Events

Events in 2017

Opening times: Weekdays 10am – 5pm (10am – 6pm July and August), Weekends 10am – 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
1st April – 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.

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

Mar
24
Fri
2017
Friends of Borde Hill Open Day
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

See the Garden before it officially opens to the public on 1st April.

Existing and prospective Friends of Borde Hill can take advantage of exclusive access to the Garden during our private open day (non-members are welcome if joining on the day).

Buy or upgrade your existing membership to become a Gold Friend of Borde Hill, receiving a copy of our new souvenir guide book which will be launched on the same day.

Friends go Free

Mar
26
Sun
2017
Mother’s Day at Borde Hill
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Daffs 2011Borde Hill Garden is opening especially for Mother’s Day, 10am-6pm.

Treat mum to an early springtime walk before the Garden opens to the public on 1st April. Complete the day with lunch at Jeremy’s Restaurant or Café Elvira (lunch bookings required).

Make it even more special by booking a tour of Borde Hill’s camellia collection, taking place at 11am or 3pm.

Camellia tour tickets can be booked in advance at £10 per person, including Garden entry, or £5 for Friends. Click here for details. 

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No need to book advance tickets for normal Garden entry. Usual admission charges apply.

 

Borde Hill ‘Camellia Heritage’ Tours – Book Now
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

CamelliasTours available: 11am and 3pm

Tickets: £10 per person, including Garden entry (£5 for Friends of Borde Hill)

Book Now

Sensible shoes are advisable

Apr
2
Sun
2017
Borde Hill ‘Camellia Heritage’ Tours – Book Now
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

CamelliasTours available: 11am and 3pm

Tickets: £10 per person, including Garden entry (£5 for Friends of Borde Hill)

Book Now

Sensible shoes are advisable

Apr
5
Wed
2017
RHS Talk: ‘Magnolias; aristocrats for gardens of all sizes’ with Jim Gardiner – Book Now
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

jim-gardiner-pub0018706_940x627RHS Talk: ‘Magnolias; aristocrats for gardens of all sizes’ with Jim Gardiner

Enjoy a presentation given by leading horticulturalist and RHS expert Jim Gardiner. Drawing from his remarkable experience of working for the RHS and his passion for magnolias, Jim will advise on the best varieties to grow whilst giving tips on planting and caring for them. Following the talk, enjoy a private tour of the Garden with Jim and Head Gardener, Andy Stevens.

Price includes refreshments on arrival.

Tickets:
RHS Members and Friends of Borde Hill: £24.00 (£26.40 with Gift Aid)
Non-members: £30.00 (£33.00 with Gift Aid)
Book Now

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 and in 2015 were featured on BBC2 Gardeners’ World.

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Borde Hill Eggciting Easter Activities
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm

From 8th – 23rd April Borde Hill Garden is offering a FREE programme of ‘Eggciting’ Easter events, games, performances and tasks for children from 3-11 years old, included in the price of an entrance ticket and free to Friends.  In addition to a daily trail around the Garden (where clues need to be solved before meeting the Easter Bunny to receive a chocolate egg) there are a variety of additional activities on offer on selected days.Friends go Free

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L-R: Easter Balloon Modelling with Potty, Busydays Face Painting, Tomfoolery, Poppy’s Parties

 

Diary of activities:  All activities in the marquee 11am-3pm. No need to book tickets in advance for any activities.

Saturday 8th: Potty the Pirate

Join Potty the Pirate for an interactive show, featuring magic, comedy, puppetry, balloon modelling and professional silliness! Fun and laughter guaranteed. 30 minute shows at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, with balloon modelling in between.

Sunday 9th: Easter Face Painting by Busydays

Let the fantastic Busydays face painters transform your children this Easter holiday with a wide range of colours and designs, from favourites such as flowers, butterflies and princesses, to animal masks, heroes and dragons.

Tuesday 11th: Poppy’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Join Poppy for an interactive theatre-experience featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter, for games, songs, stories and more… Timed shows in the marquee.

Thursday 13th: Easter Balloon Modelling with PottyBorde Hill Easter Bunny April 11-6905 cr (1)

Watch in amazement as Potty brings his balloons to life in front of your very eyes, modelling animals, hats and all your kids’ favourite characters. Let your children take home their very own Easter Bunny!

Good Friday 14th: Tomfoolery

Laughter is guaranteed with Tomfoolery’s party games, dancing, music, magic and more… Tomfoolery (dressed in his brand new Easter Bonnet) will engage with everyone to make it a show to remember! Timed shows in the marquee.

Easter Sunday 16th: Poppy’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Poppy returns for her second interactive theatre-experience featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter, including games, songs, stories and more… Timed shows in the marquee.

Easter Monday 17th: Easter Arts & Crafts with Poppy

Let your children’s creativity run wild with a range of Easter-themed arts and crafts.

Wednesday 19th: Tom’s Talking Reptiles

Meet Tom and his amazing insects and reptiles, for children to meet, marvel and hold, including two Royal Pythons celebrating their birthdays after hatching a couple of years ago at Easter! Children must be accompanied by an adult.             

Friday 21st: Tomfoolery

Laughter is guaranteed when Tomfoolery returns for his second day of party games, dancing, music, magic and more…  Tomfoolery (dressed in his brand new Easter Bonnet) will engage with everyone to make it a show to remember! Timed shows in the marquee.

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L-R: Potty the Pirate, the Easter Bunny, Tom’s Talking Reptiles, Easter Arts & Crafts

Don’t forget to visit Little Ritz Vintage Tea for refreshments, located within the grounds of the Garden, as well as the Adventure Playground, complete with zip wire. Spring is also a magical time to explore the Garden and Woodland, with an abundance of flowering magnolias, camellias, hellebores and rhododendrons. Picnics and dogs on leads welcome.

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Apr
23
Sun
2017
Triumph TR Classic Car Meet
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Triumph TR DayCome and admire a stunning collection of Triumph TR sports cars, displayed within a beautiful Garden setting.

Ranging from the 1950s to 1980s, the cars are meeting as part of the 2017 National Drive-It-Day.

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.
Friends go Free

 

 

 

May
12
Fri
2017
Sculpture Exhibition 2017
May 12 – Oct 2 all-day

Sculpture 2017

Borde Hill’s historic garden will be transformed into an outdoor gallery, providing the perfect backdrop for the 18th annual Sculpture Exhibition.

Opening on the 12th May, the exhibition will bring the Garden to life, showcasing works by established and up-and-coming artists from across the South of England.

Visitors will discover an extraordinary mix of figurative and abstract art in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork and ceramic, with a number of pieces commissioned especially to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Borde Hill’s Rose Garden.

The sculptures will be strategically placed to compliment the renowned plant collection, encouraging visitors to explore what Country Life has described as ‘One of the country’s truly great gardens’.

The exhibition will run daily from 12th May to 2nd October 2017, with admission included in the standard entry price.  Families will be encouraged to explore the exhibition with our popular Kids Sculpture Trail.

All pieces are available to purchase.

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

May
27
Sat
2017
British Eventing Horse Trials
May 27 – May 29 all-day

DSC_0834Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Free to FriendsFriends go Free

Click here to visit the Borde Hill Horse Trials webpage.

National Gardens Scheme Open Day – 90th Anniversary Celebrations
May 27 all-day

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Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the National Gardens Scheme when we open in aid of charity.

Borde Hill is one of the original Gardens joining the NGS in 1927; join us as we celebrate this special 90 year association. You are even invited to come in 1920s dress!

Little Ritz Vintage tea will be on hand serving refreshments in the Garden.

Normal admission charges apply, with all net proceeds going to support the NGS.

Dogs on leads welcome.

May
28
Sun
2017
Half-Term Fun
May 28 – Jun 4 all-day

Nature Trail-3504Come and explore nature’s jewels from plants to wildlife. Details to follow…Friends go Free

 

 

 

Jun
11
Sun
2017
South East Rover Rally
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

 Join us from 10am, when we host the 2017 South East Rover Rally.

Admire a stunning display of Rover vehicles from the 1920’s to date. Cherished and loved by their owners, the majority will be from the ‘Classic’ era of the 1940’s to 1980’s. Feel free to view the cars and to visit the rally tent to find out more information.

Friends go Free

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.

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Jun
19
Mon
2017
Rose Celebration Week
Jun 19 – Jun 25 all-day

Join us for a week of celebrations to mark the 21st Anniversary of Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, with its 750 David Austin roses which fill the air with a glorious fragrance.

The celebrations include weekday tours of the Elizabethan Mansion (usually closed to the public), plus half hour tours of the Rose Garden and surrounding borders.

There will also be specialist rose plants and gifts for sale, as well as several rose-themed artworks as part of the 2017 Sculpture Exhibition.

Art clubs are also being invited for painting classes.

Normal Garden entry prices applies

 

 

 

House Tours

11am daily, Monday to Friday.

Book a tour of the beautiful Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion house, usually closed to the public. 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.

Book Now

Rose Garden Tours

11am daily, Monday to Friday.

Combine a tour of the house with a fascinating guided walk around the Rose Garden and surrounding borders, led by Head Gardener, Andy Stevens.

Book Now

All tours charged at £3.50 extra per person, per tour, including Friends of Borde Hill (advance booking required)

Tours last approximately 30 minutes enabling visitors to book a House and Garden tour in succession. House Tours are unsuitable for under 16’s. There are no concession tickets available for these tours. Tickets available per tour – 30, to be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Jun
29
Thu
2017
RHS Talk: ‘First-rate Perennials’ with Val Bourne – Booking Soon
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
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Val Bourne

Join Val Bourne, an award-winning garden writer, photographer, lecturer and organic gardener for an inspirational talk on perennials. Val will identify some of the best performers in the garden, whilst highlighting a selection of her personal favourites, explaining why each is such a good plant. Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and many others. She also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley.

Ticket price includes refreshments on arrival and a tour of the Garden.

Tickets: £26.00 (RHS Members & Friends of Borde Hill), £32.50 non-members

(Tickets will be available to purchase online shortly)

www.valbourne.co.uk

Jul
9
Sun
2017
Southern Classics Car Show
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Southern Classic Car Day

Come and view a wide range of classic cars courtesy of the Southern Classics Society.

No additional charge to visit this event, included in Garden entry and free to Friends.

Friends go Free

 

Jul
22
Sat
2017
Borde Hill Summer Fun
Jul 22 – Aug 31 all-day


BordeHill_12_JH reducedKeep the family occupied throughout the summer holiday. Activities will include ‘Navigating the Jungle’ and ‘Plant Hunters’ Picnics’. Details to follow…Friends go Free

 

Aug
6
Sun
2017
Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

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

 

Aug
12
Sat
2017
British Eventing Horse Trials
Aug 12 – Aug 13 all-day

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Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Free to Friends.

Click here to visit the Borde Hill Horse Trials webpage.

Friends go Free

Aug
13
Sun
2017
Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

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

 

Aug
20
Sun
2017
Music in the Garden – Sundays in August
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm

Pavlos and Sarah _4292sm cropBorde Hill’s popular Musical Sundays return every Sunday in August from 1-3pm.

Relax with a picnic whilst being serenaded by a different musical act each week.

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

 

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