Events 2018-11-01T16:38:25+00:00

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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Mar
25
Mon
2019
Borde Hill Garden opens to the public
Mar 25 all-day

Visit this horticultural delight when the Garden reopens after the winter on 25 March 2019.

Mar
30
Sat
2019
Camellia Heritage Tours at 11am and 2pm
Mar 30 all-day

Herald the start of our new season by joining camellia enthusiast, Nick Schroder, on a guided tour of the camellia collection at Borde Hill Garden.

Trace the history of these wonderful plants, brought to Europe across the high seas from China by the tea merchants of the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Discover how Colonel Stephenson R. Clarke of Borde Hill sponsored the plant hunters, and how he raised the famous Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ here in the 1930’s. The actual plants, still thriving today, will bring the tour to life as you explore this historic garden.

Camellias

Tours will take place at 11am and 2pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

Tickets available on the day: £3 per person, plus standard Garden admission

Sensible shoes are advisable

Mar
31
Sun
2019
Mothering Sunday at Borde Hill
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Daffs 2011

Spoil your mum with an early springtime walk and a delicious brunch or vintage afternoon tea served inside our decorated marquee.

Details to follow,

 

Apr
2
Tue
2019
Magnolia Tour with Head Gardener
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Head Gardener, Andy Stevens for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s magnificent collection of early-flowering magnolias.

Borde Hill boasts one of the finest collections of magnolias in England, with many listed as ‘Champion’ trees.  It is a renowned collection with over 100 trees and 25 species planted throughout the Garden and Woodland.  Many are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s and planted over 80 years ago by the Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke. They continue to flower with dramatic beauty each year.

Tickets available on the day: £3 per person, plus standard Garden admission

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure 2019
Apr 6 – Apr 22 all-day

Hop along to Borde Hill Garden for Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure

Hetty the Hen has laid 10 golden eggs and hidden them in the Garden.  Help Bertram Bunny find them before Felix the Fox eats them for his supper!

Apr
25
Thu
2019
Shrubs for Seasonality: Talk & Tour with Jim Gardiner
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Shrubs for Seasonality: Talk & Tour with Jim Gardiner

Enjoy a fascinating talk given by RHS Vice President and leading horticulturalist Jim Gardiner.

Drawing from his remarkable experience of working for the RHS for 28 years, Jim’s illustrated talk will identify a wide selection of shrubs that can be used in gardens of all sizes to provide interest throughout the seasons.

In addition, he will highlight a range of plants, including bulbs and herbaceous, that can be used in association with shrubs to give ‘added value’ to your planting.

Following the talk, enjoy a private tour of the Garden.

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival served inside the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Tickets:
£22.40 (RHS Members/Friends of Borde Hill)
£28.00 non-members

May
4
Sat
2019
‘Plants for Free’ Workshop with Juliet Sargeant
May 4 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Award-winning designer and TV gardener, Juliet Sargeant is bringing her Sussex Garden School to Borde Hill for the first time with a series of exciting talks and workshops designed to help improve your gardening knowledge and confidence. Well-known for her approachable presenting style, Juliet’s fun and informative ‘Easy Garden Workshops’ and ‘Tasty Garden Talks’ are packed with knowledge gleaned from 20 years of creating gardens and with tips that you don’t find in books.

‘Plants for Free’ Workshop – Saturday 4 May, 10.30-3.00

In the first of her practical workshops, Juliet will demonstrate when and how to take successful cuttings to create new plants for nothing.

With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands-on practice, by the end of the day, you will be able to take cuttings from a wide variety of plants.

Bring weather-proof clothes and foot-wear.

Tickets:
£52.00 (RHS Members)
£65.00 non-members

Booking essential at: www.sussexgardenschool.com

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

2019 promises to be an exciting year as Borde Hill celebrates the 20th anniversary of exhibiting sculpture in the Garden.

We mark this special milestone with a large-scale celebratory exhibition running throughout the 17-acre formal garden, where nature and art complement each other perfectly and work in harmony as an outdoor gallery.

Details to follow.

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

 

If you would like us to consider your artwork for the exhibition, please contact us at sculptureandart@bordehill.co.uk

May
16
Thu
2019
‘Practical Pruning’ Workshop with Juliet Sargeant
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Award-winning designer and TV gardener, Juliet Sargeant is bringing her Sussex Garden School to Borde Hill for the first time with a series of exciting talks and workshops designed to help improve your gardening knowledge and confidence. Well-known for her approachable presenting style, Juliet’s fun and informative ‘Easy Garden Workshops’ and ‘Tasty Garden Talks’ are packed with knowledge gleaned from 20 years of creating gardens and with tips that you don’t find in books.

‘Practical Pruning’ Workshop – Thursday 16 May, 10.30-3.00

Pruning can be a daunting task, so in this practical workshop, Juliet will demonstrate how to prune your shrubs to keep them healthy and flowering well.

Through a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will have the confidence to know when and how to successfully prune a variety of shrubs to get the best from them.

Bring weather-proof clothes and foot-wear.

Tickets:
£52.00 (RHS Members)
£65.00 non-members

Booking essential at: www.sussexgardenschool.com

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May
25
Sat
2019
British Eventing Horse Trials
May 25 – May 27 all-day

We 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.

Half-Term Family Fun – Nature: No App For That
May 25 – Jun 2 all-day

This Half-Term put down your electronic devices and spend time outside, playing, creating and exploring at Borde Hill Garden.

A week of exciting activities connecting children to nature.

Jun
2
Sun
2019
Focus 10k Run supporting Chailey Heritage Foundation
Jun 2 all-day

Take part in the 2019 10K, 5K, Kids Mini-Mile or Team Relay run in the scenic parkland and stunning woodland at Borde Hill. Every pound raised will go to Chailey Heritage Foundation, a pionering local charity helping with education, care and transition services for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs.

Following the success of our inaugural event in 2018, we are excited to see the race return to Borde Hill with a brand new, improved course. Grab your running shoes and join us as you take in breathtaking parkland and stunning woodland.

The course covers a 5k distance – two loops for our 10k runners.

You can expect

  • Well marked trail course through park and woodland- New for 2019
  • Choose between 5K (1 lap) and 10K (2 laps)
  • Children’s Mini Mile for younger participants
  • Team Relay – New for 2019
  • Chip timing
  • Souvenir t-shirts on sale
  • Support to help you fundraise
  • Training advice and tips

On the day

  • Race village brimming with entertainment, food and drink for spectators and runners
  • Medal for every participant
  • Goody bag for every runner, jam-packed with treats and discount vouchers
  • Free parking
  • Winners’ prizes

Chailey Heritage Foundation: Focus 10K 2018

For a limited time only Early Bird Tickets are available (booking fees apply):
Kids Mini-Mile: £5
5K: £12.50
10K: £18.50
10K Team Relay (4 runners): £125

Jun
17
Mon
2019
Rose Celebration Weeks
Jun 17 – Jun 28 all-day

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 “Jay Robin’s 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.”

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.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
‘Designing a Romantic Rose Border’ Workshop with Juliet Sargeant
Jul 11 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Award-winning designer and TV gardener, Juliet Sargeant is bringing her Sussex Garden School to Borde Hill for the first time with a series of exciting talks and workshops designed to help improve your gardening knowledge and confidence. Well-known for her approachable presenting style, Juliet’s fun and informative ‘Easy Garden Workshops’ and ‘Tasty Garden Talks’ are packed with knowledge gleaned from 20 years of creating gardens and with tips that you don’t find in books.

‘Designing a Romantic Rose Border’ Workshop – Thursday 11 July, 10.30-3.00

Using the famous Borde Hill Rose Garden for inspiration, Juliet will share with you, her wealth of knowledge in creating beautiful flower borders.

Learn to combine roses with flowering shrubs and perennials to design long-lasting, colourful and scented summer displays. Juliet’s illustrated talk will be combined with a short design exercises to help you to apply your new-found skills.

Tickets:
£52.00 (RHS Members)
£65.00 non-members

Booking essential at: www.sussexgardenschool.com

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Rose & Clematis
Jul
26
Fri
2019
Open Air Opera: La Traviata
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Open Air Opera: La Traviata

The perfect gift for Christmas…

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present La Traviata by Verdi, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heart breaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the most popular of all operas.

Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s fantastic melodies include the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing.

Christopher Lane  production for Opera Brava will bring out all the emotional colour, from the first discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion.

The performance will be sung in English.

Booking essential

Tickets: Early Bird: £30 (until 1 July), Standard: £35, Child: £10 (5-16 years old)

Doors open at 6.30pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic for Two People when booking your performance tickets – £35.00
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.

Jul
27
Sat
2019
Open Air Opera: The Barber of Seville
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Open Air Opera: The Barber of Seville

The perfect gift for Christmas…

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Written in three weeks, Rossini’s masterpiece is one of the wittiest and most immediately appealing comic operas in the repertoire today and is as fresh to the ear now as when it first burst upon it’s Italian audiences in 1816. On first hearing, the utter joy of one melodic masterpiece flowing into the next is thrilling to any audience.  As the plot unfolds and is dramatically told through Rossini’s brilliant musical structure, it helps us to understand, in part, the Barber’s special place in the history of opera.

Opera Brava in its 31st year is Britains leading touring opera company. Their production of “The Barber of Seville” is performed by professional and experienced national and international opera singers who have worked with major companies such as; English National Opera and Covent Garden. The performance will be sung in English.

Booking essential

Tickets: Early Bird: £30 (until 1 July), Standard: £35, Child: £10 (5-16 years old)

Doors open at 6.30pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic for Two People when booking your performance tickets – £35.00
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.

What people are saying:

  • Thank you all for a lovely opera of The Barber of Seville yesterday at Hever Castle, the talent displayed was awesome.
  • “I took my 13-year old to see the Barber of Seville at Leatherhead. She’s been clutching the programme ever since, and telling everyone about it. From the minute the music struck up, she started grinning and never stopped until we left. Then she said she’d like to go again!” – Guest feedback.
  • If you haven’t seen this production yet then ITS A MUST
Aug
2
Fri
2019
Children’s Outdoor Theatre: Gangsta Granny
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

David Walliams’ most popular book, Gangsta Granny, is coming to Borde Hill Garden with an open air theatre production adapted by David Kerby-Kendall and staged by Heartbreak Productions.

Description: It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

Performed on the South Lawn against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for children aged 7+.

Refreshments will be available throughout the performance.

Booking essential

Tickets: Adults: £12, Children: £10 (3-16 years old), Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £39

Doors open at 5.00pm. Performance begins at 5.30pm and finishes at 7.30pm. There will be a 15 minute interval.

Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only.

Aug
17
Sat
2019
British Eventing Horse Trials
Aug 17 – Aug 18 all-day

We 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.

Sep
1
Sun
2019
Harley Davidson Bikes & Brews
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enjoy the unforgettable sights and sounds of Harley-Davidson bikes visiting Borde Hill Garden, with music and locally produced ales.

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

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

The Plant Fairs Roadshow is organised by a group of nurseries and smaller growers who provide a mouth-watering range of interesting, rare and unusual plants for plant hungry gardeners.

Discounted admission rate, to include entry to the Garden: £7.00 per person

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