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Henry Moore Gardens

By Emma McNamee – 27th April 2021
Henry Moore Gardens

Henry Moore Gardens – my latest Hertfordshire find

My latest Hertfordshire find and a true gem of a place to visit.  I will admit, I didn’t know that Henry Moore Gardens and Studios existed right here in my home county until they got in touch with me, but I am so pleased to have discovered this fabulous place to visit.

In fact, this has been the first time I have ventured out to an attraction in Hertfordshire since lockdown.  I’ve been doing lots of walking locally, but it was a real treat to be able to explore a little further afield, walk somewhere different, and with some incredible artwork to take in on my rambles.

The 70 acres of Henry Moore Gardens showcase over 20 monumental semi-abstract sculptures from this 20th century British sculptor, amidst beautifully landscaped grounds and rolling fields.  There’s a woodland walk and sheep fields making it a great place to visit if you want a longer walk and somewhere to let the kids roam free in discovery mode too.  Or play hide and seek around the sculptures!

Located at Henry Moore’s Hertfordshire home in the hamlet of Perry Green in the pretty countryside village of Much Hadham, this East Herts village where his studios and gardens are located has made the Sunday Times listing on a couple of occasions as one of the best villages to live in Britain.  So what better place to picture Henry Moore at work, creating his masterpieces.

Henry Moore Gardens – The Sculptures

Most of his sculptures are made from bronze, and as you wander around the Henry Moore Gardens and fields taking them all in you get a good feel for the many aspects of landscape, life, people, culture and history that inspired his works.  From natural forms likes bones and pebbles to his self-confessed artistic obsession with mother and child, his fascination with prehistoric sculpture to his influences from Greek, Roman and Mexican sculpture.

It’s also interesting how people see different things in his sculptures, either looking at them from a different angle, or because they evoke different imagery and feelings from one person to another.  This is intended as Moore apparently liked his sculptures to have a bit of mystery attached to them, and it made for some fun discussions among us as to what we saw in each sculpture.

Whilst you explore the gardens and sculptures at your own leisure and pace, there were a couple of guides around that were happy to share with you some of the history and insight in to Moore’s works of art, and challenge you on what you saw within them.

Henry Moore Gardens – Eye-spy Sculptures Family Fun

At reception on arrival at Henry Moore Gardens you can pick up a sculpture guide and map that walk you through the sculptures around the grounds and explain their influences.  There’s also a family map allowing children to play eye-spy sculptures and tick them off as they find them.

You’re allowed to get up close and personal with the sculptures and touch them, provided you’re mindful of anything you may be wearing so as not to mark or scratch them, and help preserve them for future generations.

Henry Moore Gardens – Food and Picnic options

After a good hour or two on foot taking it all in, we then enjoyed drinks and a light lunch on the outside patio of their visitor centre and café.    Yummy home-made soup, quiche, panini and cakes await!  There is also a designated picnic area with wooden benches if you choose to bring your own food, with the backdrop of Moore’s last monumental sculpture – Large Figure in a Shelter, created 1985-1986 when he was 88 years of age, not long before he died.

Henry Moore Gardens – Visitor Information

In terms of visiting, the Henry Moore Gardens are open Wednesdays through to Sundays, and bank holidays, from 11am to 5pm until 31st October.  They close for the winter months.

The indoor studios, barn and exhibition are not due to open until stage 3 of lockdown relaxation, so 19th May if we stay on track with our current roadmap out of lockdown, but the sculpture gardens are well worth a visit on their own in the meantime.  There is parking on site and please note that pet dogs aren’t allowed in the grounds, just assistance dogs.

I thoroughly encourage you to visit this beauty on our doorsteps here in Hertfordshire, it felt such a privilege to be able to explore the works of Henry Moore, at leisure, in peaceful countryside garden surroundings.

 

For more information visit: 

https://www.henry-moore.org/visit/henry-moore-studios-gardens

Enjoy!

Emma xoxo

REVIEW:

This is a Girl About review. I was kindly invited by the management to enjoy a visit to Henry Moore Gardens.   All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite.   Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

Emma McNamee
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