre What can I say everything is good value, high quality and there are a wide variety of plants and products. There are beautiful display pools and the very experienced staff can talk you trough everything they have to offer. Some of the great gardening brands that they sell are Gardman, Gardena, Spear & Jackson, Miracle-Gro and more! They also sell male/female/children/baby clothes and lots of more little gadgets! The Water Garden Centre Stapeley water gardens have been leaders in water gardening since 1965, they have everything you need to create and build your perfect water garden, from pond pumps & pond liners, filters, UVCs, water features and garden lighting, as well as one of the largest collections of pond plants in the country. I can admit that these look absolutely fantastic- I wish I could have one! Palms Tropical Oasis Don't miss out on this! This is an exhibition of a deep rainforest with a family of Meerkats, Poison Dart Frogs, Tarantula, Piranhas, Coati brothers a Caiman Crocodile and a 20 foot Python! You can also explore tropical plants, take a rest at the Italian cafe or admire the scenery! This is great for all of the family! Camping and Outdoor They do lots of camping gear- tents and loads of accessories needed to enjoy a good old camp in a forest! They sometimes have a tent show on which is good if you are looking for one! Angling Centre Perfect for those who love this kind of thing! Whether you need to top up your accessories or make a once in a lifetime purchase, Stapeley Angling Centre have everything you'll ever need. They have a massive 13,000 square foot superstore on one level and have Carp & Specimen, Match & Coarse, Sea and Game departments!! Fish and Pet Centre We bought two lovely love birds from here. Unfortunately one died and the other flew away! They sell stuff for small animals, birds, cats and dogs also the best selection of pet bedding. All of the animals are locally bred and they have all records- the well trained staff will help you with this! Opening Times Garden, Water Garden & Camping Centre Opening Times Summer (Mid March -7th Sept) Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 5pm Bank Holidays 10am - 6pm Winter (8th Sept - Mid March) Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 5pm Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm Prices You only have to pay to go into the oasis centre which is : Adult £4.95 Child (3-15 years) £2.95 OAP/Concessions £4.45 This really is a great place to visit, I recommend it to everyone of all ages! 5/5
Stapeley water gardens is a great place to visit. Its about 5 miles or so down the road from Bridgemere garden centre so if you can't find something in Bridgemere give stapeley a shot or vise versa. They have some brilliant grounds round the place and have some great gardens. The only thing with this place is that the main buildings are looking a little run down but its still a typical British garden cetre which sells lots of plant, flowers and gardening equiptment. They also sell thing such as caming gear (tents, sleeping bags, BBQ's and Calor gas) lots of water features and conservatories and so on. They do alot of seasonal stuff to such as christmas trees and baubles and lots of christmas decorations. They also have a plae there called palms tropical oasis which is brilliant. Its kinda like a mini zoo and has alot of tropical creatures such as tarantula's, birds, fish,lizards, meercats and monkeys and lots of other species of animals. This really is a great place to take your kids for an afternoon trip. Prices for Tropical Oasis are as follows - Standard Admission Prices Adult £4.95 Child (3-15 years) £2.95 OAP/Concessions £4.45 Family Ticket Prices 2 Adults & 2 Children £13.60 2 Adults & 3 Children £15.00 Group Admission Prices (for groups of 15 or more) Adult £3.95 Child (3-15 years) £2.35 OAP/Concessions £3.55 Opening times are as follows - Garden, Water Garden & Camping Centre Opening Times Summer (Mid March -7th Sept) Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 5pm Bank Holidays 10am - 6pm Winter (8th Sept - Mid March) Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 5pm Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm Palms Tropical Oasis Opening Times - Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 5pm Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm Here are the directions - Follow the A51 london Road and you will soon pick up signs for Stapeley Water Gardens. The postcode is for people with Sat nav's CW5 7LH. Give it a try
It has been years since I have been Stapeley Water Gardens. It is located around 20 minutes drive from where I live in Cheshire and used to be one of those places that I always used to get dragged along to when I was a kid and there was nothing worse than this for me when I was a child, being dragged around a garden centre. However as I have got older, things change and I start to think as to whether I am getting old when I am going garden centre's myself on a sunday afternoon, however I wasn't actually going for gardening equipment, we have a new hobby that Stapeley accommodates. Stapeley even has something for kids these days with the Palms Oasis. I didnlt actually go in here as it was pretty late on a sunday afternoon to pay entrance fees and rush around, however it is full of various animal and fish that would be great to keep children entertained either after they have had to suffer the garden centre or before to keep them happy. Your can pick up some nice gifts at Stapeley, although it is classed as a garden centre, there is a lot more there, with gift shops that sell items that you would not be able to find on a high street, and they also are of better quality than majority of shops. We have recently taken up camping however not going at the moment until the weather picks up so more than likely six months away but now we have been and are planning to go regularly we have a list a mile long of items that we want to purchase for when we start going again. Stapeley is ideal as they have everything you need for camping from tents to pots and pans and the prices are actually quite reasonable which I was surprised as I thought they would be a lot more expensive than it actually was. We have also bought a fish tank recently and Stapeley has a great variety of cold water and tropical fish that you can buy and they offer a lot more advise on how to keep than that normal aquarium shops. Everything that you need for your fish is also readily available and again reasonably priced. Don't forget the rest of your pets, they have something for every furry little creature that people own including specialised foods for dogs which was great for me as my dog is ill and I was able to find food for him which is not easy to get from anywhere. The gardens are vast and have every variety of plant and bush available, all at reasonable prices, and all gardening equipment including the likes of shed and gazebo's can be bought from here. I will definitely be going back to Stapeley when I have more time and have a better looks around.
Garden Centres?? Not much use you may think unless you have a garden well here is one that has garden supplies and PLENTY more. Stapely Water Gardens is located on London Road, Stapeley, Nantwich, Cheshire and is easily accessible. Upon arrival at Stapeley Water Gardens, after finding a car parking space in the vast car park I decided to pay a visit to The Palms Tropical Oasis which charges admission. Currently:- Adults GBP4.45 Children GBP2.60 Senior Citizen GBP3.95 Family Tickets from GBP12.20 The Palms starts with the Zoo Room, which contains Snakes, Spiders, Cockroaches, among other werid and wonderful creatures from around the world and leads onto The World Of Frogs and Special Exhibitions, this was crazy there were so many different frogs to see and one in particular just lay motionless in the water and claims to be their main feature. Next you visit the Tropical Jungle this is very humid and contains piranhas and a wide variety of other fish in an open top tank with the warning, "These fish can bite" definately one to keep your hands away from. The doors have to remain closed as it is a climate protected environement. After moving on to the Koi pool which is surrounded by benches for you to relax and take in the great colours of the large selection of Koi and the fantastic colours of the fountain before moving on to view Toucans, Macaws, Sharks, Stingrays and then moving to the Tunnel of Underwater Life which has a variety of tropical and saltwater fish and seaturtles where you can view some fantastically unsusual fish. This then finally leads onto the Italian Garden Restaurant and the Italian Garden which was closed at the time for a wedding reception but looked amazing as it had been prepared for the reception and you could hear the music flowing through The Palms it did seem like the perfect setting for a wedding on a beautiful day. Then you can cross over to the main entrance of the Garden Centre which of course is free. As you enter the garden centre you turn left and walk through the Outdoor Centre which ironically is indoors it just contains all the staple goods required for outdoor activities from Clothing, Camping Accessories, Footwear and Cooking Utensils just recently 5-8 August there was a tent exhibition offering an eaven broader range of outdoor equipment for the keen camper. Visit www.stapeleywatergardens.com for future events. Once you exit theoutdoor centre you come to the aquarium products to the left are outdoor fish and outdoor pond supplies. Straight ahead are the aquariums, supplies and live fish. To the right is the larger part of the garden centre which leadsto the rear which I will describe first, this contains all of the trees and plant supplies for your garden and I am sure that if you are looking for something rare to add to your garden you will find it here with their vast supplies of gardening tools and outdoor equipment. If you then proceed to the exit of the garden centre you will pass an array of pet supplies including cages and animal necessities such as food and bedding. Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Gerbils, Rats, Chinchillas they have all household pets and all the supplies to provide them with a happy house and all at reasonable prices, I absolutely love rabbits and enjoy visiting to see the new ones that have come in and they range from GBP25+ and are soooooooo cute!! After passing the pet supplies you approach the seasonal items which during my visit was the household decorations and gifts which included ligh fixtures, ornaments, furniture, candles, cookery equipment all pretty nicknaks that you do not get to see in most high street stores. Finally you approach the tills and exit which ltakes you back onto the car park via the ice cream shop and take away which offers local icecream Snugburys and the usual junk food takeaway of chips and burgers if you do not want to cross over to the cafe located in the Palms. Next door to the garden centre is the Angling Center which has all accessories that you can think of located in a huge space with Carp, Match, Specimen, Sea and Game sections with fishing poles/rods, that allow you to test the ones out on display with the help of the friendly service team. I am hoping to visit stapeley when they have the Seasonal Christmas items on display as judging by my previous visits this has got to be something to see especially as they promise Santa in his grotto!!! Stuck at a loose end have a visit its all undercover so perfect for that rainy day out!!! I like Stapeley as it is a little different to the other Garden Centres by me and gives you more of a day out with plenty to see and a great selection of pets and fish.