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. 

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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.

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Topiary Trimming Demos with Jake Hobson August 19, 2017

Jake Hobson, founder of Niwaki, Dorset importer of tripod ladders and fine pruning tools from Japan, is joining us at Forde Abbey to demonstrate topiary trimming. Jake, who trained as a sculptor at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, now creates living sculpture from plants and favours a style of more natural style of … Read more

Fermented Vegetables – A Great Way to Preserve Veg and Kill a Sweet Tooth? August 14, 2017

The latest trend for fermenting vegetables may be more than just a good way to keep them fresh and full of nutrients. According to Somerset-based tutor and fermenting advisor  to Radio 4’s The Archers, Katie Venner of Tracebridge Sourdough in Wellington, it may also be the best way to cut down on sugar. “Anecdotal evidence from friends and … Read more

Smoke, Cure and Pickle…with Toby’s GardenFest August 11, 2017

The Pig near Bath chef Kamil Oseka grew up in a culinary family in Poland. Often cooking at night to avoid attention from Communist police, he learned many skills of preserving and pickling. Whole pigs were purchased and cooked, preserved or smoked in various manners to last as long as possible. Living on his grandparents small … Read more

New: Jam and Pickle Surgery August 10, 2017

If you’ve ever got into a pickle while making preserves, or found yourself in a jam with your jams, help is at hand at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival! Amongst the many talented makers and producers at the show is Antonia Mottola, owner of Somerset-based jam producer Bunnies Love. Antonia is running a Pickle & … Read more

Savour the Local Flavours at the Fest August 8, 2017

Foodies can look forward to a feast of flavours at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Fest this September. There’s a host of local artisan food and drink producers coming along to the fest at Forde Abbey, including jam, pickles and preserves, traditional loaves, wine, cider and gin makers, plus daily demo’s on how to cook, cure, smoke and ferment your harvest. You … Read more

Get Crafty at the Festival July 31, 2017

Free your inner artist and join us for a Nature Craft workshop on 16th and 17th September at Forde Abbey and have a go at making fairy houses, magical boats and natural sculptures all fashioned from found and foraged materials from woodland, hedgerow and seashore. Run by Naomi Vincent of Devon-based NatureMake, sessions are aimed at children … Read more

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