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6 August 2022 • Forest Row Local
Summer Events
at Borde Hill Garden
Borde Hill Garden came into existence at the beginning of the twentieth century. At that time it was popular for explorers to travel across the world collecting plant samples and bringing them back to Britain. Plant collectors would travel as far as the Himalayas, China and Burma, as well as many other exotic lands and as a result Borde Hill Garden now boasts one of the most comprehensive plant collections in the country. So impressive is their collection that the South East Tourism Board awarded Borde Hill Garden its most prestigious ‘Attraction of the Year’ award and in 2004 it was given HHA/Christies Garden of the Year award.
Borde Hill Garden became a registered charity in 1965 and opened
to the public. It has since then gone from strength to strength as a wonderful attraction offering a restaurant and tea rooms and adventure playground and in 1997 received Heritage funding to restore the Victorian Greenhouses.
Now there is plenty to occupy the family on a day out. Picnics in the garden or down by the lakes, fun in the adventure playground or in the parkland where you can kick a ball or fly a kite. The woodland is a great place to explore and play hide-and-seek and in peak times you can enjoy an ice cream from the hut.
You can book a wild camp party for the kids, suitable for children aged six to 14 years where they can enjoy the fun of cooking on a campfire and experience connecting with nature. The newly opened Forest Kindergarten is now offering outdoor childcare with swings, hammocks, sand pit, mud kitchen and campfire cooking. The kindergarten offers spaces for children over two years of age.
In 2022 there are a number of family friendly events, including Discovery Trails during the school holidays and on August 12th
there will be family theatre, with
an open-air production of Awful Auntie written by David Walliams. From the end of July through to the beginning of September children aged three to eight years can explore the woodland on a daily story trail to discover what mischief ‘Finbow the Fox’ has been up to.
For the older members of the family there will be an ‘Artist’s Garden’ summer exhibition from August 1st to September 30th. There you can discover
approximately 65 works of art by 20 established and up and coming artists.
There will also be morning outdoor yoga sessions during the summer and on August 13th the Sussex Region Porsche Club will be showcasing their members cars in the garden.
While on Sunday August 14th there will be live music from
1pm to 3pm creating a lovely atmosphere in which to enjoy the Gardens. Live music afternoons will take place on selected Sundays throughout the summer months.
Sunday August 21st there will be a fun day out for dogs of all shapes and sizes with a waggy tail family trail, stalls and demonstrations plus a fun dog show.
You can find out about all of the above plus information about more events that are taking place this summer at www.bordehill.co.uk
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