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Talks and events at Hidcote

Gardener Jo in the Glass House at Hidcote
Gardener Jo in the Glass House at Hidcote | © James Dobson

With a calendar full of talks, tours and events, there are lots of ways to learn more about Hidcote and get the most out of your visit. Find out what talks, tours and events are currently available, how to book and what to bring.


Hidcote introductory talks

Daily, when a volunteer is available.

At select times throughout the day join one of our volunteers for a 20-minute Introduction to Hidcote talk.

Learn about the history of Hidcote, the life of Lawrence Johnston and his mother Gertrude Winthrop; and the way in which the garden has evolved since 1907.

Where to meet: The Thatched Barn.

Booking: No need to book, find out about talk times at Visitor Reception as you arrive.

What to bring: Please wear suitable clothing as the Thatched Barn is located in the garden.

Accessibility: The Thatched Barn is accessible for wheelchairs and mobility vehicles. Wooden bench seating is available in the barn.

Behind the scene tours

Garden tours

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-3pm.

Join one of our knowledgeable Garden Guide volunteers for a one hour afternoon tour of the garden. Learn about Hidcote's history and the key figures that made the garden possible. Find out about the inspiration behind Lawrence Johnston's design and planting, and explore the influence of Arts and Crafts garden designer Thomas Mawson and Johnston's plant collecting trips on the garden.

Where to meet: Meet at the Lionhead fountain in the Main Courtyard at Hidcote.

Booking: Book on the day at Visitor Reception. Tickets are £2 per person. Tours are limited to 16 people to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

What to bring: Please wear suitable clothing for this outdoor tour and consider bringing a brolly in case of wet weather. We’re not deterred by a bit of rain!

Accessibility: The garden paths taken on the tour are accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, although some pathways have uneven surfaces.

Swan School of Tai Chi at Hidcote
Swan School of Tai Chi at Hidcote | © Swan School of Tai Chi


Connect with nature and embrace mindfulness with various wellbeing events and activities at Hidcote.

Tai Chi in the garden

Why not enjoy the gardens from a new perspective with our monthly Tai Chi classes?

Join Swan School of Tai Chi & Qigong, as they take you through the ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practised as a graceful form of exercise all over the world.

  • Every first Saturday of the month.
  • The session will start at 9.30am, please arrive at Hidcote by 9.15 and head to the visitor reception.
  • The sessions are £12 and are suitable for all capabilities aged 16+. Please note that from April, the ticket price will be £12 per person.
  • We recommend that during the winter months warm clothes, gloves and hardy footwear is worn as the sessions will take place in the garden.

Tai Chi at Hidcote book now

Full information can be found here

Garden flowers house exterior Hidcote

Book your visit

Please note, you need to book tickets to Hidcote if you are visiting before 1pm. If visiting after 1pm you do not need to book your admission ticket. Time slots are released up to two weeks in advance on Thursday and where available, you can book on the day.

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