Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling at the foot of Bredon Hill
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 2017
from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
40th Anniversary Event
Picture by Jo Brown
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. To find us with your Sat Nav please use the postcode WR11 7SW. More directions here or see a map here
2017 will be the 40th 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.
On Bredon Hill
by Steve Gledhill
One of Wendy Stafford's stunning glass flowers
17/18 June 2017
Usk Open Gardens
24/25 June 2017
Back on Track Chiropractic
Anthony Halling Garden Machinery
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40 Years of Ashton Open Gardens
Since 1977 we have welcomed visitors from the UK and all over the world to our annual Open Gardens event here in Ashton under Hill. They come to enjoy a wide variety of gardens and the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Worcestershire village, situated in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of Bredon Hill. We will have 26 gardens open for you to see on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 2017, including two new to our event, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day. For the first time there will also be between 7 and 10 of our best 'Open Front Gardens' for you to enjoy from the footpath; watch out for the sunflower symbol in those gardens. With such a lot to see and do, why not come and join us in our 40th anniversary year?
Refreshments and Plant Sales
Exhibitions and Displays
To celebrate our 40th anniversary Open Gardens weekend we will be hosting a very special photographic exhibition in St Barbara's Church. Local photographer Steve Gledhill, who recently completed a portfolio of weekly images 'On Bredon Hill' will be exhibiting a selection of his stunning and beautiful photographs. Steve will be in attendance all weekend, but to see a preview of his work you can browse his On Bredon Hill 2016 website or see an extensive range of images in his Virtually Grey Gallery
Also new to this year’s Open Gardens, stained glass artist Wendy Stafford from Offenham will be exhibiting some of her beautiful glass flowers in one of the gardens.
Saturday entry also valid on Sunday
Entry to Ashton under Hill Open Gardens is just £6 for adults, with no charge for children under 16. There's free parking, a free illustrated programme for all visitors, free entry to all exhibitions and displays and a complimentary shuttle bus around the village. Entry on Saturday is also valid on Sunday, so why not make a weekend of it? With all those attractions Ashton Open Gardens is not only a great day out it's superb value too!
We'll be running our Photographic Competition again in 2017, to find original images from this year's event. A prize of a £25 garden gift voucher, two free tickets to Open Gardens 2018 and two complimentary cream teas are offered for the winning entry. More details available here
The photographic competition is open to everyone, so perhaps your picture could appear on our website and on next year's posters! You can see the picture of a bee on a cornflower taken by Mark Alington, last year's winner, on the right of this page. Jeremy King's image of some International Visitors and Bob Harding's Swimming Pond picture are also here.
Discount for Advance Bookings
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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!
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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Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I buy advance tickets? There's no need to buy tickets in advance, just pay at one of the sales desks when you arrive and collect your free illustrated programme.
Are dogs allowed? Well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome in the gardens, but do check with individual garden owners first in case they too have animals in their garden.
Where is the car park? Just follow the signs as you enter Ashton under Hill, and our stweards will also direct you to the main and overflow car parks.
Is there disabled parking? Yes, there is a dedicated space for disabled drivers to park in the centre of the village. Please ask one of the parking stewards.
Winner of the 2016 Photographic Competition; picture by Mark Alington
International visitors, by Jeremy King
Pictures by Jo Brown
Pictures by David Hunter
Warm thatch in the sunshine
Picture by Jeremy King
Busy Plant Stalls
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard
Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown Jeremy King and Jo Brown
unless otherwise stated