I thought it only fair after reading the reviews from some months ago to leave a more current overview of Bridgemere. After visiting this week just gone and seeing the re development that has taken place I would say it is getting back to its best and in some areas even better. We took our grandchildren for a visit and it was really refreshing to see lots of free or minimal cost events had been put on to entertain the children for Easter.
We received great customer service when we asked for some help and we were informed that the show gardens are free to enter this year if you are a Garden Club member. After taking some time to walk through them they are certainly far more inspiring than a lot of other local ones who do charge for entry.
We'll done Bridgemere, you are certainly on the right track.
I agree with many of the comments, I used to visit regularly as I am local to the garden centre. One of the attractions, as I have two small children, is the fact they could have a play and run around, which off-set us having a look around the garden centre. However, in the recent years it has been taken over, it has become more of a shopping outlet, but with not particularly good outlets, plants poor and overpriced and staff not as easily available to help.
On top of that our recent visit saw the garden areas now has a charge for entry!! Really not worth to pay for and like us many will stop visiting, as there are better garden centres around and outlet centres. It seems greed has taken over sensible management decisions made for the future success of the business.
My recent visit to Bridgemere garden centre has been very disappointing. I am 23 years of age and for the last 20 years I have visited the centre at least a couple of times a year with my family, who have been associated with and visiting the centre since it was first sent up by the Ravenscroft family in 1961. The reasons for my recent disappointment are that from my own opinion the heart and soul of Bridgemere has been taken away by commercialisation and the centre seems to be concentrating more on being a shopping village than a garden centre. Because of this the prices seem to have become less competitive and the general quality of the plants has decreased. Furthermore, the fact that the once free gardens and play areas are now charged for has also increased my disappointment, as this once attracted people for a day out where they would then potentially spend money at the centre, these people will now be put off by the fact you have to pay to enter these areas.
In my personal opinion if you are looking to have a nice day out at some gardens in this area, then Dorothy Clive Gardens are just up the road and are very attractive. While if you are looking for a shopping village, which Bridgemere seems to be more focused on these days, then Trentham Gardens are another option. Additionally, in my opinion if you are actually looking to buy plants then there is a competitively priced garden centre in Irelands Cross not far from Bridgemere which offers excellent variety.
Very poor garden centre.
Yes it is the largest garden centre in the UK but size isnt everything.
Staff levels are poor, there simply isnt anyone to ask for advice.
The store is cluttered and poorly organised.
Prices are too high especially when you consider the cost of getting to Bridgemere.
Certainly not what it used to be, changes needed otherwise it will be going the same was as Stapeley and be closed within 12 months, the signs are already there.
They now charge admission to the once free gardens.
Just returned from a wasted long trip to bridgemere. Plants were over priced and quite a number in poor condition and in need of a good water. Collectors corner has gone and the food compared to our last visit was on a par with motorway services food. As a ex garden centre employee and i mean a proper garden centre and professional landscpaper, to see what was an outstanding Garden centre reduced to another Wyevale weed ridden shopping mall was gut wrenching.
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