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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 5 August. Tours last approximately 1 hour and depart from the Welcome Centre at 11.30am. Normal admission applies and spaces are limited.


4 - 29 July: Photography Exhibition

Entries and the winners of the Michael Hardwick Photography Competition will be on display in the Learning Centre for you to admire. The two themes for the photographs are a 'Splash of Colour' and 'Secret Garden', there have been some wonderful 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. Suitable for children aged 5 years & over, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, adult admission applies.

Tickets are £4 per child and includes admission, click here to purchase tickets.


4 August: Spetchley Garden Society's Annual Flower & Produce Show, 2pm-5pm

Visit the Garden Society's annual show and view the best blooms and produce Worcester has to offer! Categories are open to all, click here to download the schedule and entry forms, please note no entries will be accepted after 11am. Viewing will be in the Cart Sheds from 2pm where home made cakes and refreshments will be available, along with a tombola and raffle, children's activities plus plant and book stalls. 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 to find out more: http://www.worcesterreenactors.uk/m5/


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.

Tickets are £4 per child and includes admission, click here to purchase tickets.


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.


8–30 September: Worcestershire Camera Club Exhibition

Worcestershire Camera Club will be holding an exhibition in the Learning Centre to display the wonderful images of the Gardens that members have taken.

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. 


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.


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 see how many beautifully hand crafted doors you can spot.

Map included with admission.