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!
What time does the festival open?
The Hellens Garden Festival is 10am – 5pm on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August 2020.
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. Accessible 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.
Access Please let us know, in advance, if you need help when you arrive. We will endeavour to do all we can to make your visit a good experience.
- Some of the site is accessible to adults and children who use a wheelchair or have limited mobility when walking.
- Some outdoor areas can be muddy, there are gravel surfaces by the Manor House.
- there are uneven surfaces, so care is needed.
- The Great Barn, Georgian Stables and Haywain have fully accessible facilities.
- There is level access to parts of the garden and ramped access to the Tea Room.
- The Manor house is not suitable for wheelchair users.
- We have designated accessible parking areas.
- We offer free entry for carers who bring evidence to show on the gate, for example – Carers allowance – DWP – PIP – Disability allowance – Certificates of blindness.
- We do NOT accept a blue badge as evidence.
- Children under 18 accompanied by an adult are free of charge.
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!