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What's on in 2019

Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley, Worcester, WR5 1RS


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Exhibitions, activities and workshops


First Sunday every month: Free Garden Tour, 11.15am

Visitors can join a free guided tour of the Gardens on the first Sunday of every month. Our next tour will take place on 1 September. Tours last approximately 1 hour and depart from the outside the Tea Room at 11.15am. Normal admission applies and spaces are limited.

August: Wildlife Wednesdays

The summer holidays are here and Wildlife Wednesdays are back! Tickets are now available, click here to book, spaces are limited and booking is recommended.

7 August - MINI BEAST MADNESS: Find the insects and bugs that live at the Gardens, run by Really Rural (min. age 3 years)

14 August - PRINT MAKING WORKSHOP: Local artist and printmaker, Cara Williams, will guide children creatively through the stages of poly board printing. Children will learn new skills to create a beautiful hand-made print to take home (min. age 5 years)

21 August - WILLOW WORKSHOP: Paul Simmons from Willowcraft and Woodlands will be making willow wands and spiders webs, along with other creatures for children to take home (min. age 3 years)

28 August - DIPPING DETECTIVES: Pond dipping to identify what lurks beneath the water at Spetchley, run by Really Rural (min. age 5 years)

Sessions are £5 per child and include admission to the Gardens, adult admission applies.

Click here to book.

10-11 August: Living History Show, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

A fascinating family day out with up to 1,000 re-enactors spanning major periods from the Ancient Greeks through to Vikings, Medieval, English Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War and the two World Wars. There will be battles and displays throughout the day, a large trader's area, refreshments and even a pre-fab 1940's pub, there’s never a dull moment.

Adults £8, children (5-16 years) £3, under 5's FREE, family (2 adults, 2 children) £20.

Click here to watch a short teaser:

15 August: Thursday Talk - Ellen Willmott & Spetchley, 2.30pm

The Berkeley & Spetchley Estate archivist will be providing a fascinating insight into the wonderful and inspirational Ellen Willmott. Miss Willmott was a prolific photographer. See then-and-now photos of Spetchley, pictures of her home, the now-vanished Warley Place, and a good few unexpected surprises as well! Tickets are £3.50 for Friends or £5 for guests (plus normal admission) and include tea/coffee. Purchase from the Welcome Centre or on the day.

21 August - 8 September: Sculptures in the Gardens

Visit and enjoy 140 sculptures from the Oxford Sculptors Group displayed throughout the Gardens and within the Learning Centre. All sculptures will be available for sale with prices ranging from £75 - £1,000+.

26 - 31 October: Spooky Root House Trail, 10.30am-4pm

The Gardens will be getting their annual Halloween makeover with lots of new ghouls and frights in store. Follow the trail around the Gardens, tiptoe through the Trembling Tunnel, sidestep the Sinister Serpent and Mouldy Mummy, then whisper along Witches Walk; it’s going to be spookier than ever.

£1 entry for children (includes a treat), normal admission applies for adults.


Michael Hardwick Photography Competition 2019

We would love to see the Gardens through your eyes and are looking for beautiful photographs of Spetchley and different elements within the Gardens.

This competition is held in memory of Michael Hardwick who loved the Gardens and was a great benefactor in his film work on Ellen Willmott and Rose Berkeley.

Entries will be accepted from May to 22 September. For full details and terms and conditions click here.

Heritage & Learning Centre Exhibitions

To coincide with the start of the Fountain Bed Garden revival at Spetchley, our permanent exhibition in the Heritage Centre will explore Ellen Willmott and her influence on the gardens and their design. A keen garden designer and entrepreneur, Ellen was a fascinating character who along with her sister Rose Berkeley, was instrumental in much of the Victorian planting seen today.

The exhibition will also explore the Victorian garden and its role in a working estate and country house.

Spetchley's Enchanted Door Trail

Our children's trail reveals a hidden and enchanting world of fairies and elves, collect Reuben's Map from the Welcome Centre and see how many beautifully hand crafted doors you can spot.

Map included with admission from 4 May - 29 September.

Soul Sanctuary Yoga Classes

Soul Sanctuary are a wonderful addition to the Gardens offering yoga classes in beautiful, peaceful, surroundings. There are a range of 60 and 90 minute classes in the Willmott Room that include Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and Nidra. Members can also enjoy a variety of workshops to really encourage that inner calm and zen.

Visit their website for a full schedule of classes for all abilities and levels

NEW - Wheels on Wednesday, selected Wednesdays every month, 5pm-9pm

If you have an interest in cars you won't want to miss Wheels on Wednesday.

The next meetings will be on Wednesday 14 & 28 August. Join other motoring enthusiasts at Spetchley Park to enjoy each others cars and bikes in the glorious English countryside. Refreshments, Gourmet Burgers, Wood Fired Pizza and Fish & Chips will be available.

£3 per car on the gate or £2.50 in advance via the website