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

May
27
Sat
2017
British Eventing Horse Trials
May 27 – May 29 all-day

DSC_0834Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Free to FriendsFriends go Free

Click here to visit the Borde Hill Horse Trials webpage.

National Gardens Scheme Open Day – 90th Anniversary Celebrations
May 27 all-day

 

Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the National Gardens Scheme when we open in aid of charity.

Borde Hill was one of the original Gardens joining the NGS in 1927, so join us in celebrating this special 90 year association.

To accompany the day, there will be a 1920s theme, with vintage music playing in the Garden and live Jazz by Select Syncopators between 12-3pm.

Teas and refreshments will also be available throughout the day. You’re even invited to come in your best 1920s dress! Normal admission charges apply. Friends of Borde Hill are also invited to donate £5 per person, with all net proceeds going to support the NGS. Tickets can be booked in advance here 

Dogs on leads welcome.

May
28
Sun
2017
Half Term Activities – Nature Week
May 28 – Jun 4 all-day

Exploring Nature’s Jewels

This half-term Borde Hill celebrates the wonders of nature and wildlife as children of all ages are invited to come and learn about the world around them and take part in our discovery Nature Trail, daily 11am-3pm.

There will also be additional activities on selected days:

Tues 30th May: face painting by Busydays, with a variety of ‘nature’ themes, 11am-3pm

Weds 31st May: learn all about Bees with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust charity stand. Times TBC

Thurs 1st June: traditional garden games with HaHaHopScotch, including sack and wheelbarrow races and hoops, 11.30am-1pm

Fri 2nd June: discover all about garden birds with the RSPB charity stand. Times TBC

Sat 3rd June: Owls About Town; get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures in the world, including the chance to don a glove to handle some of these wonderful creatures, 11am-3pm.

L-R: Busydays Face Painters, Garden Games with HaHaHopScotch, Owls About Town

Kids can also let off steam in the Adventure Playgound, complete with zip wire. Families can bring picnics, or enjoy refreshments at  Little Ritz Vintage Tea or Café Elvira.

Other ‘gems’ include rhododendrons, azaleas and many herbaceous plants which will be in bloom and the Sculpture Trail, including many nature and wildlife themes – from owls (Barn, Tawny, Charismatic and Erractic) to a Herring Gull, a Heron to a Flight of Avocets, Man’s Best Friend to A Herd of Deer…

All activities are FREE and included in standard admission, and free to Friends of Borde Hill.

Dogs on leads welcome.

 

Friends go Free

 

Jun
11
Sun
2017
South East Rover Rally
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

 Join us from 10am, when we host the 2017 South East Rover Rally.

Admire a stunning display of Rover vehicles from the 1920’s to date. Cherished and loved by their owners, the majority will be from the ‘Classic’ era of the 1940’s to 1980’s. Feel free to view the cars and to visit the rally tent to find out more information.

Friends go Free

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.

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Jun
19
Mon
2017
Rose Celebration Week
Jun 19 – Jun 25 all-day

Join us for a week of celebrations to mark the 21st Anniversary of Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, with its 750 David Austin roses which fill the air with a glorious fragrance.

The celebrations include weekday tours of the Elizabethan Mansion (usually closed to the public), plus half hour tours of the Rose Garden and surrounding borders. Additional tour charges apply – see below.

There will also be specialist rose plants and gifts for sale, as well as several rose-themed artworks as part of the 2017 Sculpture Exhibition.

Art clubs are also being invited for painting classes.

Normal Garden entry prices apply

 

 

 

House Tours

11am daily, Monday to Friday.

Take this unique opportunity to join a tour of the beautiful Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion house, usually closed to the public. 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.

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Rose Garden Tours

11.45am daily, Monday to Friday.

Combine a tour of the house with a fascinating guided walk around the Rose Garden and surrounding borders, led by Head Gardener, Andy Stevens.

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All tours charged at £3.50 extra per person, per tour, including Friends of Borde Hill (advance booking required)

Tours last approximately 30 minutes enabling visitors to book a House and Garden tour in succession. House Tours are unsuitable for under 16’s. There are no concession tickets available for these tours. Tickets available per tour – 30, to be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Jun
29
Thu
2017
RHS Talk: ‘First-rate Perennials’ with Val Bourne – Book Now!
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
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Val Bourne

Join Val Bourne, an award-winning garden writer, photographer, lecturer and organic gardener for an inspirational talk on perennials.

Val will identify some of the best performers in the garden, whilst highlighting a selection of her personal favourites, explaining why each is such a good plant.

Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and many others. She also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley.

Price includes refreshments on arrival and a tour of the Garden.

www.valbourne.co.uk

Tickets:
RHS Members and Friends of Borde Hill:
£26.00
Non-members:
£32.50
Book Now

Book signing on the day: Val Bourne’s new book ‘The Living Jigsaw: the secret life in your garden’ is a masterclass in natural gardening, without the use of chemicals. It lists her top 100 plants to encourage wildlife, with tips on cultivating a beautiful and productive garden.

Jul
9
Sun
2017
Southern Classics Car Show
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Southern Classic Car Day

Come and view a wide range of classic cars courtesy of the Southern Classics Society.

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.

Friends go Free

 

Jul
16
Sun
2017
Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq Vintage Car Show
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunbeam16-1927_final_001Come and view a wide range of beautiful pre-1935 Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq cars, courtesy of The Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.Friends go Free

 

 

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


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In the Wonderland of Borde Hill, follow the trail of Alice and the White Rabbit as they discover the secrets of the garden and are joined along the way by the grinning Cheshire Cat.

Activities will also include ‘Plant Hunters’ Picnics’ and entertainment on selected days. Details to follow…Friends go Free

 

Aug
6
Sun
2017
Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

Dogs on leads welcome.

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

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

Porsche Car Club Day . No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.Friends go Free

 

 

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

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

Dogs on leads welcome.

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

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

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

Dogs on leads welcome.

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

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

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

Dogs on leads welcome.

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

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- Booking Soon
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

(Tickets will be available to purchase online shortly)

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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