A day at Bridewell

Every day is different. Activities are planned around the season, responding to weather, and the community on site each day.
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Every day is different

The seasons give a structure to the year, but every day at Bridewell is different. There are opportunities to try new things, meet different people, and learn skills.


The garden offers many different activities beyond traditional gardening and horticulture.

Cooking sessions, working in the forge, woodwork as well as trips away from Bridewell to visit local sites and gardens.


The range of activities provides us with opportunities to rediscover what is important to us, our hopes and interests, a chance to rebuild confidence in social settings, and to make choices.

Questions for the team

If you haven't found the answer to your question then don't hesitate to get in touch and e-mail us at: info@bridewellgardens.org

Learn about the referral process

Getting a referral to Bridewell is straightforward. Get your mental health professional or GP to help fill in the form - click on the Referral button below.

Gardener FAQ's

What can you expect from a typical day at Bridewell? See the full FAQs page for other common questions.
Do I have to know about gardening?
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No. Everyone at Bridewell is learning. We will make sure you understand how to do any activity on offer. You will always have a team member or volunteer around to support you.
What if you don’t want to do an activity?
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You'll find a choice of activities each morning and afternoon; so you can decide what you’d like to do.
What kind of people will be there?
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Difficulties with mental health can affect anyone, so a broad mix of people attend Bridewell. One of Bridewell's overarching values is that no-one is judged. You will find a really supportive, warm and friendly atmosphere, where you can be yourself and not worry about what others think of you.
How often would I come to the gardens?
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Bridewell is open five days a week, Monday to Friday. You would be assessed before you arrive and offered a place on one or two days a week. Your days will be the same each week.
How do I get there?
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Bridewell has a minibus which picks up and drops off in Witney (Woolgate car park near Waitrose) each day at 9.50 and 3.15. This is free. If you have your own transport, you can arrive independently. There is plenty of parking on site.
Is there lunch?
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Everyone brings their own packed lunches whilst tea, coffee and squash are provided by Bridewell. We do sometimes cook soup with ingredients from the garden.
Do I need special kit or equipment?
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Everyone on site should arrive dressed for outdoor working. Bridewell can provide workboots, wellies, gardening gloves and wet weather gear. We also have protective clothing for working in the forge.
I have a physical health disability, can I still attend?
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Speak to the team to discuss your needs. There are many adjustments we can make to the working day.

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