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Easter Holiday Fun 

Easter may be over but there's still time to get out and enjoy the last of the holidays with our family-friendly games and activities with an eggy twist. Activities included with admission.

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14 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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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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14 Apr to 31 Oct 2024
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11:30 to 13:00
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Discovering Scotney: Guided Garden Tours 

Scotney has one of the best examples of a garden designed along Picturesque principles in the United Kingdom. Join our guided garden tours (free with your entry ticket) to discover what this means.

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16 Apr to 31 Oct 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Guided Garden Tours: Scotney's Special Trees (9-18 April) 

Scotney has one of the best examples of a garden designed along Picturesque principles in the United Kingdom. Join a guided garden tour (free with your entry ticket) to discover what this means.

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16 Apr to 18 Apr 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Flower Festival (20–28 April) 

Coinciding with the National Trust's Blossom Watch, come and enjoy the sights and smells of Scotney's annual community flower festival in the mansion house.

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20 Apr to 28 Apr 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Guided Garden Tours: Rhododendron Walks (23 April-16 May) 

Scotney has one of the best examples of a garden designed along Picturesque principles in the United Kingdom. Join a guided garden tour (free with your entry ticket) to discover what this means.

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23 Apr to 16 May 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Interested in volunteering? 

If you've ever wondered what it's like to volunteer at Scotney, here's your chance!

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27 Apr 2024
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14:00 to 15:30
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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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21 May to 13 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Half-term trail: 'The Scotney Story Book' (25 May-2 June) 

Create your own story-time classic with our summer half-term trail.

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25 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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'Changed Priorities Ahead' display and trail 

Teazels, cowslips, toadflax, vetch ... Discover the wildflower paintings of contemporary landscape artist, Nessie Ramm, displayed both indoors and out.

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1 Jun to 20 Oct 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival (8-16 June) 

Join us for a week long programme of green-themed walks, talks and tours for Great Big Green Week.

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8 Jun to 16 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Amphibians at Scotney 'Talk & Dip' 

Learn about the amphibians who call Scotney home and then have a go pond dipping to discover what’s living beneath the surface. This free 'walk and talk' workshop is part of Scotney's Great Big Green Week Festival.

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10 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Growing your own vegetables 

Get hints and tips for growing vegetables from Scotney's head gardener as part of Scotney's Great Big Green Week Festival.

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10 Jun 2024
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12:00 to 13:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Medicinal Plants Garden Tour 

Discover the medicinal uses of plants throughout history in this fascinating free guided tour of the garden. This event is part of Scotney's Great Big Green Week Festival.

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11 Jun to 13 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Growing Flowers for Cutting 

Our senior gardener is leading this free 'walk and talk' event on growing cut flowers as part of Scotney's Great Big Green Week Festival.

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11 Jun 2024
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12:00 to 13:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Darting Dragonflies 

Meet one of our dragonfly surveyors and go on a dragonfly and damselfly hunt this Great Big Green Week to see some of these darting, shimmering beauties.

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11 Jun 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Ravishing Reptiles 

This Great Big Green Week, come and meet the rangers who survey for snakes. Reptiles are an important part of the Scotney ecosystem and we regularly conduct surveys to monitor reptile numbers and species.

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12 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Wildlife-friendly lawn care 

Get hints and tips for managing the grass in your garden from Scotney's lawn expert.

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12 Jun 2024
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12:00 to 13:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Beautiful bees 

Carpenter or mason? Buff-tailed bumble or honey? Learn about some of the different species of bees and their individual habits and food preferences with our resident bee enthusiast gardener.

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13 Jun 2024
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12:00 to 13:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Brush up your Birds 

If you love to watch the birds in your garden or local park but want to know about them, this bird talk and walk is perfect. This session is aimed at people with with little or no prior knowledge of birds

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13 Jun 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
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Great Big Green Week Festival: Gardening for Climate Change 

The lead gardener for Scotney's new sub-tropical garden explains how this experimental project has been developed in response to climate change. This free 'walk and talk' workshop is part of Scotney's Great Big Green Week Festival.

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14 Jun 2024
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12:00 to 13:00
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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.

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14 Jun 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
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Snapper Snapped: Photos from the Scotney Collection 

Enjoy a new display in the Friends Room in the mansion house of rare archive photographs from the Scotney collection.

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17 Jun to 3 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Guided Garden Tours: Romantic Roses (18 June-27 June) 

Discover the dreamy roses of Scotney, scrambling up the medieval Ashburnham Tower, wall-trained in the kitchen garden, and in standalone beds.

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18 Jun to 27 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Guided Garden Tours: Garden wildflowers (2-25 July) 

Learn how we manage the garden to encourage and promote wildflowers

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2 Jul to 25 Jul 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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An Evening with Tongswood Chamber Choir 

Join us for an evening of al fresco choral music at the front of Scotney's Victorian mansion house.

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6 Jul 2024
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19:00 to 20:30
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'Big Top Big Fun' Summer of Play (27 July–1 September) 

Roll up, roll up! Welcome to Scotney's Big Top Big Summer of Play.

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27 Jul to 2 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Guided Garden Tours: Herbaceous Borders (30 July-8 August) 

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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30 Jul to 8 Aug 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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Outdoor Theatre: The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck 

A perfect summer holiday treat for younger audiences and new for 2024, Quantum presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale, 'The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck'.

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4 Aug 2024
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18:00 to 19:15
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Outdoor Theatre: Noel Coward's 'Present Laughter' 

Enjoy a perfect night out with this open air production of the classic Noel Coward play, 'Present Laughter'.

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9 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 21:00
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Outdoor Theatre: William Shakespeare's 'Henry V' 

"Once more unto the breach dear friends …" Join us for this production of William Shakespeare's Henry V.

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10 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 21:30
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Guided Garden Tours: Long grass management (13-29 August) 

Allowing grass to grow longer in certain areas of your garden has many benefits. Learn how we manage the meadows at Scotney to benefit wildlife and increase biodiversity.

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13 Aug to 29 Aug 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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An Evening with The Swinging Little Big Band 

Following their sell-out show at Scotney last year, the Swinging Little Big Band are back for another evening of live swing and jazz music ...

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16 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 22:00
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An Evening with Abba Chique 

Calling all Dancing Queens! It's 50 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Waterloo' and what better way to celebrate this historic landmark than with an evening of song and dance with tribute band, Abba Chique?

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17 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 21:30
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An Evening with the music of Paul Simon 

Rounding off our weekend of outdoor music concerts is an evening celebrating the music of Paul Simon, from the early classics with Art Garfunkel to his solo career and the 'Graceland' album.

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18 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 21:30
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Outdoor Theatre: 'Great Expectations' 

From the misty marshes to the dusty, dirty streets of London, follow Pip’s journey through adversity to discover the true nature of his ‘great expectations’ in this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ popular and atmospheric novel.

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25 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 21:00
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Guided Garden Tours: Herbaceous Borders (3-26 September) 

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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3 Sep to 26 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 11:45
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Heritage & Harvest Autumn Fair (14-15 September) 

With craft stalls, artisan food stalls, heritage skills displays, hog roast and have-a-go activities, the Heritage & Harvest Autumn Fair is a fantastic day out with lots to see and do.

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14 Sep to 15 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Guided Garden Tours: Autumn Colour (1 October-28 November) 

Our knowledgeable guides will show you Scotney's amazing autumn colour. Discover the golden amber highlights of deciduous conifers, the yellows of the tulip trees, and the flaming reds of the Liquidamber and many acers.

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1 Oct to 28 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 11:45
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