Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill
Next event: Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June 2015
The old farmhouse where Fred Archer was born
Picture by John Dodge
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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
2015 will be the 38th 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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Taking in the view
One of the sumptuous flower displays in the church
One of Ashton's woodland gardens
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24 Gardens to See
Our 2015 event will be on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June and with less than four weeks to go, planning for this year's Open Gardens weekend is almsot complete. We will have 24 gardens for visitors to see, three of them open for the first time in several years, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day, plus all the usual attractions.
You can view a map of the village showing which gardens will be open by clicking here or on the 'Village Map' button above left.
Refreshments and Plant Sales
Refreshments will be available at several points in the village each afternoon: as well as our own refreshment marquee where you can buy a Ploughman's Lunch from midday or a cream tea from 2.00pm, the WI will be serving lunchtime filled rolls, tea and cake in the Village Hall. Teas will be available at the north end of the village and there's always the full menu in our village pub The Star Inn
Our renowned Plantsman's Market will be in its usual place in the centre of the village, selling a wide range of quality plants from local nurseries so that you can takle home a souvenir of your visit. There will also be our customary craft stalls in the Village Hall, showcasing the work of local artists.
The Life of Fred Archer
In 2015 we will be marking the centenary of the birth of the much-loved country author Fred Archer, who was born in Ashton and lived here for much of his life. For over thirty years Fred entertained his readers with tales of country life in and around the Vale of Evesham. With the help of the Fred Archer Society we are planning a special exhibition about Fred’s time as a farmer, his writings, and his many published books. Click here for more details about Fred's life and works.
Admission and Car Parking
Entry to Ashton Open Gardens is still just £5.00 for adults, under 16s free. Not only does this give you access to all the gardens and other attractions but it also entitles you to free car parking and use of the complimentary shuttle bus around the village. Saturday tickets are also valid on Sunday so if you're in the area, you can enjoy the whole weekend in our gardens for just £5.00!
20% Discount for Advance Bookings
*Limited Coach Parking still available for Sunday 14 June*
We are pleased to offer an advance booking rate of just £4.00 per person (a discount of 20% on the normal adult price) for parties of 10 or more. Children under 16 may visit free of charge. We also offer the extra incentive of one free ticket if your booking is for 20 people or more.
If you would like to bring a party to our Open Gardens event, we do ask that you register that interest as soon as possible. Our dedicated coach park is limited in size and spaces for Saturday 13 June are now all taken. However, we are still happy to welcome your coach party on Sunday 14 June. Please Contact Us soon.
Fund-raising success in 2014
After our successful Open Gardens weekend in June 2014, we were able to distribute a surplus among village organisations. £6000 was shared between the village church, St Barbara's, for urgent roof repairs and the Village Community Centre for maintaining and improving facilities at the Village Hall, Playground and Playing Field. Smaller donations were made towards garden projects at the two local schools, to the WI and Guides.
You can see pictures of our 2014 event here.
Congratulations to the winners of our feedback questionnaire Prize Draw: Mr and Mrs Driver of Evesham, who received a £25 Garden Centre Gift VOucher.
In 2014 some of our furthest travelled visitors came from South Korea, Oklahoma, USA, Ohio and from Pennsylvania. Other overseas visitors came from Denmark and Italy, while much closer to home we welcomed garden enthusiasts from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Bristol and the neighbouring counties of Hereford, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire as well as our own county of Worcestershire. Ashton under Hill Open Gardens is a truly international event!
Our visitors were able to stroll around 26 varied and colourful cottage and country gardens, enjoy views of the Cotswolds and Bredon Hill, sample cream teas, homemade cakes or the delights of our village pub. Many of them also took away high quality plants and craft gifts, all at very reasonable prices.
If you have any feedback about our 2014 event or if there's anything you'd particularly like to know about Ashton Open Gardens in 2015 which will be on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June please Contact Us You can also ask to be added to our mailing list to receive our regular email newsletter (email addresses are never shared with any other person or organisation).
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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Fred Archer at Stanley Farm in 1973.
We will be celebrating Fred's life in our main exhibition this year
(picture copyright Fred Archer Trust)
Cover images of some of Fred's early books
Guardian of the Middle School's plot
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown and Jo Brown
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