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What's on in 2018

Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley, Worcester, WR5 1RS

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Exhibitions, activities and workshops


First Sunday every month: Free Garden Tour, 11.30am

Visitors can join a free guided tour of the Gardens on the first Sunday of every month, our next tour is 1 July. Tours last approximately 1 hour and depart from the Welcome Centre at 11.30am. Normal admission applies and spaces are limited.


30 May - 24 June: Spetchley Bug Trail

Come and enjoy our Bug Trail during May half-term and into June and see how many bugs you can spot in the Gardens. The trail celebrates National Insect Week, which runs from 18th-24th June.

Pick up a sheet from our Welcome Centre, trail is free with admission.


21 June: Old Herbaceous, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Spetchley with this wonderfully apt and brilliantly done production of ‘Old Herbaceous’. Performed on the main lawn, this one man production of a stately home gardener is in the perfect setting, bring chairs and enjoy a summers evening of entertainment.

Tickets cost £16 for adults, £12 for children (suitable for children aged 14 and over).

Tickets are available online, from our Welcome Centre, and on the gate. FoSPG receive a 10% discount on tickets. 

Click here to purchase tickets.


1 July: NGS Day

Gardens open for charity, normal admission applies.


4 - 29 July: Photography Exhibition

The winners of the Michael Hardwick Photography Competition will be on display in the Learning Centre for you to admire. You will see not only the winning prints of a 'Splash of Colour' and a 'Secret Garden', but also the ‘Best Of’ entries.

Normal admission applies. 


1 August: Wildlife Wednesdays, Pond Dipping with Really Rural, 11am-4pm

Have a go at pond dipping in the Gardens with Really Rural and see what is hiding in our peaceful lake. Four 45 minute sessions will be held throughout the day from 11.30am. Tickets are available online only from 1st July 2018. Suitable for children aged 5 years & over, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, adult admission applies.

£4 per child, includes admission to the Gardens.


4 August: Spetchley Garden Society's Annual Flower & Produce Show

Full details to follow, categories open to all. Normal admission applies.


8 August: Wildlife Wednesdays, Willow Workshop, 11am-4pm

Make willow wands, dreamcatchers and other crafts with Paul Simmons in the Learning Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

This is a drop in event at the Learning Centre from 11am-4pm – normal admission applies. 


11 - 12 August: Living History Show, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

A fascinating family day out with around 1,000 re-enactors spanning major periods from the Ancient Greeks through to Vikings, Medieval, English Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War and the two World Wars. There will be battles and displays throughout the day, a large trader's area, refreshments and even a pre-fab 1940's pub, there’s never a dull moment.

Adults £8, children (5-16 years) £3, under 5's FREE, family (2adults, 2 children) £20.

Click here to find out more: 



15 August: Wildlife Wednesdays, Mini Beast Explorer with Really Rural, 11am-4pm

Explore the Gardens with Really Rural searching for mini beasts and insects, each session includes a crafty activity. Four 45 minute sessions will be held throughout the day from 11.30am. Tickets will be available online only from 1st July 2018. Suitable for children aged 5 years & over, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and adult admission applies.

£4 per child, includes admission to the Gardens.


17 - 19 August: Artist in Residence, Clare Beak, 11am-4pm

Admire and purchase beautiful artwork and sculptures made by our Artist in Residence, Clare Beak in the Learning Centre. Clare creates the magical sculptures of our well known Enchanted Door Trail, the spooktacular going-ons of our Halloween Trail, and the artwork for many of our greetings cards.


22 August: Wildlife Wednesdays, Plants & Flowers Crafty Workshop, 11am-4pm

We’re celebrating the wildlife in the Gardens by focusing on the plants and flowers you can find with an array of crafty activities in the Learning Centre. This is a drop-in session in the Learning Centre from 11am-4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and normal admission applies. 


15 September: Apple Pressing with Transition Worcester & Children's Autumn Crafts, 11am-4pm

Bring along your apples and a container and leave with delicious freshly pressed apple juice. This free event is run by Transition Worcester and will be held in our Car Park.

Children's autumn crafts will also be held in the Learning Centre, normal admission applies.


27 - 31 October: Spooky Root House Trail, 11am-4pm

The Gardens will be getting their annual Halloween makeover, children can follow the trail to solve the puzzle then claim a yummy treat. 

Garden admission plus trail map is just £1 for children.


Heritage Centre Exhibitions

Following the opening of the Heritage Centre in 2017, we are holding our first annual exhibition display in 2018. The exhibition focuses on World War One and members of the Berkeley family who served on the western front and in other countries. Nearly all the Berkeley family who fought in the war were part of local Worcestershire Regiments.

The exhibition is in partnership with Worcestershire World War 100. 


Spetchley's Enchanted Door Trail

Our children's trail reveals a hidden and enchanting world of fairies and elves, collect Reuben's Map from the Welcome Centre and explore Spetchley's magical world of beautiful hand crafted doors.

Map included with admission.


Outdoor Sketching & Painting Classes with Karen Stone, June / July

Discover your inner artist and enjoy working direct from the borders in Spetchley Gardens on Karen Stone's 'Outdoor Sketching and Painting Course'. Karen will provide full tuition on both expressive floral painting and individual characteristics of plants, buildings and landscape. For further details click here for weekday classes or here for Saturday classes.

Dates - Saturdays: 16, 23, 30 June & 7 July and Wednesdays: 6, 13, 20 & 27th June. 

Classes are suitable for all levels of ability, each session costs £30 or £110 for all four Wednesday or Saturday sessions and classes take place in the Learning Centre from 1pm-4.30pm.

For bookings, or further information, please contact Karen directly on 07773 355 817 or




Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners, 24 June

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon learning the basics of calligraphy to create beautiful handwriting. Learn how to write with an authentic dip pen and nib, using lightness and pressure to create beautiful thick and thin strokes in our Learning Centre.

Rachel from Sparkling Ink provides tuition, a bespoke Calligraphy Kit for you to take away, and delicious refreshments as part of your workshop. For further details click here.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and takes place in the Learning Centre on Sunday 24 June from 2pm – 4.30pm and costs £58 per person.

To book please contact Rachel directly on 01905 779422 or


Facebook: @sparklinginkcalligraphy


Photography Workshop, 29 July

Enjoy a day with instructors from The Worcestershire Camera Club and Clive Haynes learning how to use your camera to get the best photographs in the beautiful settings of the Gardens.

The workshops run from 10.30am - 4.00pm. There are three sessions, one in the morning and two in the afternoon and attendees choose 3 topics per session, click here for full details.

Tickets are £40 per person and are available at the Welcome Centre.



Michael Hardwick Photography Competition

We are holding our first public Photography Competition, in memory of the late Michael Hardwick, who loved Spetchley and produced two wonderful short films in honour of both Rose Berkeley and her sister Ellen Willmott.

There are two categories for both adults and children: 'Splash of Colour' or 'Secret Garden'. It’s FREE to enter, entry forms and terms and conditions can be collected from the Welcome Centre or by clicking here..

Only images of the Gardens will be accepted and photographs must be taken between 28th March - 22nd June 2018. The final date for submission is Friday 22nd June, with winners and ‘Best Of’ informed by Thursday 28th June 2018.