Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling at the foot of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016
from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
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
2016 will be the 39th 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.
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One of the sumptuous flower displays in the church
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29 Gardens Open!
There will be 29 varied and colourful gardens for you to see in this year's Open Gardens event, two for the first time, and still for the same entry fee of £5 for adults, under 16s free. You may download a map and a description of the gardens
Visitors also receive a free illustrated programme including the map of the village and garden descriptions, and don't forget that all car and pre-booked coach parking is free. There's also a free shuttle bus around the village, and your Saturday ticket allows you free entry on Sunday. As well as being a great day out, Ashton under Hill Open Gardens is also great value!
Ashton is one of the prettiest!
According to Cotswold Life magazine, Ashton under Hill is one of the prettiest places to visit in the Cotswolds. Click here to see the full article. We can't help but agree of course, so why not join us for Ashton under Hill Open Gardens on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June to find out for yourself?
Refreshments, Plant and Craft Sales
When you feel the need to rest and relax, you will be able to find refreshments in several locations in the village. Ploughman's Lunches and Cream Teas will be served from 12.00pm to 5.45pm in our new all-weather marquee. There will be filled rolls, tea and cake in the Village Hall courtesy of Ashton WI, ice creams in one of the gardens and teas will also be available at the Free Church Hall. Our village pub The Star Inn will be open all afternoon on both days.
If you'd like to take home a lasting reminder of your visit to Ashton, a wide range of high quality and unsusual plants will be on sale outside the Village Hall, and there will be stalls indoors offering local craft items.
Discounts for Advance Group Bookings
We are again offering the incentive of a 20% discount on the normal adult entry to Ashton Open Gardens 2016, for pre-booked parties of 10 or more. For parties of 20 or more, we also provide one free entry. You can download a Group Booking Request Form here, or Contact Us for more information. Advance bookings must be finalised by Friday 27 May 2016 to qualify for the discount.
New Photographic Competition
Calling all photographers! Next year, 2017, will be the fortieth anniversary of Ashton under Hill Open Gardens and we're already looking for some really special and unusual photos of this year's event to use in future publicity. We are inviting all visitors to submit up to five photographs of our 2016 Open Gardens by Wednesday 29 June 2016. All entries will be reviewed by the Organising Committee and a prize of a £25 garden gift voucher, two free tickets to Open Gardens 2017 and two complimentary cream teas will be offered for the most original and unusual photograph. Two runners-up will be awarded 2 free entry tickets each. Pictures may be used on our website or in our printed publicity, so don't forget to bring your camera to this year's event!
Happy and Glorious
The nation will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen in June 2016, and Ashton Open Gardens will echo that theme with a fascinating exhibition of photographs, documents and memorabilia in St Barbara’s Church, together with some colourful displays in the gardens themselves. Why not come along and join in the fun on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2016, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day?
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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Warm thatch in the sunshine
Don't forget your cream tea!
Busy Plant Stalls
Guardian of the Middle School's plot
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown Jeremy King and Jo Brown
unless otherwise stated