Events at the Garden
We regularly add to our programme of events - please check back for updates, and don't miss our courses page.
Rococo Garden Sprites
Tuesdays during term time plus school holiday specials, 10am-12noon
A chance for children between 18 months and 4 years to stroll through our gorgeous Garden to the enchanted woodland to play, explore and create some natural crafts. The sessions are a mixture of guided activities and free play for which we have a range of resources on hand. There's mud play, walks, stories, wild art, bug hunting and generally having a lovely, relaxing time. Limited availability - book direct with Nature Connections.
Art Unbound - summer sculpture installation & workshops
Sunday 26th May - Sunday 8th September, daily
Taking inspiration from the playful intentions of the garden’s designers back in the 1740s, Art Unbound is an stunning exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture to intrigue, entice and delight. For more info about this brand new addition to our programme, visit our special Art Unbound page. For details of the artist workshops being held alongside the exhibition, click here.
Yoga in Nature - with Chloe Mercer
Thursday mornings, 6th June-15th July, 9.30 - 10.30am
Back after a successful first year, this is a restorative yoga-based class to nourish and support our body’s capacity to be healthy, vital and pure. Teaching will include breath, meditation, walking, Asana and relaxation. For more info click here - to book, please click here.
Much Ado about Nothing - The Handlebards Gents
Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th June, 6.30pm
Yes - they tour the country by bike and they perform Shakespeare outdoors. Witty, intelligent and fit, this is one of our event highlights of the year.
Click here to find out more. For more info and to book, visit the Handlebards' website - early bird discounts apply!
The Tempest - The Handlebards Ladies
Tuesday 2nd July, 6.30pm
The Ladies have been a very popular addition to our programme - fingers crossed for another idyllic evening's weather like last year! Click here to find out more. For more detail and to book, visit the Handlebards' website - early bird discounts apply!
Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves - Illyria
Saturday 27th July, 2.30pm
Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home to show his wife. But what will he do when she chides him for stealing? Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King and his ary of 40 thieves come looking for the missing treasure, will he and his family survive? This is the first visit by this renowned theatre company and we cant wait! To find out more and to book your tickets, visit visit Illyria's website
The Sword in the Stone - IK Productions
Monday 26th August, 2.30pm
Wizards, magic swords, knights in shining armour and the throne of England. There are fights to be fought, knights to be knighted, and quests to be… quested. See for yourself exactly how Arthur became the most renowned King of England in this madcap, hilarious retelling of the legendary English legend of “The Sword in the Stone”. For more information and to book, visit the Everyman Theatre's website
Rococo After Dark - Dusk Bat Walk
Friday 30th August, 7.45pm
Come and find out about the bats and moths which make the Garden their home as we walk with experts from Butterfly Conservation. Tickets are free thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery-funded Back from the Brink project but are strictly limited. Click here for more info and how to book.
Saturday 31st August, 10.30am-3pm
See and find out about the moths caught on the previous evening's dusk walk experts from Butterfly Conservation. There will also be moth arts and crafts and a moth challenge. Normal admission applies - no additional charge for this activity. For more info, click here.
See the Garden with fresh eyes - Mindful Photography Workshop with Ruth Davey
Sunday 20th October, 10.30am-3pm
Develop your photography skills and discover a mindful approach to this art form. This workshop will help you to slow down and use photography, mindfulness and walking to look more deeply at the world around you. You can use any device you choose, from a mobile phone, tablet or a digital camera, and the workshop is suitable for all abilities. For more information and to book, visit Ruth's website.
Family Autumn Festival
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th October, 10.30am - 3pm
Our annual celebration of everything harvest, including heritage produce displays, tastings, an autumn trail and a chance to bake an apple on our open fire. Plus we're hoping to showcase the outcome of an apple juicing education project, details tbc. Normal admission applies.
For more information about any of our events please get in touch and a member of our team will be more than happy to help. See also our courses which run throughout the year.