Events 2016


Outdoor Theatre – “Hamlet” - Click here to buy tickets now or buy on the door

Saturday 27th August 2016,  7:00pm – 10:00pm

Doors open at 6.00pm

Bring your own seat and a picnic


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Sunday afternoon with local Brass Bands

A Brass Band will be playing on the Sunken Lawn,  each Sunday  afternoon from the 17th July through to Sunday the 28th August.

Enjoy some light refreshments on the restaurant’s  veranda whilst listening to the band play. Or why not have the Sunday Roast. 


The Enchanted Floodlit Garden

Enchanted Illuminations / Family Fright Nights Cancellation Policy - in the event that it is deemed to be unsafe to open the Gardens e.g. due to high winds or severe weather that evening will be cancelled.  Ticket holders will be invited to use their tickets on the next available night or given a full refund.  Please check the website for advance warnings to avoid disappointment.

The Enchanted Illuminations

Come and see the Gardens in a different light.  A large section of the gardens will be lit with a wonderful array of colour. The map of the route can be found below.

Thursday 13th October – Wednesday  26th October & Sunday 30th October, dusk until 8:30pm.  Book online and save up to 10% off standard admission charges.  A standard garden ticket allows access during the day and also covers the Enchanted Illuminations event if visited on the same day. Normal admission applies, except to the 3 Halloween family fright nights when a different charge applies. No extra charge for Season Ticket holders.

The Restaurant will be open from 10am to 8pm, Kitchen from 10am to 3pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm throughout the event.  Tel: 01305 871732 Email:

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The Enchanted Floodlit Garden Hallowe'en Fun Evenings


The Enchanted Illuminations Halloween Family Fright Nights

Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th October, 4:30pm until 8:30pm.

Free face painting (scary faces), fancy dress encouraged. Come and meet the Bugs and stay for the Bug show. And do not miss Dr D Ranged scary wounds, Surgery. Why not join the fun by dressing up and prepare yourself to be both ‘tricked and treated!’

Tickets available on the Door.

No extra charge for Season Ticket holders.

The Restaurant will be open from 10am to 8pm, Kitchen from 10am to 3pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm throughout the event.  Tel: 01305 871732 Email:

Spring is Here

Spring is Here

Mid February – end of April

Magnolia, Camellia and Spring Colour

No extra charge for Season Ticket holders.

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The Giant Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 25th  - Monday 28th March  10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm).

Find a golden horseshoe and win a GIANT CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG (two giant eggs each day).  Find the Wessex FM Bug and win a FLUFFY EASTER BUNNY (one each day).  Find a golf tee & exchange it for one of 8,000 Lindt Chocolate Golden Bunnies (max one bunny per person).   The Children can also enjoy a Free Bouncy Castle, Free Family Magic Shows (from professional magician Kaleb Zebadi, brought to you in association with Entertainingly Different) and Free Face Painting.

No extra charge for Season Ticket holders.



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Show Of Hands – Tickets on sale.

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Show of Hands & Friends 


Megan Henwood, Mawkin, Ninebarrow, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston and Show of Hands

Saturday 2nd July 2016, Gardens open from 10am, entry to the concert area from 1.30pm, Music starts from 3pm, Concert finishes 9.30pm




Barn Dance with

Black Sheep

Black Sheep are Dorset’s most popular Barn Dance Band / Ceilidh Band.  They have been performing in Dorset and beyond for more than 30 years

Saturday 23rd July 2016 7.00pm to 11.00pm (music starts at 7.30pm)

Tickets £8.50 includes a snack & a hot/cold drink.

Book your ticket now Or buy on the Door




Abbotsbury Fair

Wednesday 10th August

Ferret Racing, Trampolines,Brass band (am only),Animal petting area,  Bouncy Castle, Stalls and a Dog Show.

Abbotsbury Attractions & Village

Three superb attractions (The Swannery, Subtropical Gardens and Children’s Farm) are all located within a mile of each other around the village. Abbotsbury is full of quirky shops, galleries, tearooms and interesting nooks to explore. Afterwards pop down to the Beach Café for a pot of tea.To find out more about Abbotsbury, visit the Abbotsbury Village website.