Events in 2016

Opening times: Weekdays 10am to 5pm (10am to 6pm July and August), Weekends 10am to 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
Daily from 19th March to 2nd October
Plus 22nd October to 30th 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 2016
May 1 – Sep 30 all-day

Sculpture Exhibition Banner 2016

Borde Hill Garden’s 17th annual Sculpture Exhibition will transform the historic garden into an outdoor gallery alive with figurative and abstract works in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, stained glass and ceramics. It will include a stunning installation called Aquapoise, by international sculptor Angela Conner, in the formal lily pool in the Italian Garden.

The sculptures will be strategically placed throughout the garden with the Elizabethan house as a backdrop, enticing visitors to wander and appreciate an extraordinary mix of art whilst exploring the renowned plant collection that has put Borde Hill Garden on the map.

A notable celebration of art and sculpture, the exhibition showcases works by both established and up-and-coming artists. It offers a unique art experience set within what Country Life has described as ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’.

Borde Hill Garden will continue the tradition of providing great family days out by once again producing the popular and engaging Kids Sculpture Exhibition Quiz.

All works in the exhibition are available for sale.

Kindly sponsored by 1st Central Insurance

Friends go Free

Kids Summer Fun
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm

Kids Summer Fun

During the summer holidays, parents will be delighted to know that a variety of  entertainment is on hand to keep the children occupied.

On different days of the week, activities will include a petting zoo, ‘Tomfoolery’ and Sublime Science (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, Croquet and Badminton. There’s also plenty of space in the park for ball games, kite flying and picnics, and if they fancy a few quiet minutes the Kids Sculpture Quiz will keep them occupied!

August is a great time to explore the Garden, when its herbaceous borders and gold standard roses are in full bloom.

Included in Standard entry price and Free to Friends Friends go Free

Summer Fun

L-R Poppy’s Parties, Tomfoolery, Sublime Science

Diary of activities:

Monday 1st - Poppy’s Parties Entertainment

Their wonderful world of fun & adventure will fire up your child’s imagination with exciting games, colourful characters & guaranteed laughter! 11-3 in the marquee

Friday 5th – Paul the Clown

An unforgettable show of comedy & magic. 11-3 in the marquee

Wednesday 10th – Animal Magic Petting Zoo

A mobile petting zoo for children of all ages, with Owls, Parrots, South African Hedgehogs, Patagonian Maras, Meerkats, Skunks, and lots and lots of domestic cute and cuddly creatures for the little children. There may even be a Unicorn! 11-3 on the Azalea Ring

Monday 15th – Paul the Clown

An unforgettable show of comedy & magic. 11-3 in the marquee

Wednesday 17th - Tomfoolery

Traditional party games, dancing, music, magic, balloons and more…. 11-3 in the marquee.

Monday 22nd –  Sublime Science

Watch Mad Marc concoct the perfect mix of spectacular science experiments & hands-on activities between 1-3pm in the marquee, including:

• Fizzing Potions, Bubbles and Flying Giant Smoke Rings
• Wacky Noise and Air Experiments
• Gooey Slime-Making (which they can take away with them)
• Yummy Sweet Making (which they can eat)
• Tornado Races, Flying Stuff and Spectacular Science Experiments!

Thursday 25th – Dotty World Comedy Show

Dressed in a colourful spotted costume she performs a mixture of hilarious slapstick comedy routines coupled with very light-hearted magic tricks. 11-3 in the marquee.

Daily activities include:

• Adventure Playground with zip wire, balance beams, swings, slides & climbing frames.
• Outdoor games on the lawn, including giant Jenga, Badminton & Croquet.
• Kids Sculpture Quiz.

There’s also space in the park for ball games, kite flying and picnics… Little Ritz Vintage Tea will also be on hand serving refreshments in garden.

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L-R: Dotty World, Animal Magic Petting Zoo, Kid’s Adventure Playground

Musical Sundays in August
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm


Musical Sundays

Haywards Heath Concert Band, InChoir, Hannah Summers, Pavlos & Sarah

Borde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

A variety of musicians will play the cello, viola or harp, performing everything from classical to jazz music, while on other weekends a whole band will perform.


7th August: Haywards Heath Concert Band (Brass & Swing band)

14th August:  InChoir (singing popular & uplifting songs)

21st August: Hannah Summers (Female soloist singing vintage Jazz & Swing from the 1930’s to 60’s)

28th August: Pavlos & Sarah (Greek duet)

The sessions will take place on the South Lawn with the Elizabethan mansion house as a backdrop. Bring a picnic and relax with the family. 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


Jaguar Car Day
Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

JaguarEnjoy a stunning display of Jaguar cars from both the XK8/R Enthusiasts Club ( and F-Type Enthusiasts Club (

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends. Bring a picnic, or enjoy a cake and cream tea with Little Ritz Vintage Tea in the Garden.Friends go Free

Anyone interested in bringing their cars should contact the Clubs Chairman Mark Gregory at or by telephone on 01474 354623

RHS Plant Hunters Talk and Tour- Book Now!
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Matthew Biggs‘In the footsteps of the Plant hunters’

Enjoy a presentation given by writer and presenter Matthew Biggs about the era of the great Victorian plant hunters whose introductions transformed British gardening, reaching its peak in the Victorian era with many surviving varieties still at Borde Hill. They worked not only for nurseries but private collectors, among them Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke of Borde Hill Garden who sponsored, among others, George Forrest, Ernest Wilson and Frank Kingdon-Ward; many of their plants still remain in the collection.

This talk considers the lives of our most famous plant hunters, tells tales of their extraordinary adventures and reveals many of the plants they introduced. It is certain to add excitement to the plants, not only at Borde Hill but in every garden.

Then see the plants in real life grown to champion specimens during an extended walk through the Borde Hill collection in our Garden, Parkland and Woods

Includes light refreshments on arrival served in the Elizabethan House. RHS Members and Borde Hill Friends and groups (15+): £20, Non-RHS Members: £25 Book Now

Carriage Driving World Cup
Sep 18 all-day

19513715344_8f53a9e83c_kBrockham Harness Club will be holding a world cup style carriage driving event (combined cones and obstacles).
Full details to follow


Autumn Beauty: Light and Land Photography Workshop
Sep 22 all-day

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Autumn Beauty at Borde Hill: Light and Land Photography Workshop

Following the success of the ‘Spring Beauty’ workshops, Light and Land Photography return for ‘Autumn Beauty’.

Autumn’s magnificent displays of deep, rich colours are a sight to behold. The woodland and parkland contain numerous rare and exotic trees, many of them ‘champions’, planted by Colonel Stephenson R Clarke who sponsored the great plant hunters to travel all over the world in the early 20th century.

The day will begin with a welcome from the tutors (Sue and Charlie) and a presentation from Sue about flower photography. Topics covered will include using natural light, understanding colour theory, choosing the right background, and finding the composition, as well as some more advanced techniques such as multiple exposures.

This will be followed by practical sessions in the garden, where Sue and Charlie will help participants to put the theory into practice as they search for that perfect photograph!

Chestnut tree_8004sm Included:

Tuition from Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop
Entrance to Borde Hill Garden
Tea/coffee and light lunch served in Borde Hill House

Price: £195.00

Book direct via the Light and Land website Here

NGS – open day
Oct 4 all-day

Visit on our NGS day and the net proceeds from all Garden Entry tickets go to support the National Gardens Scheme

Haunted Halloween Fun – Click for details
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm

11am to 3pm every day from 22nd October to 30th October 2016. Friends go Free

No extra charge to join in with this event, standard entry only!

Complete the spooky Halloween trail around the Garden then meet the resident witch or wizard to collect a treat!  The fun doesn’t stop there, pay a visit to the haunted marquee for activities and other spooktakular fun! Don’t forget the Adventure Playground, lakes and parkland!

Dogs on leads welcome.

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