Another date and “must-see” for your summer diary is the incredible Superbloom extravaganza that has seen the Tower of London moat transformed into a beautiful and biodiverse wildscape.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, this most historic of moats now features a wonderful display of wildflowers that will evolve over the course of the summer, creating a unique sensory experience for visitors. Created from the sowing of over 20 million seeds, the spectacular array of blooms has been designed to attract pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds…and of course, an enthralled public!
The Tower of London’s moat already has quite a horticultural history, having served as allotments during the Second World War and a poppy field back in 2014. This year it’s the turn of cornflowers, poppies, and common toadflax (among others) to grace the area beneath the 900-year-old castle and fortress.
Visitors can wander along a weaving path into the centre of the meadow, with a specially commissioned sound installation as well as sculptural elements adding to the experience.
The moat can be viewed from above if you are passing, but for the full experience and to really “get amongst it” you’ll need to book a timed ticket. Once in the moat, you can choose to climb the stairs and slip back down into the moat on the four-lane Superbloom slide, upcycled from a 2013 installation at Cliveden. Expect to spend about 30 minutes exploring this urban wildflower meadow and get lost amongst the blooms!
Extended evening openings are also available during July and August. Learn more about this very special showcase here.
And the best bit? When the Superbloom event ends in September, the bee- and bird-friendly landscape will remain in place.