Events 2018-04-13T10:20:45+00:00

Events in 2018

Opening times: Weekdays 10am – 5pm (10am – 6pm July and August), Weekends 10am – 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
20 March – 1 October, daily
Plus 20 – 31 October for Halloween

Click to see photos of our previous events, or upload your own on Instagram using #familiesatbordehill

Apr
29
Sun
2018
Photography Workshop- Going Digital: Explore Your Camera Part 1 – Get off Auto
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Learn to use your camera off auto to capture the magic of spring in the magnificent gardens Borde Hill Garden from 10.30-4.

Practice your close-ups, portraits and landscapes in the beautiful grounds.

Tickets: £75 (Fully booked, spaces available on 15 July course)

Booking essential at:  www.goingdigital.co.uk/photography-courses/borde-hill-garden-sussex

May
16
Wed
2018
‘The Edwardian Garden – golden and delicious’ – Talk & Tour with Caroline Holmes Book Now
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Caroline Holmes, Garden Media Guild member, Garden Historian, lecturer, broadcaster and author presents an inspirational talk on the history of the Edwardian Garden, as part of the Garden’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

The Edwardian Garden evokes memories of a golden afternoon, glimpsed in black and white photographs and nostalgic cottage paintings with architecture inspired by the Mediterranean. During the talk, Caroline will recall the drifting borders of Gertrude Jekyll and Italianate splendours of Harold Peto.

Caroline says: “The Edwardian Garden can be described as the original www for a glorious array of hardy and exotic plants for gardens, large and small, its extensive plant palette is one to celebrate not fear. The evocative history and contemporary setting of Borde Hill is both golden and delicious”

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival served inside the Elizabethan House.

Following the talk Head Gardener, Andy Stevens will give a guided tour of the Garden.

Tickets: £24.00 (RHS Members/Friends of Borde Hill), £30.00 non-members

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Borde Hill was purchased in 1893 by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke who was instrumental in the development of the Garden in the early 1900’s using seeds gathered by the Great Plant Hunters.

Highmount Lily Pool, Gertrude Jekyll Garden, 1924

May
23
Wed
2018
My Garden is My Sanctuary: A One Day Workshop
May 23 all-day

This workshop is for you if you want to step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the calm and restorative atmosphere of Borde Hill Garden in the spring.

What do you use your garden for? Relaxation, recuperation, escape, being creative or connecting with nature? You will be invited to explore the meaning that gardens and other natural landscapes hold for you and how you can strengthen that connection to boost your sense of well-being in your everyday life.

Workshop activities will include exercises using nature as a backdrop and resource, story, sensory awareness exercises, solo reflection time and the sharing of memories and experiences with others.

Led by Lucinda Weis of Telling Tales Story Play based in Uckfield. Lucinda is passionate about the power of creativity and reflection to connect people to their external worlds and their internal experiences in her work as Storyteller and Dramatherapist.

No particular skills or experience necessary.

Tickets: £45 to include a light lunch

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Itinerary
10.15am – Welcome by Lucinda, Tea/Coffee in the Gardeners’ Retreat
10.30am – Walk of Discovery in the Garden
11.15am – Workshop commences in the tranquility of Warren Wood*
12.45pm – Lunch in Warren Wood
1.30pm – Workshop to Resume
2.30pm – Close

*In the event of poor weather the workshop will take place either under a gazebo in Warren Wood or inside the marquee.

May
26
Sat
2018
British Eventing Horse Trials
May 26 – May 28 all-day

DSC_0834We are delighted to welcome competitors, their supporters and spectators to the Borde Hill British Eventing Horse Trials, including Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland.

Free to Friends

Click here to visit the Borde Hill Horse Trials webpage.

Nature: No App For That
May 26 – Jun 3 all-day
Nature: No App For That @ Borde Hill Garden

This Half-Term put down your electronic device and spend time outside, playing, creating and exploring at Borde Hill Garden.

Younger visitors can enjoy a Nature Trail (FREE with Garden admission) to find out about the birds and bugs that make the Garden their home, as well as the colours, shapes and smells of the natural world.

There will also be other activities on selected days between 11am-3pm, including crafts to make and take home.  Why not make a beautiful birdbox or decorate a plant pot and fill with soil and sunflower seeds to take home and watch them grow.

Tuesday 29 May: Nature-themed face painting and balloon modelling with Busydays

Tuesday 29 May: Sharp Shots Photo Club, holding photo workshops for ages 7-11 in the morning and 12-15 years in the afternoon.  Please book in advance at www.sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/borde-hill-garden.

Wednesday 30 May: Storytelling for Families – Once Upon A Season >Read more

Thursday 31 May: RepTylers, offering a hands-on experience with snakes, lizards and spiders.  The RepTylers team bring their pets, which are friendly and used to being handled on a daily basis, and give talks about each reptiles habitat and where they come from in the wild.

Don’t forget to pick up a Nature Explorer bag including activity sheets and small nature gift (£2 charge for activity bag).

Trail FREE.  £2 charge for activity bag, small additional charge for face painting, and photo workshop only bookable in advance.

The new Woodland Trail invites families to discover Warren Wood and the stunning display of bluebells that bloom at this time of year.  The azaleas are also a delight for the senses with their kaleidoscope of colours.

For those a little more adventurous, why not try orienteering in the parkland.  Pick up a map at reception and see if you can find all the control points in the park.

Come along to Borde Hill to run around, let off steam, and get closer to nature.  There’s no app for that!

May
29
Tue
2018
Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 7-11 Year Olds – Capturing Colour
May 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Age: 7-11 year olds Fee: £39 
Camera rental: available for an additional £5

Learn how capture the colour of Borde Hill’s blossoms and garden through understanding camera mechanics and composition. Students will learn which camera settings to use when and how to take sharp, super colourful photographs.

Your child is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks. Booking essential.

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Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 12-15 Year Olds – Capturing Colour
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Age: 12-15 year olds
Fee: £55 
DSLR Camera rental: Available for an additional £10

Learn how capture the colour of Borde Hill’s blossoms and gardens through understanding camera mechanics and composition. Students will learn which camera settings to use when and how to take sharp, super colourful photographs.

Your teen is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Booking essential

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May
30
Wed
2018
Storytelling for Families: Once Upon a Season…
May 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

An invitation to the whole family to share creative time inspired by stories about nature’s seasons from around the world.

Hear how a love story between two Greek Gods led to the creation of summer and winter and how the 12 Months help Marushka to frustrate and defeat her unkind stepmother in Bohemia. What do you enjoy about your favourite season or month?

Led by Lucinda Weis of Telling Tales Storyplay based in Uckfield.

30 minute sessions at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. Included in Garden admission and FREE to Friends.

Jun
3
Sun
2018
Focus 10k Run for Chailey Heritage Foundation
Jun 3 all-day

Take part in a 10K, 5K or Kids Mini-Mile run in the scenic parkland at Borde Hill.

Every pound raised will go to Chailey Heritage Foundation, a pionering local charity helping with education, care and transition services for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs.

This new running event is an off road course that will be chip timed.

Timings for the race are 10am for the Mini Mile and 10:30am for both the 5K and 10K. With refreshments including hot food, face painting and a bouncy castle, it’s set to be a great day out for the whole family.

So what’s included?

The day will comprise of a Kids Mini-Mile, a 5K, and a 10K run.
Chip timing.
Winners’ trophies.
Top fundraiser prize.
Medal and goody bag for all finishers.
Hot food options and refreshments.
Face painting and a bouncy castle for the children.
Free parking.

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For a limited time only Early Bird Tickets are available: Kids Mini-Mile: £5, 5K: £10, 10K: £15 (Booking fees apply).

Jun
18
Mon
2018
Rose Celebration Weeks
Jun 18 – Jun 29 all-day

Join us to celebrate the beauty of the Jay Robin’s Rose Garden

Admire the beauty of the Rose Garden at its peak; a real feast for the senses with 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance.

The Rose Garden contains the most valued and popular roses developed by David Austin, including Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas. It also contains the most popular roses sold in the last 12 months in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell.

Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, says “The Jay Robin Rose Garden is undoubtedly the main highlight of the summer displays, with the sight and fragrance of over 750 David Austin roses being something to behold.”

Tours of the Rose Garden
The celebrations include short tours of the Rose Garden and surrounding borders at 12noon on 20th and 27th June (FREE of charge, with Garden admission).

Exclusive weekday tours of the Elizabethan Mansion House (usually only open for Groups)
Individuals can see the impressive Elizabethan Mansion House especially decorated with roses. Visitors will be able to see family memorabilia from Colonel Stephenson Clarke’s travels, as well as period features, fine furnishings and family portraits. Pre-booking required >Read more

Rose Plants & Specialist Gifts
Browse our plant nursery for David Austin roses, or take home a rose-themed souvenir from our gift shop; the perfect reminder of your visit.

Guided Tours of the Elizabethan Mansion
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 29 @ 2:45 pm
Guided Tours of the Elizabethan Mansion

We are delighted to offer the annual opportunity for individuals to enjoy a weekday guided tour of the Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion House (usually open only to groups). Delve into its history dating from 1590 and gain an insight into the lives and ancestors of the current owners, Mr and Mrs Stephenson Clarke. Visitors will also be able to see family memorabilia from Colonel Stephenson Clarke’s travels, as well as period features, fine furnishings and family portraits.

During Rose Celebration Weeks the house will be especially decorated with roses.

Tours at 12noon and 2pm, weekdays only

All tours charged at £4 per person (including Friends), plus Garden entry. Advance booking required.

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Tours last approximately 30 minutes and are unsuitable for under 16’s. There are no concession tickets available for these tours. 

Jun
30
Sat
2018
Haywards Heath Grand Twinning Anniversary Gala Dinner & Dance
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

A wonderful night of food, music and theatre…

Join the Mayor for dinner and a night of great entertainment at the beautiful setting of Borde Hill Garden to celebrate 20 & 25 years of the twinning of Haywards Heath with Bondues in France and Traunstein in Germany.  

Fabulous food, wine and local acts including The 100 Monkeys, Ensemble Reza and Ariel Drama Academies and songs from the musical Les Miserable. 

Don’t miss out on this night! 

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Tickets: £50.00
Dress: Lounge/Dinner Suits
Arrival 6pm, carriages at midnight

The event will raise vital funds for the Mayor’s charity, the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Twinning details

Jul
1
Sun
2018
125th Anniversary Celebration: Operatic High Tea
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for an elegant afternoon of operatic delights at Borde Hill Garden this July.

Guests are invited to arrive for a refreshing glass of fizz in the marquee on the South Lawn before enjoying one of three 20 minute operatic performances by Opera Brava, whose mission is to make opera accessible and affordable to all.  Music from the most beloved and well known operas will float around the marquee performed by artists who have stepped into the spotlight at world famous opera houses around the world.  Between performances a delicious high tea will be served with savoury and sweet tasty treats.

Tickets: £35 adult (£28 to Friends) Advance booking essential

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Timetable:
3.00pm               Guests arrive at the Marquee
3.20pm               Opera Brava perform
3.40pm               High Tea served (sandwiches, cakes, tea)
4.00pm               Opera Brava perform
4.20pm               Strawberries and cream served
4.40pm               Opera Brava perform
5.00pm               Guests depart

The event has been kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual

Jul
7
Sat
2018
A Boundless Summer – UB40 (plus support ASWAD)
Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re delighted to announce the return of our summer concerts in the parkland. UB40 and THE GIPSY KINGS will be headlining a brand new music festival, ‘A BOUNDLESS SUMMER’ on 7th and 8th July 2018.

Set to become a highlight of the UK festival calendar, with tickets starting at just £40 for an adult, the concerts, staged by Boundless and Neil O’Brien Entertainment, will take place in front of the lakes in the beautiful parkland setting, with the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk (booking fee applies) 

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Tickets can also be purchased from the Borde Hill Garden shop from Thursday 1st March, between Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm

UB40 (plus support ASWAD)

Saturday 7th July

Legendary reggae and pop band, UB40 are celebrating 40 years in the business along with the release of a new album in conjunction with PledgeMusic.

The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. UB40 have sold over 100 million records worldwide.


Booking Information
Time:
Gates open 5pm, Support Artist: 7.15-8.00pm, Headline Artist: 8.30pm, Ends 10pm (approx)

Standard Ticket Prices (booking fee applies):
Adult: £40.00
Child: £30.00
Children under 5: Free

Golden Circle Tickets – with access to reserved enclosure in front of the stage, plus VIP laminate
Adult: £60.00
Child: £50.00

Members of the public can pay an additional £26 for a year’s membership to Boundless. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Catering: there will be a range of catering and refreshments available to purchase on-site, with guests also able to pre-order a picnic hamper for collection on the evening of the show, to enjoy in the grounds. Attendees will also be able to bring in small camping chairs and picnic blankets from which to enjoy the concerts.

Boundless: is a club dedicated to civil-service and public-sector workers – active and retired – looking to get more out of life for less. Members pay a small fee per year, and are given access to exclusive days out, holidays, ideas and offers. A Boundless Summer, the company’s inaugural festival, is being opened up to the general public, who, for the first time, also have the option to join Boundless upon buying tickets, giving them access to the exclusive deals on offer year-round.

Jul
8
Sun
2018
A Boundless Summer – The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo
Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re delighted to announce the return of our summer concerts in the parkland. UB40 and THE GIPSY KINGS will be headlining a brand new music festival, ‘A BOUNDLESS SUMMER’ on 7th and 8th July 2018.

Set to become a highlight of the UK festival calendar, with tickets starting at just £40 for an adult, the concerts, staged by Boundless and Neil O’Brien Entertainment, will take place in front of the lakes in the beautiful parkland setting, with the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk (booking fee applies) 

Book Now

Tickets can also be purchased from the Borde Hill Garden shop from Thursday 1st March, between Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm


The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo

Sunday 8th July

For 25 years THE GIPSY KINGS have been delighting audiences with the infectious and joyful music that celebrates their gipsy heritage. The perfect sound for a summer’s night.

Their self-titled debut record became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians.


Booking Information
Time: 
Gates open 5pm, Support Artist: 7.15-8.00pm, Headline Artist: 8.30pm, Ends 10pm (approx)

Standard Ticket Prices (booking fees apply): 
Adult: £40.00
Child: £30.00
Children under 5: Free

Golden Circle Tickets – with access to reserved enclosure in front of the stage, plus VIP laminate
Adult: £60.00
Child: £50.00

Members of the public can pay an additional £26 for a year’s membership to Boundless. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Catering: there will be a range of catering and refreshments available to purchase on-site, with guests also able to pre-order a picnic hamper for collection on the evening of the show, to enjoy in the grounds. Attendees will also be able to bring in small camping chairs and picnic blankets from which to enjoy the concerts.

Boundless: is a club dedicated to civil-service and public-sector workers – active and retired – looking to get more out of life for less. Members pay a small fee per year, and are given access to exclusive days out, holidays, ideas and offers. A Boundless Summer, the company’s inaugural festival, is being opened up to the general public, who, for the first time, also have the option to join Boundless upon buying tickets, giving them access to the exclusive deals on offer year-round.

Jul
15
Sun
2018
Photography Workshop- Going Digital: Explore Your Camera Part 1 – Get off Auto
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Learn to use your camera off auto to capture the magic of the magnificent garden at Borde Hill from 10.30-4.00

Practice your close-ups, portraits and landscapes in the beautiful grounds.

Tickets: £75

Booking essential at www.goingdigital.co.uk/photography-courses/borde-hill-garden-sussex

Jul
22
Sun
2018
Southern Classics Society Car Show
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come along and admire a diverse array of classic cars parked on the South Lawn courtesy of the Southern Classics Society.

Included in Garden admission.

Jul
25
Wed
2018
Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 7-11 Year Olds – Nature Photography
Jul 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Age: 7-11 year olds
Fee: £39 
Camera rental: available for an additional £5

Get ready to capture the beautiful natural surroundings of Borde Hill through your camera lens. We’ll be looking for bugs and small wildlife to record through our lenses and learning how shutter speed and focus makes the photos really sharp. We will also be photographing all the trees and plants learning how to compose interesting, well thought out images through our camera lenses.

Your child is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Booking essential

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Sharp Shots Photo Workshop for 12-15 Year Olds – Nature Photography
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Age: 12-15 year olds
Fee: £55 
DSLR Camera rental: Available for an additional £10

Get ready to capture the beautiful natural surroundings of Borde Hill through your camera lens. We’ll be looking for bugs and small wildlife to record through our lenses and learning how shutter speed and focus makes the photos really sharp. We will also be photographing all the trees and plants learning how to compose interesting, well thought out images through our camera lenses.

Your teen is welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Booking essential

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Jul
27
Fri
2018
Open Air Opera: La Boheme.
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present La Boheme, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description

Set in Paris in the 1830s among a group of impoverished Bohemians, the opera centres around the tragic love affair between the seamstress, Mimi, and Rodolfo, a poet. Frivolity, joy, tenderness and sorrow are all expressed in the wonderful music of this most treasured of operas. La Bohème is a masterpiece and is undoubtedly Puccini’s finest score.

This production and cast are sensational and bring out the real heart of Puccini’s magnificent score.

Booking essential

Tickets: 
Early bird: £30 (when booked before 30th June)
Standard: £35 (for tickets booked in July and on the night)
Child: £10 (5-16 years old)

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Doors open at 6.30pm. Bring a picnic and relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm.

 

 

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