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

Sculpture Exhibition 2019 – a 20th Anniversary Celebration of Art

Towering kinetic wind art and mythological figures are transforming the historic garden into a stunning outdoor gallery for a special 20th anniversary exhibition.

Opened on 9th May by award-winning designer and TV gardener, Juliet Sargeant, the carefully selected sculptures are placed throughout the 17-acre formal Garden, working in harmony with the renowned horticultural collection that has put Borde Hill on the map. Including over 100 pieces, the diverse display of figurative and abstract works highlight fresh new talent, with some familiar names returning to be part of this special celebration of art.

Will Carr’s kinetic wind sculpture ‘Transfiguration’ captivates viewers as it twists and turns in the breeze in front of the Elizabethan Mansion. Wandering further into the garden ‘rooms’, visitors encounter ‘Icarus I’ by Nicola Godden, a striking winged figure commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Village. The mythological theme continues with ‘Narcissus’ by Teresa Wells, a figurative bronze inspired by the boy who fell in love with his own reflection.

Exploring the Garden’s hidden spaces, visitors will stumble across exquisite stone carvings, alongside works in resin, glass and ceramic.

Smaller pieces are exhibited inside the Glasshouse and Green Tree Gallery, encouraging visitors to explore every nook and cranny of the historic garden and grounds. All works are on sale, with something to suit every taste and pocket.

Admission included in standard entry price.

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

 

For more information, please contact us at sculptureandart@bordehill.co.uk

Exhibiting artists: Adrian Gray, Alyosha Moeran, Antoinette Jackson, Bernard Miles Pearson, Brendon Murless, Christine Baxter, Diana Roles, Ian Marlow, Jane Bohane, Jeremy Moulsdale, Kate Sell, Kay Singla, Lou Johns, Lucy Kinsella, Lucy Lutyens, Lynn Baker, Lynn Warren, Nicola Godden, Nicolas Moreton, Paul Harvey, Richard Cresswell, Rosie Jones, Simon Conolly, Simon Probyn, Stephanie Cushing, Susie Hartley, Teresa Wells, Will Carr, Will Spankie, Zoe Singleton

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Meditation for Peace with Keren Ghitis
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Meditation for Peace with Keren Ghitis

Meditation for Peace with Keren Ghitis

Experience the tranquility of Borde Hill Garden in a unique way whilst contemplating what matters to you.

Enjoy exclusive private access to the Garden before it opens to the public for a special meditation, activity and nature morning to mark the International Day of Peace.

The magical grounds are the perfect place to stop, reflect and experience, on this important day, the peace we wish for ourselves, our families and community. Seeds from Borde Hill Garden will be given to participants at the end of the event to plant a new life. You will be invited to stay and enjoy the grounds.

This one and a half hour event will include meditation and other mindfulness based activities.

Please bring cushions to sit on.

Prior meditation experience is not required; beginners welcome.

Keren Ghitis is a Mindfulness Based Psychotherapist and a yoga teacher.

Tickets
£15.00 per person
Advance booking required
Ticket price includes Garden admission

Sep
22
Sun
2019
Southern Classics Society Car Show
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Southern Classics Society Car Show

Come along and admire a diverse array of classic cars parked on the South Lawn courtesy of the Southern Classics Society.

Included in Garden admission.

Sep
30
Mon
2019
National Gardens Scheme Open Day
Sep 30 all-day

Join us when we open especially for the National Gardens Scheme charity… a perfect opportunity to enjoy our early autumn colour whilst supporting the work on the NGS..

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

 

 

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Cuckfield Bookfest – with garden writer Vanessa Berridge, plus a Garden tour
Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Discover the delights of this Edwardian Grade II* listed garden famous for its rare shrubs and trees in the company of the head gardener, Andy Stevens. Vanessa Berridge, renowned garden writer and author of the recently published Great British Gardeners will then introduce her book which traces the history of British gardening through the stories of 26 key figures including Christopher Lloyd, Vita Sackville-West and William Robinson. Vanessa will be in conversation with Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke whose great grandfather created Borde Hill garden.

The garden is two miles from Cuckfield. There is a large car park and a café for those who might want to arrive for lunch first. Please note the house will not open until 3.30pm.

Itinerary

2.30pm prompt – Tour of the garden

3.30pm – Glass of prosecco in the house

4.00pm- Vanessa Berridge with Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, Great British Gardeners

This special event is part of the 2019 Cuckfield Bookfest

Tickets
£20 per person
Advance booking required

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Photography Workshop – Going Digital: Creative Landscapes
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Capture wonderful autumn colours at Borde Hill Garden from 10.30-4.00

Learn to improve your landscape compositions in the woods, formal gardens and by the lakes. Please bring tripods and ND & ND Grad filters if you have them.

Tickets: £75

Booking essential at www.goingdigital.co.uk/photography-courses/borde-hill-garden-sussex

Oct
7
Mon
2019
Members-only guided tours of the Elizabethan Mansion House
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Exclusive members-only Guided Tours of the Elizabethan Mansion House at 12noon and 2pm

We are delighted to offer the opportunity for Friends of Borde Hill to enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of the principal ground floor rooms of the impressive Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion House (usually open only to groups).

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. Visitors will also be able to see family memorabilia from Colonel Stephenson Clarke’s travels, as well as period features, fine furnishings and family portraits.

Tours at 12noon and 2pm, charged at £4 per person. Advance booking required.
Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets:
£4.00 per member
You will be required to show a valid membership card on arrival

Advance booking required
Assistance dogs only

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Head Gardener Tour: Parkland Trees
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by joining Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, on a seasonal guided tour.

Parkland Tree Walk

Discover several of Borde Hill’s Champion Trees, known for their enormous size, great age or rarity on a unique guided tour of the Parkland.

This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs

Tickets
£4.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission

Oct
15
Tue
2019
Head Gardener Tour: Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by joining Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, on a seasonal guided tour.

‘Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter’

A guided tour focussing on seasonal interest and what’s required to put the Garden to bed for the winter, whilst offering you inspiration for next years planting.

Tickets
£4.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission

Oct
18
Fri
2019
‘Tasty Garden Talk’ with Juliet Sargeant
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

‘Tasty Garden Talk’ – Friday 18 October, 10.30-12noon

Autumn Flavours from your Garden

Juliet Sargeant, award-winning garden designer and presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, has teamed up with chef Samantha Mathews, to bring you an amazing new garden and food experience.

Juliet will speak about the many edible ornamental plants that grow commonly in our gardens whilst Sam will offer you tasters to eat and drink. Did you know that hostas, sedums, dahlias and daylilies are all edible?

Come along and sample some tasters… you will never look at your borders in the same way again! The talk includes 5 delicious tasters.

Tickets:
£20.00 (RHS Members)
£25.00 non-members

Booking essential at: www.sussexgardenschool.com

Juliet Sargeant
Chef Samantha Mathews
Sedum Salad
Oct
22
Tue
2019
Head Gardener Tour: The Radiance of Autumn
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn by joining Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, on a seasonal guided tour.

The Radiance of Autumn

A guided tour of the 17-acre Garden in all its autumnal spendour. Experience the glorious golds and rich reds of the cornus, acers, liquidambar trees and deciduous azaleas.

Tickets
£4.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission

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

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…

£2 per trail, plus admission, to include a prize from the Head Witch in her lair. (FREE to Friends)

Activities on selected days between 11-3 include:
26 Oct & 2 Nov: Halloween Crafts
27 Oct: Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Glow Competition
28 Oct: Spellbinding Stories with Telling Tales StoryPlay
29 Oct: Wand Making with Woods for Learning
30 Oct & 1 Nov: Reptiles with RepTylers
31 Oct: Magic Shows
3 Nov: Explosive Experiment Shows & Slime Making with FizzPopScience 

Small additional charge applies for some activities. Details to follow…

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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