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Harvest and Apple Day

A day to celebrate all the good things nature has brought us…our apple harvest is in, our pumpkins still going…

Join us to see how well the harvest has been this year… will the hot summer and lack of rain mean less food? How have the plants and animals fared and is there store enough to last the winter?

Whatever the weather we will, this Sunday, be having fruit and veg displays,  apple and juice tasting, family crafts and other entertainments.

Jacaranda recorder ensemble will soothe our troubled brow with appropriate tunes and airs.

Cakes will be consumed, jam will be jarred,  faces will be painted and pumpkins will be found.

Bring any apples from your own trees or have harvested from trees on common land. Have a go at crushing them here and take away the really fresh taste (Bring a bottle to fill with your own juiced apples. )

A day of sharing, swopping recipes, sharing cooking secrets and making. 

More activities confirmed nearer the date


Normal entry prices

(RHS and Garden Members £3.50)


Sorry – cancelled- back next year-Family Music Workshop

The amazing young performers of the K’antu early music ensemble provice a fun and lively  ‘have a go’  music making workshop this summer afternoon (1pm -2.30pm)…

Watch out: vegetable flutes may be involved :-)))

Later at  3.30pm K’antu will enchant us with a concert of early music  in our 17th century Gardens

Normal entry prices apply

Discounted entry for members


The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

An open air production of the Story of Gilbert and Sullivan from the Birmingham Savoyards. The ever popular G&S makes a very welcome addition to our events this year.

In Edwardian times our Gardens were full of musical activities… no doubt there were some G&S tunes among them. How lovely to have some echoes of those elegant days.

W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan’s collaboration brought us well known comic operettas such as The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers, the concert itself will be narrated by actors playing the parts of Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan, using songs from all 14 of their operas to illustrate their highly successful, if often stormy partnership. The selection offers something for everyone – from old familiar favourites to seldom-heard surprises.

The show takes place on the afternoon of  Heritage Open Days on our site. You could spend the morning touring the buildings and Gardens, have lunch and spend a joyful afternoon with G&S.

Theatre tickets on sale above.

Why not buy an all day ticket combining the tours of Church, Hall and Gardens with your afternoon theatre ticket?


Central England Concert Band

Who says you need a bandstand to have a band? We have the lawn, the chairs and a great band

The Central England Concert Band makes a welcome return to the Gardens for an afternoon of songs from stage and screen. Everything from Les Miserables through the Pirates of the Caribbean to where ‘no man has gone before’ Star Trek …. and who knows after that.

CECB is the the community ensemble with a pedigree reaching back to 1980. Currently led by musical director Rob Spalton. Rob is, among other things,  ‘Head of Brass’ at Repton School  in Derbyshire. Expect some good strong brass band sounds this afternoon .

‘A jet engine is no match for a band full of brass’ … she says, cocking a snook at the skies .

Our gates are open at 12.30 as usual, the set starts about 2pm with a break and will finish about 4pm.

Buy an advanced ticket here, or on the door. Seats are unreserved. You are welcome – nay encouraged – to bring a picnic and your own seating etc.


We are excited that Sunday 20th is also planned to be the inauguration of the new bells in our

neighbouring church , St Mary and St Margaret’s. If all goes well, we will be hearing the team ring from

12 – 1pm . For more , see here http://www.stmaryandstmargaret.co.uk/ 

and  @CastleBromBells


All the world’s a stage

Those baroque Garden designers always emphasised bold theatricality in their layouts.

Although we are certainly not on the grand scale of Versailles or the Royal Palaces, our ‘wilderness’ areas, boxed beds and topiary are all part of that formality and dramatic approach.

We’re all the more pleased therefore, to be able to host both theatrical and musical productions in the Gardens. This year we have the Crescent Theatre celebrating Jane Austen’s anniversary with a charming rendering of Sense and Sensibility. During the school holidays Dogs don’t do Ballet (Little Blue Monster theatre) will be visiting causing exciting mayhem for the little’uns.. definitely not to be missed.

In September, on the same day as our  Heritage Open Day tours, we are lucky to have local Gilbert and Sullivan aficianadoes the Birmingham Savoyards mixing drama with music.

Music too is becoming more of a regular feature here (hoorah!). The 40s weekend had us rocking. last weekend we were smooth and mellow with the West Midlands Light Orchestra and Devon Harrison. The Central England Concert Band come in August.

In between times we have the soloists accompanying our pop-up tea and music events, various entertainments during Apple Day and Advent and we’re still holding out for an amazingly talented group who can play 17th century music with vegetables! No they can’t .. yes the can, they’re K’antu.

We are an open air site, so wind and rain are always hazards here… but, as they say, our skin is waterproof and the show… must go on.

Check out our Events calendar on this site and make sure you secure your tickets for our theatrical and  musical offerings. Not only will you have a great time, you will be helping us keep the Gardens open for more years to come.





Pop-up cafe with music on the Lawn

Relaxed afternoons in the Gardens … a little time to ‘take time for me’. a pop-up cafe from local, artisan and quality food businesses and some live music to chill out

This month we are delighted to welcome the award winning Indian takeaway specialists ‘Chutney Express‘.
Based in Castle Bromwich, they have in just four years been crowned King of Curries in the West Midlands and been national finalists twice for the national Curry awards.

Meet them and try some of their yummy food in our relaxed pop-up cafe.
Dave – who is also one of our Garden guides, will be providing some gentle background guitar music too.
Good prices, good food and good company .
Usual Garden entry prices 


West Midlands Light Orchestra

Enjoy the Big Band sound from West Midlands Light Orchestra. WMLO have delighted our audiences for quite a few years now, we’re really pleased to welcome them back again this month.

Great tunes that we’re all familiar with, some lovely singers and much very excellent playing.

Bring a picnic and chill out on the lawns. … bring a sunshade that doubles as an umbrella, you never know… We just carry on

Gardens open from 12.30.

Performance from 2 ish.. approx

Tickets (£8) available online, here, in advance or on the door on the day.


Music and Tea on the Lawn – Afternoons for relaxing

A new series of gentle, relaxed afternoons where you can take full advantage of the Gardens for some ‘me-time’.
We’ve asked some of the best local or artisan food businesses to run a one day pop-up cafe in the Orangery at the Gardens.
This month you can try some truly luscious cakes made by Bakes and Bits.
They currently operate in the city centre but hail originally from Castle Bromwich.

To put the ‘cherry on the cake’ of your afternoon experience we are also offering aspiring local musicians a chance to entertain our visitors while they chill and chomp on their cupcakes. We may not have a bandstand.. but we’ll have handpicked buskers to bathe your ears.
Good prices, good food and good company ..

Usual Garden entry prices
PS – We are still offering music slots – contact us if you are interested in knowing more
(Sun May 21st, Sat June 17th , Sat. July 8th & Sun July 23rd)


1940s Weekend

Another weekend full of nostalgia, stories, music and vintage fun.

Seriously good entertainment from Kevin Mack, George Formby Experience, Harmony Belle and many others.

Re-enactors from the home front: Penny Skivvy, Victory Belles WI, Bevan Boys. Reminders of the fighting forces: Pathfinders, Red Caps and many many more.

Vehicles, encampments and vintage sales.

Get your hair done 40s style (KDB Vintage Hairstyling), try on some frocks…

Enjoy cakes, ale (from the hotel bar) and hog roast.

Fun for all the Family.

Buy your tickets on the door. Normal everyday entry prices to the Gardens. See HERE


Please note: The Saturday night dance is ticketed separately. I’m afraid we’re all sold out!