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.

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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




National Trust Members 2 for 1 Adult Ticket Offer
Sep 23 – Oct 2 all-day


Borde Hill is pleased to offer National Trust Members a 2 for 1 adult ticket offer between 23 September and 2 October. A perfect opportunity to enjoy the early autumn colour, as the air starts to cool and conkers and acorns scatter the ground.

It is also a chance to bring the family and enjoy the 2017 Sculpture Exhibition before it closes on 2 October, boasting a wide and varied collection of artworks nestled amongst the flowers, trees and shrubs. Each piece is available to buy as a lasting reminder of your visit to the Garden.

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

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.

Little Ritz Vintage Tea will be on hand serving delicious refreshments in the Garden between 12-4, including warming toasted sandwiches, homemade cakes and speciality Afternoon Teas.

Dogs on leads welcome.


Spellbinding Halloween at Borde Hill
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – Oct 31 @ 3:00 pm

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a witch or wizard?  Then put on your cloak, grab a broomstick, wave your magic wand and transport yourself to Borde Hill Garden to find out.


From 21st – 31st October 2017, young visitors will receive a dastardly treat from the resident Borde Hill witch if they complete all the challenges in their spell book on the ghoulish garden trail.  There will be spooktastic entertainment every day in the haunted marquee, such as Tomfoolery on 23rd, Sublime Science on 25th and Owls About Town on 27th October and much more.

On Sunday 29th October, come and join our Pumpkin Glow event, where we will attempt to create a record for the longest line of carved pumpkins.  During the afternoon you can carve a pumpkin in the haunted marquee, or why not bring along your own creative masterpiece and add it to our ribbon of lit pumpkins threading throughout the garden.  Our judges will select the best pumpkin designs and the winning little witch and wizard will each receive a £25 Amazon voucher.  To be part of our amazing trail of carved pumpkins and to be in with a chance of winning a prize, please bring pumpkins by 4.00pm on 29th October. Judging will take place at 4.30pm.

After all the excitement tired souls can revive their spirits at the Little Witches House serving tasty snacks and warming drinks.

The activities  are free, although a small charge will be made for pumpkin carving on 29th October (normal Garden admission charges apply). Donations are welcome.

Full diary of activities to follow…Friends go Free

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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