The guiding principles of Hellens Garden Festival

~  To celebrate the natural world  ~  Have a positive, constructive and educational approach to local and global issues  ~ 

~  Create an enjoyable, celebratory atmosphere  ~  Raise awareness of environmental and ecological issues  ~ 

~  Share profits between charities that promote similar ideas and have social and community benefit  ~


The Hellens Garden Festival brings you a summer bounty of the sustainable, the eclectic, the quirky, crafted and grown. Be inspired in a stunning garden setting! Planning is well underway for June 9th and 10th and in 2018 we are excited to be celebrating the role of water in our gardens and in the wider world.

Inspiring talks by experts ~ Flower and Bee Workshops in the Cider Mill ~ Over a 100 exhibitors of plants, tools, sculpture and crafts ~ Children’s activities ~ Local food, drink and live music.

Award winning landscape designer Hannah Genders is returning to the festival this year to give a talk about what is involved in creating a natural, wild swimming pool in the garden.
We will be joined by Radio allotment guru Terry Walton, sharing his knowledge on how water is essential in gardens for both plants and wildlife, as well as how important a pond can be to give a balanced ecosystem.
We are also delighted to announce that Katie Alcott, founder of FRANK water will be joining us as a speaker on the Sunday. Since 2005, FRANK have provided clean drinking water and sanitation to 360,000 people accross India and Nepal. At The Garden Festival, Katie will discuss this amazing project that empowers families and communities to claim their right: to land, sanitation, education and Water.
  • Festival Experience

    Weekend of innovation

    2018 will be the festival’s 12th year and we will be celebrating water!

  • People, Plants & Planet

    Inspired sustainable life

    We offer inspirational ideas, services and plants for growing our gardens, sustaining ourselves and the earth, whatever the space you have.

  • For our beneficiaries

    Fundraising for charities

    We are proud to support St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford and the special project Back to the Wild for young people.



Adult £7
Child £2.50 (under 16)
Family £16 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

You can buy a ticket for BOTH festival days:

Adult £12
Child £4 (under 16)
Family £24 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Address: Hellens, Much Marcle, Ledbury. Herefordshire HR8 2LY

Group discounts are available if booked in advance:

Entrance to the festival£6 per adult for a group booking of 10 people or more. We have limited parking for coaches therefore the coach will also need to be booked-in so that we can arrange the appropriate parking.

We welcome well-behaved dogs who have their owners firmly on leads and whom clean up after them.

See Hellens tour prices below (please note, the Garden Festival entrance ticket does not cover tours of the Manor House).

Free parking          Free talks and workshops

Sponsors and Supporters

Fantastic people and companies supporting our vision

Our sponsors and supporters honour the vision of Hellens Garden Festival. Their generosity in giving their time, expertise, equipment or money is absolutely essential to our ability to stage the Festival each year, and to provide funding to benefit our nominated causes.

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News from Hellens Manor.

On Friday 14th October, we were visited by the BBC Countryfile team who filmed our traditional Perry Making. We had an amazing day with Matt Baker and Anita Rani. The result was that Hellens were a part of a lovely broadcast on the 30th October showing Herefordshire at its very best (and of course the Perry!)

  • Adam Munthe presents a donation to St Michael's Hospice

    Adam Munthe presents a donation to St Michael’s Hospice

  • Cheque presentation to Back to the Wild

    Cheque presentation to Back to the Wild

  • BBC Countryfile feature

About Hellens: 

Hellens Garden Festival is hosted in the gardens and grounds of Hellens Manor. The Festival settles gently within the landscape of lawns, meadow and paddocks. The rare 17th century octagonal dovecot, a physic garden, yew labyrinth, herb and kitchen gardens, woodlands and ponds are delight to the eye and nourishment for one’s spirit.

This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a living home, not a museum, and contains a wealth of period furnishings, artifacts, paintings and decorations. Hellens is open for Public Tours from Easter Day until the 3rd October on Wednesday, Sunday and Bank holiday afternoons with tours at 1, 2 and 3pm.
During The Garden Festival, guided tours of the house will be on offer. Tour prices are:
£9 adult
£7.50 concessions & students
£5 students and children
£20 family ticket (2 adults and 3 children).

Hellens is owned by The Pennington Mellor Munthe Trust (charity no. 283266). For more information go to

Further Information about Hellens

The family Trust PMMCT which run Hellens (and Southside House in Wimbledon) are engaged in a number of non-profit making areas, principally in the fields of music, literacy and language, and the environment. Both our Hellensmusic and Hellens Garden Festival events envelop these principles.

We facilitate activities that are designed to encourage vulnerable adolescents back into nature with our ‘Back to the Wild’ program and promote environmental sustainability with Hellens Garden Festival.  At both houses, and through outreach, we inspire primary and secondary children with poetry and with music; children are integral to Hellensmusic.

In all cases this is with emphasis placed on activities of benefit to the local community.

For more information about what is going on in Herefordshire, where to eat, where to stay while you are visiting us at Hellens and the Hellens Garden Festival please visit East Sleep Live Herefordshire here: