Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens in Kent

Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens in Kent

These beautiful Kent Gardens are renowned for their beauty all year round including spectacular autumn colour.  Every year the gardens hold their popular October event –  Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens in Kent.

The gardens also boast a stunning exotic border which is still in full bloom in October as are the late flowering agapanthus ‘Hole Park Blue’ which are unique to Hole Park.

The mature trees and Japanese Maples provide striking autumn colour around the 16 acre gardens and 10 acre woodland. 

Visitors can enjoy a circular walk which takes walkers past a delightful carved wooden sculpture of a family of bears climbing a tree to reach a honey pot and also a renovated Ice House which was built in around 1740 to store ice long before the days of refrigeration. When the ice was cut and stacked it would last for up to three years in this cool environment!

Open on Wednesday and Thursdays until the end of October visitors can also enjoy additional Sunday opening on 7, 14, 21 and 28 October 2018.  11am to 6pm.

Lunches, afternoon tea with homemade cakes will be available in the coach house tea room where there is also a plant stall selling a varied selection of plants to take home.  Jam, preserves, beer and apple juice from the Hole Park Estate are also available.

A family owned estate, Hole Park has been owned by the Barham family for the past four generations. The gardens manage to combine formalised gardens with natural woodland. They cover some 16 acres and were developed, laid out and planted by Colonel Barham, the great-grandfather of the present owner, in the years between the two World Wars.

Hole Park is now owned and managed by Edward Barham, and much of what can be seen today is due to the contribution made by Edward’s father, David Barham, who still takes an active interest in its future today.

The garden is renowned for beautifully clipped topiary and great yew hedges which provide shelter for the lawns and splendid borders. The walled garden contains mixed borders, pools and a water garden. Marvellous climbing plants also provide a fine display here. The natural garden has bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons and flowering shrubs.

There is a woodland bluebell walk and, in the autumn, the foliage colour is spectacular. Hole Park has many fine trees and the garden is surrounded by superb parkland with wonderful views across the Kentish Weald.

Formal gardens surround the house. Walls and yew hedges, which are a particular feature of Hole Park, shelter broad expanses of lawns. Clipped entirely by hand, it is claimed that nowhere in the county can yews be seen trimmed to greater precision. Fountains and a swimming pool, the egg pond, the walled rose garden, herbaceous borders and wrought iron gates all contribute to make a series of gardens within a garden, united by the lawns, while outwards there are lovely views of the Weald over the surrounding 250 acres of finely timbered parkland.

At the rear of the house, beyond a beech hedge measuring six feet thick and 12 feet high, lies the Policy, massed with daffodils in April with its heathers, flowering trees and shrubs, banks of rhododendrons and azaleas. Amongst the trees can be seen collections of birch, juniper, cypresses and fine oaks. Rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and primulas are all here in abundance and further plantings are now being made to adjoining woodlands.

For more information on Hole Park Gardens, please visit or call 01580 241344 or e-mail

Hole Park is situated 4 miles west of Tenterden on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Cranbrook.


Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry


Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

For the second year, the Castle is recruiting witches and wizards aged 6 to 10 to join the Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to help the Headmaster on a magical mission! 

The event takes place during half term week Thursday, Friday and Saturday 25, 26 and 27 October – 10.30 to 4.30pm.  

Activities include:

– Meeting the School’s Headmaster

– Flying Lessons

– The Dark Arts and Crafts

– Singing, Dance and Games Practice

– Potion Making

– Awards for best dressed and exceptional students

– Certificates for all student

Tickets:  Child £14.50 (6 – 10 years old, must be accompanied by one adult, with a maximum of four children per adult). Accompanying Adult : £10.00

School of Witchcraft and Wizardry T – shirts – £6.00

Why not pre-book a Children’s Goodie Bags (sandwich, piece of fruit, raisins, crisps, bottle of water and a sweet treat) from our Tea Room, £4.50.

The Castle Tea Room will be open from 11am – 4.30pm on these three days serving light refreshments, cakes, coffee and tea. However, please also note that the Castle will not be open as a museum on these dates, and therefore HHA Membership cards, 2 for 1 vouchers and Tea/Admission gift vouchers are not available to be used on these Special Event days.

Please note that the content of this event has been devised specifically for children aged 6 to 10 years. We do not recommend the event for children under the age of 6 or over the age of 10.

For more information about Chiddingstone Castle and to book in advance please visit

Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD tel: 01892 870347. (between Penshurst Place and Hever Castle)

Although Chiddingstone Castle is not open to visitors on this event day the Museum exhibiting the Collections of the late Denys Eyre Bower are usually open on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of October.  Chiddingstone Castle is a registered charity no 291203.

Harvest Begins at Biddenden – One Month Early

Harvest time at Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Harvest at Biddenden has started today, Tuesday 28th August, one month earlier than usual.  With the stunning weather we have seen over the last couple of months, the grapes have come on extremely well and we have started picking Ortega today.  The fruit is looking in excellent condition with heavy cropping throughout.

We will take our first pressing today and harvest will continue over the next 6-8 weeks as varieties ripen.  Covering approximately half the vineyard, picking of Ortega will continue over the coming weeks, before moving on to other white varieties and finishing with red Pinot Noir & Gamay grapes.

The vineyard is open daily to visitors and our self-guided walk route takes in much of the vineyard, so provides an excellent opportunity to see the grapes before & during picking… but be quick, our team will work fast to bring the harvest in!

More information on visiting the vineyard & our charity tours may be found here.

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