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Events at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens - 2021

Robert James Workshop - Bob and James

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
Box Tree Productions presents Alice in Wonderland at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Alice in Wonderland

Sunday 1st August 2021

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.

Henry V - Festival Players International

'Henry the Fifth' - Wednesday 4th August

Shakespeare in the Garden

Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Funky Pigs at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Funky Pigs - Sunday 15th August, 3pm

A fun family musical show! Join Little Red Riding Hood and her Karate Granny on their adventures with the Three Funky Pigs….but watch out for that cantankerous Mr Wolf who is always on the lookout for his next meal!

Three Men in a Boat at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens - Sunday 15th August 2021

'Three Men in a Boat' - Sunday 15th August

The return to Abbotsbury of this popular play with Giles Shenton.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens autumn plant fair in association with Plant Heritage

Autumn Plant Fair

In association with Plant Heritage – Sunday 12th September 2021, 10am – 3pm

Organised by Plant Heritage Dorset with profits supporting plant conservation & education in Dorset. An interesting range of late summer/autumn plants, including late flowering perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses, alpines, succulents and a good few rare and unusual specimens on offer. You can buy plants direct from the grower, getting invaluable tips & advice. Also some local craft & refreshment stalls. Admission is just £7.00 and includes access to the Gardens until 5pm. Tickets may be booked on online or purchased on the day if Covid-19 Rules have been relaxed.

Abbotsbury Food Fair

Food Fair in association with Dorset Food & Drink

18th & 19th September 2021

We are delighted to announce the return of the Abbotsbury Food Fair, in association with Dorset Food and Drink. More details will be available soon.

Open Air Cinema - dates to be announced

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

ILLUMINATE at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens - dates to be confirmed

Christmas Lunches - mid November to end of January, 12 - 2:30pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

For more information, please call 01305 871732

Light up a Life for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust - date to be announced

Lighting up memories for those we miss

An opportunity to remember a loved one by sponsoring a light on this special tree. Names will then be entered into the Christmas 2021 Book of Remembrance.

Application forms are available by visiting Weldmar, telephoning 01305 261800 or visiting the website:

Visit the Weldmar website
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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