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Spring Festival at Petworth

The rotunda with yellow daffodils in the foreground in Petworth's pleasure garden.
The rotunda and daffodils in the park at Petworth House | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Experience the arrival of spring at Petworth with a sensational new festival featuring talks, demonstrations, art and craft workshops, family activities and an enhanced display of radiant daffodils. The Spring Festival will run from 23 March to 14 April. Normal admission applies.

Makers Market

A two-day Makers Market will kick things off, held in partnership with Petworth Pop-Up, where visitors can find high quality artisan gifts and a range of beautiful handmade products including jewellery, homeware, textiles and art.

Talks and demonstrations

From 23 – 29 March gardening enthusiasts will be treated to a series of talks and demonstrations from specialist speakers in the garden theatre in the glade. Join experts including Frances Tophill, author Robyn Booth and Curator of Munstead Wood Caroline Ikin as they share tips on spring gardening. Free talks, no booking required.

Family activities

Throughout the festival you can explore the buggy-friendly paths of the Pleasure Garden on our free family trail, with activities along the way and six nature-inspired willow sculptures to discover. 23 March - 14 April. Pick up a free booklet and map from reception.

For the Easter holidays from 3 – 10 April families will be able to enjoy crafts in the Battery House. Drop in any time from 10.30am - 3.30pm. £3 per child.

Foraging walks

Guided foraging walks will offer a unique chance to connect with nature and explore the woodlands, meadows and hedgerows of the park and gardens, explaining the myths, folklore, history and edibility of common and unusual wild food. 23 March, 10.30am and 2pm. Booking essential.

Daffodils carpeting the park at Petworth House
Daffodils carpeting the park at Petworth House | © John Miller

Creative workshops

If you’re feeling creative, there will be fun and informative workshops including botanical drawing, wreath making, lino printing and willow weaving, where you will learn the techniques to craft your own natural sculptures. 26 - 29 March.

Daffodil display

If that's not enough, the garden will be carpeted in radiant daffodils thanks to the 4,000 new bulbs our gardeners have been busy planting to enhance our famous display. Pick up a free map from reception to discover the many varieties at Petworth.

Become a National Trust member

With so many events and activities taking place, spring is a great time for gardening enthusiasts to consider National Trust membership, which will enable you to attend all our talks and visit other National Trust gardens throughout the year. Please see our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.