May Bank Holidays 2021

Upcoming May Bank Holiday hours will be our normal hours for Saturday & Sunday, but for both Mondays we will be open as follows :

Garden Centre/Farm Shop 10am-4pm

Cafe 10am – 3pm (lunch served until 2.30pm)

😀😀😀😀We look forward to seeing you again soon 😀😀😀😀

Coronavirus Update 17-5-21

Shop – From Tuesday 5th Jan we will be opening normal hours (see below) for the sale of essential items.  Our plant displays are also open.
Chicken sales – we are operating our usual system for hen sales, ie you turn up and choose your hens and take them same day.  Hen sales resume from mid-February.  Please see our Facebook page for regular updates.
Cafe – on Monday 17 May we will be opening for indoor and outdoor table service, please see our cafe page for more details.
We would like to thank all of our lovely customers for your continued patronage & we look forward to seeing you all soon
best regards, all of The Team at Thornes
Centre opening times -Monday -Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm


We appreciate that many of you are still choosing to be in self-isolation or are shielding so our contactless telephone ordering service will continue for those who need it. Please call on 01462 675767 for more details.  We are currently operating on skeleton staff and are very busy at times.  If you call and there is no immediate reply, please keep trying.  Please contact us via Facebook or by emailing us at if it is a general enquiry, we promise to reply as soon as possible….
Stay safe, stay well


Thornes Garden Nursery is a family-run business operating since December 2000.

Our centre is an extremely pleasant place to visit for all of the family.  You are welcome to walk around, see our extensive range of plants, pots, garden ornaments and our great range of hens for the garden.  We even have a family of Rhia on site.

Why not then drop into the Potting Shed Café for a bite to eat?  We offer cooked breakfasts, delicious lunches, homemade soups and daily specials, scrumptious handmade made cakes (including gluten free/dairy free and vegan), plus a great range of teas, soft drinks and real coffee.  We even have a dog-friendly room, so you can sit and eat your lunch or have a coffee and bring your pooch with you.  We are close to many walks and cycle paths in the area such as the Letchworth GC Greenway (, handy for a stop for refreshment!

Our site is mostly wheelchair friendly, although to get to some chicken areas it is necessary to travel over (short) grass.  We also welcome well-behaved dogs around the centre, but we ask that they are kept on a lead at all times because of the livestock.

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Trip Advisor because of our wonderful customers and their great reviews. Everyone at Thorne’s would like to thank you all and look forward to seeing you soon.   Click to see more…

Stuart C

"Second visit to this great little garden centre café and this time with the wife! Great location, excellent food and friendly staff. Shop has great gift ideas, plant selection is very good and café superb! Definitely worth a visit."

Martin P

Good food all home cooked, always clean and tidy, and great staff what more do you want in a café.

 Phillip S

Good snacks and lunches with a friendly atmosphere . Once you've been a few times the staff usually know what you'd like as soon as you arrive . Unless you change your mind of course!