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Just a forty-minute drive from Central London, (or an hour by train), Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield is well worth the visit. It has sixty landscapes to explore, including a Japanese garden, Sunflower Street, a koi pond, and Victorian stables. They always have events going on, and this autumn there are a lot of exciting activities in store. Admission prices are 5.50 for adults, 4.50 concessions, 2.50 children, and 13.50 for family tickets.

Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show
8th September, 10am-5pm

Any fan of motors might find themselves getting choked up when they see the classic cars on display. They will have vehicles dating back as far as the 1920s, as well as an Annual Rally, auto jumble, and brass band. If you have a beauty all your own, then for 6 you can enter the vehicle for display. It might even stand a chance of winning 'The Best Car in Show'.

A Taste of Autumn
14th & 15th September, 10am-4pm

Are you a proud jam maker? Does your chutney stand out above the rest? Bring it also to Capel Manor gardens and enter it into the 'best preserve' competition. There will also be a cupcake contest and fairy cake contest especially for children.

Not a cook? No worries, Capel's Terrace Restaurant has done all the hard work for you. Using all their own homemade ingredients, you can sample fruity shakes and hot chilli dishes.

There will be a variety of other contests you can enter too, such as photography, flowers, and the best fruit & vegetables. Entry is free, and set up starts at 8am, before opening.

City Harvest Festival
21st September, 10am-5pm

Farm animals, prize-winning produce, country crafts, buzzing bees, tug-of-war, and a falconry display. All you need for a wonderful day out.

Open Air Cinema
28th September, 8pm

It is a shame that their cinema screening is not on the same day as the car show because the two would have gone hand in hand. A showing of Grease will be held outside in the gardens at 8pm. Tickets are 10, but there will be no extra admission fee, so you can arrive early and take a free wander around the gardens. You can bring a picnic or enjoy their choice of hotdogs, burgers, popcorn, candy floss, beer, and pimms.

Autumn Bonsai Show
13th October, 10am-4pm

Come and see their beautiful bonsai trees.

Apple Day
20th October, 11am-4pm

Join them at Forty Hall Farm for apple tasting, apple juicing, and apple bobbing. Entry is 3 for adults, 2 for children, and under 3s go free.

Halloween Howler
27th October, 10am-3pm

Ghost stories, face painting, and pumpkin carving will keep the children entertained.

Christmas Carousel
7th December, 11am-4pm

While the children meet Santa and have fun on tractor rides, you can discover a beautifully undercover Australian styled garden, roast some chestnuts, and sample tasty seasonal morsels at the festive food stalls. There will also be a magic show, face painting, and carol singing.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 8th Sept - 7th Dec
Phone: 08456 122 122
Where: Capel Manor Gardens
Cost: 5.50 adult, 4.50 concessions, 2.50 children, 13.50 family
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