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Bridgemere Garden Centre

“STANDARDS ARE SLIPPING”

Written on: 13/07/2014 by URBANA5 (1 review written)

Have been many times but now feel the gardens are not kept to the same standards as before, the quality of plants and prices are not as good,more effort is being put into the shops than the garden centre. The price being charged in the cake and coffee shop are very expensive, we heard many people complaining about the price. We travel a long way to visit Bridgmere but wont be back in a hurry, come on owners pull your fingers out and make it the best as it used to be… Read Full Review

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“Dreadful”

Written on: 06/03/2014 by Jensen128 (1 review written)

An awful experience. Incorrect closing times on the roadside board. Lack of staff. Shop looks messy. Lots of items missing prices. A 15 minute wait to pay only to be told cards can not be accepted. Frequent power cuts plunging the centre into darkness on 2 recent visits. Turing into a service station with a mini garden centre attached. A centre in decline, save your time and visit the far superior Grosvenor garden centre… Read Full Review

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“What have they done!”

Written on: 10/01/2014 by Countrygirl43 (1 review written)

I was horrifed when I visited Bridgemere recently - I have never seen it looking in such a sorry state. It used to be a wonderful place for a family day out - now all it feels like is a money grabbing retail park. Won't be going there again in a hurry. I can't believe they are now charging for entry to the gardens and play area. We used to take our kids there regularly and enjoy the wide variety of plants and gardens. In the holidays there used to be free face painting and kids entertainment -… Read Full Review

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“Heartrbreaking”

Written on: 08/01/2014

I visited today and just when you think it can't get any less plants and atmosphere since its takeover , they have bulldozers in, most of the plants have been removed and it has the atmosphere of a part derelict building site. They have needlessly moved it all round again(!) and reduced their stock by circa 60+% . The majic has gone and it is no longer temporary. I believe they are putting up more outdoor shelters , strange when folk want to be in a garden , ( just by the sunny outdoor cafe… Read Full Review

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“It's a shame...”

Written on: 29/09/2013

We used to go to Bridgemere several times a month. We would go to the cafe and the children would play on the indoor play park. As part of our trip we would venture around the outdoor play park then have a picnic in the show gardens. Not any more. When they started charging for the indoor play park I contacted the management to ask why and did they realise this would put people off. I was given a standard reply basically saying they had thought hard about this. I couldn't believe they now… Read Full Review

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Written on: 28/10/2013

Have you seen the size of the wooden shed they have paid for to house their member of staff who they have to pay hourly to stop and charge people to go around the outdoor gardens that no-one now goes around. My understanding of the outdoor gardens was that they were to give shoppers ideas of what is in season and how to plan a garden etc. These pathetic £1.50 chargers per person everywhere you go around the centre now is so off putting, and thats before customers have even purchased any goods. The mangement need to remember that the longer they keep customers at the centre the more they will spend, have another cuppa, stay for lunch, etc. Perhaps they need to look at their general pricing strategy to increase business before they think 'long and hard' about such negative feel bad strategies of penny pinching to squeeze the last possible penny they can out of their facilities. Have now seen that this Christmas they plan to charge visitors to £1.50 per person to go around the 'Winter Wonderland' which is probably the Christmas decorations area where overpriced decorations are on sale...we used to go all the time but limit it now to necessities, of which there are not many at Bridgemere.

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“More a retail village than garden centre now.”

Written on: 24/08/2013 by agnes2 (1 review written)

I am saddened to find that Bridgemere is now nothing more than a retail hell. You now have to pay to walk in their gardens which is ridiculous, prices are overinflated, fewer plants no staff, no knowledge re: plants by till staff. Stuffed full of overpriced tatt. May as well go to poundland! What a shame it used to be a proper garden centre . Great if you want a baking tin from Lakeland or wool from Hobbycraft though.... We will not be visiting again after all of these years… Read Full Review

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“Dissapointing”

Written on: 27/07/2013

My recent visit to Bridgemere garden centre has been very disappointing. I am 23 years of age and for the last 20 years I have visited the centre at least a couple of times a year with my family, who have been associated with and visiting the centre since it was first sent up by the Ravenscroft family in 1961. The reasons for my recent disappointment are that from my own opinion the heart and soul of Bridgemere has been taken away by commercialisation and the centre seems to be concentrating… Read Full Review

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“Excellent day out”

Written on: 10/07/2013 by MaryP1 (1 review written)

I visited the garden centre today and found it to be a very pleasant experience! The gardens were wonderful and I only had to pay £1 to visit them, which is a small price to pay to see the loverly flowers. Indeed compared to many gardens I have visited they are far superior and cost a fraction of the amount! The shop also had every thing I could think off and many great gift idea's and the staff were charming and helpful. I had a well cooked lunch and my friend had a nice sandwich although I… Read Full Review

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“Dont Bother”

Written on: 10/07/2013

ery poor garden centre. Yes it is the largest garden centre in the UK but size isnt everything. Staff levels are poor, there simply isnt anyone to ask for advice. The store is cluttered and poorly organised. Prices are too high especially when you consider the cost of getting to Bridgemere. Certainly not what it used to be, changes needed otherwise it will be going the same was as Stapeley and be closed within 12 months, the signs are already there. They now charge admission to the once… Read Full Review

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“money pinching”

Written on: 03/06/2013 by mrwood (1 review written)

My wife and in are pensioners and we regularly take our two young grandsons to Bridge mere because we can sit and have a cup of tea while our grand children play on the play area then we take them for a walk around the gardens. Now it would cost £1.50 in the play area and £1.00 each to enter the gardens which have the new play area inside it also costs 5p for a carrier bag do they not make enough millions already . we won't be going again … Read Full Review

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Bridgemere Garden Centre

“gone downhill”

Written on: 01/04/2013 by welshwolves (1 review written)

Visited here today with family,it was two years since we last came and we were so dissapointed.The centre has really gone downhill and is very overpriced,the restaurant was very expensive with limited choice,we bought some strawberrys and grapes and when we got home found that they were tasteless and full of water i would reccomend that people give this a miss it has moved away from its roots a move much for the worse… Read Full Review

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“SAVE Bridgemere”

Written on: 11/12/2012

This privately owned paradise of plants and equisite has steadily deteriorated under new ownerships of the last few years. . Whilst this year has at least seen the return of the usual standard and selection of shrubs unless they get their act back together and quickly, the writing is on the wall. I say to them LISTEN to your customers. ! Bring back the things you were good at eg meanderings of interesting LABELLED and DESCRIPTIONS on your plants; bring back the atmospheric wonderland of… Read Full Review

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“UTTER, UTTER, DISAPPOINTMENT !”

Written on: 01/11/2012 by Anna731 (1 review written)

After visiting Bridgemere each coming Christmas with friends & family since 2001 a steady decline has taken place in recent years . Needless to say, Wyevale & Terra Nova have both almost certainly created the situation we are in now. The cafe had little choice, but extremely long queues - customers can cut in & spend 5 minutes over a pair of cappuccinos as they wish. This year a lack of variety in Christmas decorations and a ridiculous increase in price has showed! Their attempt to go upmarket… Read Full Review

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“A COMPLETE MESS!”

Written on: 18/02/2012

What has happened to Bridgemere Garden Centre the beloved garden centre my family has visited for 20 plus years! The expansion of the clothing section looks like a jumble sale and has a layout like a cheap factory ends store! There are some great brands there that are so badly displayed that you just walk past them, come on Bridgemere step up, make it feel like a experience to enjoy not to get out of as quick as possible! The shop floor layout is a mess with very poor displays. The displays… Read Full Review

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“Though very expensive in both catering & plant...”

Written on: 24/05/2011

Though very expensive in both catering & plant department, Bridgemere is worth a visit though perhaps not for disabled persons.

Plans to re-site the disabled parking away from the main entrance are totally insensitive, after all, Blue Badges are awarded to people with an inability to walk far. The management should think twice!!!… Read Full Review

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“BRIDGEMERE GARDEN CENTRE UNDER ITS NEW OWNERS IS NOT...”

Written on: 24/01/2011

BRIDGEMERE GARDEN CENTRE UNDER ITS NEW OWNERS IS NOT WORTH A VISIT.THE GOODS IN ITS SHOPS,PLANTS,SHRUBS ETC ARE ALL TOO EXPENSIVE,AND FOOD AND DRINKS IN THE CAFETERIA ARE VERY PRICEY.BUT SURELY THE BIGGEST MISTAKE MUST BE THE RE-SITING OF THE TILLS AND DISABLED PARKING.I'VE BEEN VISITING BRIDGEMERE FOR OVER 30 YEARS BUT THE NEW LAYOUT IS ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC,I AM NOW DISABLED, AND ON MY LAST(OR SHOULD I SAY FINAL) VISIT, NOT EVEN THE "IN HOUSE" ELECTRIC BUGGY WAS RUNNING "BECAUSE WE HAVE NO ONE… Read Full Review

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Bridgemere Garden Centre

“Why on earth do Wyvale think big is beautiful, they...”

Written on: 24/01/2011

Why on earth do Wyvale think big is beautiful, they should go to Bents Manchester and see how to retail in the garden centre market.
There was nothing to like about the place… Read Full Review

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“I have shopped at Bridgemere since it opened and have...”

Written on: 12/10/2010

I have shopped at Bridgemere since it opened and have always been very happy with all aspects of it. However, the new walkway and re-siting of the tills is such a bad move. No longer can I just pop in to Hobbycraft, but have to walk the whole length of the garden retail area and back. It is a stupid idea especially foe elderly or disabled customers. Please please re-think it… Read Full Review

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“Decided today to go to Bridgmere for lunch and a bit...”

Written on: 18/07/2010

Decided today to go to Bridgmere for lunch and a bit of plant retail therapy. It was our first visit this year although we have visited numerous times before. Oh dear what has happened? Starting with the interminable walk from the car park through the new tills area ( Iwonder what users of the disabled visitors car park make of that!)Then the lunch - a very slow moving queue and pathetic service, and distinctly average but very expensive food. Plant prices hugely inflated presumably to pay for… Read Full Review

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“i am disabled i found that the new parking facilites...”

Written on: 16/07/2010

i am disabled i found that the new parking facilites very poor from the main entrance to the shops and restraunt entails a long walk a bus is provided but there is nowhere to provide a troly on the vehicle seems that the disabled and elderly are now low on the pecking order bridgmere was once a plant persons place now more like a supermarket… Read Full Review

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