Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 June 2014
1.00 to 6.00pm
Blue skies, sunshine, picturesque buildings and luxuriant gardens in Ashton under Hill. Picture by Jo Brown
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The picturesque village of Ashton under Hill is situated in the south of the county of Worcestershire, England, at the eastern end of Bredon Hill and overlooking the Vale of Evesham. Bredon Hill and Ashton are in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The northern Cotswold hills are close at hand and nearby towns include Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Tewkesbury. Formerly part of the county of Gloucestershire, Ashton under Hill is now in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire.
Ashton under Hill is just west of the A46 between Evesham and Tewkesbury, about 5 miles south of Evesham and near to junction 9 of the M5 motorway. Please use the postcode WR11 7SW to find us with your Sat Nav. More directions here or see a map here
2012 was the 35th year of our annual Open Gardens weekend, which continues to grow in popularity and often now attracts well over a thousand visitors over the two days.
Join us on
Why not visit Beckford Open Village and Gardens Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June? Details from 01386 882002 or 01684 772237
Enjoying the swiming pond in one of the gardens
A glimpse of the church
Taking in the view
One of the sumptuous flower displays in the church
One of Ashton's woodland gardens
Visit our friends at
Usk Open Gardens
R D Fergusson
Ashbee Bed and Breakfast
Anthony Halling Garden Machinery
Sarah Jane Smith
The Acupuncture Clinic
T.A.Spry Landscape Gardener
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We're Getting Ready!
Although we're still in the dull dark days of winter, preparations are well in hand for our next Open Gardens event in June. We expect to have at least 20 gardens for you to see, some for the very first time, plus all the usual attractions - exhibitions, displays, craft and quality plant sales, plus several refreshment venues, some open from midday. Our theme for 2014 is 'The World of Plants', highlighting non-native species grown in our gardens.
Discounts for Groups
Don't forget that we offer generous discounts for groups of 10 or more, and there's ample free parking for coaches as well as cars. If you're interested in bringing a party to visit us on either the Saturday or Sunday please Contact Us. You'll be assured of a warm welcome!
After a year's planning and preparation our 36th annual Open Gardens Weekend finally took place in glorious sunshine last June. A huge thank you is due to everyone involved, and also to our many friendly, smiling visitors of course!
Almost 1300 people came to Ashton over the two days to enjoy 22 colourful gardens, to browse in the Plantsman's Market and enjoy the peace and calm of St Barbara's Church. Cream teas in the marquee, or an opportunity to rest weary feet with a cup of tea in the village hall were also among the attractions.
Thank you to all who returned questionnaires with many valuable comments and suggestions. Every one of them is read and considered in planning for next year's event. Some of the comments we received about our 2013 Open gardens were:
"Many thanks for a lovely day out! As you can imagine, we all thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the visit, the very friendly people, excellent food, and the tea and cake in the village hall was fantastic, and of course, we mustn't forget the amazing gardens!! I'm sure we will be visiting you all again sometime in the future."
" We had a glorious day visited most of the gardens and thoroughly enjoyed them all. We realise all the effort and organising that went in to this weekend and thank you all. We hope to come back next year."
" I've been telling everyone how lovely Ashton is and what a fabulous day we had. I felt everything was organised perfectly and could not find anything that could be improved upon."
"Beautiful gardens and we were impressed with the fact there were several venues selling refreshments."
"I made another visit from Leeds this year - I am passionate about gardens and you put on a real treat for such a small community"
If you'd like to know more, please don't hesitate to Contact Us but why not make a date to see Ashton in bloom? Our 2014 Open Gardens Weekend will be on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June. You can see pictures of last year's event in our 2013 Photo Gallery
Admission Charges and Parking
All coach and car parking for our Open Gardens event is free, and there is a complimentary minibus shuttle around the village which is usually much appreciated by visitors.
Admission is £5 for adults, including senior citizens, and this allows entry to all the gardens and other attractions. Saturday tickets are also valid on the Sunday, so why not make a weekend of it! Children under 16 may visit free of charge, and there are complimentary illustrated programmes to help guide you around the gardens.
We update this website regularly, so come back again soon for more news of our 2014 event. Please Contact Us if you have a question or would like to be added to our mailing list for occasional newsletters.
Refreshments and Cream Teas
When you need to rest and relax there are always a number of venues for lunch or tea. Our refreshment marquee serves ploughman's lunches and cream teas with complimentary bubbles. Teas are also served in the village Hall by members of Ashton WI, and refreshments are also available in the Free Church hall. Our excellent village pub, The Star Inn, serves meals all day and you can eat in the garden to enjoy the sunshine.
This website is regularly updated so please come back regularly for more news or Contact Us to be added to our mailing list or to receive our regular email newsletter (postal or email addresses are never shared with any other person or organisation)
If you have any feedback or if there's anything you'd particularly like to know about next year's Ashton Open Gardens please Contact Us
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade (Rudyard Kipling)
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Attractions for everyone!Profusion of poppies
Lots of lupinsCottage garden
Guardian of the Middle School's plot
Roses and Thatch
Flowers in the sunshine
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown and
Jo Brown unless otherwise stated