On Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June you’ll be able to buy tickets to visit Aylsham Open Gardens. They’ll be on sale from 11am – 4pm at the Heritage Centre in St Michael’s churchyard.
A day ticket will cost £5 or a two day ticket for £8. There will be more than fifteen gardens to visit. Most of them are opening for the first time, but there will be a few favourites to revisit, too.
There’s always a fascination in visiting gardens hidden behind houses both large and small. Aylsham will be offering the opportunity to look behind huge old houses, cottages, and modern homes to discover a fascinating array of design, colour and plantings.
Whatever your preference, there’ll be something to interest you. Take a look at Bridge House in Millgate where Tom Bishop spent over fifty years creating sweeping vistas from meadowland. Or sit back and relax with a cuppa in an acre of wildlife at Gardener’s Cottage in Peterson’s Lane where there’s live music on the Sunday. What about a cottage garden, crammed with flowers and fruit, in Hungate Street? Then there are intriguing interpretations in modern gardens, too. You’ll have to visit to experience the amazing variety… And there’ll be places where you can stop and admire the scenery with a cake and a cuppa.
All the money raised goes to good causes. Ticket sale money goes to Aylsham in Bloom, a registered charity that spends all its money helping to improve and sustain the local environment by growing more flowers, vegetables, trees and developing wildlife habitat provision. Money raised in gardens from sales of refreshments, plants etc goes to the good cause nominated by the garden owner. This year, among the featured charities will be the ACT Centre, the Aylsham Gym, the Norfolk Heart Trust, and Ovacome (providing support for those with ovarian).
Because these are private gardens they often have steps and narrow paths. They’re not usually suitable for wheelchairs. Guide dogs are welcome but please don’t bring other dogs.
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