Nationwide access to glorious gardens over Festival Weekend

This year’s Festival Weekend will see gardens open in every single county across England and Wales on 2nd and 3rd June – giving everyone access to private gardens in their area during one of the most beautiful months of the gardening year.

Now in its sixth year, Festival Weekend celebrates glorious gardens in bloom at the height of the season and the 316 gardens open nationwide to the public over the weekend are guaranteed not to disappoint!

Visitors can enjoy a variety of gardens over the weekend – including small urban spaces, cottage gardens and gardens opening together in a village group, as well as impressive country house gardens and community gardening projects. Delicious tea and cake, a much-loved staple of National Garden Scheme garden openings, will also be available.

Hunmanby Grange. Credit: Clive Nicholls

George Plumptre, CEO of National Garden Scheme, explains why Festival Weekend is key time in the organisation’s calendar: “Festival Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to experience the joy of gardens at their very best and with open gardens in each county, we’re delighted they are easily accessible to everyone.

“But it’s not just about enjoying our volunteer’s breath-taking gardens, a slice of cake and a cup of tea – the weekend will raise vital funds for the nursing and caring charities the National Garden Scheme supports, who do extraordinary work such as community nursing and in specialist areas such as cancer, Parkinson’s and end-of-life care.”

Nevill Holt Hall

Gardens not to miss over the Festival Weekend include Hunmanby Grange in Yorkshire which boasts the National Garden Scheme’s only private brewery in a garden and Nevill Holt Hall in Leicestershire, with three walled gardesn and an adjoining cedar lawn garden full of colour and texture.

To find a garden near you, visit our Festival Weekend page, which lists garden alphabetically in county order or take a look at our top Festival Weekend picks.


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