Whether you're growing your own veg, planting a rainbow of colourful flowers or designing your dream patio area, the new Dobbies Garden Centre in Tewkesbury has everything Gloucestershire gardeners need – with plenty of gorgeous gifts, homewares and foodie delights to shop for, plus a great restaurant and coffee shop, too.
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It's the biggest Dobbies Garden Centre in the south west
At 70,000 square feet, the Tewkesbury store is the biggest Dobbies in the south west, stocking everything shoppers need to transform their garden and home, plus a food hall and a restaurant.
It also benefits from an enviable location just off junction 9 of the M5 and close to Ashchurch for Tewkesbury train station, so it's a breeze to get to.
It has an unrivalled range of outdoor plants and gardening products
Bursting with choice, Dobbies' Tewkesbury store spans gardening essentials like compost, pots and garden machinery; to spectacular seasonal plants from bulbs and bedding plants to bushes and trees.
Promising to make gardening fun, whether you've already got a green thumb or you're growing your own for the first time, its helpful team can offer plenty of handy hints and recommendations, too.
It has everything you need to create an outdoor living space
Whatever the size of your backyard, the Tewkesbury store offers great value garden furniture to help make your outdoor space an extension of your home.
Barbecues, firepits and outdoor lighting can all help to create the garden of your dreams – and with five stylish themes for 2023, spanning outdoor furniture with a 'coastal calm' aesthetic to garden accessories inspired by summer colour, Dobbies promises something for all tastes.
It has an impressive selection of houseplants and homewares
Giving indoor spaces a spruce up too, Dobbies' range of mood-boosting houseplants and eye-catching terrariums will make even the drabbest of living rooms feel chic, with everything from leafy giants and air-purifiers to hanging plants and miniature cacti for budding plant-parents to choose from
There's also a gorgeous choice of homewares in store, including elegant vases, plush cushions and super-soft throws, as well as lifestyle products like toys, gifts and pet accessories to inspire every member of the household.
It has an incredible food hall
Foodies shopping at Dobbies in Tewkesbury can choose from an impressive range of products, including groceries from Waitrose, with both its Essential Waitrose and its Waitrose Duchy Organic ranges available; top-quality fresh meat from Walter Smith Fine Foods; delicious frozen ready meals from COOK; beautiful loose leaf tea, coffee and hot chocolate from Whittard; as well as a selection of products from Hotel Chocolat. There's even a bakery-to-go!
It offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in its restaurant
It's not just the food hall gastronomes will love; the restaurant at Dobbies offers a fantastic selection of freshly-prepared food all day long. From full English breakfasts, soups and sandwiches, to afternoon tea, fish and chips and Sunday roasts, there's plenty to choose from, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options.
Ideal for families, kids eat free with every adult's traditional breakfast or main course, with a dedicated children's menu featuring yummy dishes like fish fingers and plant-based goujons, as well as a children's afternoon tea. There's even a soft play area suitable for little ones aged up to eight-years-old, which costs just £3 per child.
Dobbies doesn't just welcome customers on four legs as well as two; it has an impressive selection of pet products to keep them happy, including everyday essentials and fun gifts! There's also a dog-friendly area in its restaurant, perfect for resting weary paws after some retail therapy.
It's super sustainable
The purpose-built Tewkesbury store has been designed with sustainability in mind. As well as being heated and lit using low carbon energy technology, it also harvests rainwater to irrigate the plants; only sells peat-free compost; and all of the timber used in its construction is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
On top of that, the store is part of the Too Good to Go scheme, which ensures surplus food doesn't get wasted, and will soon be installing electric vehicle charging points in its car park.
It runs regular free events
Starting in spring 2023, Dobbies will be hosting monthly 'Grow How' events, sharing gardening tips and tricks for green-fingered locals, as well as children's 'Little Seedlings' events for budding gardeners. There'll also be a variety of seasonal events suitable for all ages throughout the year, too.
It provides exclusive benefits and offers to Club Plus members
Club Plus members receive a variety of Dobbies benefits, with exclusive discounts and special offers, birthday treats and two free hot drinks per month to enjoy in store. With membership costing just £12 a year, it's ideal for keen local gardeners who'll be stopping by regularly to keep their outdoor space looking beautiful.
It supports the local community
The garden centre works in partnership with Ashchurch Primary School to provide a garden and allotment for the pupils to enjoy, with Dobbies' horticultural director giving free advice to the school on the best things to grow to make the most of the space. Dobbies also supports the Teenage Cancer Trust as its national charity partner, with shoppers able to make donations in store.