Events at West Dean College

Escape the everyday

Listen to a concert, be inspired at a garden talk or enjoy a day out for the whole family. Against the historic backdrop of West Dean College and Gardens you are invited to feel the heat at Chilli Fiesta, explore the orchards at Apple Affair or peek inside the state rooms at our annual House Opening. There is plenty to discover.

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Upcoming events

Literary Salon - all four Salons
Tuesday 10 Jan, 14 Feb, 21 Mar, 18 April.
Literary Salon with Simon Brett OBE
Tuesday 10 January 2017

A venue to make any event truly unique

Host your meeting or conference in one of our prestigious rooms. Enjoy a magical wedding in the house or grounds. Relax in comfort as a B&B guest, or indulge yourself and guests using our private dining service.

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Enjoy one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England

Explore the award-winning gardens. Wander the 300ft long pergola, newly restored sunken garden, walled kitchen garden and impressive collection of Victorian glasshouses or enjoy a parkland walk with views over the South Downs.

Complete your visit with lunch or tea in the gardens restaurant, which has Visit England Quality Assured status.

Learn more about West Dean Gardens.

College Open Days & Visits

Join our next student Open Day to find out about diploma through to MA and MFA study options. Meet the tutors and current students, see the workshops and accommodation.

The next Open Day will take place on

Saturday 4 February 2017

Find out more about Open Day

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us