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

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

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Halloween at the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm
Halloween at the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards

This Halloween half term join the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards and help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers on a bewitching Garden trail* full of spells, potions and mystery.

From 26 Oct to 3 Nov, young visitors will receive a treat from Magica de Spell, the Head Witch in her lair if they complete all the challenges to return Sapphire’s magical powers in time for the Borde Hill Crystal Ball. *£2 per trail plus admission, to include a spellbinding prize (FREE to Friends).

Trail 10.00-5.00 daily, Witch and Activities 11.00-3.00 daily

Activities on selected days between 11.00-3.00:
26 Oct: Halloween Crafts* to make and take home >Read more
27 Oct: Pumpkin Carving* and Pumpkin Glow Competition >Read more
28 Oct: Professor Readalot’s Spellbinding Stories >Read more
29 Oct: Wand Making Class* >Read more
30 Oct: Snakes, reptiles and more… >Read more
31 Oct: Professor Hiccup’s School Magic* >Read more
1 Nov: Snakes, reptiles and more… >Read more
2 Nov: Bonfire Night Crafts* to make and take home >Read more
3 Nov: Explosive Experiment Shows* & Slime Making* with Fizz Pop Science>Read more

*small additional charge applies (see individual activity event for full details)

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Halloween Crafts to Make and Take Home
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Get creative in the Haunted Marquee between 11am-3pm.

Make a Halloween Wreath and a Bat or Pumpkin scratch art decoration to take home. Small additional charge of £1 per child, plus admission, to cover the cost of the materials.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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Oct
27
Sun
2019
Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Glow Competition
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Glow Competition

Join us on Sunday 27th for the third year of our ‘Pumpkin Glow’ event, when the best pumpkin designs will be judged, with the winning witch or wizard receiving a 2020 Family Membership.

To be part of our amazing trail of carved pumpkins and to be in with a chance of winning the prize, carve your own design in the marquee between 11am-3pm (£2 per pumpkin, plus Garden admission), or bring along one you have made at home (Free admission to visitors attending Pumpkin Glow after 4pm).

Please bring your pumpkins by 4.00pm on 27th October. Judging will take place at 4.30pm. Garden closes at 5pm

Oct
28
Mon
2019
Professor Readalot’s Spellbinding Stories
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

There’s magic and mystery in the air at the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards with stories from across the world told by Professor Readalot.

Whether it’s dancing owls, talking cats or spiders that carry fire, Professor Readalot has a host of folktales about these Halloween creatures and their strange and magical antics from across the world. Suitable for ages from 0-100!

30 minute storytelling sessions in the marquee at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm and 2.45pm.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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FREE with Garden admission

Oct
29
Tue
2019
Spellbinding Halloween – Wand Making Class
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Abracadabra! Every apprentice Witch or Wizard needs a magic wand, so why not come along to the Borde Hill Academy and craft your own… Small additional charge of £2, plus Garden admission.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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Oct
30
Wed
2019
Spellbinding Halloween – RepTylers
Oct 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Get hands-on with some amazing reptiles at the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards, including Snakes, Tarantulas, Geckos, Chameleons, and more…

Join RepTylers for an educational, interactive experience with a high dose of fun!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Included in Garden admission.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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Oct
31
Thu
2019
Professor Hiccup’s School of Magic
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Professor Hiccup, celebrated wizard from the acclaimed Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards, will amaze with his magic show and lesson.

During his show children become his students, and with their help he will demonstrate and teach all manner of marvellous magic, all performed with a Halloween twist. There will be lots of spooky (but never scary) trickery, some amazing visual effects, and also devilishly devious Trick or Trick routines where the wizard pits himself against his students.

Timed 30 minute shows in the marquee at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Advance booking not required. Small additional charge of £2, plus admission.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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Nov
1
Fri
2019
Spellbinding Halloween – RepTylers
Nov 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Get hands-on with some amazing reptiles at the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards, including Snakes, Tarantulas, Geckos, Chameleons, and more…

Join RepTylers for an educational, interactive experience with a high dose of fun!  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Included in Garden admission.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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Nov
2
Sat
2019
Bonfire Night Crafts to Make and Take Home
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

With Bonfire Night approaching, why not get creative in the marquee between 11am-3pm and decorate your very own rocket wand to take home ready for the big night! Small additional charge of £1 per child, plus admission, to cover the cost of the materials.

Don’t forget to explore the Garden on our ‘Spellbinding Halloween’ trail, completing the challenges to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers before meeting the Head Witch in her lair for a treat. £2 per trail, plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends).

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Nov
3
Sun
2019
Explosive Experiment Shows & Slime Making Classes
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Explosive Experiment Shows & Slime Making Classes

Half term ends with a bang on Sunday 3rd November when Fizz Pop Science bring their high energy shows and captivating science tricks to the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards.

Explosive Reaction Show

11.00 – 11.30
Be mesmerised by jaw dropping science experiments during an interactive show of chemical reactions, including magical colour and temperature changes, plus the odd explosion… well it is almost Firework Night!

30 minute show in the marquee. £3 per child, plus admission. Advance booking required.

Slime Making Classes

11.30, 12.30, 2.00 and 2.45
Roll up your sleeves and join a slime making class at the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards. Get slimetastic and make some gruesome gooey gunk to take home…

30 minute slime making classes in the marquee. £2 per child, plus admission. Advance booking required.

Dry Ice Show

1.30 – 2.00
From bubbling potions and screaming spoons, to spooky ‘Dry Ice’ effects, this cool science show promises family fun whilst learning about solids, liquids and gasses.

30 minute show in the marquee. £3 per child, plus admission. Advance booking required.

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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