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

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Borde Hill Garden, in all its autumnal splendour, will host an exciting array of ghostly goings-on. With brand new daily activities, plus some old favourites, kids are guaranteed a ‘fang-tastic’ time! The fun includes spooky stories, crafts, owls, bats, creepy crawlies, magic and much much more (see below for diary).

Those kids who are brave enough to complete the ghoulish garden trail can also meet our witch or wizard for a dastardly treat! Don’t forget to visit the Adventure Playground, complete with zip wire, or savour a tasty bite or potion at The Little Witches House. Enter at your peril!

Visitors are also welcome to wander and enjoy the stunning hues of autumn with cornus, acers, liquidambers and deciduous azaleas, as well as wonderful views across the parkland featuring native and exotic trees.

All activities are free with Garden entry, apart from the Harry Potter Parties on Weds 26th, where there is an additional charge of £1.00 per person (Adults and Children over 3). Suitable for age 6 upwards. No need to pre-book tickets apart from the Harry Potter Parties (more details below).


L-R: Owls About Town, Witches Lair, Sussex Bat Group, Harry Potter Party

Diary of activities:  All activities in the marquee 11am-3pm unless stated otherwise*

Saturday 22nd: Poppy’s Perilous Parties

Join Poppy the witch for splendidly spooky fun and games and help her get her cat back!  With games, movement, songs and more, Poppy will fire up the children’s imaginations in her drama workshops and get them having lots of happy Halloween fun!  Age: from 4-7 years.

Sunday 23rd: Ghastly Arts & Crafts

Get creative with our Halloween Arts & Crafts.  Kids will love making these fun and freaky craft pieces, including shrunken heads and other ghoulish creations to take home to the family!  Suitable for all ages.

Monday 24th: Terrifying Tomfoolery

Laughter is guaranteed with Tomfoolery’s Halloween-inspired party games, dancing, music, magic, balloons and more!  Tomfoolery will engage with everyone to make it a spooky show to remember!  Suitable for all ages.

Tuesday 25th: Bat EncountersDSC_2548

Get up close and personal with some real life bats courtesy of The Sussex Bat Group!  Learn more about these fascinating creatures during an informative talk before taking the opportunity to see the bats first hand.  Suitable for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 26th: Harry Potter Party* Timed shows at 11.30am and 1.30pm

Space is limited, so to avoid disappointment, we advise that tickets are purchased in advance using the following link. £1 per person for both Adults and Children over 3- Buy Harry Potter Tickets

Garden entry tickets can also be booked in advance here – Buy Garden Entry Tickets

Witness the magic and experience the wonder of the famous Sorting Hat, games and lessons in witchcraft and wizardry with our very own Hogwarts professor, travelling to Borde Hill especially by floo powder.  Bring your cameras and prepare for the fun.  Swish and Flick!  Age: from 6 upwards.

Thursday 27th: Tom’s Talking Reptiles* 11am-2pm

Meet Tom and his amazing insects and reptiles, including Snakes, Tortoises, Lizards, Frogs, Scorpions and more… An educational, hands-on experience with a high dose of fun…all with a Halloween twist!  Suitable for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 28th: Owls About Town

Get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures in the world! Learn some fun facts about their diets, characteristics and habitats during an informative introduction talk, before taking the opportunity to don a glove and handle some of these wonderful creatures.  Suitable for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 29th: Ghastly Arts & Crafts

Get creative with our Halloween Arts & Crafts. Kids will love making these fun and freaky craft pieces, including shrunken heads and other ghoulish creations to take home to the family!  Suitable for all ages.

Sunday 30th: Autumn Mud & Muck with Hahahopscotch* 12-3pm

The Hahahopscotch team will be dusting cobwebs off their trowels and loading up their wheelbarrow to bring their Giggly & Greenfingered gardening session to Borde Hill.  Kids will be able to get their hands dirty and make their own spooky autumnal garden to take home for Halloween!  Age: from 5-11 years.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.


L-R: Poppy’s Parties, Tomfoolery, Arts and Crafts, Tom’s Talking Reptiles

Daily activities:

Find the tombstones hidden around the garden, solve the clues, then visit the Witch or Wizard in their lair for a treat, plus The Adventure Playground.

Don’t forget to visit The Little Witches House in the garden for a ghostly delight or potion.kerrie-halloween

Our Witches will be serving a warming menu including homemade pumpkin soup straight from the cauldron, blood punch, toasted sandwiches, chips, spider cakes, hot drinks and many other Halloween-themed options.  Takeaway and kids Halloween lunch boxes also available.

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