Holiday Fun at Poplar Nurseries

If you’re planning your summer holiday days out in Essex, Poplar Nurseries have something for everyone to enjoy.

This Summer...

If you’re planning your summer holiday days out in Essex, Poplar Nurseries have something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for somewhere for your little ones to burn off some energy, hunting for the perfect plant or looking for a relaxed meal in our family friendly restaurant, this is the perfect location for you.

Work Hard, Play Harder...

The little ones have had a tough and confusing time this year, just like the rest of us. Take their mind off the world around them and bring them down to visit the Poplar Nurseries play area in Colchester! We know that like us, many of the parents who are regulars at Poplar will be greatly pleased to see the play area reopen. We have, of course, installed plenty of sanitation stations to ensure high levels of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained, and ask visitors to maintain social distancing so that everyone can play safely!

Let Off Some Steam...

We have seen high anticipation for the day we announced the reopening of the Poplar Miniature Railway, and the wait is finally over! From 1st August, we will have the Poplar Lady back on the tracks and open to giving passengers a ride around the centre. In order to stay compliant with our Covid-secure measures, a one-way system has been implemented. 

The train is run by a dedicated bunch, who were sad to see the wheels stop turning. Although the train is running from the 1st, days and times may vary so please check this if you are making a special journey. To find out more about this much-loved attraction and when the train will be running, visit the Poplar Miniature Railway website.


A Bite to Eat...

Our Poplar Restaurant is open, and we couldn’t be happier! A great option when looking for places to eat in Essex - many visit us just for our tasty homecooked meals, but it’s perfect for taking a break from browsing the garden centre or letting the kids refuel from an afternoon of play. 

During the month of August our restaurant has been made even more enjoyable with big discounts due to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Introduced by the government, the scheme has made it possible for us to offer our customers 50% off per person for all restaurant food and non-alcoholic drinks. The deal is available for the duration of August, Monday to Wednesday, and even includes orders off our Children’s menu (available to children below the age of 12). Who could resist a full English breakfast (served until 11:30am) for just £3.75? Or a selection of kid’s meals from only £2.50!

View our menus and restaurant times here.


Shopping Essentials...

Our garden centre in Colchester has a wide range of products for gardening lovers and beginners alike. Browse our array of both indoor and outdoor plants to help spruce up your space for the summer season or pick up your favourite garden care products to give your garden some TLC. If you have any questions about what’s best for your garden or require plant advice, don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members, who are always happy to help. 

It's hard to make a visit to Poplar Nurseries and resist our farm shop, where you will find fresh and locally sourced produce to restock your fridge and pantry. Treat yourself to something sweet from the bakery or prepare the perfect picnic with food from our deli counter. 


Changes for Summer 2020...

We are delighted we are slowly finding the new “normal” with our restaurant, play area and train back open, and as family friendly and welcoming as ever.  

Our ice cream stall remains closed and regretfully we are not running our summer workshop programme – please follow us on social media for any updates.