Chilworth Manor garden
The garden has an illustrious history, not least thanks to the ownership in the 18th century of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the military duke. The duchess added the spectacular terraced walled garden, known as the Duchess’s Garden, which skilfully links the house and garden with the rising landscape beyond – and today gives Chilworth so much of its character.
The subtle planting of the formal gardens is complemented by wilder areas; the two ancient stew ponds (originally used to store live fish) are fed by the local river and now provide irrigation for the garden. Stepping stones lead you across one pond to secluded woodland and a secretive woodland walk beyond.
The history of Chilworth Manor is deeply entwined with the National Garden Scheme. The gardens were first opened in 1933 by Alfred Mildmay. From 1946 the garden owners were Lionel and Daphne Heald who opened for 58 years up until 2003. From 1951 to 1979 Lady Heald was also the decisive Chairman of the National Garden Scheme, steering the charity through its period of major growth and setting it up to become an independent charity in 1980. After her death in 2004, Chilworth was acquired by Graham and Mia Wrigley who have combined securing the garden’s distinguished heritage with breathing new life into the design and planting. They have also added an acclaimed vineyard.
Start the evening with a chilled glass of sparkling Chilworth Manor Rosé, followed by a delicious summer selection of hot and cold bowl food. All wine, beer and soft drinks are included with your ticket.
Savoury / hot & cold
- Albury trout, buttered warm Jersey Royals, garden lettuce, crispy leeks (Gluten Free)
- Smoked chicken, rosemary roasted squash, spinach, Norbury blue and toasted pumpkin seeds
- Pea, broad bean and mint pearl barley, radish and mustard carpaccio, pea shoots (Vegan)
Sweet (Note: dairy free option available on advance request)
- Lemon Posset with raspberry & beetroot blast thins
Down for the Count Jazz Quartet
Music at the event will be provided by a jazz quartet from Down for the Count, led by tenor saxophonist Alex Western-King.
Down for the Count are an award-winning band and one of the busiest swing and jazz bands on the UK vintage music scene. They regularly sell out shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, The London Jazz Festival, alongside shows at regional theatres and vintage festivals throughout the country. Best known for their 11-piece swing band, at this event Down for the Count will be performing with their jazz quartet – performing songs made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
Tickets are limited and entrance is by pre-booked ticket only.
If we have to cancel or postpone due to the government restrictions in place at the time of the event, you will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to move your ticket to the new date. However we are optimistic that this will not be the case and we will all be able to enjoy this wonderful outdoor celebration. So book early to secure your ticket.
Note: There are uneven paths and steps within this beautiful and historic private garden and not all areas are wheelchair friendly. If you have any special access requirements please contact us for further information: email: [email protected] or call 01483 211 535.
Each ticket purchased enters you automatically into our fabulous prize draw to win four tickets on The Great Garden Escape. Lucky winners will embark on a First Class adventure exploring the picturesque gardens and ancient woodland of The Newt in Somerset, discovering the art of cyder making and enjoying the finest fare plucked from the soil beneath your feet.
The prize includes: First Class return travel from London Paddington, guided tours, talks and tastings, all meals from breakfast to supper plus 12-month Garden Membership, allowing you to return again under your own steam.
Our headline supporter Candide, who has generously donated to ensure we put on a breathtaking event this July.
Our wonderful hosts Graham and Mia Wrigley.
All funds raised in aid of the National Garden Scheme