Bampton in Devon

Bampton in Bloom

Bampton in Bloom

Bampton lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we seek to maintain and enhance pride in the large village environment by providing attractive planting of public spaces, encouraging residents and visitors to keep streets free of litter and dog fouling. We hope this will encourage tourism which supports the viability of local businesses.

This picture shows Bampton in Bloom volunteers under the town sign, which stands proudly on the Stage Garden in the centre of town. It was beautifully carved from oak by Brian Littlewood from an original design depicting the history of Bampton. It should last for many years under his care and maintenance.

Bampton Hidden Gardens weekend 29 and 30 June 2024 Poster and info.
With its array of cottages and terraces, many of the gardens in the town are hidden away down alleyways and behind larger houses. The annual Hidden Gardens Weekend over the last weekend of June each year gives residents and visitors alike the opportunity to visit the 20 or so nominated gardens and to see their beautiful summer displays. There are a few gardens in the neighbouring villages of Shillingford  and Petton, all part of the greater Bampton parish.This has become a popular annual event in the town and around the local area. We hope if you read this you will visit and encourage others to do the same.
Local businesses in the food and drink sector will be open over the weekend offering refreshment and a place to pause. Many of the gardens also have pausing places for visitors to enjoy.

Background to Bampton in Bloom
For more than 30 years, until 2007, Bampton took part in Britain in Bloom and over that time it won 33 trophies. These included winning the national Britain in Bloom competition six times, the last being in 2000. In 1999, Bampton also represent the UK in the World in Bloom Competition for the large village class and was part of the winning national team. We were proud to be awarded Gold Medals in the first four years of the RHS taking over organisation of the competition and in 2005 were awarded the allotment discretionary award. Bampton in Bloom took over without the competitive element so that the town and its visitors could still enjoy the floral displays.


More volunteers to water and help maintain the planting are always needed. Please contact Judi Chambers on 01398 332403 332403 if you can help.

Below are some images of the lovely gardens previously on show in Bampton.


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To see our town in its full floral glory, watch our 'Town Trail' video!



The Cox CupBampton has won a prestigious GOLD MEDAL for its displays and its work on conservation and the environment. This category is now marked using guidelines from the RHS for standards achieved - 85% or more is required for a Gold Medal.

Bampton also WON the Cox Cup for being the best large village in South West in Bloom in 2004 and in 2007.

England in Bloom 1989


National winner 1976


National winner 1989


National winner 1991


National winner 1993


National winner 1998


S.W. Regional winner 1999


'World winner' 1999!


National winner 2000


SW Regional winner 2004


SW Regional winner 2007

Full list of 30 years' achievements

Britain in Bloom - the national competition


Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre

Walkers are welcome

Tourist Information