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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.

Marie-Thérèse King, Exhibition of Batik Work: 17th June - 19th June & 21st June - 2nd July, 9am - 5pm

Marie-Thérèse's exhibition of batik work is open to all and free with garden admission. She describes herself as a non-digital designer, creating exquisite batik textile designs inspired by her passion for British wildlife, in particular birds, butterflies, insects and wild flowers, using the ancient Indonesian art-form of layering melted wax and water based dyes on Indonesian cotton to create vibrant paintings.


She teaches workshops in printmaking, cyanotype, batik and collage and will be hosting a workshop at Barnsdale Gardens later this year, when dates are confirmed.


For more info, visit Marie-Thérèse's website here: mariethereseking.uk

Roses Day with Stuart Dixon: 2nd July, 12pm - 4pm

A special day of informal walks and talks hosted by writer, broadcaster and rose fan Stuart Dixon.


So if you’re looking for a particular variety or just love roses, join Stuart to tour the Gardens and learn more- there’s no booking necessary and you’re welcome to join him for as long as you like.

Willow animal sculpture trail: 3rd - 31st July, 9am - 5pm

We are grateful to Rutland Willows for their generous contribution of a variety of willow animal sculptures. These artworks will be on display throughout July when visitors can explore them through a sculpture trail. The trail will feature different animals made from willow in different locations of the gardens.

Sweet Pea Weekend: 8th - 9th July, 12pm - 4pm

It’s all about the smells and beautiful blooms of Sweet Peas. Come and enjoy these wonderful plants; the array of colours and the heady scents they produce, with our sweet pea expert, Stephen Marsland, for short walks and talks.


9th July: Local botanical artist, Dawn Wright, will be demonstrating painting Sweet Peas in the garden studio, come along to see her in action.

Cottage Garden Tours: 16th July, 12pm - 4pm

Join Nick Hamilton on short walks while he talks about the plants that are essential for a cottage garden.

Plants for Well-being: 23rd July, 12pm - 4pm

Join Nicola Fenton on short walks and talks highlighting the healing power of plants.

Nature Detectives: 30th July, 12pm - 4pm

Children can take part in arts and crafts inspired by the gardens.

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.