Join us in the garden for Fenton's big picnic

Enjoying a picnic

Celebrate The Year of the English Garden with us on the 30 May. Bring a picnic, enjoy live music and spend some time in Fenton's beguiling walled garden and 300 year old orchard.

Wine in the evening light
Wine at a picnic
Wine in the evening light

We're opening the garden on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May, between 11 and 7 for our big picnic. Come along and relax; lie on the lawn or find a shaded spot in the orchard and join us as we celebrate the Year of the English Garden. We're open later than usual to give visitors a chance to enjoy the garden in the magical evening light.

Enjoying a summer picnic
People enjoying a summer picnic
Enjoying a summer picnic

There will be delicious refreshments on offer from our friends Tangerine Dream Café, wines by the glass and traditional garden games like croquet. We are also pleased to welcome guitar and flute duo Bryden and Mathews, and critically acclaimed songwriting talent Ned Roberts, who will be entertaining us with live music throughout the day. 

In praise of Ned Roberts:

'A warm treat...his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin' 4/5 – The Guardian

'A seriously confident, urgent and ageless' 8/10 – UNCUT

'A lovely lilting voice that recalls a transatlantic Nick Drake...requires replaying constantly' – ROUGH TRADE

A secluded spot in the garden at Fenton House
Impressive echiums on the formal terrace at Fenton House and Garden
A secluded spot in the garden at Fenton House

As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, there will also be an amazing display of bonsai trees in the orchard, from Europe's oldest bonsai club, Bonsai Kai. Bonsai Kai will also be on hand to talk to visitors about their beautiful craft and beautiful trees.

There's no need to book, just come along on the day and bring a picnic, should you wish to, or pop in later for afternoon drinks and some music before heading off for dinner.

Adult entry £3, children 5+ £1.50, NT members and children under 5 go free. The House is also open, but charged separately.