Garden & Nature Highlights of the Heritage Open Days 2023!

Heritage Open Days 2023

I’m mindful that my recent article about Gertrude Jekyll may have inspired you to want to learn more about this inspirational gardener and horticulturist, so in this post I’m sharing information on an array of Gertrude Jekyll themed events, as well as gardens, vineyards, and interesting places you can visit during the Heritage Open Days.

Every September, the Heritage Open Days allow visitors to experience local history, culture, and architecture.  The Heritage Open Days provide a rather wonderful opportunity to visit interesting, historic or modern, beautiful, and important places, which are normally closed to the public.  These special events also give visitors an opportunity to enjoy free entry to some rather lovely places that usually charge an admission fee.  Please note that while these visits are free, many of these events do require booking in advance; I’ve added a link to more information for each event, to help you reserve your place.

I am such a fan of the Heritage Open Days!  These very special days allow us to visit houses, museums, lighthouses, castles, windmills, private gardens, nature reserves, and many other interesting places, including many venues committed to improving our environment and demonstrating how to be more sustainable.

This year, the Heritage Open Days will be held on:

  • Friday 8th September 2023
  • Saturday 9th September 2023
  • Sunday 10th September 2023
  • Monday 11th September 2023
  • Tuesday 12th September 2023
  • Wednesday 13th September 2023
  • Thursday 14th September 2023
  • Friday 15th September 2023
  • Saturday 16th September 2023
  • Sunday 17th September 2023

NB: At the very top of this page, you’ll find headings in bold text, at the top left hand side of the page.  If you click on any of these headings you’ll whizz over to that section without having to scroll down.  The arrow on the right hand side of the page will deliver you back up to the top of the page.

Please note that you can find all the Heritage Open Days events on their website.  I want to help my readers discover nature, gardening, and sustainability events, so I’ve highlighted my favourite of these events in this post:

Friday 8th September 2023

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Friday 8th September 2023Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is an organic vineyard that produces the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 11am until 4pm (last entry at 3pm).  Heritage Open Days visitors are invited to explore the newly opened ‘wildlife walk’ free of charge, but please book your place in advance.  Visitors should check in via the vineyard shop on arrival to collect a map and other information.  Please note that toilets are only available inside the vineyard shop – there are no toilets in the wildlife walk area.  For more details, please click here.

Look Out for the Beverley Minster Secret Garden!

On Friday 8th September 2023, from 10am until 4pm, visit 24 Minster Moorgate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8HR.  Described as a real delight and the most secret of the Minster gardens, Beverley Minster Secret garden is rarely open to the public.  Beverley Minster has a quiet garden, a secret garden, and a new sanctuary garden. The quiet garden off Highgate is usually open for visitors, but the secret garden never is – even its location is a mystery.  Take a chance; explore; see if you can find it!
The secret garden is tended by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who have made some new developments.  The garden is a haven for wildlife, a good place for a picnic, and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about plants and trees.  For more information, please click here.

The Creativity Of Gertrude Jekyll

On Friday 8th September 2023, at 1pm enjoy an amusing performance about Gertrude Jekyll‘s creativity and her Hampshire links at Toscanaccio, 73 Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8AT.  Pedlars and Petticoats present a new theatrical talk above Toscanaccio Wine shop in Winchester about Gertrude Jekyll who believed in passing on “the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives”.  Hear amusing tales from Gertrude Jekyll’s youth when she played cricket, climbed trees and did “dreadful things with gunpowder”.  Gertrude also designed over 400 green spaces, exhibited at the Royal Academy, and sponsored emerging architect Edwin Lutyens.  The monologue performance will last 40 mins followed by Q&A.  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

On Friday 8th September 2023, from 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Jane Austen’s house at Chawton.

Uppark House and Garden

On Friday 8th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Nymans

On Friday 8th September 2023, visit Nymans house and garden from 10am until 4.30pm at Nymans, Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB.  Set in the stunning countryside of the Sussex Weald, Nymans is one of the National Trust’s finest gardens, containing rare and unusual plant collections.  The house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the creative Messel family.  For more information, please click here.

Saturday 9th September 2023

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Saturday 9th September 2023, Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is an organic vineyard that produces the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 11am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm).  Heritage Open Days visitors are invited to explore the newly opened ‘wildlife walk’ free of charge, but please book your place in advance.  Visitors should check in via the vineyard shop on arrival to collect a map and other information.  Please note that toilets are only available inside the vineyard shop – there are no toilets in the wildlife walk area.  For more details, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Beeston in Bloom Plant Sale and Talks & Walks at Cross Flatts Park

Beeston in Bloom Plant Sale is from 10am until 12 noon on Saturday 9th September 2023 at Cross Flatts Park, Cross Flatts Avenue, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 7BQ.  The Friends of Cross Flatts Park and Beeston in Bloom are hosting talks and walks on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.  A photographic archive of the Park’s history will be on display in the Bridge Cafe.  Discover the history, and enjoy the beauty of Cross Flatts Park which has been at the heart of the community in Beeston since 1891.  For more information, please click here.

Beverley area: Laurel Vines, Aike

On Saturday 9th September 2023, from 11am until 4pm, visit the vinery at Laurel Vines, Aike, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 9BG.  Laurel Vines is a multi-award winning, family-run vineyard and winery in the heart of East Yorkshire within the hamlet of Aike.  Established in 2011 by winemaker Ian Sargent and wife Ann who planted 2,000 vines on the site’s south-facing rolling slopes.  11 years later, there are now more than 16,000 vines growing here and a state of the art winery.  The vineyard has nine different varieties of grapevine: as well as the traditional champagne trio of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, they also grow varieties specially cultivated for cool climates. Visitors can enjoy walks around the vineyard, tours of the winery and witness some of the high-tech machinery that the site has invested in and created over the years. The team will be on hand to take you through every step of the process.  For more information, please click here.

Tour of Foxhill House, through the meadows to the Whiteknights’ Lake

Take a tour of Foxhill House, through the meadows to Whiteknights’ Lake on Saturday 9th September 2023, from 11am until 1pm at University of Reading, Foxhill House, Shinfield Road, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6EP.  Foxhill House is a fine example of mid-Victorian architecture. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse, it is situated on raised ground, near the northern corner of the University campus, overlooking the meadows down to the Whiteknights lake.  Alfred Waterhouse was renowned for his architecture, especially for Foxhill House, which he designed for himself.  Alfred designed other buildings for the Whiteknights estate, as well as in Reading town.  There were several other well-known owners of Foxhill until the University of Reading acquired the house in 1955, for use as student accommodation. Since 2004, it has been the home of the School of Law.. The guided tour by members of The Friends of the University of Reading will enable visitors to see the hall and rooms in the house, as well as the former stable block, the stylish external design, and the garden.  The guided walk through the meadows and to the lake will include description of some of the historical features of this part of the campus.  For all the details, please click here.

Lombard House

On Saturday 9th September 2023, Lombard House, The Hertford Club, Lombard House, Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1DT, will be opening from 12 noon until 4pm. Situated on the banks of the River Lea, Lombard House is a 15th century, Grade II* listed building.  For the past 120 years, Lombard House has been home to The Hertford Club, this is a members only club, which is not usually open to the public.  Members of The Hertford Club will be on hand to give tours and the bar will be open for refreshments.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Nutbourne Vineyard

On Saturday 9th September 2023, Nutbourne Vineyard will be opening from 11am until 4pm for the Heritage Open Days at Nutbourne Vineyard, Gay Street, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2HH.  NB: Access is via the (narrow) Gay Street Lane.  This family-run vineyard has been producing white wines for over 30 years.  Visitors can follow the free self-guided Vineyard trail with a leaflet describing the various aspects of interest.  Wine will be available to purchase and expert-led tours may also be available at a cost of £20.  For more information, please click here.

Polesden Lacey

On Saturday 9th September 2023 , visit Polesden Lacey (Gardens open from 10am until 5pm, House opens from 11am until 3.30pm), owned by the National Trust, Polesden Lacey House, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD.  Polesden Lacey is a 1,600-acre estate with elegant gardens and Edwardian house. Visit for a day of music, local community appearances, and enter your dog in the dog show!  In the Surrey Hills, just 25 miles from London, Polesden Lacey’s garden enjoys glorious views of Ranmore Common and rolling parkland.  A landscape virtually unchanged since medieval times.

Polesden Lacey are celebrating the local area, by opening its doors and inviting community groups to talk about the important work that they do.  There will be entertainment and fun activities to join along with all whilst you’re learning more about the community.

Take a picnic and get ready for live music on the south lawn, from 2pm until 4pm. There’s a small pop up mini golf course, which is free to play this weekend only!  There will also be lots of children’s activities including the new Little People, BIG DREAMS® exhibition and trail, which inspires children to be bold, be brave and dream big, by learning more about important people throughout history.  For more information, please click here.

Congleton Bath House & Physic Garden

On Saturday 9th September 2023, see inside a rare surviving Georgian Bath House, and find out about the medicinal plants from 10am until 4pm at Congleton Bath House & Physic Garden, Colehill Bank, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 3AD.  The listed buildings comprise a late-Georgian Bath House and a neoclassical garden shelter.  Built by the owners of a nearby house, the Bath House is a rare survivor of the 18th and 19th-century passion for health-giving cold-water bathing.  It contains a private plunge pool in the basement and an upstairs warming room.  The garden shelter reflects another contemporary fashion – the design of a picturesque landscape view from the house, set with classical architectural features.  The Physic Garden contains a range of plants, from annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees, that have been used in medicine throughout history.  “Nature’s pharmacy” is represented by our wildlife area.  Being in a town largely built on textiles, we have also developed a Plants in Industry area.  The Herb Society’s Barbara Wilkinson will lead garden tours, and there will be plants and other items on sale.  There will be guided tours of the Bath House and garden shelter throughout the day.  For more information, please click here.

Prior’s Field School and Garden

On Saturday 9th September 2023, visit Prior’s Field School and take a self-guided tour of the house and garden from 10am until 3pm at Priors Field School, Priorsfield Road, Hurtmore, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2RH.  Prior’s Field School occupies a building created as a private house and designed by the renowned Arts and Crafts architect Charles Francis Annesley Voysey.  Originally called Prior’s Garth, Prior’s Field was built in 1900 for a Charterhouse schoolmaster who never lived there.  The house was next purchased by Julia Huxley who opened it as a ‘high class school for girls’ in 1902.  Visitors can explore much of the original house which is used by the school today.  The house was designed at a time when the architect, Voysey was at the pinnacle of his career.  It is an attractive, homely house, and was considered very modern when it was built.  The building is typical of Voysey’s work, with cottage-style characteristics and roughcast exterior walls, steeply pitched roofs and prominent chimneys.  Oak Hall features a dominant staircase, wood panelling, and a deep tiled fireplace, exemplifying Voysey’s austere but cosy style.  Many of Voysey’s favourite motifs of hearts and birds are evident on the fire surrounds, air vents and door furniture throughout the building and these emblems have been incorporated into the school’s crest.  For more information, please click here.

Stopham Vineyard

Visit Stopham Vineyard from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 9th September 2023, at Stopham Vineyard Winery, Stopham, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1EE.  Situated on a South-facing slope of sandy soil in the hamlet of Stopham, the vineyard was first planted in 2007.  Visitors can view the vineyard and Winery and will be offered free tastings of the wines.  Stopham is located in the South Downs National Park, the vineyard overlooks the nearby River Arun with views to the Downs.  Wine has been produced in Britain since Roman times, albeit on a very small scale, but during the past 30 years or so Sussex has become a leading area for production of English white still and sparkling wines. Whilst the climate is favourable the ‘Weather’ may not be!  Annual hazards include frosts in April when the vines are flowering, rain in June/July when the grapes are forming, and adverse conditions in September during the harvest process. Stopham produces three styles of still White and one Sparkling.  For more information, please click here.

City of Wells Almshouses

On Saturday 9th September 2023, from 11am until 4pm, visit City of Wells’ Medieval almshouses with stunning gardens, a working chapel and the original Guild Hall of the city at 4 Bubwith Almshouses, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2QE.  Historical 15th-century Almshouses (Grade II*) with chapel and gardens and the former City of Wells Guildroom. The gardens were awarded a level 5 “Outstanding” by the Royal Horticultural Society “Mendip in Bloom”.  Includes Llewellyn and Charles Almshouses in Priest Row, Wells.  Still in use as Almshouses.  Delicious home baked refreshments are served all day and visitors can enjoy live music  from 2pm and 3pm.  Stewards will be on-site to assist visitors and self-guide leaflets will be available.  For more information, please click here.

Winkworth Arboretum

On Saturday 9th September 2023, Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD, are offering free entry to visitors, from 10am until 4pm, to celebrate the Heritage Open Days. Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit.  Winkworth Arboretum is situated on a steep site, with uneven, rough ground, which is exacerbated due to the many tree roots, so it’s not easy for disabled visitors, but this is a beautiful location, which makes for a lovely walk.  This is a good spot for wildlife, there’s a lake and a great many fantastic trees.  For all the details, please click here.

Winkworth Arboretum, in Godalming is a beautiful place to visit in autumn.

RISC Edible Roof Garden

On Saturday 9th September 2023, RISC Edible Roof Garden, 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, from 12 noon until 4pm. This is a small, edible, rooftop, forest garden, which features plants from all over the world that we depend on for food, clothing, and medicine. This rooftop garden is a permaculture, forest garden that has been designed to demonstrate our dependance on plants. The garden demonstrates renewable energy, water harvesting methods, and irrigation systems. Please note, there is no wheelchair access to this garden – access is via a steep, outdoor, external staircase. For all the details, please click here.

Hanley Heritage Tour

On Saturday 9th September 2023, (from 11am until 3pm), meet at the Bandstand in Hanley Park, Cleveland Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4DX for a guided walk from the historic grade II* listed Hanley Park, taking in the former headquarters of the Royal Staffordshire Regiment and Heritage Open Day activities at St Mark’s Church in Hanley and Shirley’s Mill in Steam at Etruria.  At this event, you can learn more about the history of The Potteries and this interesting park and garden, you’ll discover why it is considered such an important site, and see for yourself the extent of the restoration works that have been completed so far, and find out about the future plans for this historic park and garden.  The circular walk covers around 2.5 miles with frequent stops for talk and refreshments.  Do remember to pre-book your place; for all the details, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve

Open from 11am until 4pm at R S P B Nature Reserve, Uppertons Barn Visitors Centre, Wiggonholt, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2EL.  This is one of the nationwide RSPB Reserves and covers 256 hectares of lowland wet grassland. Visitors can enjoy the woodland trails of Wiggonholt Common and explore the Visitor Centre.  There will be free access to the children’s’ play area.  Visitors can view the Reserve from the cafe area and from the Wild Art Trail.  Entrance to the Birdwatching Trail costs £4 for adults and £2 for children.  Special free access to the children’s play area, and a free pin badge for children completing the Wild Art Trail.  Although parking is fairly extensive, there is the option of using the half-hourly ‘heritage’ bus service to and from Pulborough Station.  Parking charges apply for non-RSPB members; £1 for one hour; £3 all day.  For more information, please click here.

Uppark House and Garden

On Saturday 9th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

See if you can find the Beverley Minster Secret Garden!

On Saturday 9th September 2023, from 10am until 4pm, visit 24 Minster Moorgate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8HR.  Described as a real delight and the most secret of the Minster gardens, Beverley Minster Secret garden is rarely open to the public.  Beverley Minster has a quiet garden, a secret garden, and a new sanctuary garden. The quiet garden off Highgate is usually open for visitors, but the secret garden never is – even its location is a mystery.  Take a chance; explore; see if you can find it!
The secret garden is tended by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who have made some new developments.  The garden is a haven for wildlife, a good place for a picnic, and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about plants and trees.  For more information, please click here.

Nymans

On Saturday 9th September 2023, visit Nymans house and garden from 10am until 4.30pm at Nymans, Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB.  Set in the stunning countryside of the Sussex Weald, Nymans is one of the National Trust’s finest gardens, containing rare and unusual plant collections.  The house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the creative Messel family.  For more information, please click here.

Sunday 10th September 2023

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is an organic vineyard that produces the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 11am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm).  Heritage Open Days visitors are invited to explore the newly opened ‘wildlife walk’ free of charge, but please book your place in advance.  Visitors should check in via the vineyard shop on arrival to collect a map and other information.  Please note that toilets are only available inside the vineyard shop – there are no toilets in the wildlife walk area.  For more details, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

RISC Edible Roof Garden

On Sunday 10th September 2023, RISC Edible Roof Garden, 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, from 12 noon until 4pm. This is a small, edible, rooftop, forest garden, which features plants from all over the world that we depend on for food, clothing, and medicine. This rooftop garden is a permaculture, forest garden that has been designed to demonstrate our dependance on plants. The garden demonstrates renewable energy, water harvesting methods, and irrigation systems. Please note, there is no wheelchair access to this garden – access is via a steep, outdoor, external staircase. For all the details, please click here.

The Gregg School

On Sunday 10th September 2023, from 2pm until 5pm take the chance to explore the historic Townhill Park estate, owned by Lord and Lady Swaythling in the early 1900s.  Wander around the house designed by L.R. Gutherie and through the beautiful formal gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll.  Home to The Gregg School since 1994.  The Gregg School, Townhill Park House, Atlantic Park View, West End, Southampton, Hampshire, SO18 3RR.

In 1897, Lord Ivor, First Baron Swaythling, purchased Townhill Park estate from Caleb Gater, for his eldest son, the Hon. Louis Montagu.  In 1910, Louis engaged the architect Leonard Rome Guthrie to extend the building.  Upon the death of his father, in 1911, Lord Louis became the 2nd Baron Swaythling and in the same year, he commissioned Gertrude Jekyll to design formal gardens to complement the Italian style of the house and his new Arboretum.

Gladys, Lady Swaythling, was a friend of Queen Mary who visited the house regularly in the 1920s and would enjoy walking down through the herbaceous borders to the Sunk Garden.  In 1927 when the Hon. Stuart Montagu became the third Baron Swaythling, he and Mr Rose, the head gardener, started hybridising rhododendrons, for which they won many RHS Awards of Merit.  Their Lilium Giganteum, Camellias and Magnolias were photographed by Country Life for the book ’Lilies: Their Culture and Management’.

Lord Stuart loaned the estate to the Red Cross in 1939 for use as a convalescent home for British Soldiers during the Second World War.  In 1948, economies forced Lord Stuart to sell the house and 30 acres of grounds to Middlesex County Council ,who used it as a boarding school for underprivileged children.

In 1969, the house was sold to Southampton City Council, as a hostel for merchant navy cadets and in 1994, the house and grounds were sold to The Gregg School Trust who restored the beautiful house and gardens that we see today.  For all the details, please click here.

Hatchlands Park (+ Clandon pop up)

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Hatchlands park will be opening from 10am until 5pm at Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT.  Set in a tranquil parkland, explore this Georgian country house with its unusual collection of pianos including some owned by Chopin, Bizet and Elgar.  Families will love the natural adventure area in the woodland complete with balance beams, a treehouse and bug burrow.  Explore the tranquil parkland with its ponds, wildflower meadows, open pasture, and ancient woodland.  On Sunday afternoon you can take a peek inside the Georgian mansion.  Originally built for naval hero Admiral Boscawen, it has seen many different residents over the years. Today it is home to tenant, Alec Cobbe and his collection of fine furniture, paintings, and instruments owned or played by famous composers such as Chopin and Elgar.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property that features 400 acres of parkland in Surrey.

Clandon Pop Up: Meet the project team from Clandon Park to discover more about their work to stabilise and conserve the house and the vision for the future.  Learn about the many hands that made Clandon Park, including brick- and chimney pot makers, and the plans for enhancing the building, future events, displays and creative uses of the space.  For more information, please click here.

Lombard House

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Lombard House, The Hertford Club, Lombard House, Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1DT, will be opening from 12 noon until 4pm. Situated on the banks of the River Lea, Lombard House is a 15th century, Grade II* listed building.  For the past 120 years, Lombard House has been home to The Hertford Club, this is a members only club, which is not usually open to the public.  Members of The Hertford Club will be on hand to give tours and the bar will be open for refreshments.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Visit the Original Bramley Apple Tree!

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Nottingham Trent University will be offering an opportunity to visit the original Bramley apple tree in Southwell, from 11am until 3pm at 77 Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HQ.  Nottingham Trent University is the custodian of the original Bramley apple tree, located in the garden of cottages once used as a butchers shop by Matthew Bramley.  Although the tree is extremely old and suffering from honey fungus, it still produces fruit.  A member of NTU staff will be able to explain why the tree is so special and discuss ongoing research into quality components of the apples it produces.  For more information, please click here.

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden, Wood Lane, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 1XA, is opening from 11am, until 5pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  Visitors can explore the Victorian walled gardens, which have been restored by volunteers.  A lovely opportunity to admire vegetables, fruit, and flowers growing in pretty herbaceous borders.  This one acre garden features a magnificent Victorian style greenhouse.  For all the details, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

From 10am until 5pm enjoy a visit to Trengwainton Garden, Boscathnoe Lane, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ.  Visitors will enjoy this sheltered garden with exotic trees and shrubs, winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views, a walled garden, and a productive kitchen garden.  Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors.  The café serves hot and cold drinks, light savoury snacks and a range of cakes, plus sweet and savoury gluten-free options. There’s also a shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.  Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, the shop and the cafe garden. Assistance dogs only in café and bookshop.  For more information, please click here.

Bishop Burton Walled Garden

On Sunday 10th September 2023, from 11am until 4pm visit this famous walled garden at Bishop Burton College, York Road, Bishop Burton, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8QG.  Bishop Burton College is opening this very special walled garden to visitors.  The Head Gardener will be on hand to answer any questions about the garden.  Bishop Burton is a modern, land-based college that teaches a wide range of further and higher education courses and qualifications.  The College was founded in the 20th century.  In 2023 there are about 24 acres (10 ha.) of gardens and shrubberies.  The existing walled garden is (from the brickwork) probably late 18th or early 19th century.  The College uses the garden for students learning about horticulture.  An astonishing range of plants surround many works of art, many made from scrap.  For more information, please click here.

Taplow Court Open Day

On Sunday 10th September 2023, from 2pm until 5pm visit Taplow Court, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL6 0ER.  Taplow Court, a mid 19th-century mansion set high above the Thames near Maidenhead.  Why not take a picnic and relax in the 85 acres of grounds.  Taplow Court House will also be open to visit.  There will also be a commemorative exhibition about the 50th anniversary of the Toynbee-Ikeda dialogue on the first floor of the house.  Bucks Gardens Trust will be present with information about the historic garden at Taplow Court and will also be running a family activity on Garden History.  Cream teas will also be available.  For more information, please click here.

Sunday Afternoon at Grantham House and Gardens

On Sunday 10th September 2023, from 2pm until 4.30pm relax in the delightful 4-acre gardens at Grantham House, Castlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6SS.  Enjoy a garden tour, enjoy refreshments and browse stalls including Grantham Civic Society’s bonanza of local history books.  For more information, please click here.

Beverley area: Laurel Vines, Aike

On Sunday 10th September 2023, from 11am until 4pm, visit the vinery at Laurel Vines, Aike, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 9BG.  Laurel Vines is a multi-award winning, family-run vineyard and winery in the heart of East Yorkshire within the hamlet of Aike.  Established in 2011 by winemaker Ian Sargent and wife Ann who planted 2,000 vines on the site’s south-facing rolling slopes.  11 years later, there are now more than 16,000 vines growing here and a state of the art winery.  The vineyard has nine different varieties of grapevine: as well as the traditional champagne trio of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, they also grow varieties specially cultivated for cool climates. Visitors can enjoy walks around the vineyard, tours of the winery and witness some of the high-tech machinery that the site has invested in and created over the years. The team will be on hand to take you through every step of the process.  For more information, please click here.

Polesden Lacey

On Sunday 10th September 2023 , visit Polesden Lacey (Gardens open from 10am until 5pm, House opens from 11am until 3.30pm), owned by the National Trust, Polesden Lacey House, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD.  Polesden Lacey is a 1,600-acre estate with elegant gardens and Edwardian house. Visit for a day of music, local community appearances, and enter your dog in the dog show!  In the Surrey Hills, just 25 miles from London, Polesden Lacey’s garden enjoys glorious views of Ranmore Common and rolling parkland.  A landscape virtually unchanged since medieval times.

Polesden Lacey are celebrating the local area, by opening its doors and inviting community groups to talk about the important work that they do.  There will be entertainment and fun activities to join along with all whilst you’re learning more about the community.

Take a picnic and get ready for live music on the south lawn, from 2pm until 4pm. There’s a small pop up mini golf course, which is free to play this weekend only!  There will also be lots of children’s activities including the new Little People, BIG DREAMS® exhibition and trail, which inspires children to be bold, be brave and dream big, by learning more about important people throughout history.  For more information, please click here.

Hampton Court Secret Garden – King’s Lynn

On Sunday 10th September 2023, visit this hidden secret garden from 10am until 4pm at Hampton Court, Nelson Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5DX.  The 15th century riverside warehouse forms the western range of Hampton Court and is accessed from St Margaret’s Lane.  The river used to run where the garden now is. Its open arcaded frontage was filled in during the 17th century but remains evident today.

Take care on uneven steps and ground. Enter from St Margaret’s Lane.  Directions: Through the arch of the red ochre coloured building through the door at the back. Near Lynn Minster. Access through a blue door located on the south side of St Margaret’s Lane midway between the South Quay and Nelson Street.  A truly hidden garden!  For more information, please click here.

Uppark House and Garden

On Sunday 10th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve

Open from 11am until 4pm at R S P B Nature Reserve, Uppertons Barn Visitors Centre, Wiggonholt, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2EL.  This is one of the nationwide RSPB Reserves and covers 256 hectares of lowland wet grassland. Visitors can enjoy the woodland trails of Wiggonholt Common and explore the Visitor Centre.  There will be free access to the children’s’ play area.  Visitors can view the Reserve from the cafe area and from the Wild Art Trail.  Entrance to the Birdwatching Trail costs £4 for adults and £2 for children.  Special free access to the children’s play area, and a free pin badge for children completing the Wild Art Trail.  Although parking is fairly extensive, there is the option of using the half-hourly ‘heritage’ bus service to and from Pulborough Station.  Parking charges apply for non-RSPB members; £1 for one hour; £3 all day.  For more information, please click here.

Winkworth Arboretum

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD, are offering free entry to visitors, from 10am until 4pm, to celebrate the Heritage Open Days.  Winkworth Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit.  Winkworth Arboretum is situated on a steep site, with uneven, rough ground, which is exacerbated due to the many tree roots, so it’s not easy for disabled visitors, but this is a beautiful location, which makes for a lovely walk.  This is a good spot for wildlife, there’s a lake and a great many fantastic trees.  For all the details, please click here.

Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming is a super place to visit to admire the colours of autumn leaves.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Tour of Foxhill House, through the meadows to the Whiteknights’ Lake

Take a tour of Foxhill House, through the meadows to Whiteknights’ Lake on Sunday 10th September 2023, from 11am until 1pm at University of Reading, Foxhill House, Shinfield Road, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6EP.  Foxhill House is a fine example of mid-Victorian architecture. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse, it is situated on raised ground, near the northern corner of the University campus, overlooking the meadows down to the Whiteknights lake.  Alfred Waterhouse was renowned for his architecture, especially for Foxhill House, which he designed for himself.  Alfred designed other buildings for the Whiteknights estate, as well as in Reading town.  There were several other well-known owners of Foxhill until the University of Reading acquired the house in 1955, for use as student accommodation. Since 2004, it has been the home of the School of Law.. The guided tour by members of The Friends of the University of Reading will enable visitors to see the hall and rooms in the house, as well as the former stable block, the stylish external design, and the garden.  The guided walk through the meadows and to the lake will include description of some of the historical features of this part of the campus.  For all the details, please click here.

See if you can find the Beverley Minster Secret Garden!

On Sunday 10th September 2023, from 10am until 4pm, visit 24 Minster Moorgate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8HR.  Described as a real delight and the most secret of the Minster gardens, Beverley Minster Secret garden is rarely open to the public.  Beverley Minster has a quiet garden, a secret garden, and a new sanctuary garden. The quiet garden off Highgate is usually open for visitors, but the secret garden never is – even its location is a mystery.  Take a chance; explore; see if you can find it!
The secret garden is tended by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who have made some new developments.  The garden is a haven for wildlife, a good place for a picnic, and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about plants and trees.  For more information, please click here.

Monday 11th September 2023

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

From 10am until 5pm enjoy a visit to Trengwainton Garden, Boscathnoe Lane, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ.  Visitors will enjoy this sheltered garden with exotic trees and shrubs, winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views, a walled garden, and a productive kitchen garden.  Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors.  The café serves hot and cold drinks, light savoury snacks and a range of cakes, plus sweet and savoury gluten-free options. There’s also a shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.  Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, the shop and the cafe garden. Assistance dogs only in café and bookshop.  For more information, please click here.

Tuesday 12th September 2023

Cliveden

Cliveden will be opening from 9.30am to 5pm for the Heritage Open Days on Tuesday 12th September 2023 at Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS.  Cliveden used to be home to the Astor family, these statuesque gardens, which overlook the Thames, now belong to the National Trust.  At Cliveden you have the opportunity to lose family and perhaps yourself in the maze, to admire topiary, take riverside walks and explore the gardens, which feature a parterre, and a number of statues.  This rather proud, formal garden does also include naturalistic areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Chawton House Garden Tour

On Tuesday 12th September 2023, from 10.30am until 12 noon there’s a chance to enjoy an in-depth tour of the historic grounds and gardens at Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ.  On this hour and a half tour of the historic grounds and gardens at Chawton House, your knowledgeable guide will discuss the English Landscape Movement and how Chawton House garden has changed since the early 1700s.  The tour will stop at key features that include rambling wilderness, hidden ha-ha and avenue of Lime trees to learn about their history, as well as future plans for the garden.

An in-depth tour of the Walled Garden is also included.  Journey along two Edwardian terraces and through a fragrant rose garden before entering ornate iron gates to explore the orchard, cutting and herb gardens.  Your Guide will discuss each of these areas and talk about the inspiration and development of the herb garden in particular.  Learn about the historic fruit trees in the orchard, medicinal plants and their uses and how the staff bring together the garden, house, and library collection.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Bishop’s House Garden

On Tuesday 12th September 2023, from 10am until 4pm discover the historic private four-acre garden at Bishops House, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1SB.  A formal city centre garden which has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years.  The garden is run organically and includes a boxed herb garden, long shade border and rose walk, a large wild grass labyrinth, fruit orchard, and extensive shrubberies featuring many rare and unusual plants.  There is an organic kitchen garden, bamboo walk, and a popular plant sales area.  The garden continues to evolve with new plants and features being introduced year by year.  For more information, please click here.

Amersfort

On Tuesday 12th September 2023, enjoy an introductory talk and guided tour of the gardens at 10.30am or 2pm at Amersfort Hall, The Common, Potten End, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2QF.  Amersfort is a fine Arts and Craft House and garden, designed by Ernest Willmott and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.  This introductory talk and guided tour of the gardens gives visitors a rare opportunity to see Ernest Willmott’s early 20th century design and garden layout, with its steps and terraces, a great deal of which remains intact today.  Gertrude Jekyll created a design for the garden to give interest throughout the year and blend into the surrounding countryside.  For more information and to book your place, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

On Tuesday 12th September 2023, from 10am until 5pm enjoy a visit to Trengwainton Garden, Boscathnoe Lane, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ.  Visitors will enjoy this sheltered garden with exotic trees and shrubs, winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views, a walled garden, and a productive kitchen garden.  Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors.  The café serves hot and cold drinks, light savoury snacks and a range of cakes, plus sweet and savoury gluten-free options. There’s also a shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.  Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, the shop and the cafe garden. Assistance dogs only in café and bookshop.  For more information, please click here.

Wollaton Hall Walled Kitchen Garden

On Tuesday 12th September 2023, from 10.30am until 4.30pm find out about the history of Wollaton Hall’s kitchen garden at Wollaton Hall , Wollaton Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 2AD.  Discover what was grown and how the garden looked and was run in its heyday over 100 years ago.  Meet the fantastic volunteers restoring its heritage.  Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust and the Friends of Wollaton Park Walled Garden Project will be on-site to show visitors the restoration in progress of Nottingham’s oldest and largest walled kitchen garden. See a restored ‘cucumber house’, unusual ‘heated walls’, bothies and a head gardener’s cottage. There will be hands-on activities for children. Gardeners and heritage experts will be on-site to welcome visitors and answer questions. Refreshments will be available outside the gardener’s cottage.  For more information, please click here.

Wednesday 13th September 2023

Cliveden

Cliveden will be opening from 9.30am to 5pm for the Heritage Open Days on Wednesday 13th September 2023 at Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS.  Cliveden used to be home to the Astor family, these statuesque gardens, which overlook the Thames, now belong to the National Trust.  At Cliveden you have the opportunity to lose family and perhaps yourself in the maze, to admire topiary, take riverside walks and explore the gardens, which feature a parterre, and a number of statues.  This rather proud, formal garden does also include naturalistic areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Luton Hoo Walled Garden

On Wednesday 13th September 2023, Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF, will be opening from 11am until 3pm.  Luton Hoo Walled Garden is a five acre, octagonal garden, that was designed by Capability Brown for the third Earl of Bute in 1769.  Refreshments will be available and fresh produce grown in the grounds will be offered for sale at this opening. For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Secret Garden’s of St John’s

On Wednesday 13th September 2023, from 2pm until 4pm, there’s the chance to visit the Secret Garden at St. Johns College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RJ.  St John’s College would like to welcome you to its beautiful hidden gardens with guided tours of gardens and talks on their historic buildings.  St John’s College is a beautiful, historic site with intriguing gardens to match.  These gardens are rarely accessible to the public, so this is a superb opportunity to see the garden’s early autumn colours.  Martin Roberts and other volunteers will be giving tours as well as talks on our historic buildings by Dr Adrian Green which can be signed up for on the day.  For more information, please click here.

Bishop’s House Garden

On Wednesday 13th September 2023, from 10am until 4pm discover the historic private four-acre garden at Bishops House, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1SB.  A formal city centre garden which has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years.  The garden is run organically and includes a boxed herb garden, long shade border and rose walk, a large wild grass labyrinth, fruit orchard, and extensive shrubberies featuring many rare and unusual plants.  There is an organic kitchen garden, bamboo walk, and a popular plant sales area.  The garden continues to evolve with new plants and features being introduced year by year.  For more information, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

From 10am until 5pm enjoy a visit to Trengwainton Garden, Boscathnoe Lane, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ.  Visitors will enjoy this sheltered garden with exotic trees and shrubs, winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views, a walled garden, and a productive kitchen garden.  Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors.  The café serves hot and cold drinks, light savoury snacks and a range of cakes, plus sweet and savoury gluten-free options. There’s also a shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.  Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, the shop and the cafe garden. Assistance dogs only in café and bookshop.  For more information, please click here.

Thursday 14th September 2023

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Cliveden

Cliveden will be opening from 9.30am to 5pm for the Heritage Open Days on Thursday 14th September 2023 at Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS.  Cliveden used to be home to the Astor family, these statuesque gardens, which overlook the Thames, now belong to the National Trust.  At Cliveden you have the opportunity to lose family and perhaps yourself in the maze, to admire topiary, take riverside walks and explore the gardens, which feature a parterre, and a number of statues.  This rather proud, formal garden does also include naturalistic areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

From 10am until 5pm enjoy a visit to Trengwainton Garden, Boscathnoe Lane, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ.  Visitors will enjoy this sheltered garden with exotic trees and shrubs, winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views, a walled garden, and a productive kitchen garden.  Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors.  The café serves hot and cold drinks, light savoury snacks and a range of cakes, plus sweet and savoury gluten-free options. There’s also a shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.  Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, the shop and the cafe garden. Assistance dogs only in café and bookshop.  For more information, please click here.

Uppark House and Garden

On Thursday 14th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Friday 15th September 2023

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Friday 15th September 2023, Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is an organic vineyard that produces the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 11am until 4pm (last entry at 3pm).  Heritage Open Days visitors are invited to explore the newly opened ‘wildlife walk’ free of charge, but please book your place in advance.  Visitors should check in via the vineyard shop on arrival to collect a map and other information.  Please note that toilets are only available inside the vineyard shop – there are no toilets in the wildlife walk area.  For more details, please click here.

Gertrude Jekyll: Beyond the Boots

On Friday 15th September 2023, come and see this special display that focuses on Gertrude Jekyll’s life, including her skills outside of gardening; the display is open from 10am until 4pm at Leatherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8AH.  Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) is famous for her garden designs as well as the books and articles she wrote about horticulture, but Gertrude was a talented woman who was also highly accomplished in painting, interior design, photography, and many other skills, and she was a collector of just about anything.

After her death in 1932, Gertrude’s nephew Francis Jekyll wrote a biography; this display is based on his Memoir.  It follows Gertrude Jekyll‘s life as the fifth of seven children living an idyllic childhood in Bramley, Surrey, where her curiosity about crafts and plants was nurtured by local artisans and through tending her own garden.  At seventeen, Gertrude studied for two years at the School of Art in South Kensington. She travelled with friends to Greece and Turkey, studied at Gigi’s Atelier in Rome, and spent five months in Algiers, busy sketching and painting.  Initially she practiced interior design, creating elaborate schemes for the Duke of Westminster at Eaton Hall.  The family moved to Wargrave in Berkshire but returned to Surrey after her father’s death in 1876, and established themselves at Munstead.  Gertrude remained at Munstead for the rest of her life, building her own house and garden across the lane from the family home.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Eckington Creativity: Architects, poets and gardeners

On Friday 15th September 2023, take a guided walk between the Eckington Creativity Exhibition in the ancient Parish Church, passing some of Eckington’s architectural gems on the way to Renishaw Hall, home of the Sitwell family, for an introductory talk by the head gardener.  This event starts at 11am at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Church Street, Eckington, Derbyshire, S21 4BH.

The Parish Church dates back to 1100AD. It has a beautiful interior with stained glass windows and other art that was gifted by wealthy patrons.  For the Heritage Open Days, the church will house an exhibition featuring people born or living locally who have been involved in creativity of all types, including art, poetry and music.  The walk will leave the church, passing the War Memorial, the old rectory, the Cruck Barn of Malthouse farm.  Also on Church Street is the old Police Station, the Manor House, Camm’s House, the old Bakery and opposite is the Guild House.  Once into the historic village centre the walk will continue onto Southgate which has some of the oldest buildings, including Eckington Old House, and opulent houses once owned by wealthy industrialists, including Joseph Wells, a mining engineer.  The Green, Southgate, is a late 18th Century house, extensively altered over the years, with a Water Garden and Pergola designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and his collaborator Gertrude Jekyll.  Opposite is Coldwell Cottage, which has the last remaining thatched roof in Eckington.  To the East are the gates leading up the magnificent drive to Renishaw Hall.  The Hall itself and almost all the buildings within the site are listed buildings and are of particular architectural and historical interest.  There is also a free museum where is a new exhibition focusing on Edith Sitwell. Edith and her brothers Osbert and Sacheverell were prolific writers, poets and patrons of the arts in the C20.  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Grade II * Watlington House: A hidden gem of a house and garden in the centre of Reading

On Friday 15th September 2023, Watlington House will open from 9am to 4pm. Short talks about the house and garden will take place during the morning. Some rooms will be open all day, as will the garden.  Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4RJ.

Visitors have the opportunity to hear about Watlington House’s history from the Tudor Period to today and the garden restoration.  Watlington House (Grade II*) is one of Reading’s oldest buildings with parts dating back to the 1500 but mainly built in 1688 and the mid 1700s. Since 1930 the house has bee run for the benefit of the community. Now a CIO, the net income is used to maintain the building and pay running costs and undertake vital repair work. There are 4 tenants of the house and many users of the late 1800’s Garden Hall/Tin Tabernacle.

During the morning one of the trustees, Clive Williams OBE, will give a series of short talks about the history of the house. Gardener and Trustee, Gaila Adair will explain about the restoration of the garden undertaken in 2014-15  and talk about her Box Moth battle.  Architect Trustee, Matt Andrews, will be there to explain about the careful repair & improvement works undertaken to the house in recent years.  Several of Watlington House’s tenants will open their rooms to enable you to see more of the house and explain about their activities. This will include; Weston & Co Architects, Reserve Forces Employment Association, Berkshire Youth. The Mills Archive, QAVS Winners, will have a special exhibition about the development of renewable energy.

At 2:30pm, Mike Cooper will give a presentation in the Garden Hall titled “The Reading Fight: an incident in the Glorious Revolution of 1688”.  This ties in well with the history of the rear half of the house.  NB: booking is required. For more information, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Uppark House and Garden

On Friday 15th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Saturday 16th September 2023

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Saturday 16th September 2023, Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is an organic vineyard that produces the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 11am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm).  Heritage Open Days visitors are invited to explore the newly opened ‘wildlife walk’ free of charge, but please book your place in advance.  Visitors should check in via the vineyard shop on arrival to collect a map and other information.  Please note that toilets are only available inside the vineyard shop – there are no toilets in the wildlife walk area.  For more details, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Visit Downs Solicitors’ Secret Garden!

On Saturday 16th September 2023, visit the secret garden within the solicitors’ historic listed building from 10.30am until 3.30pm at Downs Solicitors, 156 High Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BQ.  As guardians of a remarkable listed building and an enchanting secret garden, Downs Solicitors invite you to step through their doors and discover the captivating tales that have unfolded within these walls over the centuries. This walled secret garden is a hidden gem brimming with Dorking’s historical charm.  To make this day even more special, Downs Solicitors invite you to join them for a free delightful cream tea. Indulge in a delectable assortment of scones, clotted cream, and preserves, served with a perfectly brewed cup of tea. It will be a time to relax, mingle with fellow heritage enthusiasts, and savour the flavours of tradition.  For more information, please click here.

Vintage Farming Museum

On Saturday 16th September 2023, visit the Vintage Farming Museum from 10am until 3pm at Vine House Farm, Main Road, Deeping St. Nicholas, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3DG.  See a unique private collection of vintage agricultural hand tools, farming machinery & local history memorabilia.  Owner Nicholas Watts MBE will be on hand to showcase items & answer questions.  Leave time to visit the large wildlife garden with pond.  The cafe will be open for refreshments.  For more information, please click here.

Barrow Hills School

On Saturday 16th September 2023, visit Barrow Hills School and enjoy a tour of the house and gardens at Barrow Hills School, Roke Lane, Witley, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5NY.  Opening from 2pm until 4pm with tours running at 2pm and 3pm.  The principal building of Barrow Hills School (Great Roke) was built in 1909 in the Arts and Crafts Style.  The house was designed by the architects Buckland and Haywood Farmer.  It is said to be the most ambitious house undertaken by the partners; the house is described as one of the finest houses produced by the Birmingham Movement.  Plasterwork is by Catterson-Smith Jnr.  Visitors will be able to see Barrow Hill School’s garden, which was originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll, but has been substantially altered since then.  For more information, please click here.

Busbridge Church (St John the Baptist)

From 10am until 4pm on Saturday 16th September 2023, visit St John the Baptist Church at Brighton Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1XA.  This pretty church was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, it has a remarkable metal chancel screen, which was designed by Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the WWI memorial and the Jekyll family memorial.  There are lovely stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones for Morris & Co, and later windows, which were designed by A K Nicholson.  Gertrude Jekyll was an active church member and may have designed the cobbled paths.  The graveyard also has some interesting occupants. There will is a quiz for children.  The Yew Tree Café in the churchyard is open from 10am until 2pm and until 2.30pm for takeaway.  For more information, please click here.

Gertrude Jekyll: Beyond the Boots

On Saturday 16th September 2023, come and see this special display that focuses on Gertrude Jekyll’s life, including her skills outside of gardening; the display is open from 10am until 4pm at Leatherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8AH.  Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) is famous for her garden designs as well as the books and articles she wrote about horticulture, but Gertrude was a talented woman who was also highly accomplished in painting, interior design, photography, and many other skills, and she was a collector of just about anything.

After her death in 1932, Gertrude’s nephew Francis Jekyll wrote a biography; this display is based on his Memoir.  It follows Gertrude Jekyll‘s life as the fifth of seven children living an idyllic childhood in Bramley, Surrey, where her curiosity about crafts and plants was nurtured by local artisans and through tending her own garden.  At seventeen, Gertrude studied for two years at the School of Art in South Kensington. She travelled with friends to Greece and Turkey, studied at Gigi’s Atelier in Rome, and spent five months in Algiers, busy sketching and painting.  Initially she practiced interior design, creating elaborate schemes for the Duke of Westminster at Eaton Hall.  The family moved to Wargrave in Berkshire but returned to Surrey after her father’s death in 1876, and established themselves at Munstead.  Gertrude remained at Munstead for the rest of her life, building her own house and garden across the lane from the family home.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Godalming Museum

On Saturday 16th September 2023, Godalming Museum will be opening from 10am until 4pm at 109a Godalming High Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1AQ.  Visit the Arts and Crafts Gallery, learn about legendary garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll and her long-time collaborator Edwin Lutyens – the Architect of the Cenotaph.  The museum’s Living Landscape and Local History Galleries are full of information about the way Godalming has developed since prehistoric times, about Jack Phillip, the heroic radio operator of the Titanic, and other notable residents from this area.  Relax in the café, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks, or in our peaceful walled garden, which is designed in the style of Gertrude Jekyll.  The summer exhibition will is a family-friendly exploration of the creatures that live “Under the Sea”.  Plenty of crafts and activities will be running alongside the exhibition to keep your little ones entertained.  Renowned Titanic expert, Mandy Le Boutillier will be offering lectures throughout the day on Saturday 16th September titled “Jack Phillips – Postcards Home”. The lectures will take place at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and will last for around 45 minutes (No booking required).  For more information, please click here.

Lindisfarne Castle

On Saturday 16th September 2023, from 10am until 2pm visit Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2SH.  Take the chance to explore this Tudor fort which was converted into a holiday home by Country life Editor Edward Hudson and admire the summer flowering walled garden, which was designed by Gertrude Jekyll.  For 2023, artist Paul Rooney has installed an evocative sound piece – ” Song (After nature)”.  The castle is partly furnished, with key parts of the castle’s collection brought back to weave a story of luxury and excess, with an undercurrent of unsustainability, and the sense that all is not quite right… Artist Paul Rooney’s evocative and immersive sound piece ” Song (After Nature)” blends the past, present and future by nodding to the ” Lady of the Castle” renowned cellist Madame Suggia, with the sounds of nature and the calls of the islands resident seals acting as a “siren song” – a warning of future environmental catastrophe with nature existing only as a ghost.  The summer flowering garden, designed by Gertrude Jekyll, is a pretty spot to sit and take in the views.  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Visit the New Garden at historic Hillside House

On Saturday 16th September 2023, there’s a chance to visit the new garden at Hillside House, 19-28 Allcroft Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DJ.

The new garden at Hillside House was created in 2020-21 and will be opening to the public for the first time during Heritage Open days 2023.  Hillside House (by local architects Morris and Stallwood) was built in 1880 for William Isaac Palmer of Huntley and Palmer, biscuit manufacturers.  The house was subsequently bought by Leonard Goodhart Sutton, of Suttons Seeds, who used the same architects to extend the house in 1898.  In 2014 the property was acquired by Turner Property from Reading University. In 2019 two additional houses and a pavilion-style common room were built in Hillside Court.  These new buildings in the centre of the site have separated the student blocks from Hillside House allowing for the creation of a new garden in 2020-21.

Designed by Lloyd Turner and garden designer Gaila Adair (see also Watlington House Gardens, Caversham Court Gardens) the garden celebrates the history of the house and is a memorial to the sons of the Sutton family who gave their lives during the First World War.  Plans for bedding plants have been hit by this June’s dry spell.  Nevertheless, the structure of the garden is now established and the impressive stone memorials and gazebo are in place.

There are 3 opportunities to visit; 10am, 11am, or 12 noon.  Lloyd will give a guided tour of the garden and explain the influences on its design, after which you may wander around around the garden.  Pre-booking is required; for more details and to book your place, please click here.

Hampshire Regency Dancers

On Saturday 16th September 2023, at 11am and again at 2pm the Hampshire Regency Dancers will be demonstrating dances from the Regency era.  The opportunity for audience participation will be part of each dance session at The Great Hall, The Castle, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ.  Come and try dancing as they did in the time of Jane Austen and Bridgerton!  Hampshire Regency Dancers (HRD) will demonstrate Regency era dances (late 18th and early 19th centuries).  The dancing will be split between a morning and afternoon session at 11am and 2pm respectively.  Each session will be followed by an invitation to audience members to join in learning to dance a number of Regency dances.  Dances for audience participation will be ‘called’ and HRD members will be on hand to partner and support audience members.  For more information, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

On Saturday 16th September 2023, from 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Uppark House and Garden

On Saturday 16th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Sunday 17th September 2023

Albury Organic Vineyard

On Sunday 17th September 2023, Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Albury Organic Vineyard is an organic vineyard that produces the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 11am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm).  Heritage Open Days visitors are invited to explore the newly opened ‘wildlife walk’ free of charge, but please book your place in advance.  Visitors should check in via the vineyard shop on arrival to collect a map and other information.  Please note that toilets are only available inside the vineyard shop – there are no toilets in the wildlife walk area.  For more details, please click here.

Bagthorpe Gardens

On Sunday 17th September 2023, from 12 noon until 4pm visit Bagthorpe Gardens, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 1DA.  Enjoy a guided walk through these interesting historical allotments created in the 1840s – tours are given at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  Explore the historic cottage gardens with Grade II* listing, dating from the 1840s with original hedging and restored bothies, as well as a new bothy built in the original style.  Admire the fruit and vegetables growing in the gardens and talk to the gardeners.  See displays of photos and interesting artefacts, and browse plant and second-hand book stalls.  Local honey, jam, and produce from the gardens will also be for sale while stocks last.  NB: The talk and tour take about one and a half hours.  There will be a tea stall with hot drinks, samosas, and homemade cakes.  For all the details, please click here.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court will be open from 10am until 5pm at Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle and his architect James Edwin Forbes.  The formal garden are a small part of the mosaic of garden and estate land at Barrington Court that also includes farm buildings and orchards.  A bridge leads over the moat and through a carved and weathered oak door to the beautiful walled garden.  The spaces here are arranged as a series of connected individual garden ‘rooms’, each with its own theme or focus.  The famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll was consulted on the layout and best planting schemes for these areas.  For all the details, please click here.

Busbridge Church (St John the Baptist)

From 1pm until 4pm on Sunday 17th September 2023, visit St John the Baptist Church at Brighton Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1XA.  This pretty church was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, it has a remarkable metal chancel screen, which was designed by Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the WWI memorial and the Jekyll family memorial.  There are lovely stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones for Morris & Co, and later windows, which were designed by A K Nicholson.  Gertrude Jekyll was an active church member and may have designed the cobbled paths.  The graveyard also has some interesting occupants. There will is a quiz for children. For more information, please click here.

Visit Downs Solicitors’ Secret Garden!

On Sunday 17th September 2023, visit the secret garden within the solicitors’ historic listed building from 10.30am until 3.30pm at Downs Solicitors, 156 High Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BQ.  As guardians of a remarkable listed building and an enchanting secret garden, Downs Solicitors invite you to step through their doors and discover the captivating tales that have unfolded within these walls over the centuries. This walled secret garden is a hidden gem brimming with Dorking’s historical charm.  To make this day even more special, Downs Solicitors invite you to join them for a free delightful cream tea. Indulge in a delectable assortment of scones, clotted cream, and preserves, served with a perfectly brewed cup of tea. It will be a time to relax, mingle with fellow heritage enthusiasts, and savour the flavours of tradition.  For more information, please click here.

Godalming Museum

On Sunday 17th September 2023, Godalming Museum will be opening from 10am until 4pm at 109a Godalming High Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1AQ.  Visit the Arts and Crafts Gallery, learn about legendary garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll and her long-time collaborator Edwin Lutyens – the Architect of the Cenotaph.  The museum’s Living Landscape and Local History Galleries are full of information about the way Godalming has developed since prehistoric times, about Jack Phillip, the heroic radio operator of the Titanic, and other notable residents from this area.  Relax in the café, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks, or in our peaceful walled garden, which is designed in the style of Gertrude Jekyll.  The summer exhibition will is a family-friendly exploration of the creatures that live “Under the Sea”.  Plenty of crafts and activities will be running alongside the exhibition to keep your little ones entertained.  For more information, please click here.

Victoria Garden

At 10.30am on Sunday 17th September 2023, there’s the chance to enjoy a talk by Alison Gordon and a walk around the Victoria Garden, Brightwells Road, off South Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7RN.  This award winning garden in the centre of Farnham was created in 1997 on the site of Farnham’s first open air swimming bath, built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.  The old pool fell into disrepair after an indoor pool was built at the Leisure Centre in the 1980s, and the site in the middle of the town has been transformed into a quiet and peaceful garden.  The Victoria Garden is maintained by a group of volunteers who ensure that there is colour and interest all year round.  Visitors can admire a mix of trees, shrubs and flowers, with seating, a children’s maze, a chessboard and a hopscotch bed.  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

Jane Austen’s House

From 3.40pm until 5pm, enjoy a visit to Jane Austen’s House and explore the enchanting Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her beloved novels at Jane Austens House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD.  Jane Austen lived in this inspiring Hampshire cottage for the last eight years of her life.  Here Jane Austen wrote, revised and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.  Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including items of furniture, paintings, and household objects.  Discover Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, see Jane Austen’s jewellery, admire portraits of her friends and family, and marvel at the tiny writing table where she wrote. Visitors can explore the rooms where Jane lived – the sunny Drawing Room where she practiced the piano and where Jane read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs.  The pretty cottage garden is the perfect place to relax and take a stroll after exploring the House.  The Gift Shop is well stocked with Austen treats and treasures!  For more information, please click here.

Uppark House and Garden

On Sunday 17th September 2023, visit Uppark house and garden, (owned by the National Trust) from 10.30am until 3.30pm.  Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.  A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland. The cafe is located in the old Orangery with stunning views across the South Downs. Next to the cafe is a cosy bookshop for you to pull up a chair, a book and enjoy a cup of tea.  A stunning 17th-century house with views as far as the English Channel.  The garden has been gradually restored to its original 19th-century design, with meadow, woodland and the wide glade.  Second-hand Bookshop – Previously the laundry room, delve into the shelves and pick yourself something good to read.  Walks – Enjoy our Meadow Walk with views across the South Downs, or walk under the canopy on our Woodland Walk. The South Downs Way is also accessible on foot from Uppark.  For more information about this event, please click here.

Vintage Farming Museum

On Sunday 17th September 2023, visit the Vintage Farming Museum from 10am until 3pm at Vine House Farm, Main Road, Deeping St. Nicholas, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3DG.  See a unique private collection of vintage agricultural hand tools, farming machinery & local history memorabilia.  Owner Nicholas Watts MBE will be on hand to showcase items & answer questions.  Leave time to visit the large wildlife garden with pond.  The cafe will be open for refreshments.  For more information, please click here.

Trengwainton Garden

From 10am until 5pm enjoy a visit to Trengwainton Garden, Boscathnoe Lane, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ.  Visitors will enjoy this sheltered garden with exotic trees and shrubs, winding wooded paths, award-winning plants, sea views, a walled garden, and a productive kitchen garden.  Discover Cornwall’s role in global plant collecting with a map of Cornish gardens tapping into the narratives of the original plant collectors.  The café serves hot and cold drinks, light savoury snacks and a range of cakes, plus sweet and savoury gluten-free options. There’s also a shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.  Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, the shop and the cafe garden. Assistance dogs only in café and bookshop.  For more information, please click here.

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