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Events at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens - 2020

Robert James Workshop - Bob and James

NEW FOR 2020 - Wonderland Sculpture Trail by Robert James Workshop

A new feature in the Gardens is a selection of beautiful sculptures by Robert James Workshop Ltd. If you’d like to meet the makers, please call 07515 126119 and ask for James.

Read our blog about this wonderful sculpture trail
Spring is here!

Spring is here

Mid February – end of April Magnolia, Camellia and Spring Colour No extra charge for Season Ticket holders.

Moon-gazing hare willow workshop with Jo Sadler

Moon-gazing hare willow workshop with Jo Sadler

POSTPONED
Monday 6th April, 10am – 4.30pm

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Jo has decided to postpone all willow workshops from 18th March 2020 onwards. Please contact her for more information.

Jo Sadler will be running four willow workshops this year at Abbotsbury. In this workshop, you will create a beautiful moon-gazing hare. All materials are supplied, just bring your own lunch or purchase from the restaurant. Places are £75 per person and can be booked by contacting Jo.

Abbotsbury Food Fair

Food Fair in association with Dorset Food & Drink

CANCELLED OWING TO COVID-19

Saturday 11th April 2020, 10am – 4pm

We are sorry to inform everyone that the Abbotsbury Food Fair has been cancelled in order to support the effort in fighting the COVID-19 virus. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to both visitors and stallholders. Please note that the Gardens and restaurant remain open as normal currently, but we are assessing the situation on a regular basis and will provide updates on our website and social media.

Eventide running races through Abbotsbury

Eventide Races at Abbotsbury

Saturday 18th April 2020, afternoon and evening races

We’ve teamed up with Flying Fox Running again to offer you an expanded programme of running races, with different lengths throughout the day. There will be 5K and 7K races starting late afternoon, then a 6.5K and 13K fun run in the evening.

For more details and to register, please visit the Flying Fox Running website:

Willow deer workshop with Jo Sadler at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Willow deer workshop with Jo Sadler

POSTPONED
Monday 20th April, 10am – 4.30pm

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Jo has decided to postpone all willow workshops from 18th March 2020 onwards. Please contact her for more information.

Jo Sadler will be running four willow workshops this year at Abbotsbury. In this workshop, you will create a wonderful willow deer. All materials are supplied, just bring your own lunch or purchase from the restaurant. Places are £75 per person and can be booked by contacting Jo.

Moon-gazing hare

Moon-gazing hare willow workshop with Jo Sadler

POSTPONED
Monday 11th May, 10am – 4.30pm

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Jo has decided to postpone all willow workshops from 18th March 2020 onwards. Please contact her for more information.

Jo Sadler will be running four willow workshops this year at Abbotsbury. In this workshop, you will create a beautiful moon-gazing hare. All materials are supplied, just bring your own lunch or purchase from the restaurant. Places are £75 per person and can be booked by contacting Jo.

Willow deer workshop with Jo Sadler at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Willow deer workshop with Jo Sadler

POSTPONED
Monday 1st June, 10am – 4.30pm

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Jo has decided to postpone all willow workshops from 18th March 2020 onwards. Please contact her for more information.

Jo Sadler will be running four willow workshops this year at Abbotsbury. In this workshop, you will create a wonderful willow deer. All materials are supplied, just bring your own lunch or purchase from the restaurant. Places are £75 per person and can be booked by contacting Jo.

Great Dorset Plant Fair and Father's Day Special - in association with Plant Heritage
Sunday 21st June 2020

We will again be hosting this Specialist Plant Finder’s Fair, organised by Plant Heritage Dorset Group. It’s a Father’s Day Special!

Unusual, difficult-to-find and some exotic plants available from more than 20 specialist nurseries & growers, including National Collection Holders and RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winners.

Free car parking. Excellent refreshment & dining facilities. The Plant Fair is open from 10am until 3pm. Admission is just £7 and includes access to the attractive gardens. The Gardens remain open until 5pm, so visitors can have the time to explore them after the Plant Fair has finished.

Range of Plants/Stalls:
Alpines, succulents, rockery plants, herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, carnivorous plants, prairie plants, exotic and subtropical plants, ferns and plants for shade, tall perennials & peonies, plants for bees & butterflies, annuals & basket plants, southern hemisphere plants.

Shrubs, David Austin Roses, clematis & other climbers, specimen plants, handcrafted willow products.

Show of Hands 2020 at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Show of Hands

Saturday 4th July 2020

Show of Hands & Friends Featuring Martyn Joseph, Hannah Sanders & Ben  Savage, Gerry Colvin and Ranagri. Gardens open from 10am, entry to the concert area from 1.30pm, Music starts from 3pm, Concert finishes 9.00pm. Prices held for 2020.

Your “Show of Hands” ticket gives you access to the Gardens and also the Swannery & Children’s Farm for the whole weekend. Please show your concert wrist band.

Big Tree Climbing Company at Abbotsbury Gardens

Tree Climbing at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Thursday 23rd July & Sunday 9th August 2020

Back by popular demand, the Big Tree Climbing Company returns to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Tickets are available to book now on their website.

Alice in Wonderland at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Alice in Wonderland

Saturday 2nd August 2020

Boxtree Productions presents their fantastic adaptation of the evergreen classic Alice in Wonderland. Follow us down the rabbit hole into a strange world of caterpillars, cards and tea parties. Join Alice as she tries to navigate this curious world of curiouser creatures but don’t lose your head! We promise you a wonderful experience of original toe-tapping songs, colourful characters, costumes and hilarious comedy.

With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice In Wonderland, in Boxtree Production’s unique and energetic way!

This performance is open air so please bring a picnic and blanket or low-backed chair and dress for the great British weather. Cancellation only in the event of dangerous conditions.

Three Men in a Boat with Giles Shenton - open air theatre at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Three Men in a Boat - play with Giles Shenton

Sunday 16th August 2020

Following the continuing success of Old Herbaceous, Kick In The Head productions are back with a rip roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous himself!) playing the part of Jerome K Jerome.

Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats!

Floodlit Evening Walks at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

The Enchanted Illuminations

Friday 16th October – Charity Preview evening in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

Saturday 17th October – Sunday 1st November

Come and see the Gardens in a different light.  A large section of the gardens will be lit with a wonderful array of colour. Book online and save 20% 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 fun nights (see below) when a different charge applies. Last admission 7.30pmNo 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.

For ticket information Tel: 01305 871130 or 871387

For restaurant information Tel: 01305 871732

Halloween Family Fun Nights at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Floodlit Evening Walks Halloween Family Fun Nights

Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st October, dusk until 8:30pm, last entry 7.30pm

Thursday 31st October – Saturday 2nd November, dusk until 8:30pm, last entry 7.30pm. Come along in fancy dress to claim your sweets from the Witches and enjoy all the Halloween fun.

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.

For ticket information Tel: 01305 871130 or 871387

For restaurant information Tel: 01305 871732.

PLEASE NOTE A DIFFERENT CHARGE APPLIES

Open Air Cinema - August Bank Holiday

28th – 30th August 2020

Films and ticket prices to be confirmed. Please check back on this website regularly.

Christmas Lunches - 12th November to 20th December, 12 - 2:30pm, Thursdays to Sundays

For more information, please call 01305 871732

Abbotsbury attractions and 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.

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