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  • BBQ - Napoleon: Grill Different, Go Rogue

    The BBQ you need this Summer!

    During the Summer months there isn't anything quite as enjoyable as a BBQ with Family and Friends. The question is however are you doing it right? With Napoleons new rogue series  it is time to grill different, time to go rogue.


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  • Mayday Bank Holiday Sale

    Mayday Bank Holiday Sale

    Get Your Garden Ready for the Bank Holiday and set yourself up for a superb Summer. With our Mayday Sale we have a huge discounts on a variety of Garden Furniture from bars and loungers to sofas and recliners! Whatever you desire to make your garden party central, you can be sure that View Garden Centre has the products for you! Browse our full range and offers below. Even better why not visit us in store!

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  • Desser - Conservatory Furniture

    The Perfect Suite For Your Conservatory

    The furniture that you choose inside of your home is a very personal decision. Picking the ideal indoor furniture is hugely significant in terms of décor, comfort and even, what works with the layout and colour scheme of the room. Conservatory furniture can add that eye-catching, stylish touch to your home and that’s why, here at View, we have a beautiful collection of furniture that will look stunning in any set up.

    With popular suites like our Clifton range and Vale 3 Piece we are certain that you'll find the perfect finishing touch for your home. With distinguished fabrics and modular customisation it truly is, tailor made for you.

    Our conservatory furniture comes in a variety of styles, shapes, fabrics and patterns. All helping you add a touch of flair to your interior design, making your home look like the place you’ve always envisaged. So whether you just want to escape and relax or you want a better place to socialise, our conservatory furniture can create that haven within your home.

    As a brand we take pride in the quality of all our furniture so please take a browse and find the perfect piece for you.

    Desser Conservatory Furniture

  • Spring At View Garden Centre

    What does Spring mean for you?

    Today is officially the first day of spring which means it's time to blossom into life and start enjoying the great outdoors. What better place to start than at View Garden Centre, located in the heart of Essex we are ready to help you create your dream garden. With our diverse selection of plant life it has never been easier to invigorate your garden with a set of truly breathtaking colours.

    Beyond the agriculture View is also here to support the evolution of your dream space. Whether this is through bespoke Garden Furniture or distinguished garden centre pieces. Wait, that's not all. In store we also home the fantastic Passing Thyme Restaurant where you, friends and family can come and enjoy a heavenly meal.

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  • Competition - Maze Rattan Sun loungers

    Competition - Maze Rattan Giveaway

    At View Garden Centre we appreciate how challenging it can be for many of us to dedicate the time and the effort into our Gardens. Does this mean however you shouldn't have the idealistic garden escape of your dreams? In our eyes the answer is no, because here at View we believe that everyone is deserving of that perfect retreat.

    This is why we are hosting our biggest ever competition! View is offering you the chance to win a pair of Maze Rattan Sun Loungers. This is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on that summer relaxation.

    For full details on how to enter visit our FACEBOOK PAGE !!!

    Maze Rattan Winchester Sunlougers

  • Enjoy A Special Valentines At View

    Valentines Day

    Unsure what to get your loved one this Valentines Day? Well their is no reason to panic as ViewValentines has all the necessities covered. For instance why not sweeten up your home with a lovely fragrance from our Yankee Candle range. With a delightful selection to choose from you are sure to find the perfect scent to help make your night that bit more special.

    To really impress why not treat someone to a divine meal here at Views very own Passing Thyme Restaurant. With delicately prepared dishes that are to die for and deserts that are just heavenly make this a date you will never forget. Either way from us at View, we wish you all a happy Valentine. or 012687611119
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  • Half Term At Passing Thyme Restaurant

    Passing ThymeThe February Half Term is creeping upon us and with that comes the dilemma of what to do. Here at View Garden Centre we understand that it can be difficult to entertain the family throughout the week. That is why our very own Passing Thyme restaurant is hosting an enjoyable breakfast puppet show with the one and only Sid.

    Party With Sid - Passing Thyme

    Party with Sid is the perfect way to entertain the kids for the day. With a wonderfully humorous show and a class in balloon modelling make it an event you won't want to miss. Not to mention the delicious Breakfast that goes along with it. For more information or to book please call us on 01268 761119.

  • View Garden Centre's Bespoke 2017

    Here's hoping everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year!
    To Celebrate the turn of the New Year View Gardens is having a massive Early Bird Sale, which means you could save up to £1000 on some of the years leading bespoke designs. To see our complete range of offers please visit our sale page by clicking HERE!

    Bespoke Conservatory Furniture

    At View Garden Centre we aim to be more than just your number one destination for your gardening needs. We also aim to be your first thought when it comes to decorating the inside of your home. This is why we offer the complete Range of Conservatory Furniture from Desser. With a stunning selection of bespoke designs, we guarantee that you will find the perfect piece for your home.

    Seen your Dream Conservatory Set Cheaper? Although we check our prices regularly to ensure we are the cheapest sometimes we do miss one. This is where our Price Promise steps in as we will do our best to match the advertised price offered.

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  • The Special Christmas Feeling

    Now I know it may have been a stressful road to get to this destination but it will all be worth it come that special day. As the morning peers over the horizon and the Family begin descending at the beautiful smell of your magical Christmas Roast you know you have pulled it off yet again.

    The Special Christmas Feeling!

    As the presents start to get opened and the smiles quickly appear it is clear to see that all that hard work has paid off. Here at View Garden Centre we just hope we could be a part of it. Whether you got someone a gift or treated yourself to your very own bespoke decorations. From us we would just like to say thank you. Because you are the ones that make this Special Christmas Feeling a reality.

    Merry Christmas from your View Family :)

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  • Hand carved ornaments - View Garden Centre

    View Garden Centre have teamed up with a local artist to bring you some truly bespoke ornamental pieces. Carved by hand these fantastic animals really help enlighten any garden design. More importantly however they are made from a combination of hard and softwood meaning they hold up no matter the weather. And because each animal is made by hand you know each piece is individual and exclusive.

    What's on offer at View Garden Centre?

    Now you may be asking yourself 'well what exactly do you have?' Simple, here at the View we have a diverse selection of animals which includes everything from bears to sheep. Although that's not it. Also available is smaller decorative pieces like mushrooms. So from me and the team we hope to see you soon.

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  • Gifts - Add to your Home this Christmas

    I know this probably sounds like a broken record at this point but stay with me on this one. With Christmas being only a little over a month away it probably is time to start picking up some of those gifts. In most cases this means popping down to your local high-street and grabbing some meaningless knickknack that's going to find its way to the back of the cupboard before you can say New Years.

    Ideal Gifts?

    So why not this year pick up something  that will stay with someone forever! With View having a fantastically bespoke range of Giftware items our stunning collection houses some truly brilliant pieces. With gifts spreading from tasteful vases to sentimental wall art we are sure that their is something for everyone. Be it for a friend or family our wide range of designs are guaranteed to enlighten any home. With this also comes our newly stocked selection of ornaments. Great as presents these diverse sculptures help add that extra element to your homes decor.

    All in all we hope that we have whetted your appetite, and look forward to seeing you soon.

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  • Where to get your Cherry Blossom Tree?

    Now that Halloween draws to a close and the festivities begin it is clear that Christmas is upon us. However with that comes this untold manic panic to get everything ready. Well say goodbye to all that because View Garden Centre has you covered. With us being your one stop shop for all your Christmas needs there is NO reason to panic. With popular lines of Artificial Tree's, Cherry Blossom Tree's, Decorations and lights you will find everything you need under one roof.

    Perhaps most popular of all is our stunning range of LED Cherry Blossom Tree's. Available in a diverse array of colours there truly is a tree for any Christmas display. Each bespoke tree helps add that individual touch that leaves your guests speechless. You may be thinking that one of these beautiful tree's is going to break the bank balance but you would be wrong. Here at View LED Cherry Blossom Tree's are available from as low as £34.99. Do be careful as they go quick.

    If a tree is not your style but you still want to achieve that wonderful bespoke look then you may be interested in a Contemporary Pre-Lit Parcel. Available as a set of 3 each glitter parcel helps add that extra zest to your Christmas arrangement.

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  • Garden Centre's in Essex, why choose us?

    There are many Garden Centre's in the Essex area to choose from, however none are quite like View. Now now, I know you are all saying 'what makes you so good, why are you any different?' Well the answer to that question is actually quite simple. Let me explain, here at View we don't see anyone as a customer, we see you as Family. So, as soon as you walk through the door that's it, you are a part of our ever growing team.

    I'm sure you're also wondering what we have on offer? Well this is where it gets quite interesting. Being in the heart of Essex we want to make sure there is something for everyone, that is why we have more than just plants and pots. We have a great deal of home & giftware items, including bespoke trunks, contemporary lamp shades and much more. That's not to mention our fabulous restaurant 'Passing Thyme'. Open 7 days a week you and the family can enjoy a mouthwatering delicious meal.

    Or perhaps you are more of a connoisseur of the outdoors, not to worry as we have that covered too. With one of the largest Garden Furniture showrooms in the UK it has never been easier to relax in style come those summer months. If Relaxing is not your go to then our extensive range of plants will provide you with a great base to begin gardening. Let's not forgot the diverse range of Animal ornaments available. Everything from standing rabbits to flocking chickens can be found here at View.

    From me and the View family we hope that we have whetted your appetite, and look forward to seeing you soon.


  • View Garden Centre Christmas Preview

    The wait is almost over as we edge ever closer to View Gardens Christmas Preview. With the excitement building the team here at View can't wait to show our customers the big reveal. With this year having our largest EVER Christmas display and easily our most extensive product range we are sure to blow you away.

    For the first time ever our display boasts a hand crafted Santa Sleigh,
    made from the ground up this new addition acts as our wonderful centrepiece. Surrounding this beautiful creation are our
    spectacular LED animals. As you can see these two little fellas can't take their eyes off of the display.

    However there's more than just displays to a View Gardens Christmas as throughout the month of December you and the family can enjoy a lovely breakfast with the man himself. With every child receiving there very own present you could say Christmas has come early. To book please call 01268 761119.




  • The Perfect Gift this Christmas

    With the festive period upon us and Christmas right around the corner it can be a troubling time to find the ideal gift. With so many people to think about, it can quickly turn into a manic rush from shop to shop all in the hope that you find something they might like. However there is a way to avoid all this commotion.

    With a quick trip down to View you will be able to find that special something for that special person. As this year we really have expanded and are happy to boast about our extensive range of gift-ware items. From bespoke furnishings to sentimental smalls there truly is something for everybody. christmas-decor

  • What's New at View?

    The festivities are right around the corner, and to celebrate View Gardens is hosting a variety of events. With everything from spooky stories with the one and only Sid to our very own exclusive Christmas preview. It really is an exciting time at the Garden Centre.

    Up first on the Calendar is the ever popular preview weekend. With exclusive discounts, free entry into our raffle and on hand refreshments it truly is a weekend you won't want to miss. However if you are more of Halloween fan we have that covered too. With spooks all round as the kids enjoy a Halloween story & Puppet show. Let's not forget the delicious breakfast to go along with it :)

    Wait there's more, the man himself is here at Passing Thyme Restaurant. Throughout the month of December you and the Family can enjoy a lovely cooked breakfast with the big guy, and lets not forgot that every child receives a special Christmas present.


  • Furniture Sale Now On

    View Garden Centre is home to one of the largest garden furniture showrooms in the UK. Our vast selection means you are sure to find the perfect piece for your Garden.

    So, it doesn't matter whether you are the destination for a family BBQ or even the streets supreme ray catchers as we home something for every occasion. But don't worry if you are ever unsure on what to get because our staff are always on hand to answer any questions and are sure to make the process as easy as one, two, three.

  • The Fairies Have Taken Over!

    Trying to bring a garden to life is no easy task, however with Vivid Arts Miniature World it certainly has become a whole lot easier, believe me. What Vivid Arts allows you to do is to create these imaginative and creative worlds right there in your back garden. With carefully-detailed and high quality pieces it quickly transports you to a mystical land only seen in fairy tales. The best part is the fact that the fun doesn't stop there as Miniature World is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Meaning you can transform a bedroom to a fantasy escape as well as getting lost in your gardens very own enchanted forest.

    View Gardens extensive range homes everything from toadstool cottages to animated fairy doors. Given our diverse selection you truly can let your imagination go wild. Most importantly though, it guarantees a smile, just look at this little guy. And if you have your own little Miniature World we would love to see at      Vivid Arts Miniature World

  • Ideal Home Furnishings

    View Garden Centre not only homes great variety for the garden but is also a destination for bespoke home furnishings. Beautiful in design these hand picked items will help add that something extra to your homes decor. With a diverse range that includes everything from hand crafted vases to vintage storage boxes you are sure to find the perfect piece for you home. Or perhaps you are after something a little more contemporary? Our stylish wall clocks are a sure fire method to amaze your friends and family as soon as they enter the room. And remember if you are ever unsure on a particular range or product our staff will be there happy to help with any questions you may have.

    To see all lines within the gift barn be sure to visit us in store!

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  • The Tools for you this Summer

    Gardening is at the heart of what we do and we are sure it lives in the heart of all our customers. That's why View aims to make that dream garden of yours come true. However if you do not have the right tools it can be a real challenge to turn your garden into that dream space. Not to fear though as with the Help of Spear & Jackson we can bring everyone the tools they need this summer!

    Available is everything from Agricultural tools to ideal garden equipment. Our extensive range means that those overgrown bushes and half built decks can finally be mended. Not to mention that included in our collection are the highest quality spades, secateurs, rakes and so much more.....

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  • From Snow To Sun!

    Here at View we thought this day would never come but it appears the skies have blessed us with the warm evenings we call summer. It is bizarre to think that only a couple of weeks ago it was snowing and now here we are enjoying the rays with a nice drink. The only problem is that not everyone can enjoy their summer like this because their garden is a ways away from being a place of relaxation and tranquility.

    Do not fear if this is you as View Gardens is here to help. With a plethora of Garden products to choose from we can remaster any space. Great choices in aggregates can invigorate even the dullest of areas. Combining that with a fantastic View Gardens pot means the results are limitless. Oh and don't forget the creme de la resistance of horticultural brilliance that is planting.

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  • Summer Time, BBQ Time

    The weather has finally started to pick up which now means I can start planning my warm evening BBQ's, be it with friends or family there is nothing better than a fine meal under the rays of the sun. The only problem is of course making sure I have the right BBQ for the job. Thankfully here at View Gardens we stock one of the largest collections of BBQ's, we home everything from small portable gas BBQ's to deluxe stainless steel grills.

    Most notorious in our collection is the prestige range from Napoleon. With The perfect combination between engineered performance and masterful design, these all new products will be sure to help provide that added element to your BBQ experience. To explore our full stock of BBQ's simply click the banner!

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  • Spring Half Term

    The Easter holidays have arrived and they brought us a present, good old sunshine. This makes for the perfect opportunity to get the kids off of their gadgets and out into the garden. The weather makes for the perfect backdrop as you and your family pave the way for your own little escape.

    With that in mind why don't you begin by potting some of the beautiful plant life available at this time of year. Perhaps you could encourage the kids to get involved by asking them to seed the way for some lovely fruit and veg. One of the keys to bringing everyone together is to get stuck in, I know when I was a kid that dirt meant fun so be sure to get creative and always remember to have fun with your garden spaces.

    From us at View we would love to see what and your family have been working on. So be sure to share with us on our Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Easter Weekend

    Don't act like you don't know, we can all see it in your eyes, the thought of all those Easter eggs have got your taste buds tingling. No, just me.

    Moving swiftly on here at View we just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Easter. Whether you are spending time with your family or swimming in a pool of chocolate we simply hope you have an egg-cellent day. I'm sorry it was too tempting. Oh but don't forget we are open over the weekend, we would love to help you eat all those Easter eggs. (Opening Times shown below)

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  • Small Garden Spaces

    How do I make the most of my small Garden Space?

    This question is the monster under the bed that just won’t leave. However with a few fundamentals and a bit of determination you can turn that boring green patch you call a garden into a tranquil escape. So get ready as it is time to roll up those sleeves and get to work.    

    Here at View we know you don’t want to feel trapped inside your home and so we are here to provide some quick top tips. That being said it becomes far harder to work with these smaller garden spaces as there is no room to hide a mistake. This is something we are all guilty of, so much so that the ugly bench you brought just isn’t hiding away in the corner is it? Well it is time to cut your losses and start building your ideal outdoor area.

    With that in mind let’s begin with understanding the shape of your garden. Many people just assume that a garden is made by the way in which you compliment its contents, whereas in reality you must also compliment the shape of the area. Take this as an example, a circular garden will not benefit from overhanging plants as they will begin to intrude on the little space you have, whereas overhanging plants work wonders for square gardens as they define your garden's depth and really reveal those sharp sleek edges.

    Another major factor to consider when working with a small garden space is the furniture, your garden furniture will greatly influence the way your space is portrayed. I personally like to utilise all areas of my space and so I match my furniture according to my gardens shape, i.e square dining set for a square shape and corner set for an L shape etc…. The idea is to make sure no space is wasted so that you in turn get the most of it. Strong examples of well utilised gardens can be seen by our very own View members, Stephen’s great use of shelf flowering provides this area with great colour but yet hasn’t detracted from the space available. Dan has also made great use of his small space by pairing the rectangle shape with 2 contemporary sun loungers, again by not using contradicting shapes we can see the benefit as the space appears open and free. 

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    Hopefully these tips have helped and be sure to send us pictures of your small garden space via Facebook and Twitter, or Email the to us through

  • Garden Furniture Preview Weekend

    Yes it's that time of the year again, spring is just around the corner and the weather is ready to burst at the seams. That being said here at View we have been busy preparing our fantastic furniture displays as we understand how important your garden is to you, we know that a beautiful yet functional garden can enhance your family’s quality of life. It provides that much needed extended living space but more importantly can be a stage for unforgettable experiences with your nearest and dearest. However we know there’s a lot to consider when investing in your garden, as it’s really no different to the effort you put into furnishing your home. This is why choosing the right garden furniture and accessories is key to giving your outdoor space a new lease of life that look and feels unique to you.

    So if you're thinking it's time for a change and are planning to invest in garden furniture this year, you can’t afford to miss our wonderful Garden Preview Weekend.  We’re offering early-bird discounts across a number of ranges that could mean you get exactly what you want for the price you want. When you purchase from selected ranges on the day, we’re also offering free delivery and if you and your garden aren't ready to be furnished yet, we’ll store it for free until you are.

    On the day you will be greeted in our dedicated Furniture Barn with complimentary refreshments so you can relax and take your time looking at the styles and ranges available whilst working out what’s right for you. Our Preview Weekend is regarded as one of the best in the country with our displays showing everything from beautiful bespoke garden sofa’s to most elegant of dining sets, our diverse variety of furniture means that there is something for everyone. It might even be safe to say that we have gone a little display crazy this year but that is what the summer is about, enjoying a nice cold drink whilst relaxing in your garden under the rays of the sun. If you feel the same you won’t want to miss this magical weekend. 

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  • Your View Garden Centre Loyalty Card

    We really value our loyal customers so we've created the My View Loyalty Scheme, a VIP club to show our appreciation.

    Our gratitude for your return custom comes in the form of a healthy points scheme, exclusive member only offers, newsletters and heaps of hints and tips to help make your dream home and garden a reality. It's simple really. Once you've signed up we'll give you a My View loyalty card. You then use your card every time you shop with us. As you do, you'll be clocking up reward points per pound that you spend and when you have enough points, we will send you a voucher to spend here at View.

    As a My View Loyalty Scheme member, you'll also be the first to know about everything that's happening here at View. We’ll share news, competitions, exclusive offers, product ranges and events via our newsletter View News and our Facebook page.

    We're so much more than a garden centre, we're a community. With help from The Shopping Village tenants and Passing Thyme restaurant; there are also events for the whole family to enjoy, all year round.

    If all this leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside then we’ve got what we aimed for!

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  • Passing Thyme is Now Undercover!

    We now have an outside undercover eating area for our restaurant, Passing Thyme, so you canenjoy your food inside or outside whatever the weather.

    Passing Thyme is an extremely friendly, warm and welcoming restaurant; offering delicious home cooked food and a wide range of beverages for the whole family.

    Make sure you check out our menu, which shows our fantastic range of home cooked meals. Breakfast is sold all day, with our main meals being sold from noon. We have everything from Full English Breakfast, Pie of the Day, Lasagne, Beer Battered Cod & Chips to our Sunday Roast Dinner!

    Passing Thyme's menu also includes lighter lunches for a quick and healthy bite with a wide range of fillings to choose from to have with your Bap or Sandwich, Jacket Potato, Mixed Salad or even a Soup and sandwich combo! Last but not least, time for something sweet, why not finish traditionally with a cream tea or perhaps something lighter like a tea cake? Every week we have a wide range of desserts to choose from which can include, our cool and creamy cheesecake, pies and crumbles, along with tasty sponge cakes - all can be served however you like with your choice of cream, ice cream or custard; we hope, we will tempt you to visit!

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  • Fairy Statue Display

    What do you think of our fairy statue display?

    We know that one mother definitely likes it and has decided to lay her babies in the middle! Although she did tweak the positioning of the bark, Thank-you Mrs Duck.

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