Events

Events in 2017

Opening times: Weekdays 10am – 5pm (10am – 6pm July and August), Weekends 10am – 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
25th March – 2nd October, daily
Plus 21st – 31st October for Halloween Week


The price of entry to the garden and parkland includes access to the event unless otherwise stated. All events are free to Friends of Borde Hill Garden (Season Ticket holders) where indicated in the description by Friends go Free.

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

May
12
Fri
2017
Sculpture Exhibition 2017
May 12 – Oct 2 all-day

L-R: ‘Blue’ by Dot Kuzniar, ‘Grace’ by Juliet Scott, ‘Mr & Mrs’ by Rosalind Read, ‘Achilles Heel’ by Jordi Raga, ‘Frances with a Butterfly’ by Antoinette Jackson

Borde Hill’s historic garden has been transformed into an outdoor gallery. Opened on 11th May by local, international best-selling crime writer Peter James, together with a host of other celebrities and local dignatories, the Garden provides the perfect backdrop for the 18th annual Sculpture Exhibition.

Rose Bud by Will Spankie

There are over 80 works in a variety of styles to suit a range of tastes, all at different prices to accommodate the smallest or largest wallet. From the bronze and resin dark stately figure of ‘Grace’ by Juliet Scott, gliding across the south lawn of the Elizabethan Mansion to a rust coloured ‘Herd of Deer’ in a suitable clearing and the fun shiney metal and wood ‘Flight of the Avocets’ by Simon Hempsell ‘flying’ out over an Area of  Outstanding Natural Beauty, the sculptures also take the viewer deeper into the landscape.

The placement of the art is key , highlighting even the most hidden away areas of Borde Hill Garden such as the Old Potting Sheds where decorative ceramic pieces including ‘Night Tide’ by Nicola Crocker rest naturally upon a gravel surface.  And this year three stunning but vastly different pieces in Jay Robin’s Rose Garden have been especially commissioned in celebration of it’s 21st anniversary  in June – ‘Rose Bud’, by Will Spankie, ‘Bud for Borde Hill’ by Rob Leighton and ‘Jubilee’ by Dot Kuzniar.

The composition of the pieces all over the Garden are varied – as well as Bronze, Metal and Wood, there is artwork formed from Stone, Resin, Ceramic, Iron Resin, Cast Marble, Cast Pewter and Marble Resin, with several smaller pieces on display in the Green Tree Gallery.

Peter James, a keen artwork collector himself, who opened the exhibition said, “I was delighted to have been asked to open Borde Hill’s 18th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, as I’ve long collected art and believe strongly in supporting new and up and coming artists, particularly those who are local.”

Tom Acott from sponsors 1st CENTRAL said “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill’s beautiful Garden for the 3rd year, helping support both local artists and those from further away”.

The Sculpture Exhibition, showcasing over 80 works by both established and up-and-coming artists runs daily from 12th May – 2nd October 2017, with admission included in the standard entry price.

All pieces are available to purchase.

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

 

For further information, press images, or to submit an application for the 2018 exhibition, please email SculptureAndArt@bordehill.co.uk

Jul
22
Sat
2017
Kids Summer Fun
Jul 22 – Aug 31 all-day

Kids Summer Fun, 22 July – 31 August

This summer holiday, a variety of activities are on hand to keep the children occupied, including a daily ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Garden trail.

On selected days, activities also include a unique opportunity to journey around the Garden on ‘Lennie the Landtrain’, as well as ‘Tomfoolery’ shows, face painting, comedy, magic, and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (see below for diary).

If they want to let off steam, the Adventure Playground features a zip wire, balance beams, swings, slides and climbing frames. There will also be outdoor games on the lawn, including Giant Jenga and Badminton, with the parkland offering plenty of space for ball games, kite flying and picnics.

August is a fantastic time to explore the Garden, when its herbaceous borders and gold standard roses are in full bloom. Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcome. No extra charge for these events. Friends go Free


L-R: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with Poppy, Lennie the Landtrain, Tomfoolery

Diary*

Daily, 10am-6pm:

Alice in Wonderland Trail – in the wonderland of Borde Hill, solve the riddles whilst following the trail of Alice and the White Rabbit. You may even bump into the grinning Cheshire Cat!

Adventure Playground – with zip wire, balance beams, swings, slides & climbing frames.

Outdoor games on the lawn – including giant Jenga and Badminton.

Activities on selected days, 11am-3pm:

Sat 22 JulLennie the Landtrain – kids will love this unique chance to jump on board and journey around the Garden on Lennie. Sponsored by 1st CENTRAL.

Mon 31 JulFace Painting by Busydays – including a wide range of colours and designs. In the marquee.

Fri 11 AugMad Hatter’s Tea Party with Poppy – an interactive theatre-experience featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter, with games, songs, stories and more… Timed shows in the marquee.

Tue 15 AugComedy, Magic and Games with Froggle Parties – high energy, non stop fun in the marquee.

Wed 23 Aug: Tomfoolery – traditional party games, dancing, music, magic, balloons and more… Timed shows in the marquee.

L-R: Face Painting with Busydays, Outdoor Games, Magic and Comedy with Froggle Parties, Adventure Playground

*Information correct at time of publication. May be subject to change

Aug
6
Sun
2017
Jaguar Car Club Day
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come and admire a display of classic Jaguars (XK’s, E Types, Mk 2’s), plus a number of modern Jaguars

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends. Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcomeFriends go Free

 

 

 

Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm

Top L-R: Brighton & Hove City Brass, The Smokin’ Joe Band. Bottom L-R: Hannah Summers, Pavlos Carvalho

Borde Hill’s Musical Sundays – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday from 1-3pm.

Diary:

6 Aug: Brighton & Hove City Brass (Brass band playing a mix of marches, classical and pop)

13 Aug: The Smokin’ Joe Band (Blues band)

20 Aug: Hannah Summers (Female soloist singing vintage Jazz & Swing from the 1930’s to 60’s)

27 Aug: Pavlos Carvalho Duet (Greek duet)

Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome.

No extra charge for these events. Friends go Free

 

Aug
12
Sat
2017
British Eventing Horse Trials
Aug 12 – Aug 13 all-day

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Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Free to Friends.

Click here to visit the Borde Hill Horse Trials webpage.

Friends go Free

Aug
13
Sun
2017
Porsche Car Club Day
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come and admire a large display of Porsche cars ranging from 1950’s to date.

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends. Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcomeFriends go Free

www.porscheclubgb.com

 

 

Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm

Top L-R: Brighton & Hove City Brass, The Smokin’ Joe Band. Bottom L-R: Hannah Summers, Pavlos Carvalho

Borde Hill’s Musical Sundays – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday from 1-3pm.

Diary:

6 Aug: Brighton & Hove City Brass (Brass band playing a mix of marches, classical and pop)

13 Aug: The Smokin’ Joe Band (Blues band)

20 Aug: Hannah Summers (Female soloist singing vintage Jazz & Swing from the 1930’s to 60’s)

27 Aug: Pavlos Carvalho Duet (Greek duet)

Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome.

No extra charge for these events. Friends go Free

 

Aug
20
Sun
2017
Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm

Top L-R: Brighton & Hove City Brass, The Smokin’ Joe Band. Bottom L-R: Hannah Summers, Pavlos Carvalho

Borde Hill’s Musical Sundays – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday from 1-3pm.

Diary:

6 Aug: Brighton & Hove City Brass (Brass band playing a mix of marches, classical and pop)

13 Aug: The Smokin’ Joe Band (Blues band)

20 Aug: Hannah Summers (Female soloist singing vintage Jazz & Swing from the 1930’s to 60’s)

27 Aug: Pavlos Carvalho Duet (Greek duet)

Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome.

No extra charge for these events. Friends go Free

 

Aug
27
Sun
2017
Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm

Top L-R: Brighton & Hove City Brass, The Smokin’ Joe Band. Bottom L-R: Hannah Summers, Pavlos Carvalho

Borde Hill’s Musical Sundays – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday from 1-3pm.

Diary:

6 Aug: Brighton & Hove City Brass (Brass band playing a mix of marches, classical and pop)

13 Aug: The Smokin’ Joe Band (Blues band)

20 Aug: Hannah Summers (Female soloist singing vintage Jazz & Swing from the 1930’s to 60’s)

27 Aug: Pavlos Carvalho Duet (Greek duet)

Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome.

No extra charge for these events. Friends go Free

 

Sep
14
Thu
2017
RHS Talk: ‘The Curious History of the Cottage Garden’ with Stephanie Donaldson- Book Now
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

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Stephanie Donaldson

Enjoy a fascinating talk by Stephanie Donaldson, National Gardening author, journalist and former garden editor of Country Living Magazine, tracing the arrival in the country of many plants associated with the cottage garden. As Stephanie talks, she gradually assembles the plants, creating a stunning table top cottage garden.

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival and a tour of the Garden.

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

 

Oct
2
Mon
2017
National Gardens Scheme Open Day
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

IMG_8354Visit on our NGS day when we open the Garden especially for charity.

Normal admission charges apply, with all net proceeds going to support the National Gardens Scheme

Little Ritz Vintage tea will be on hand serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Borde Hill Halloween Activity Week
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – Oct 31 @ 3:00 pm

Friends go Free

DSC_2548Including a spooky trail, crafts and activities. Round off the fun on the last day (31st Oct) by bringing along a carved pumpkin to be lit at 4.30pm, creating a glowing trail around the Garden.

Details to follow…

Dec
1
Fri
2017
Christmas Shopping
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm


1Visit the Borde Hill Garden shop, opening especially for Christmas with a unique selection of cards and gifts for all the family. Open 1st – 17th Dec daily, 11am – 4pm.

Stuck for what to buy? A Friends or Gold Friends Season Ticket makes the perfect gift for someone special, providing unlimited entry to the Garden throughout our open season, including entry to a packed programme of events. With two levels of membership to choose from, it’s the perfect choice for Christmas…

Click here for more details or to buy as a gift online.

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