A fun-filled weekend for all the family

Evening Reception 10th June

To launch our Hellens Garden Festival we have an evening reception, hosted by renowned planstwoman Carol Klein. Carol is everyone’s type of gardener, as her latest book ‘Making a Garden’, appeals to so many people giving inspiration for both the novice and the experienced gardener. At this event, Carol will be sharing her triumphs and tips for all things gardening. The reception is set in the lovely Great Barn at Hellens.

The evening will commence at 7 p.m. to be seated at 8 p.m. This will be an inspiring evening of talk and chat with Carol as she shares her passion for gardening with all.


Carol Klein Carol Klein

The Hellens Garden Festival will blossom again in the beautiful gardens and parkland of Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, near Ledbury, Herefordshire.

The 2016 Festival theme of If we nurture Nature, Nature will nurture us will explore the relationships and connections to our natural environment.

The Festival is a charity fund-raising event with all proceeds donated to our causes: St Michaels Hospice and Back to the Wild.

Calling Poets!
This year Hellens Garden Festival is partnering with Ledbury Poetry Festival (1-10 July 2016) in order to bring new dimensions to the Festival. A Garden Library will be created in the gardens; it will be framed by a stunning timber structure that has been built by Heritage Oak Frames Ltd. Ledbury Poetry Festival are sponsoring the contribution of the celebrated poet Adam Horovitz who has been commissioned to compose a poem relating to the magical Hellens Gardens Have a look at the poem here on the Ledbury Poetry Festival Website. Adam will be read his poem, and selected other works, in the Garden Library during the Hellens Garden Festival. You are invited to submit your own poem inspired by healing plants from the Physic garden at Hellens on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website.


Our exhibitors

We attract a wide range of exhibitors offering beautiful plants, lots of growing advice, garden products, hand-made goods, and design services, food stalls, and many others. EXHIBITORS BOOK NOW HERE
Talks at Hellens Garden Festival

Talks, demos

The wonderful Hannah Genders and Terry Walton are back to head a cast of speakers. Our team of demonstrators bring a great variety of traditional skills.

Family fun

All ages come and enjoy our Festival; there are lots of children's activities such as: hands on clay workshops for all ages, storytelling, willow weaving, pizza making, face painting, and more.
Visitors enjoying food at Hellens Garden Festival

Yummy food

We have delicious tea, coffee and home-make cake, lovely lunches, sizzling burgers and sausages. Our food is sourced locally and of the highest quality. We are supporting two local ice-cream vendors and Hellens has its own tea room too.
Slippery Slope

Music Poetry & Art

What wonderful music we have this year. We are being supported by local bands, The Fordsons and Slippery Slope, who will beguile and charm with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music styles, playing a variety of musical instruments. Throughout the weekend artists will be exhibiting their work in the Great Barn and also the Garden Library, where poets will be giving readings of their botanical poetica inspired by the Hellens Physic Garden.

Entrance to the Festival

Adult £6.50
Child £2.50 (under 16)
Family £15 (2 adults and 2 children)

New for 2016, you can buy a ticket for BOTH festival days:
Adult £10
Child £4 (under 16)
Family £22.50 (2 adults and 2 children)

Group discounts are available if booked in advance:
£5.50 per adult for a group booking of 10 people or more.
We have limited parking for coaches therefore the coach will also need to be booked-in so that we can arrange the appropriate parking.

We welcome well-behaved dogs who have their owners firmly on leads and whom clean up after them.

See Hellens tour prices (please note, the Garden Festival entrance ticket does not cover tours of the Manor).

What’s the Festival about?

The 2016 Festival theme of If we nurture Nature, Nature will nurture us will explore the relationships and connections to our natural environment. If we take kind care of our gardens and wildlife, whether on a balcony, in a backyard, a smallholding, meadow, woodland or natural space, we will reap the glories of nature for the benefit of all.

We have wonderful partners for 2016, including Herefordshire Wildlife Trust who will bring their passion for wildlife to the Festival. The RSPB, who with their ‘Give Nature a Home’ initiative, so closely aligned with our ethos and values, are also joining us.

We are grateful to the continuing support and help of Hannah Genders, award winning gardener and designer, and Terry Walton, Allotment Guru for Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 Show.

Disabled access

Disabled access logos - 'Positive about disabled people'We have designated disabled parking areas. The site is largely accessible to wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties. Some areas can be a bit boggy and there are lots of uneven surfaces so care is needed.

We are here to help

Please let us know if you need help when you arrive and we will endeavour to do all we can to make your visit a wonderful experience.

The Hellens Garden Festival is now a Community Interest Company (CIC) and has been incorporated under co. no 10182432

St Michael’s Hospice

St Michael's HospiceWe are proud to support St Michael’s Hospice, a much-loved local charity. It is an independent charity and all services are given free. (Registered charity number: 511179)

Hannah Genders' Journey Garden for St Michael’s HospiceHave a look at Hannah Genders’ Journey Garden for the Hospice.

In 2016 We are also supporting the Hellens Back to the Wild project. This unique project supports the personal and social development of young people by re-connecting them to the natural environment, and developing their self belief and confidence. The Saturday Club children from St. Michaels Hospice have benefited already from this initiative. If you are interested in learning more about Back to the Wild please contact info@hellensmanor.com