Events for Borde Hill Garden

Sussex Gin Fest 2020

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

11th July 2020, 12:00 - 21:00

The UK’s Biggest Gin Festival Returns to Borde Hill Garden on Saturday 11th July 2020. Tickets on sale now!

Bigger, better and with even more to experience and enjoy, celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship of independent Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers at this unique festival. With delicious hot and cold artisan food, captivating demonstrations on all things gin, and not forgetting our main stage with live entertainment all day, this is one of the hottest festival tickets for 2020.
Set within more than two hundred acres of traditional parkland, Borde Hill Garden is a place which captivates and delights visitors with its series of intimate “living garden rooms”, fine woodland parklands, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Following the success of Sussex Gin Fest 2019, we are delighted to be hosting the festival once again, with ticket holders gaining free entry into Borde Hill Garden.

Sussex produce is at the centre of this unique festival, but we will also be showcasing gins of the world with international culinary options to compliment them, and our ‘Best of the Rest’ zone will feature small-batch guest gins from neighbouring counties. There will also be a local beer brewer on-site and some Sussex ‘fizz’ for you to try and when you need cooling down under the July sunshine we even have a gin and tonic sorbet to quench your thirst!

This event is only for people aged 18 and over. Please drink responsibly.
Early Bird: £12.50 (no booking fee when booked directly through the Borde Hill website)

Open Air Opera - Tosca

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

24th July 2020, 19:30 - 22:30

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present Tosca by Puccini, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Tosca is a must see for both newcomers and aficionados. Beautiful and breathtaking arias and rousing musical moments in Puccini’s magnificent score which flows like the incidental music to a film – introducing and reinforcing dramatic events. This new production is set in Rome in the 1940’s and brings to light all of the tragedies that happen in relationships during a world of conflict. The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00
Child: £10.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00
Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

25th July 2020, 19:00 - 22:00

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description: Probably the most perfect and popular opera. A day in the life of Figaro... a joyful farce in which we witness the foibles and intrigues used to reveal the indiscretions of a philandering nobleman, Count Almaviva. Some of Mozart’s most sublime music features in this bittersweet yet uplifting comedy. Opera Brava’s new production with an International cast and set in the Eighteenth Century will delight and enlighten you in this glorious production. World class singing from Britain’s outstanding touring opera company. The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets (booking essential)
Adult: £30
Child: £10 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 x Adult Tickets plus Picnic for 2): £95

Doors open at 6.30pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.00pm. Bring a chair and a picnic. Assistance dogs only.

Nature for Wellbeing: Light & Dark – Sleep Improvement Workshop

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

13th August 2020, 17:00 - 19:00

Light & Dark Workshop – how time spent outdoors improves sleep

Why do we go to sleep late and struggle to get up on time? Before we used artificial lights, our sleep cycles were guided by the light of the sun.

During this 2 hour workshop, you will be able to experience the tranquillity of a summer’s evening at Borde Hill during a fun and relaxing walk through the Garden.

You will discover the benefits of natural light for our circadian rhythms and learn how to maximise your sensory experience of natural light to help you reset your body clock and permanently improve your sleep patterns.

The workshop is delivered by a qualified tutor from GardenLife Lab and includes both theory and practical elements. It will take place in the Garden Marquee and outside in the Garden. Suitable for beginners.

Tickets: £25.00 (£16.00 for Friends)
Includes refreshments on arrival
Advance booking required

Children’s Outdoor Theatre: David Walliams' 'Mr Stink'

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

14th August 2020, 17:30 - 19:30

David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink is coming to Borde Hill Garden with an open air theatre production staged by Heartbreak Productions.

Description:
You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink. One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.

Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.

Performed on the South Lawn against the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for children aged 7+.

Refreshments will be available throughout the performance.
Running time: 2 hours

Booking essential

Tickets: Adults: £12, Children: £10 (3-16 years old), Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £39
Includes entry to the Garden and Adventure Playground from 3.00pm (if arriving before 3.00pm, normal Garden admission charges apply). Access to the performance area from 5.00pm. Performance begins at 5.30pm and finishes at 7.30pm. There will be a 15 minute interval. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only
Age 7+

We are unable to offer refunds for this production

Specialist Plant Fair

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

13th September 2020, 10:00 - 15:00

The Plant Fairs Roadshow – a wide range of locally grown, garden worthy and unusual plants to inspire keen gardeners.

Plant Fairs Roadshow is a collective of specialist nurseries who will be setting up their stalls on the South Lawn in front of the Elizabethan Mansion House to provide a mouth-watering range of interesting, rare and unusual plants for plant hungry gardeners. This is a great opportunity to buy direct from the growers and to get free advice from the resident ‘Plant Doctor’, who will be on hand to diagnose plant problems and issue advice.

Tickets:
Discounted admission rate: £8.00 per person (adults and concessions) to include Garden entry. FREE to Friends.
RHS Members / Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this event