Festival Experience

This Festival is about discovering all that you can do with gardening and attending to the earth and environment. We believe that you can create and grow, wherever you live, whether you have a windowsill or a field. That working with Nature, we can enhance biodiversity, learn valuable lessons and that being outdoors can improve our well being.

To help you plan your visit, we have put together a list of FAQ’s below. If you can’t find the answer to a question, please do get in touch!

FAQ’s

What time does the festival open?  

The Hellens Garden Festival is 10am – 5pm on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019.

Can I park on site?

Parking is available free on site at Hellens. We park all vehicles in the field and local scouts will be available to direct you. Disabled parking is available – please tell a steward on arrival.

Can  bring my dog?

We welcome dogs at Hellens, but ask that they are kept on a lead and under control at all times. Please clean up after them and DO NOT leave in hot cars.

Can I go into Hellens Manor House?

The festival takes place in the beautiful gardens and grounds of Hellens. Entry to the house is by guided tour only – please see home page of the website for times and prices.

I have special dietary requirements, will I find something to eat?

The Festival has a range of catering options – from the Steiner Diner, Hellens tearoom and Food and Drink exhibitors – Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

Is the festival suitable for all ages?

We like to think cater for all and that the program offers something for everyone! DO have a look at our What’s On section for more information. Nappy changing stations available.

Do you offer free entry for carers?

In line with other local events, we offer entry for carers who bring evidence to show on the gate;

Carers allowance – DWP – PIP –  Disability allowance –  Certificates of blindness.  We do NOT accept a blue badge as evidence.

How to find the festival

Hellen’s Garden Festival is held at Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, HR8 2LY. We put our road signage along all major routes. Please follow the arrows to the Festival entrance.

Accessibility ~ We are here to help

Please let us know if you need help when you arrive and we will endeavour to do all we can to make your visit a wonderful experience.

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We have designated disabled parking areas. The site is largely accessible to wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties. (Unfortunately the Manor house is not).

Some areas can be a bit boggy, or difficult to navigate and there are lots of uneven surfaces so care is needed.

We celebrate the natural world and the exceptional countryside of the 3 counties and showcase the best of local gardeners, growers, artists and craftspeople, food and drink.

There is something for all the family – Children can join in with workshops and creative activities; seed bombs, making animal homes, puppetry, woodland fairy trails, forest school skills, story telling.

Be inspired by our range of talks and interactive demonstrations of traditional crafts  including willow basket making, blacksmithing, spinning, plant dyed wool, weaving, coppice crafts, hedge laying, drystone walling, beekeeping and much more.

So much to see and enjoy… a soundscape of live music, inspirational experiences, delicious local food and drink, informative and engaging workshops and talks, set in the stunning gardens and grounds of Hellens.

Come and be a part of it!