Events listed below are free with garden admission.

Autumn Birdwatch: 6 October, 12pm - 4pm

Meet expert spotters and take a special tour of the gardens with local naturalist Phil Rudkin. You can chat with our clever bird box and bug hotel makers, or make a simple bird feeder yourself to take home.


Barnsdale Gardens provides a home for a huge variety of garden birds, with guest appearances from the residents of nearby Rutland Water, so there will be plenty to see and even the youngest visitor will be able to get a great view on the woodland webcam.

Barnsdaleā€™s Scary Spooktacular: 27 October, 12pm - 4pm

Come for a walk in the Weird Woods where you can take part in a spot of spooky apple bobbing. You can carve your own petrifying pumpkin to take home - it's frightening fun for all the family, and kids in costume visit free!

Just want to come for a spot of retail therapy and a great lunch or afternoon tea? Entry to the Barnsdale Gardens Gift Shop, Nursery and Tea Room is free.