Family Fun, Opera and Live Music in the Great Outdoors – perfect ingredients for a long hot summer at Borde Hill Garden

Family Fun, Opera and Live Music in the Great Outdoors – perfect ingredients for a long hot summer at Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill in Haywards Heath, West Sussex has all the ingredients for a long hot summer of family entertainment, including performances of Open Air Opera, live music in the Garden on selected Sundays and an enchanting daily trail for children all set within the magnificent, bloom filled Garden and Woodland.

The school holiday fun begins with ‘The Enchanted Garden’, where children can explore the Woodland on a discovery trail to follow the story about a pixie who needs to earn his wings!  The trail will run from 27 July to 15 September. There will also be children’s activities on selected dates, including Forest Schools on 1st and 28th August, Storytelling on 5th and 19th August, Woodland Crafts on 12th August and Old-Fashioned Garden Games on 22nd August.

Throughout the summer Borde Hill is offering an eclectic musical programme with something for everyone to enjoy.  Opera Brava are returning to perform full length open air productions of La Traviata on 26 July and The Barber of Seville on the 27 July, against the stunning backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

As an added enjoyment for all visitors and included in standard admission, there will be ‘Musical Picnics’ on 28 July, 11 and 25 August and 1 September between 1 and 3pm, where families are invited to bring their own picnic, kick back and relax to live music in the beauty of the Garden. Music will include swing and jazz with The Tom Belbin Trio, acoustic folk by The Rusty Rovers, old-time jazz with The Three Penny Piece and rock and blues with Willie Austen.

Until the end of September, Borde Hill is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Sculpture Exhibition, which sees the Garden transformed into an outdoor gallery, with a diverse collection of sculpture to excite and delight.  Visitors can enjoy meandering through the Garden to see over 100 pieces of sculpture in stone, stained glass, ceramic, resin and metalwork.  Kindly sponsored by 1st CENTRAL.

Younger visitors are able to enjoy David Walliams’ most popular book brought to life with an open-air theatre production of ‘Gangsta Granny’ on the South Lawn on 2 August.  The new adventure playground featuring a thrilling zip wire, swings and climbing frames is open every day.

Borde Hill’s series of beautifully planted and linked garden rooms are still bursting with colour. Enjoy our vibrant herbaceous borders flowering until late summer or relax in our tranquil Italian Garden and lush green Round Dell newly rejuvenated.

Extended summer opening: throughout July and August the Garden is open 10am to 6pm daily (instead of 5pm).

For further information about all the Summer Events at Borde Hill and to find ticket prices, please visit <http://www.bordehill.co.uk> or call 01444 450326 for details.

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