Blooms, Opera and Gin – Perfect Ingredients for a long hot summer at Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Garden in Haywards Heath, West Sussex has all the ingredients for a long hot summer of entertainment throughout July and August, including hosting the Sussex Festival of Gin and performances of Open-Air Opera – all set within the Estate’s magnificent, bloom filled gardens.

Borde Hill’s series of beautifully planted and linked garden rooms are still bursting with colourful blooms through late summer and each of the garden spaces as its own distinctive character and style for visitors to enjoy.


They can choose to stroll along the Paradise Walk, which was designed by Garden Designer James Alexander Sinclair in 2013 and which boasts over 700 new plant additions including Astrantia’, Kniphofia, Catanache, Geranium,  Phlomis, Phlox and Sanguisorba, all combining to provide a vibrant carpet of colour.

For those seeking a cool botanical refreshment to enjoy while admiring the gardens, Borde Hill has the perfect tonic, as on Saturday 13 July, the Estate hosts the Sussex Gin Festival which will take place in the South Park.

Sussex is a major player in the Great British ‘ginaissance’. The county has become a hotbed for producing bespoke, small batch and artisan gins from more than 200 gin distilleries.  Visitors will be able to try out a wide range of wonderful, locally distilled gins, watch captivating demonstrations on all things gin, and tantalise their taste buds with delicious artisan hot and cold food, whilst enjoying live entertainment throughout the day.

Those dreaming of balmy days in the Mediterranean can choose to step into the romance of Borde Hill’s Italian Garden, which centres around a formal pool. This area started life as the family tennis court, before being converted by Robert Stephenson Clarke in 1982.

The Lower terrace contains several unusual trees and shrubs including the Discaria discolour and a collection of Italian terracotta pots which will be brimming with warm colours of geraniums and agapanthus.

The recently transformed upper terrace contrasts, with cool shade and subtle colours.

Maintaining the Italian spectacle, Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, will be performing within Borde Hill’s Garden, against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, two open air productions.  La Traviata takes place on 26 July and The Barber of Seville is being performed on the 27 July, with a chamber ensemble.

For further information about all the Summer Events at Borde Hill and to find ticket prices, please visitwww.bordehill.co.uk or call 01444 450326 for details.