Events at West Dean Gardens

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  • Halloween Activities

    Garden Event

    Are your little monsters brave enough to follow our Halloween trail (with chocolate prize) and take part in a cauldron of Halloween activities? With face painting and crafts including paper plate spiders and ghosts, lollipop stick spooky puppets, and watercolour spiderweb paintings.

    Adults £9 (normal Gardens entry). Child £5 - book online now

    24- 28 October 2018
  • Christmas Lunches


    Enjoy a delicious three-course traditional Christmas lunch with family or friends at West Dean Gardens Restaurant, for £30.00pp. Now taking bookings for Mondays-Fridays between 3 - 21 December 2018. Book by phone or online.

    3 - 21 December 2018, Mondays - Fridays
    West Dean Gardens Restaurant
  • Visit Father Christmas

    Garden Event

    Father Christmas Visits 8 - 9 and 15 - 16 December 2018
    10am - 4.30pm (last time slot 4.00pm)

    Bring the family to West Dean Gardens near Chichester for children to share their Christmas wishes with Father Christmas, receive a small gift, and try some fun Christmas crafts. There's mulled wine and mince pies for the grown ups too.

    8 - 9 & 15 - 16 December 2018
  • A garden design masterclass


    Join garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair for this gardening lecture on 16 March 2019 where he will discuss the principles of good garden design and how to strike the right balance between beauty and practicality.

    16 March 2019
  • Sowing and growing your garden


    Join Derry Watkins, one of the country's leading plantswomen, for this gardening lecture. Derry will discuss how seeds work and then progress to sowing, successful germination, growing on and collecting and storing your own seeds.

    30 March 2019
  • Chilli Fiesta


    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 9 - 11 August 2019
    Join the party and dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities.

    Book your early bird tickets for 2019 now

    9 - 11 August 2019
  • More events are added throughout the year – please check back soon. You can also sign up to one of our eNewsletters to stay informed.

Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.