Toby’s GardenFest Powderham is here!

Opening times are 10am-5pm.

Advance tickets for Saturday, can still be purchased online until midnight on Friday 28th April here.

We wish all of our exhibitors and visitors a fantastic time at the festival – see you there!


Powderham Castle

Toby’s GardenFest is back at Powderham Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April 2017

Toby’s popular Garden Festival is back for a fourth year in the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle near Exeter. This spring we’re thrilled to welcome as our experts Chelsea garden designer Adam Frost of BBC Gardeners’ World and pest guru Pippa Greenwood who will be giving talks and answering your garden questions. Packed with beautiful plants from more than 100 local nurseries, delicious West Country fayre, local musicians and entertainment for the whole family, it’s a great gardening day out.

Read more about Toby’s GardenFest Powderham >>

Forde Abbey

New for Autumn 2017! Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey 16th & 17th September 

We are delighted to announce our new Garden & Harvest Fest in the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey in Somerset. It’s set to be a weekend of autumnal gardening delights with gorgeous plants to buy from local nurseries, delicious food and entertainment for all the family. As well as celebrating the fruits of the season, you can join us for a free programme of garden demos in Forde Abbey’s stunning Kitchen Garden and talks from Toby and TV gardeners Christine Walkden and Charlie Dimmock. 

Read more about Toby’s GardenFest Forde Abbey >>


Experience VIP treatment at Powderham Castle

Located at the heart of the Festival in the grounds of historic Powderham Castle, our new VIP Marquee offers you a unique place to relax with friends or family.  Take in stunning views across the Deer Park and River Exe whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of fizz and award-winning locally produced food from Manna from Devon. Enjoy exclusive cooking and gardening demo’s and mingle with other VIPs and celebrity speakers.

You get:

  • Entrance to the Garden Festival
  • All-day access to VIP Marquee
  • Coffee and Pastries On Arrival
  • Complimentary Glass of Fizz
  • Tea and Coffee, Soft Drinks
  • Canapes & Buffet from Manna from Devon
  • Meet and Greets with Toby and Celebrity Speakers
  • Exclusive Gardening and Cooking Demo’s
  • VIP Cloakroom and Toilets
  • Goody Bag

All for just £50!



Powderham Castle Video

Forde Abbey Preview Video

News and information

Doors Open 10am! April 25, 2017

Doors are open for the Festival from 10am to 5pm both days! We are thrilled to have Charlie and AJ, the Earl and Countess of Devon, cutting the ribbon at 10am on Friday with Toby and Pippa Greenwood leading the countdown. Be sure to arrive in good time to enjoy the fun! Just a reminder the … Read more

New – Powderkeg’s Devon Bar at the Fest! April 3, 2017

  Another first for Toby’s Garden Festivals – Powderkeg’s Devonly Social Bar. Selling only those drinks brewed, distilled, fermented, produced within the county, this is the ultimate Devon drinking experience! Devon now produces a wonderful range of award winning drinks and leading the way in the botanical sense are Devon gins – from Devon Distilleries … Read more

What’s New in the Artisan Marquee March 27, 2017

From her workshop on the Devon/Cornwall border Gill Dubey of Potting Shed Ceramics combines her two loves, ceramics and gardening. Many years ago Gill studied ceramics at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, near London and her life’s journey has now found her working as a gardener for several customers in the West Country as well as … Read more

Garden Festival Named Amongst Best Garden Shows of 2017! March 20, 2017

  Toby’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle has been named as one of ‘23 Best Garden Shows of 2017’ by The Sunday Telegraph. Writing in the British broadsheet on Sunday 12th March, garden writer Bunny Guinness placed Toby’s Garden Festival alongside RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chaumont near Paris and the International Garden Festival in Berlin. … Read more

Bees: Moor than Meets the Eye March 15, 2017

“It’s an addiction,” says Dartmoor beekeeper Peter Hunt. “One I have had since I was 12 years-old. I really liked the beekeeper’s white suit and the veiled hat and helped out my friend’s dad as his “Smoker Boy”, an important role in beekeeping.” By the time he was in his teens Peter had his own … Read more

Live Music – Mark Barnwell March 14, 2017

We look forward to welcoming professional Spanish guitarist and composer Mark Barnwell to the GardenFest at Powderham on Saturday 29th. Mark who you’d have heard at the Festival if you’ve joined us before is based in South East Cornwall and is a dynamic live performer. Mark’s repertoire includes Latin, Flamenco, contemporary and World Fusion as well as traditional Spanish guitar … Read more