Forthcoming Events for 2019

Snowdrop & Plant Fair Roadshow ~ 10th February

Our Plant Fairs have been organised by a small team of enthusiastic growers, dedicated to promoting reliable and unusual plants to keen gardeners. We have brought together a wide range of small nurseries from the area to create a number of memorable gardening events. The fairs will be held again at Hole Park, Rolvenden in February; Arundel Castle in April; Hall Place, Bexley in April and June; Canterbury Cathedral in May; Telegraph Hill, New Cross in May;  Sussex Prairies near Brighton in June; Chawton House in July; The Walled Nursery, Cranbrook in August and Borde Hill Gardens in September. Gates open from 11am – 3pm.  Entrance £4 which includes the gardens. For more information please visit


Season Ticket Members ‘Start of the Season Tour’ ~ 7th April

A complimentary guided tour of the garden to all Season Ticket holders will be taking place on Sunday 7th April 2019.  The tour will last approximately 90 minutes after which the Coach House will be open should you wish to purchase a cup of tea and cake, all homemade by Clare Barham. Should you wish to attend and like to bring a guest(s), the entry fee of £7 per person will apply (no charge for guided tour).  If you are interested please email


Bluebell Spectacular ~ 15th April to 10th May

Hole Park gardens are well known for having a spectacular display of bluebells in April and early May. The gardens will be celebrating one of the UK’s favourite native flowers with a ‘Bluebell Festival’ between 15th April to 10th May. Visitors can enjoy the amazing display of bluebells while taking the circular woodland walk which also passes a solar powered renovated ice house. Hole Park’s website will have a bluebell barometer which will be updated regularly in April. Normal admission fees apply. For more information please contact


Art in the Garden (En Plein Air) ~ 15th to 19th May

Lots of artists are expected to attend, each painting a work in various media on location in the garden, to be displayed for the public to see on Saturday and Sunday.  Judges will decide the winners of various classes, including Edward and Clare Barham who will choose their favourites. Many of the works will be for sale.

Two days of painting followed by two Exhibition days with the opportunity to purchase the art.  In aid of Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford, Kent. For more information please click on the link Plein Air Kent


Roots Gathering ~ 17th – 19th May

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The Roots Gathering is a micro festival, celebrating the magical and mythical memories of this ancient land. Kept small, secure and personal and with lots of activities for the whole family to experience. A mixture of wood fair and music festival, we have a craft village where you can learn lots of new skills to take home. In the Bushcraft woods a whole team of experts will share their knowledge with all ages. Also a dedicated kids marquee with a creative team on hand, so from toddlers to teens there will be lots to make and play.  For further information please visit


Wealden Times Midsummer Fair ~ 6th to 8th June

We are pleased to welcome back the Wealden Times Summer Fair.  Approximately 200 stalls selling goods for the home, garden, well being and fashion with food, live music and workshops.   Specific entry terms apply and tickets may be purchased in advance from Wealden Times.  Hole Park Season tickets and all other discount or membership tickets are not valid during the fair.

The Coach House Tea Room located in the Stable Yard at Hole Park remains open for light lunches and home made cakes. Entry to the garden is included with the fair entry price.  For further information, please see Wealden Times website


Jagfest ~ 16th June

Welcome to the latest update on next years’ exciting new event, ‘Jagfest’. I hope you will find it interestin reading, if you are a representative of a club/group please forward this message on to your members, or if you know of fellow enthusiasts please again pass it on. Thanks to the support of ‘Scenic & Continental Car Tours’ tickets are now on sale, just follow the link below! Here you will find entry tickets for the Sunday extravaganza, plus further options, including hotel accommodation and a Saturday Gala meal with entertainment.  We are pleased to announce two more ‘Jaguar experts’, who will be on hand on the day;

World renown Jaguar author and historian, Paul Skilletter will be joining us as a judge for the prestigious ‘Pride & Joy event. Also attending will be Ian Cooling, the ‘Worlds foremost expert’ on Jaguar ‘automobilia’ (brochures, mascots, heritage items, in fact anything Jaguar related except the cars themselves). During the day Ian will be running free valuation sessions, so raid the cupboard/workshop and bring along what you have been keeping, it might be worth more than you thought! 

Look out for further exciting updates on ‘Jagfest’  – please visit


TriSpirit ‘Zenith 24’ ~ 22nd & 23rd June

New event – this 24 hour ultra run is sure to test you and your friends. Race as a solo, in pairs or teams. Your goal is to complete as many laps as you can in 24 hours from Midday Saturday until Midday Sunday. Held in the beautiful 2,500 acres here at Hole Park, with flame-lit key sections overnight. Plus Day & Night 10k ~ Zenith24 starts at 12pm on Saturday plus the Day 10K. The night 10K starts at 10pm. For more information please visit


Proms Spectacular ~ 24th August

This is the first year that Brightling Entertainments Ltd are putting on these concerts in the South of England and we are delighted to be staging one of these events over two days.

The Proms Spectacular will commence on Saturday evening at 7.30pm (Gates Open at 5pm) and will commence with a majestic spitfire display accompanied by some well-known British war themes.  Followed by an evening filled with music including the 1812 Overture, the Hornpipe, Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem along with a whole host of other fantastic classical pieces. The concert will finish with a spectacular fireworks display fully synchronised to the music to complete a memorable evening in the heart of the Kent countryside.

Picnics will be the order of the day however we want to play our part in protecting the planet and ask that you take all your litter home with you or place it the receptacle that will be provided on site.

For more information please visit or email


ABBA Revival ~ 25th August

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ABBA Mania’s resurgence in the last couple of years with the hit films ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Mamma Mia Here we go again’ means there is only one way to dance the night away on Sunday evening at 7.30pm (Gates Open at 5pm) and who better to do this with than the UK’s No1 Tribute Band ABBA Revival.  Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to dance the night away to your favourite ABBA songs!  If you feel like it, go the whole way and dress up in your best disco outfit and enter our competition to win a case of Champagne for the best dressed ABBA look-a-like!

Picnics will be the order of the day however we want to play our part in protecting the planet and ask that you take all your litter home with you or place it the receptacle that will be provided on site.

For more information please visit or email


Napoleonic Re-enactment ~ 31st August & 1st September

Once again Hole Park welcomes the Napoleonic Association for a fun weekend of living history. The Association set up camp on the Friday when they are NOT OPEN to the public.  Battle commences on Saturday with battles and skirmishes during the morning and afternoon.  Tours of the camps are available and please wander through them at your leisure and talk to the actors, who are all in genuine Napoleonic kit/costumes.  Please expect frequent loud bangs from the canons firing during the battles and practice sessions!

The Coach House Tea Room located in the Stable Yard at Hole Park remains open for light lunches and home made cakes. For further information please visit