Events 2018-06-14T11:51:38+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


Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July: 
The Garden will close at 4.30pm due to the UB40 and The Gipsy Kings concerts. Last entry 3.30pm

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

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

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

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
Operatic High Tea – 125th Anniversary Celebration.
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 will be headlining a brand new music festival, ‘A BOUNDLESS SUMMER’ on Saturday 7th July, and THE GIPSY KINGS on Sunday 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) or can also be purchased in person from the Borde Hill Garden shop (without a booking fee), open 10am-5pm daily.

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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 will be headlining a brand new music festival, ‘A BOUNDLESS SUMMER’ on Saturday 7th July, and THE GIPSY KINGS on Sunday 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) or can also be purchased in person from the Borde Hill Garden shop (without a booking fee), open 10am-5pm daily.

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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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Operatic Picnic for Two People
(pre-order when booking your tickets, for just £35)

Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.


Doors open at 6.30pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Picnics welcome.

Jul
28
Sat
2018
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description

One wedding and a whole lot of great singing!

It has all the ingredients of a classic piece of 18th century literature – passion, lust, betrayal, deception and ultimate forgiveness.

Yet the action takes place in just 24 hours and is liberally sprinkled with sparkling, farcical humour.

Welcome to The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s “perfect” opera with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte.

With a professional cast of top-class performers, lavish costumes and period sets, the production promises first-rate quality at prices that are a fraction of Covent Garden

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)

Book Now

Operatic Picnic for Two People
(pre-order when booking your tickets, for just £35)

Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.


Doors open at 6.30pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Picnics welcome.

www.operabrava.com

 

Aug
1
Wed
2018
Exhibition: The Artist’s Garden
Aug 1 – Sep 30 all-day

The Garden inspires art in all its forms and this summer we display the artistic response to the beauty of the countryside and nature with a small selection of artwork in stone, stained glass, ceramic, resin and metalwork. Full details to follow.

Artists include:

Christine Baxter, Diana Roles, Ian Marlow, Joe Szabo, Mark Reed, Will Spankie

Included in Garden admission. Kindly sponsored by 1st CENTRAL

The Garden of Imagination
Aug 1 – Aug 30 all-day

This summer the beautiful Garden, lakes and woodland will inspire you to imagine fantasy creatures and other worldly beings.  Let your creativity run free and see where your imagination takes you!  £2 per activity.

Aug
5
Sun
2018
Porsche Club Great Britain
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Porsche Club, R23 Sussex Region, will showcase their members cars on the South Lawn.

www.porscheclubgb.com

 

 

Musical Picnics
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Every Sunday in August between 1 and 3pm you can enjoy relaxing live music on the Azalea Ring.

Bring a picnic, kick back and let the music wash over you.

Aug
11
Sat
2018
British Eventing Horse Trials
Aug 11 – Aug 12 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.

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Musical Picnics
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Every Sunday in August between 1 and 3pm you can enjoy relaxing live music on the Azalea Ring.

Bring a picnic, kick back and let the music wash over you.

Aug
17
Fri
2018
Music Festival – Magical: The festival that makes you feel amazing!
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day

The festival that makes you feel AMAZING!

Magical is a small, beautiful, family-friendly 3-day music and arts festival set in the stunning Borde Hill Parkland. It will inspire you to be your best, happiest, most positive and confident self, all the while having a total blast.

As well as fantastic musicians and DJs to make you dance like there’s no tomorrow, the aim is for 1000 people to feel amazing through activities, workshops and one-of-a-kind experiences. The theme for Magical 2018 is therefore ‘You are AMAZING!’.

Held in a lakeside field of dreams, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, get ready to discover new passions, express yourself freely, party and make new friends.

Plus, the site itself is pretty special. Everything will be organised to maximise the Magical vibe and minimise waste. From a beautiful festival playground, to the delicious food & drink vendors – and most importantly, tons of like-minded people – it might just be the best weekend of your life!

Visit www.magicalfestival.co.uk for more information or to book  tickets.

Booking essential. Ticketing is provided by Citizen Ticket (with NO booking fees)

 

Aug
19
Sun
2018
Musical Picnics
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Every Sunday in August between 1 and 3pm you can enjoy relaxing live music on the Azalea Ring.

Bring a picnic, kick back and let the music wash over you.

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