Events at West Dean Gardens

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  • The Living Jigsaw – how to garden with wildlife in mind

    Talk

    Val Bourne will be talking about the content of her book, The Living Jigsaw, which explores gardening without using chemicals, as Val believes passionately that it's quite possible to have a beautiful flower-packed garden and help wildlife. Based on her own garden, Spring Cottage, Val's talk offers a unique insight into how natural gardens work and with much of wildlife in a terrifying decline, how gardeners can begin to nurture the planet beyond their own garden wall.

    Date
    Saturday 5 May 2018
    Location
    West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
    Price
    £30
  • West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

    Festival

    Live arts and craft at the UK's most unique arts destination.

    Watch live craft demonstrations, buy quality arts and craft and get hands-on in creative workshops and drop-in sessions. Explore the historic state rooms in West Dean House and view installations from current students.

    Book today to save 20% on ticket prices

    Date
    1 - 3 June 2018, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Pergola Open Air Theatre

    Performance

    New Theatre Productions at West Dean Gardens present:

    The Rivals - Directed by Carol Hicks.
    &
    The Roundabout - Directed by John Hyatt.

    Date
    25 June - 7 July 7.45pm
    Location
    West Dean Gardens
    Price
    Adult £10 Child £8 (under 16)
  • Pergola Open Air Theatre

    Performance

    New Theatre Productions at West Dean Gardens present:

    The Rivals - Directed by Carol Hicks.
    &
    The Roundabout - Directed by John Hyatt.

    Date
    25 June - 7 July 7.45pm
    Location
    West Dean Gardens
    Price
    Adult £10 Child £8 (under 16)
  • Chilli Fiesta

    Festival

    The UK's biggest chilli festival returns 10 - 12 August 2018
    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.

    Early bird rate (20% discount) Book Today.

    Date
    10 - 12 August 2018
  • Concert by William Kanengiser

    Concert

    William is an international concert artist. Member of the Grammy award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and faculty member of the University of Southern California.

    Date
    Saturday 18 August 2018, 8pm
    Location
    St Andrews Church, West Dean
    Price
    £15
  • Recital by Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo

    Concert

    Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo have been described as performers 'with truly uncanny unanimity' (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph) and 'with astounding exquisiteness' (Paul Driver, Sunday Times). Julian and Dan first met studying at Birmingham Conservatoire where they both received First Class Honours and the Principal's Prize, continuing their studies with a joint Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with Distinction and the Performance Diploma.

    Recital by Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo. £5 (payable if not attending the Guitar Festival Open Day)

    A few upcoming concerts:

    Date
    Sunday 19 August 2018, 6pm
    Location
    St Andrews Church, West Dean
    Price
    £5
  • Concert by Xuefei Yang

    Concert

    Xuefei is a prize winning Chinese international concert artist. Commissioner of new works for the guitar, EMI recording artist and popular visiting lecturer.

    Date
    Monday 20 August 2018, 8pm
    Location
    St Andrews Church, West Dean
    Price
    £15
  • Concert by The Modern Guitar Trio

    Concert

    The Modern Guitar Trio was formed in 2000 when Australian Roland Chadwick teamed up with English virtuosos Roland Gallery and Vincent Lindsay-Clark to record Roland Chadwick's Letter from LA for his CD; The Revealing. This suite has since been performed extensively by the Modern Guitar Trio and other trios have played this work throughout Europe, the Americas and Australia.

    Date
    Tuesday 21 August 2018, 8pm
    Location
    The Auditorium, Edward James Studios
    Price
    £15
  • Tapas Evenings

    Garden Event

    Join us for a Spanish evening of tapas, sangria, rioja and spanish guitar music. With a delicious menu there's a great choice for all tastes. Limited spaces, advance booking required.

    Date
    Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August 2018
  • 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.