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

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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. 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

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Why not visit some of our friends?

Eckington Flower Festival and Open Gardens

17/18 June 2017

Usk Open Gardens

24/25 June 2017

Swimming Pond

Bob Harding

Pond dipping

Faye Sieracki

Our Supporters

360 Fabrications

07903 313266

Ancient Oaks Tree Surgeons

01386 572130

Back on Track Chiropractic

01386 725461

07900 184131

Beckford Silk

01386 881507

The Coffee Shop at Beckford Silk

07568 170794

Beckford Stores

01386 881248

BHGS Ltd,

Horticultural Supplies

01386 444100

Bradfords, Evesham

01386 40089

Cotteswold Dairy

01684 298959

GLB Services, Central Heating Installation and Maintenance

01386 871777

Gotherington Nurseries

01242 676722

Anthony Halling Garden Machinery

01386 858713

Place Maintenance

01386 882855

07739 968032

Hillers Garden and Plant Centre

01789 772771

Holloway Farm House B&B

01386 881910

Hoo House Nursery

01684 293389

L&L Installations

0800 592946

Meadows Farm Shop

01684 293389

OHMS Garden Machinery

01386 552886

The Old Post House & Barn Holiday Accommodation

01386 882466

07976 906653

Overbury Estate and Farms

01386 725111

P&H Services

01386 881528

Rails End Nursery

01386 881884

Severn Seating

01684 594164

Slate Clothing

Broadway

 01386 853877

The Star Inn, Ashton under Hill

01386 881325

The Vale Group

01386 765959

Toddington Garden Centre

01242 621314

Village Green Kitchens and Bathrooms

01386 852152

Wayside Farm Shop, Wickhamford

01386 830546

 

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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

 
You will be able to buy a light lunch or cream tea from 12.00 noon in our dedicated refreshment marquee, or sandwiches and cake served by the WI in the village hall. Full meals will be available all day in our popular village pub The Star Inn or there’s a picnic space available if you prefer to bring your own refreshments. Quality plants and craft goods will also be on sale.

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!

Photographic Competition

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 vouchertwo 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  


We are pleased to offer pre-booked groups the advance booking rate of just £5.00 per person (a discount of £1 on the normal adult price) for parties of 10 or more. There is no charge for under 16s. 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 you to register that interest as soon as possible using the form available here as we have a limited number of coach parking spaces each day.

If you'd like to know more, please Contact Us

 

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.

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News Congratulations to one of our loyal supporters Hillers Farm Shop on taking joint first place in the regional finals of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards. More details here

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

Calm reflections

Roses and Thatch

Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard

Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown Jeremy King and Jo Brown

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