Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Cotswold gardens nestling at the foot of Bredon Hill
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June 2018
from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day
Picture by Steve Gledhill
The picturesque village of Ashton under Hill is situated in the south of the county of Worcestershire, England, at the eastern end of Bredon Hill and overlooking the Vale of Evesham. Bredon Hill and Ashton are in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The northern Cotswold hills are close at hand and nearby towns include Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Tewkesbury. Formerly part of the county of Gloucestershire, Ashton under Hill is now in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire.
Ashton under Hill is just west of the A46 between Evesham and Tewkesbury, about 5 miles south of Evesham and near to junction 9 of the M5 motorway. To find us with your Sat Nav please use the postcode WR11 7SW. More directions here or see a map here
Ashton's first sweet pea of 2018?
Image by Amelia Barker
Back on Track Chiropractic
Anthony Halling Garden Machinery
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24 Gardens Open This Year
We will have 24 varied and colourful gardens for you to view this year, together with a selection of Open Front Gardens to be admired from the footpath. You can view or download a map of the village and the open gardens here.
The theme of this year's event is 'Nature in the Garden' and as well as the many lovely spaces to explore, there will be a mixture of entertainment, displays and exhibitions, a gardener’s raffle plus quality craft and plant sales.
For those looking for culture and something a little different, there will be an exhibition of local artist Beth Phillip's botanical paintings in St Barbara’s Church, as well as organ recitals and flower displays on both Saturday and Sunday.
Elsewhere in the village there will be a beekeeping display and a display by the RSPB, plus a children's quiz to keep young people involved.
A photographic competition will again run during the weekend and we welcome entries from any keen amateurs or budding professionals who would like the opportunity to win a prize and perhaps see their work used for publicity for Ashton Open Gardens in future years.
Filled rolls and ploughman's lunches, tea and cake will be available from 12.30pm in the Village Hall, courtesy of Ashton WI. Cream teas will be served from 1.00pm in our refreshment marquee in the garden of 'Grassmere' just a little way up Elmley Road from the Village Hall. Meals will also be available from our local pub The Star Inn
Free Parking - Free Programme - Free Shuttle Bus
You can purchase your entry wristband on the day for just £6.00 for adults, while under 16s are admitted free. Your Saturday wristband is also valid for entry on Sunday. A free illustrated programme is available for all visitors and there is free parking for cars and coaches, although we ask that coach parties register in advance - please Contact Us. There's also a free shuttle bus which provides a regular courtesy service up and down the village. At just £6 for adult entry Ashton under Hill Open Gardens is great value!
Discounts for Advance Group Bookings
If you'd like to bring a group of friends or colleagues to our 41st annual Open Gardens event on Saturday 9 or Sunday 10 June 2018, then there are generous discounts available for parties of 10 or more, if booked by Wednesday 30 May 2018. Please Contact Us for more details or complete and return a Group Booking Request Form.
Ashton is one of the prettiest!
According to Cotswold Life magazine, Ashton under Hill is one of the prettiest places to visit in the Cotswolds. Click here to see the full article. We can't help but agree of course!
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade (Rudyard Kipling)
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The winning picture in our 2017 photo competition, by Mrs C Pritchard
Runner-up in the 2017 Photographic Competition; picture by Sara Bankes
Runner-up in the 2017 Photographic Competition; picture by Rosemarie Finch
Images by Roger Umpelby
Pictures by Jo Brown
Pictures by David Hunter
Busy Plant Stalls
Roses and Thatch
Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard