Diary Dates 2021
German Market - 16th September - 23rd December 2021
Our German Market will be open every day from the 16th September until 23rd December 2021.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Meadow Croft German Market!
The festivities are inspired by authentic German Markets, complete with charming chalet style stalls festooned with delicately crafted yuletide gifts and decorations. You will also experience the mouth-watering aromas of
glühwein, sweet treats and grilled bratwurst which add to the ambience.
Across our 30 adorned stalls, each handmade by Roland Smith, you can browse high-quality artisan products including carved wooden decorations, delicate glassware & baubles, traditional cuckoo clocks, scandinavian gonks and much, much more!
The German Market is free to attend and is open 7 days a week during our normal opening hours.
Hot food is served in the German Market from 10am – 4pm daily and you can enjoy freshly-made Belgian waffles, Bratwurst, Frankfurters and more! We also have a dedicated confectionery stall where you can enjoy a huge range of the popular Schokokusse as well as Gingerbread and Apple Strudels.
The Christmas market has something to offer every festive visitor and is fun for the whole family.
We'd love to see your pictures on social media - Tag us @meadowcroftgc and use the hashtag #germanmarketessex
Christmas Shop - Mid October - 24th December 2021
Make this year's Christmas the best one yet with our beautiful selection of gifts, trees, decorations and ornaments.
Shop the very best of Christmas.
Pansy & Viola Festival - 12th March - 20th March 2022
The Pansy & Viola Festival is back for the eighteenth year!
Since 2004, Meadow Croft Garden Centre has held the Viola and Pansy Festival every March.
During the winter months, many gardeners turn to Pansy & Viola’s because they are so versatile. They are amongst the hardiest, longest flowering, and most colourful plants we have. Viola’s are also able to fill the colour gap between our spring flowering plants and summer bedding plants.
This year will mark the eighteenth year of the well-known festival and as normal, new and experimental varieties will be displayed for the first time. The greenhouse at the Garden Centre is usually home to all produce grown by W.D. Smith & Son, owners of Meadow Croft, but for the festival the whole greenhouse is transformed into a stunning array of Violas & Pansies, full of colour!
The festival is the public face of the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in the world, with the seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world.
Each year new and experimental varieties grown by W.D. Smith & Son are displayed for the first time. Over the years of this festival, we have seen some incredible changes in the varieties, and that’s not just with the colour and size, but with developments on shape and plant habits too. We now have plants that really do trail and spread, making them much more suitable for containers and hanging baskets.
During the festival, we ask visitors to play an important part by voting for their favourite varieties from those displayed. The votes are counted and the ‘Top 10’ Festival Favourites are published in the gardening and trade press.
We'd love to see your pictures on social media - Tag us @meadowcroftgc and use the hashtag #pansyviolafestival