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If you have a few hours to spare this summer and are looking for somewhere to go, you would be very well advised to visit Mill Race Garden and Aquatic Centre. Situated just off the A12 on the banks of the River Colne in the heart of the beautiful and picturesque Colne Valley, the centre is currently undergoing a fairly comprehensive re-vamp in both the garden and aquatic departments.

Outside in the garden centre itself, new raised beds have been erected to hold a huge range of seasonal, colourful plants and vegetables of all description. The tree section boasts one of the largest and unrivalled selections of both ornamental and fruit trees in the Anglia area. You will also be able to find all of the fertilizers, seeds, treatments and garden tools that you could ever need in order to assist you in making your garden look beautiful.

If you still need ideas - then the large range of outside water features, ornaments and pots could be just what you are looking for, and by adding a few solar lights into the mix from the extensive range on offer your garden could be complete.

The garden centre can also help you there! Added to the already impressive range both modern and traditional furniture on offer, like furniture from Norfolk Leisure and Kettler. If bar-b-queing is what you like, then you will have plenty of choice form well known companies such as the state of the art Weber Summit range, but we are full Weber stockist in Colchester as well as the Landmann Range.

The centre also caters for those not so interested in gardening with a large range of dried and silk flowers. Our fully qualified florists can cater for any event from weddings to floral tributes and plenty of ideas can be obtained, whether you wish to have a go yourself, or would prefer that one of our experienced florists did all the hard work for you.

The giftware range is constantly changing something can be found to suit every pocket, for children there are lots of interesting puzzles, toys and teddys, and for the adults Terramundi, Benaya picture wall tiles, Colony Candles and limited edition picture prints are all quality products for the home that we stock.

The River Colne, forming part of the Essex Way runs along the back of the Garden Centre and rowing boats are available for hire. The river is navigable for approximately 2 miles through some very pretty countryside. There is also a lovely picnic area overlooking the river for customers use.

An extensive range of delicious mouth watering homemade cakes is available from the coffee shop, where some very friendly staff will help you either with cake or scones, or if you prefer, something more substantial like jacket potatoes, sandwiches or a light lunch from the extensive menu.

We look forward to being given the opportunity of welcoming you and really hope that you will take the time to discover and enjoy all that Mill Race Garden and Swallow Aquatics have to offer.


Mill Race Garden Centre, New Road, Aldham, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3QT


Telephone: 01206 242521

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday: 10am - 4.30pm | CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY