Press Release: West Dean Gardens to be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day for the first time

For the first time, award-winning West Dean Gardens, near Chichester in West Sussex will be open on Boxing Day (Saturday, December 26, 2020) and New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1, 2021) between 10.30am - 4pm. Entry continues to be by timed tickets, which are available to book online. Pre-booking is essential and tickets go on sale today (Friday, December 11, 2020). The Gift Shop has now re-opened and the Gardens restaurant is also open and offering full table service.

As Alexander Barron, Chief Executive, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation commented: “This will be a very different Christmas for many people, but I hope that by opening West Dean Gardens we can help provide a perfect place to relax outdoors with family or friends - including on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day for the first time. Not only can visitors enjoy the wonderful gardens, they can also choose to escape for a longer walk through the stunning parkland and arboretum – whether simply for the fresh air, flora and fauna or whether as creative inspiration for artists and photographers alike.”

As announced in June, West Dean Gardens continues to offer free entry to NHS workers + one adult (until 1 January 2021). This also needs to be pre-booked online and ID shown on arrival. RHS Members gain free access to the Gardens in January and February and October to December. Dogs on a short lead are also welcome at the Gardens.

TICKET PRICES: Entry is £7 and Free Entry for Children under 16. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. 

FAQs: Toilet facilities will be available and a stringent cleaning regime is in place. More details and guidelines for on ensuring a safe visit can be found on the Gardens website.

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Editor's Notes

West Dean Gardens is part of the Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust, also comprising West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.

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Tel: 07790 732448