Caldecote Open Gardens: 23/24 June (2-6pm)

Caldecote Open Gardens this year will truly feature something for everyone – a children’s paradise, teas, mini music recitals, exhibits featuring 8 artists and a sports/classic car show!

Whether you’ve been every year or this will be your first time, you won’t be disappointed. People are coming from all over Cambridge and beyond for what is a great afternoon out for all ages. For a feel of the event, have a browse through last year’s photo gallery.

Time and place

Caldecote Open Gardens 2018 takes place over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June. The parish church, Sidewalk Coffee Shop and 14 gardens will be open both afternoons from 2pm to 6pm.

Tickets

Your ticket for the event is a programme with full list of gardens and attractions and a map. Buy a programme at your first garden you visit – all gardens will be marked by a ‘Garden Open’ post and balloons. £5 per adult – children free. Collect stickers to add to your programme and keep track of where you’ve visited. Children love them!

Dogs

Dogs are very welcome, as long as they are kept on leads (not all gardeners or fellow visitors will be natural doggy people, and some gardens have pet residents of their own), and accompanied by responsible owners who will clear up any gifts left by their pets!

Wheelchair accessibility

The gardens are of course gardens of private homes, and have not been specifically designed for wheelchair access, but many of them are largely accessible, even if some areas of them may be more difficult to explore. We’re sorry that there are no designated disabled access WC facilities. Buy your programme at the Sidewalk Coffee Shop on Furlong Way, and you’ll see a disabled access logo by the gardens which you’ll find easiest to enjoy – the entrance is wide enough for a chair, and there are no steps into the garden. Some of these gardens may have gravel paths or driveways, but experience has suggested they do not pose too much of a problem because of the depth or size of the stones. We would be glad of your feedback after the event, so that next year we can provide additional information in advance of the weekend.

What’s on over the weekend

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest news and previews of the weekend. Check back next week for a full programme of attractions and the gardens map, but in the meantime here’s a taster of some of what will be on offer (attractions in red are new this year):

  • 12+ gardens of all shapes and sizes – from wild to manicured and everything in between!
  • afternoon teas served in three gardens both days
  • tours of Caldecote Meadows by Natural England plant expert Monica O’Donnell
TOURS OF CALDECOTE MEADOWS BY NATURAL ENGLAND
  • short talks on gardening for wildlife by entomologist Donal O’Donnell
  • Guinea Days Art Studio – humorous and inspirational pet portraits and garden-related sketches
  • Handmade Italian cakes, pastries and biscuits by Biscotti di Debora
  • Oil paintings by Mary-Ann Claridge
PENCIL PORTRAITS BY CLIVE WHITFIELD
  • Pencil portraits by Clive Whitfield (Sat 2-6pm; Sun 2-5pm)
  • Susie McG Art – original artwork, prints and cards
  • Miniature music recitals – solo cello, violin and organ (15 minutes every hour on the hour in the church)
  • Children’s dream garden – every kind of play activity they can imagine!
CHILDREN’S GARDENS
  • Children’s hunt for bee-friendly plants
  • Bambi & Mitch handmade jewellery
  • Caldecote Local History Group display
  • Sale of Pakistani shoes and dresses, including salwar Kameez
  • Onion bhaji snacks
  • Tina Bone Art
  • View Farm Arts – children’s art exhibition
VIEW FARM ARTS
  • Mini show of classic and sports cars (weather permitting)
  • Raffle with prizes up to £75 in value for gardeners, foodies and car enthusiasts!
  • Aluna Rae DS Photography
FIND A QUIET SPOT TO ENJOY TEA AND CAKE!
  • Caldecote Prints – unmounted, mounted or framed copies of Roger Sylvester Bradley’s aerial sketch of the village
  • Morsbags stall – find out how to make your own environmentally friendly shopping bag
  • Plant stall

 

Comments

  1. Joshua - June 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm Reply

    What are the timings ?

  2. Webmaster - June 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm Reply

    Hi Joshua, thanks for asking and sorry for the omission! Now fixed in the post. The gardens will be open 2pm to 6pm both days. We’ll post full details of all the gardens and attractions next week so do check back, or follow Caldecote Church on facebook for updates as they are released.

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