Fillpots Cafe Macmillan Coffee Morning: Friday 27th September 9am-11am


Fillpots Cafe will be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning on:

Friday 27th September 2019. 9am-11am.


Please come along and support a fantastic cause, whilst enjoying some delicious homemade bakes- win win! :)


If you would like to book a table, please call the Cafe directly: 01206 271818

Alternatively, just pop in on the day, we'll look forward to seeing you!



Children's Pizza making afternoon: Tuesday 13th July 2.30pm- 4.30pm

We are very excited to announce our 2nd summer holiday children's activity.

We would love to invite you to join us in Fillpots Cafe, for an afternoon of pizza making and eating!

Tuesday 13th August
2.30pm- 4.30pm

Our little chefs will be given their own pizza base and a lots of delicious topping to choose from, to create their own master pieces! Our chefs will then cook them and they can be enjoyed in the Cafe, or boxed up and taken home.

We will have gluten free options available.

Price per child is £5.00
This includes all pizza ingredients and a drink (a choice of different squash).

Adults are very welcome to order drinks and food from the Cafe and this will be charged separately.

Places are limited. Please sign up in the Cafe or at the main tills. Bookings can also be made over the phone or via facebook: 

Café: 01206 271818

T: 01206 273834

If we book up for this date, we will hold another session.


The Big Cat children's storytelling and craft morning; Tuesday 30th July 10am- 11.30am

We are very excited to announce the start of our children's Summer holiday activities programme!

We are very lucky to have a wonderful local author, Emma Lazell, joining us for a morning of interactive storytelling and craft activities. Emma will be reading her well known book, The Big Cat and other lovely stories.

We will have copies of her book available to buy, which she will be happy to sign, but you are also very welcome to bring in any books you may already own by Emma and she will sign those for you too.

This is a free event, with no need to buy a ticket.

It will run from 10am to 11.30am.
Tuesday 30th July.

We anticipate that our Café will be busy that day. If you would like to secure a table, for either breakfast before the event, or lunch afterwards (our garden will be open), please call ahead to book: 01206 271818

We are looking forward to it already!


2019 School Sunflower Competition


We can’t quite believe a year has passed already, but we will be rolling out our free Essex wide School Sunflower Growing competition again this month.

Last year saw 80 schools across North Essex compete, to grow the tallest sunflower. The winners won a selection of Fillpots plants and accessories to use in their school gardens, with a picture of their school and winning sunflower, in the local papers.

All competing schools were sent their own packet of sunflower seeds and instructions on how to plant and grow them successfully.

The Sunflower pack will be sent out this month and a winner will be chosen in September.

If you would like to take part, please email us, with a postal address, for which the pack will be sent to: [email protected]

If you would like more information, please do get in touch.
We hope you will join in!



Mother's Day plant pot creation!

We are holding two Mother’s Day craft sessions, for our younger visitors!

Tuesday 26th March
Wednesday 27th March
10am- 11.30am.

Pop down and decorate a pretty flowerpot. We will then plant our pots up together, with some colourful blooms, ready to present on Mother’s Day!

£6.00 per child, which includes a drink and fruit snack, whilst we create!

For tickets, please call the Garden Centre and pay over the phone, or pop in and pay at the tills: 01206 273834






Garden Talks

We are delighted to announce the start of Fillpots seasonal ‘Garden talks’, which will take place here at the Garden Centre.

Our last course was held on Wednesday October 17th, run by the fantastic Sarah, from Hortus Garden Design.


Hortus Garden Design are a London based company, who are passionate about working with their clients, to renew a sense of excitement about their outdoor space. Hortus are a firm believer in the physical and emotional benefits that gardens so readily offer and they seek to implement this through their knowledge of plants and design. Designs include front gardens, city courtyard gardens, larger country gardens and everything in-between.


October’s course was 'Design and Planting ideas for your Garden - how to enhance your outdoor space with some simple design and planting tips'.

The aim of the course was to help provide you with the tools to create a well-balanced garden, with year-round interest.  Advice was also given on plants that will thrive in individual soil and light conditions, specific to your garden.  


A breakdown of the course is as follows:

  • Arrival and hot drink: 10am
  • 'Design and Planting’ talk, demonstration and questions 10.30- Midday
  • Lunch in Fillpots Cafe: Midday onwards


The talk will include:

Basic design principles

- What you have  -Site characteristics

- What you want -Essential items

- What you need - Styles, unity, focal points.

Planting ideas (with examples from the nursery)

- Clay soil, sun

- Clay soil, shade

- Sandy soil, sun

- Sandy soil, shade

Tickets were £24.00 each, including drinks and lunch.


Sarah will be running a new course in the Spring- details to follow,

If you would like more information, please email Jenny Blades: [email protected] 

Places are limited.