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Great Big Green Week Festival: Butterflies, bees and other pollinators

Want to know how we conduct a butterfly or pollinator survey? Meet one of our experts for some butterfly ID and then take part in a survey in the walled garden as part of Great Big Green Week.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event (admission applies)

Pollinating insects are essential to our future but their numbers are in decline in the UK. Join one of our volunteer butterfly surveyors who'll brief you on the different you're likely to see and then, weather permitting, take a walk around the walled garden to see what’s on the wing. Learn how we record the number and variety of butterflies that visit Scotney, and what you can do in your own garden to boost its bee and butterfly appeal.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895 Book your car parking as well as your place on the talk in order to guarantee entry.

Meeting point

Meet at the Garden noticeboard on the garden side of Visitor Entrance.

What to bring and wear

Comfortable shoes for walking are recommended.


Level access in walled garden. Hard-surface paths suitable for wheelchairs and powered mobility vehicles. No WCs in garden.


Only assistance dogs are permitted in the walled garden.

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Scotney Castle Events

Upcoming events


Guided Walking Tour: Explore the Scotney Estate 

Join one of our estate guides on a tour around Scotney's woods and parklands to see seasonal flora and fauna and learn about the history of Scotney. This tour is included in your entry to Scotney.

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24 May to 31 Oct 2024
11:30 to 13:00
+ 160 other dates or times

Half-term trail: 'The Scotney Story Book' (25 May-2 June) 

Discover what 10 pairs of underpants, Grandma's false teeth, burnt broccoli, a rubber chicken, a beloved acorn and the complete works of Charles Dickens have in common this half-term at Scotney Castle ...

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25 May to 2 Jun 2024
10:00 to 17:00
+ 8 other dates or times

Morris Dancing 

Bells, hankies and sticks at the ready! Catch traditional Morris dancers at Scotney Castle this May bank holiday.

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27 May 2024
12:30 to 13:30

Guided Garden Tours: Herbaceous Borders (21 May-13 June) 

The mainstay of many an English garden, there is something magical about a herbaceous border. Hear how we plan, plant and care for our borders here at Scotney.

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28 May to 13 Jun 2024
11:00 to 11:45
+ 11 other dates or times