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Events in 2019

Opening times:
Weekdays 10am – 5pm (10am – 6pm July and August), Weekends 10am – 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
25 March – 3 November 2019, daily

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May
10
Fri
2019
Sculpture Exhibition 2019 – A 20th Anniversary Celebration
May 10 – Sep 30 all-day

Sculpture Exhibition 2019 – a 20th Anniversary Celebration of Art

Towering kinetic wind art and mythological figures are transforming the historic garden into a stunning outdoor gallery for a special 20th anniversary exhibition.

Opened on 9th May by award-winning designer and TV gardener, Juliet Sargeant, the carefully selected sculptures are placed throughout the 17-acre formal Garden, working in harmony with the renowned horticultural collection that has put Borde Hill on the map. Including over 100 pieces, the diverse display of figurative and abstract works highlight fresh new talent, with some familiar names returning to be part of this special celebration of art.

Will Carr’s kinetic wind sculpture ‘Transfiguration’ captivates viewers as it twists and turns in the breeze in front of the Elizabethan Mansion. Wandering further into the garden ‘rooms’, visitors encounter ‘Icarus I’ by Nicola Godden, a striking winged figure commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Village. The mythological theme continues with ‘Narcissus’ by Teresa Wells, a figurative bronze inspired by the boy who fell in love with his own reflection.

Exploring the Garden’s hidden spaces, visitors will stumble across exquisite stone carvings, alongside works in resin, glass and ceramic.

Smaller pieces are exhibited inside the Glasshouse and Green Tree Gallery, encouraging visitors to explore every nook and cranny of the historic garden and grounds. All works are on sale, with something to suit every taste and pocket.

Admission included in standard entry price.

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

 

For more information, please contact us at sculptureandart@bordehill.co.uk

Exhibiting artists: Adrian Gray, Alyosha Moeran, Antoinette Jackson, Bernard Miles Pearson, Brendon Murless, Christine Baxter, Diana Roles, Ian Marlow, Jane Bohane, Jeremy Moulsdale, Kate Sell, Kay Singla, Lou Johns, Lucy Kinsella, Lucy Lutyens, Lynn Baker, Lynn Warren, Nicola Godden, Nicolas Moreton, Paul Harvey, Richard Cresswell, Rosie Jones, Simon Conolly, Simon Probyn, Stephanie Cushing, Susie Hartley, Teresa Wells, Will Carr, Will Spankie, Zoe Singleton

Jul
27
Sat
2019
Kids Summer Fun: The Enchanted Garden
Jul 27 – Sep 15 all-day
Kids Summer Fun: The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden – Daily Trail 

Let your children’s imaginations run wild this summer holiday as they explore the Woodland on an enchanting daily trail. Discover the story of Piccolo, the smallest pixie in the Garden who needs to earn his wings by passing a series of challenges!

 *£2 per trail to include a prize, plus garden admission (FREE to Friends)

Other activities on selected days throughout the holidays include:

Thursday 1 August, 11-3
Forest School in Warren Wood with Nature Nurture Sussex*
During the 1½ hour pre-bookable sessions children will be encouraged to learn about plants and wildlife, whilst being free to explore and use their imaginations. Activities include using natural materials to make bug hotels, and Hapa Zome, the Japanese art of flower and plant printing using fabric and rubber mallets >Read more

Monday 5 August, 11.15-3.15
Storytelling for All – The Fairytale Forest
Hear stories of hard-working elves, cheeky leprechauns and a fairy who teaches a little girl a lesson, all told within the magical surroundings of the Borde Hill woodland. Included in admission >Read more

Monday 12 August, 11-3
Woodland Crafts & Mud Creatures*
Get hands on with natural materials including mud, leaves and wood to make Mudlins and Gwones, the spirits and fairies of the woodland >Read more

Monday 19 August, 11-3
Minibeast & Summer Garden Storytelling Sessions
Tales about the natural world including the worm who loved to dance, the bee that wouldn’t share and the brave little butterfly.  The sessions use costume, musical instruments and audience participation to bring the stories to life.  Included in admission >Read more

Thursday 22 August, 11-3
Old Fashioned Garden Games*
Traditional games offering a special glimpse of children’s play as it once was, including Egg & Spoon, Croquet, Sack Races, Hoop Rolling and more. All ages welcome >Read more

Wednesday 28 August, 11-3
Lucy’s Little Forest School*
Discover the amazing creatures hiding in the Borde Hill woodland on a ‘Mini Beast Safari’, before having a go at using natural materials to make your own bug to take home >Read more

*additional charge applies

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Kids Summer Fun: Old Fashioned Garden Games
Aug 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hahahopscotch will be bringing their Traditional Garden Games to Borde Hill this summer holiday, offering a very special glimpse of children’s play as it once was.

Make the most of the fresh air and have a go at Egg & Spoon, Croquet, Sack Races, Hoop Rolling and much more.

All ages welcome, parents to stay.
Included in admission.

Aug
25
Sun
2019
Musical Picnics – Live music in the Garden
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Musical Picnics - Live music in the Garden

Borde Hill’s Musical Picnics – 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. Kick back and let the music wash over you…

FREE with Garden admission.

Clockwise from top left: Borde Hill Brass Festival, The Rusty Rovers, Three Penny Piece, Willie Austen, The Tom Belbin Trio

Diary (1-3pm, unless otherwise stated):

14 Jul: Borde Hill Brass Festival (a day of non-competitive brass band music between 10.30am-2.40pm, in association with the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association)

28 Jul: The Tom Belbin Trio (a wide repertoire from great jazz and swing classics, to grooving Latin tunes and cool pop arrangements)

11 Aug: The Rusty Rovers (traditional acoustic folk music from around the British Isles, including a toe-tapping mix of reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas)

25 Aug:  Three Penny Piece (vocal trio reviving old-time jazz and swing hits from the 1930’s, 40’s & 50’s)

1 Sept: Willie Austen (Willie Austen and Paul Stenton perform rock and blues classics as part of the Harley-Davidson Bikes and Brews event between 12-2.30pm)

The Gardener’s Retreat cafe will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome. No extra charge for these events, included in standard admission.

Aug
28
Wed
2019
Kids Summer Fun: Lucy’s Little Forest School in Warren Wood
Aug 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Drop into Lucy’s Little Forest School to discover the amazing creatures hiding in the Borde Hill woodland on a ‘Mini Beast Safari’.

Children can use identification books and sheets provided to identify their finds, before having a go at recreating one of the bugs they have found using clay, wood and foraged materials.  There will also be an opportunity to paint their finished creations to take home.

Suitable for children aged 2-5 years (to be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-booking not required. £2 per child, plus Garden admission

Sep
1
Sun
2019
Harley Davidson Bikes & Brews
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Enjoy the unforgettable sights and sounds of Harley-Davidson bikes visiting Borde Hill Garden from the 1066 Chapter.

Kick back to the jaw-dropping guitar playing of local band Willie Austen and Paul Stenton, performing rock and blues classics on the Azalea Ring between 12-2.30pm.

Barbecue and local ales available to purchase.

Included in Garden admission (FREE to Friends)

Musical Picnics – Live music in the Garden
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Musical Picnics - Live music in the Garden

Borde Hill’s Musical Picnics – 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. Kick back and let the music wash over you…

FREE with Garden admission.

Clockwise from top left: Borde Hill Brass Festival, The Rusty Rovers, Three Penny Piece, Willie Austen, The Tom Belbin Trio

Diary (1-3pm, unless otherwise stated):

14 Jul: Borde Hill Brass Festival (a day of non-competitive brass band music between 10.30am-2.40pm, in association with the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association)

28 Jul: The Tom Belbin Trio (a wide repertoire from great jazz and swing classics, to grooving Latin tunes and cool pop arrangements)

11 Aug: The Rusty Rovers (traditional acoustic folk music from around the British Isles, including a toe-tapping mix of reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas)

25 Aug:  Three Penny Piece (vocal trio reviving old-time jazz and swing hits from the 1930’s, 40’s & 50’s)

1 Sept: Willie Austen (Willie Austen and Paul Stenton perform rock and blues classics as part of the Harley-Davidson Bikes and Brews event between 12-2.30pm)

The Gardener’s Retreat cafe will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden.

Dogs on leads welcome. No extra charge for these events, included in standard admission.

Sep
11
Wed
2019
‘The Rabbit’s Eye View’ Talk – learning about long-term plant performance
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

‘The Rabbit’s Eye View’ – learning about long-term plant performance, with international garden writer, lecturer and designer, Noel Kingsbury

Wednesday 11 September, 10.00-4.30

This workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden plants, focusing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Gardeners and designers can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for the maximum interest. Students are encouraged to get down to see what is happening at ground level to really understand what is going on. A unique workshop that makes people look at plants in a very new way and which has run so far in twelve countries.

Tickets:
£140

Booking essential at: www.gardenmasterclass.org

Noel Kingsbury
Sep
15
Sun
2019
Specialist Plant Fair
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Specialist Plant Fair

The Plant Fairs Roadshow  – a wide range of locally grown, garden worthy and unusual plants to inspire keen gardeners.

The Plant Fairs Roadshow is a collective of specialist nurseries who will be setting up their stalls on the South Lawn in front of the Elizabethan Mansion House to provide a mouth-watering range of interesting, rare and unusual plants for plant hungry gardeners. This is a great opportunity to buy direct from the growers and to get free advice from the resident ‘Plant Doctor’, who will be on hand to diagnose plant problems and issue advise. FREE Garden tours at 11.30 and 1.30, included in admission and bookable on the day.

‘Keeping Pests at Bay the Natural Way’ – Talk with Pippa Greenwood

Visitors to the Specialist Plant Fair also have the opportunity to pre-book a ticket to hear Pippa Greenwood’s tips on how to deal with common garden pests without the need for chemicals eg copper matting and tapes, biological controls, pop-ups and fleece, resistant varieties. Pippa frequently appears on BBC Gardeners’ World and has been a regular panelist on Gardeners’ Question Time on BBC Radio 4 since 1994. Additional charge applies for the talk. Pre-booking required. Find out more here

Plant Fair stallholders include:

Beechbridge Plants – small nursery that propagates and grows a wide selection of predominately hardy herbaceous perennials on site.

Blackstem Plants – a personal selection of perennial plants, some weird but all wonderful, and provide something extra for wildlife.

Charleshurst Farm Nursery – shrubs and small trees includes many rarely offered, specialities include a good range of Daphnes and Acer palmatum.

Daisy Roots – an RHS gold medal winner at both Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court her excellent range of perennials is aimed at those with dryish conditions.

Forget Me Not Plants -unusual and cottage garden perennials, wild flowers, grasses, annuals/biennuals, and potted bulbs, grown in their back garden nursery near Horsham.

Hardy’s – well known at the RHS Shows with a multitude of gold medals with over 22 at Chelsea Flower Show alone, offers a great range of herbaceous perennials.

Little Omenden – hardy perennials, wildlife friendly, grown in peat free compost and no pesticides.

Miles Japanese Maples – a small nursey specialising in Japanese Maples, which are propagated by seed and by grafting, these are forms of Acer palmatum, Acer japonicum and Acer shirasawanum.

Moore & Moore

Pelham Plants – a broad range of choice hardy herbaceous including late season perennial plants and grasses that combine with them.

Phoenix Plants – columnist, lecturer and grower of hardy perennials, many prairie plants, umbellifers and chalk lovers, suitable for a wide range of pollinating insects, plus unusual annuals and bulbs.

Pineview Plants – an RHS medal winning nursery with an extensive and ever changing range of perennial plants from rare, new or unusual, to easy, interesting and reliable, plus an huge choice of shade-lovers, including many Epimediums.

Plantbase – a regular exhibitor at RHS shows including Chelsea and Hampton Court he describes his range as ‘weird things that most people don’t buy and exotics from round the world.

Southon Plants – a very large range of new and unusual perennials both hardy and tender.

Sussex Fruit Trees – wide range of fruit and nut trees, trained fruit trees and local Sussex varieties, also provides orchard design, maintenance and planning services.

Usual & Unusual Plants – perennials – shrubs – interesting (some rare) and garden worthy varieties, plus advice given on how to grow the choices soil/situation etc

Hardy Plant Society – The Sussex Group of the Hardy Plant Society

Five Two Designs – offers Garden sculptures – original, contemporary and exciting

Plant Fair Entry
Discounted admission rate to include entry to the Garden: £7.00 per person
Please note that free entry for individual RHS Members does not apply for this event.
Groups (15+): £6.00 per person

‘Keeping Pests at Bay the Natural Way’ – Talk with Pippa Greenwood
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

‘Keeping Pests at Bay the Natural Way’ – Talk with Pippa Greenwood

Visitors to the Specialist Plant Fair also have the opportunity to hear Pippa Greenwood’s tips on how to deal with common garden pests without the need for chemicals eg copper matting and tapes, biological controls, pop-ups and fleece, resistant varieties.

Pippa frequently appears on BBC Gardeners’ World and has been a regular panelist on Gardeners’ Question Time on BBC Radio 4 since 1994.

Pippa Greenwood

Tickets (including entry to the Specialist Plant Fair)

Friends of Borde Hill: £8.00
RHS Members: £13.60
Non-members: £17.00

Advance booking required

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Meditation for Peace with Keren Ghitis
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Meditation for Peace with Keren Ghitis

Experience the tranquility of Borde Hill Garden in a unique way whilst contemplating what matters to you.

Enjoy exclusive private access to the Garden before it opens to the public for a special meditation, activity and nature morning to mark the International Day of Peace.

The magical grounds are the perfect place to stop, reflect and experience, on this important day, the peace we wish for ourselves, our families and community. Seeds from Borde Hill Garden will be given to participants at the end of the event to plant a new life. You will be invited to stay and enjoy the grounds.

This one and a half hour event will include meditation and other mindfulness based activities.

Please bring cushions to sit on.

Prior meditation experience is not required; beginners welcome.

Keren Ghitis is a Mindfulness Based Psychotherapist and a yoga teacher.

Tickets
£15.00 per person
Advance booking required
Ticket price includes Garden admission

Sep
22
Sun
2019
Southern Classics Society Car Show
Sep 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.

Sep
30
Mon
2019
National Gardens Scheme Open Day
Sep 30 all-day

Join us when we open especially for the National Gardens Scheme charity… a perfect opportunity to enjoy our early autumn colour whilst supporting the work on the NGS..

Normal admission charges apply, with all net proceeds going to the NGS.

 

 

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Photography Workshop – Going Digital: Creative Landscapes
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Capture wonderful autumn colours at Borde Hill Garden from 10.30-4.00

Learn to improve your landscape compositions in the woods, formal gardens and by the lakes. Please bring tripods and ND & ND Grad filters if you have them.

Tickets: £75

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

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Head Gardener Tour: Parkland Trees
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by joining Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, on a seasonal guided tour.

Parkland Tree Walk

Discover several of Borde Hill’s Champion Trees, known for their enormous size, great age or rarity on a unique guided tour of the Parkland.

This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs

Tickets
£4.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission

Oct
15
Tue
2019
Head Gardener Tour: Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by joining Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, on a seasonal guided tour.

‘Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter’

A guided tour focussing on seasonal interest and what’s required to put the Garden to bed for the winter, whilst offering you inspiration for next years planting.

Tickets
£4.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission

Oct
18
Fri
2019
‘Tasty Garden Talk’ with Juliet Sargeant
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

‘Tasty Garden Talk’ – Friday 18 October, 10.30-12noon

Autumn Flavours from your Garden

Juliet Sargeant, award-winning garden designer and presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, has teamed up with chef Samantha Mathews, to bring you an amazing new garden and food experience.

Juliet will speak about the many edible ornamental plants that grow commonly in our gardens whilst Sam will offer you tasters to eat and drink. Did you know that hostas, sedums, dahlias and daylilies are all edible?

Come along and sample some tasters… you will never look at your borders in the same way again! The talk includes 5 delicious tasters.

Tickets:
£20.00 (RHS Members)
£25.00 non-members

Booking essential at: www.sussexgardenschool.com

Juliet Sargeant
Chef Samantha Mathews
Sedum Salad
Oct
22
Tue
2019
Head Gardener Tour: The Radiance of Autumn
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by joining Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, on a seasonal guided tour.

The Radiance of Autumn

A guided tour of the 17-acre Garden in all its autumnal spendour. Experience the glorious golds and rich reds of the cornus, acers, liquidambar trees and deciduous azaleas.

Tickets
£4.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission

Oct
26
Sat
2019
The Academy of Witches & Wizards
Oct 26 – Nov 3 all-day

The Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards, 26 October – 3 November 2019

Dare to find the clues on a spooky Halloween trail, with activities on selected days.

£2 per trail plus admission, to include a spellbinding prize (FREE to Friends).

Jul
11
Sat
2020
Sussex Gin Fest 2020
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The UK’s Biggest Gin Festival Returns to Borde Hill Garden on Saturday 11th July 2020. Tickets on sale now!

Bigger, better and with even more to experience and enjoy, celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship of independent Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers at this unique festival. With delicious hot and cold artisan food, captivating demonstrations on all things gin, and not forgetting our main stage with live entertainment all day, this is one of the hottest festival tickets for 2020.

Set within more than two hundred acres of traditional parkland, Borde Hill Garden is a place which captivates and delights visitors with its series of intimate “living garden rooms”, fine woodland parklands, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Following the success of Sussex Gin Fest 2019, we are delighted to be hosting the festival once again, with ticket holders gaining free entry into Borde Hill Garden.

Sussex produce is at the centre of this unique festival, but we will also be showcasing gins of the world with international culinary options to compliment them, and our ‘Best of the Rest’ zone will feature small-batch guest gins from neighbouring counties. There will also be a local beer brewer on-site and some Sussex ‘fizz’ for you to try and when you need cooling down under the July sunshine we even have a gin and tonic sorbet to quench your thirst!

This event is only for people aged 18 and over.  Please drink responsibly.

Tickets

Early Bird: £12.50 (no booking fee when booked directly through the Borde Hill website)

By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined at: sussexginfest.com

Refund policy: No Refunds.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the event is only for people aged 18 and over. Please make sure to bring ID if you look under 25, as we will be operating a Challenge 25 policy.

Are dogs allowed at Sussex Gin Fest?

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, we cannot allow any animals. Exceptions will be made for guide dogs, hearing dogs, and other support animals.

Will there be any seating?

This is a standing ticket, but there will be lots of various options for seating provided during the event.

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