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Welcome to Van Hage

Great Amwell

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.

Great Amwell is our Flagship Garden Centre with beautifully landscaped car park, over 1000 sq meter of shopping space, a Miniature Railway. Van Hage offers a quality shopping & leisure experience for the whole family and for all ages. If you have not visited our Garden Centre then we welcome you to Great Amwell to see our values for yourself.

Opening Times
Monday: 9.30 - 17.30
Tues - Sat: 9.00 - 17.30
Sunday: 09.30 - 16.30
(Tills open at 10.30)
Find us
Pepper Hill, Great Amwell, Herts, SG12 9RP

Current highlights

There’s always plenty to do at Van Hage Great Amwell. Check back regularly for our latest event and department news.
Food Hall

Celebrating good food and championing local. We've created a contemporary food hall environment with a traditional farmers' market style, featuring a fresh meat counter, bakery, delicatessen, fresh fruit and vegetables and a wide range of products from British and artisan producers.

Isabel Hospice Mobile Donations

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.


Van Hage Great Amwell is home to our locally famous Cafés. Whether you need somewhere to meet friends, take a little time out or have a break from shopping, our Cafés have something for you. See below for more details.

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.

Van Hage Great Amwell is home to the locally famous Garden Café. Whether you need somewhere to meet friends, take a little time out or have a break from shopping, the Garden Café has something for you. Our Garden Café serves a selection of hot and cold food and beverages throughout the day.

We open at weekends from 10am to 4pm The last hot food is served 1hr before closing.

Celebrating good food and championing local. We've created a contemporary hall environment with a traditional farmers' market style, featuring a fresh meat counter, 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.

Our Cafe Van Hage offers a light menu of hot & cold food and drinks including speciality teas and coffees, smoothies, hot breakfasts and lunches, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and cream teas along with a selection of gluten free delights.

Click here to see our latest menu.

  • Open daily 9.00am to 5.00pm (9,30am on a Monday and Sunday from 09.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Hot food available from 9.00/09.30am
Visit our extensive landscape department for an array of gravel, stoneware, garden ornaments, turf, compost, terracotta and fencing.

Our landscape experts are on-hand to help you choose the perfect materials for your project, large or small, whether it’s a garden arch or paving kit and we are always happy to assist with the lifting of heavy goods and advising which growing media is best suited for you’re garden or plant.  We offer a wide range of terracotta, fiberclay and lightweight pots with a range of Mediterranean style wall pots as well.

If you are looking for low maintenance options then why not try using aggregates to cover large areas of beds or path ways which we stock a large range of. What ever you're project, we have just the products for you and you’re garden.
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 assistance dogs.

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:

  • Clothes
  • Footwear
  • Belts, bags and clothing accessories
  • Books
  • CDs, records, music tapes
  • DVDs and Blu Ray discs
  • Computer games
  • Clean sheets and towels
  • Toys & games
  • Antiques and collectables
  • Jewellery
  • Watches
  • Clocks
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Small electrical items in working order
  • Artwork
  • Old Magazines/ Photos/ Programmes

On the following dates during 2022:

  • 7th and 8th March, 10am-2pm
  • 9th and 10th May, 10am-2pm
  • 11th and 12th July, 10am-2pm
  • 12th and 13th September, 10am-2pm
  • 14th and 15th November, 10am-2pm

We welcome
Coach Parties
Local charities
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Further services at Great Amwell

Whatever you need, we’re here to help. If you’re in store, just approach any member of our staff who will be able to help. Below are some examples of our extended services.

Create your ideal garden with the help of our professional garden design service by Award Winning Chelsea Garden Designer John Van Hage.

Begin at home with a visit and detailed consultation with one of our inspirational designers and finish with the garden of your dreams.

Call us today on 07595 187863 for full details

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.

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.
Immerse yourself in the pleasures of a Jacuzzi hot tub and visit their brilliant showroom at Van Hage Great Amwell.
One of the pioneers of solar PV panel installations in the UK, having been designing and installing solar photovoltaic systems since 2002.
Your newest concession at Van Hage Great Amwell - showcasing the highest quality conservatories, windows and doors.
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