Van Hage is more than just a garden centre; offering a treasure-trove of exciting and practical ideas for gardeners and home lovers, with a wide range of inspirational brands, expert advice, exciting events and top-quality catering to delight you on every visit.
In November 2022, Blue Diamond acquired this garden centre and 2 others known as Van Hage.
The three sites are the flagship store at Great Amwell Ware, Chenies between Amersham and Rickmansworth and the Van Hage centre on the PE1 retail park at Peterborough.
Great Amwell is the Van Hage Flagship Garden Centre with beautifully landscaped car park, over 1000 sq metres of shopping space and a Miniature Railway. Great Amwell has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment with Blue Diamond, and the centre now boasts a garden and home experience like no other. Visit our unique and inspirational fashion department as well as our new food hall, restaurants and seasonal departments.
Our Managing Director, Alan Roper said “For me personally, this is a landmark acquisition. Van Hage’s was one of 3 garden centres in the early nineties I would visit as a younger man for inspiration and would feel in awe of what they had achieved and never imagined that one day, we would be the proud owner of such a business."
9.00 - 17.30
10.00 - 16.30
(Tills open at 10.30)
Late Night Opening:
Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December until 8pm
There’s always plenty to do at Van Hage Great Amwell. Check back regularly for our latest event and department news.
New Food Hall
Celebrating local produce, our food hall showcases superb quality fresh meat, an Impressive range of fruit and fresh vegetables, a deli, a bakery and a stunning array of delicious food and drink from our local artisan producers and further afield.
Pet and Bird Care Department
We have a pet and bird care department catering for all you'll need to keep your pets and local wildlife fed, healthy and even entertained! Why not come along today and browse the extensive range we have to offer - we are located adjacent to the outside plant area; ask in-store for more details. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Indoor and outdoor fish
New ranges for small animals and chickens coming soon
Main Restaurant / Café VH
The main cafe is now open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday, 9.40am to 4.30pm.
Breakfast is served daily until 11.30am. Hot food served from 12noon to 3.30pm and light snacks, salads and deli bar is available until 4pm.
Open for light refreshments during the same hours as the main cafe.
We are delighted to be supporting Isabel Hospice once more with a selection of dates throughout the year when you can bring unwanted items to donate to this fabulous cause, we hope you can help us enable their amazing work to continue. You can read more about the work they do here. To find out more and what to donate and when, please see Isabel Hospice section below.
Builddeck offers high quality composite decking products from responsibly sourced, 100% FSC® certified wood and reclaimed high density plastics. Don't forget to quote Van Hage Great Amwell/Peterborough when making an enquiry to receive your exclusive price.
What you'll find at Great Amwell
There’s plenty to see, do and buy at Van Hage Great Amwell. We have a range of departments, with amazing feature zones that change from season to season. Plus, you can make a day of it with visits to our on-site attractions or our special market days.
Celebrating good food and championing local. We've created a contemporary hall environment with a traditional farmers' market style, featuring a bakery, delicatessen and a wide range of products from British and artisan producers.
Let us introduce you to just some of the fabulous local and sustainable brands our buyers have hand-picked for our new Food Hall Great Amwell!
Enjoy a ride on our fantastic miniature railway at Van Hage Great Amwell, operated by the East Herts Miniature Railway Society.
This fantastic, 7¼" gauge railway completes two circuits of beautifully landscaped gardens and includes a trip over a pond and through a tunnel!
Tickets for the railway cost just £1 per passenger. The railway opening times can be found by clicking here along with more details.
Crown Pavilions have been designing and manufacturing the world’s finest garden rooms and luxury gazebos for nearly 20 years. They are passionate about providing their customers with an unforgettable experience from start to finish. Their delighted clients include royalty, celebrities, even a local baker requiring a garden workshop. Every client approaches them for the same reasons: because they’ve heard they are the best money can buy with five-star service to match.
Their new flagship show site at Van Hage is staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable team of garden building experts. Whether you are looking for a garden office or gym or a breath-taking heated dining and entertaining space for your garden, Crown Pavilions are the best in the business.
At Van Hage we are proud to stock the finest quality ranges of the latest Outdoor and indoor furniture and lighting.
Make the most of your garden and enjoy entertaining 'al fresco' with family and friends this summer.
If horticulture is not you're thing but dining is, then create a beautiful outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy. We have a large range of indoor and outdoor furniture along with a colourful range of parasols to complement your outdoor dinning suite.
Why not come in to our garden centre to see what ranges suits your garden the best, featuring stunning sets from suppliers such as Bramblecrest, Kettler, Hartman and Leisuregrow products. Some ranges also available in our online shopping department.
The Plant area has a range of Departments within our fantastic Great Amwell Garden Centre, we offer the biggest and best ranges of plants and related gardening products that you could wish to see. You'll always find a wealth of inspiration to help transform your garden.
Our passionate and friendly staff are always on hand to give you expert horticultural advice to help your garden thrive. They will endeavour to give you the best advice you are after and more.
To keep your creative juices flowing we have up to date displays showing you what plants suit different situations and climates.
Too big to take home? Don't forget to ask about our delivery service, available throughout the local and wider area
At Van Hage Great Amwell, having the best range of barbecues on display has always been key. With barbecues that are Gas, Charcoal and one barbecue that actually is powered by both.
Stocking Weber Barbecues, Leisuregrow Barbecues and Ooni Pizza Ovens we can certainly provide you with the right barbecue to meet the needs of any garden. Weber created the orignal Kettle Barbecue back in 1952, before waiting almost 30 years to revolutionise the gas barbecue world with the Genesis range.
Van Hage showcase a superb range of Weber products as one of their premium retailers including all the accessories to get you off to an amazing cooking experience.
Van Hage prides itself on having trained staff to ensure that customers receive the correct knowledge and service to provide you with the ultimate in barbecuing and al fresco dinning.
Houseplants can be used to transform a tired space while helping to keep the air clean and absorbing pollutants at the same time.
Choose from our brilliant colour varieties and bespoke arrangements that make ideal gifts for others and an eye-catching centrepiece for any room of your home. A range of stylish pots are also available to further fascinate your guests.
Bird & Wildlife Care is an all-year department providing everything you need to attract and nuture a variety of wildlife to your garden.
The department offers excellent advice on Chemicals, Garden tools, wildlife products, bird care, garden accessories and much more. Working closely with other departments, the sundries team can help with any inquiry you may have, whether it’s with chemicals to use in your garden or finding the right solar lights to make the most of your “outdoor” living space. This combined with excellent customer service will provide you with an inspirational experience to take home with you to the garden. Help to enhance your local environment for creatures great and small with our wide selection of birdhouses, feeding stations, seeds and feeds.
Our vast Homeware & Gift Department offers stylish products for the home including tableware, glassware, cookery, candles and books. We also stock a variety of contemporary gifts and decorations from top brands such as Emma Bridgewater, Cath Kidston and Libra. We also have a large toy section with a large range of toys for all ages.
To add to our homewares & gifts department is the large variety of cards & stationary, a good addition to the gifts for that special person. Including a fantastic book department to find that perfect gift for a loved one or addition to the receipe book shelf.
Van Hage is a premier stockist of Portmeirion and other ranges of cookware to compliment a multitude of different kitchen styles and tastes, this includes a fantastic range of brightly coloured utensils in an array of different colours.
With gifts for every occasion you can be sure to find the perfect present for a loved one at Van Hage.
We are delighted to allow access for all dogs, however they are to be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the restaurant, but are allowed in the covered external seating area. Any dog mess must be cleaned up by the owner. Thank you.
We are delighted to be supporting Isabel Hospice once more with a selection of dates through the year when you can bring unwanted items to donate to this fabulous cause, we hope you can help us enable their amazing work to continue. You can read more about the work they do here.
What to donate and when
If you are thinking of making a donation of goods to Isabel, please read the guidelines below about what we can and cannot accept as donations and a list of available dates for donation.
We gratefully accept:
Belts, bags and clothing accessories
CDs, records, music tapes
DVDs and Blu Ray discs
Clean sheets and towels
Toys & games
Antiques and collectables
Small electrical items in working order
Old Magazines/ Photos/ Programmes
On the following dates during 2023:
• Mon 16th & Tues 17th January (10am - 12pm) • Mon 6th & Tues 7th February (10am - 12pm) • Mon 13 & Tues 14th March (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 3rd & Tues 4th April (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 8th & Tues 9th May (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 12th & Tues 13th June (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 10th & Tues 11th July (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 14th & Tues 15th August (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 11th & Tues 12th September (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 9th & Tues 10th October (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 13th & Tues 14th November (10am - 14:00pm) • Mon 11th & Tues 12th December (10am - 14:00pm)
Helpful, friendly, expert advice makes shopping so much easier and more rewarding.
In every department we have experienced, fully trained staff on hand to offer expert knowledge, valuable gardening tips and inspirational design advice.
Simply approach a member of staff in-store or call us on 01920 870811 for assistance.
We have number of free of charge wheelchairs available in-store for customer use.
Please ask at the customer service desk when you arrive and be ready to leave a set of car keys as a deposit.
Our Great Amwell store is fully accessible to all customers however please do not hesitate to call ahead should you require any additional assistance
Made a big purchase? Our dedicated home delivery service is available for all large, heavy or awkward items.
Whether garden furniture, barbecues, plants, compost, stoneware or fencing, our professional delivery teams are trained to provide the same exceptional service received at the point of purchase. You can find out more here.
In addition to these amazing services we also have a resident ice cream van for a cooling treat (summertime only)
Visit our on-site concessions
Van Hage is delighted to work with a select group of like-minded businesses, offering our customers a great range of products and services on one site.
Visit The Greenhouse People at the rear of the Plant Area at Great Amwell and view fantastic garden offices, summerhouses, greenhouses and sheds.