Summer Sundays at Barnsdale Gardens

It's all happening at Barnsdale! Every Sunday during July and August, we're offering family events, free with Garden entry.

Grow and discover: 4 August, 12pm - 4pm

Families of all ages can join garden designer Chris Allen to learn some amazing facts about what goes on in your garden.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: 11 August, 9am - 4pm

Come for a fun family day full of activities to help you find out more about the insect pals and pests in your back yard.


Meet our local bee keeper, Stuart Taylor, who supplies the Barnsdale Gardens gift shop. You'll be able to get a close-up look at a frame of live honeybees and find out how his delicious honey is made.


Help our mini-beast expert, Sally Cunningham, to build a bug hotel in the woodland or have a go at pond-dipping. You can follow a special trail to find out which are the pollinators' favourite plants and meet our local wildlife craftsmen.

Summer Vegetable Weekend: 17 & 18 August, 11am - 4pm

If you love growing your own food then Barnsdale is the place to be this weekend.


We'll be opening up the productive areas that are normally off-limits to visitors, and our expert grower will be available to advise you on your own veggie production and chat about her favourite subject.


If you’ve visited us earlier in the year you’ll enjoy seeing our crops coming to fruition, and if you come along on Sunday, you can take in a demonstration of seasonal cookery too, using our own home-grown produce.


Members of the National Allotment society will be joining us on Sunday 18th. They will be running extra activities and talks, as well as an information stand.

Plant Lovers' Day with Matthew Biggs: 25 August, 11:30pm - 3:30pm

A special day of informal walks and talks hosted by Radio 4’s Matthew Biggs.


Matt will be touring the Gardens to discover the interesting species that you might otherwise miss, and you are welcome to join him for as long as you like.

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.