“I’m delighted to announce Forde Abbey is our fabulous new festival venue for 2017. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year and one when the sizzling flowers of summer marry with the fruits of all that hard labour. At Forde Abbey the wealth of two seasons are showcased in spectacular fashion in herbaceous borders, parkland and lakes and what I can only describe as an ‘I-want-one’ Kitchen Garden. What better place to celebrate the harvest!”

Toby Buckland

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celebrity speakers

Come and Meet Charlie and Christine!

We’re thrilled to have two great ladies of gardening join us at Forde Abbey! BBC One Show’s Christine Walkden is here on Sunday dispensing her irreverent, down-to-earth knowledge. On Saturday we’re joined by Charlie Dimmock, bringing her practical panache and water gardening expertise.

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Learn from the best

Practical Demo’s in the Kitchen Garden

A chance to see our nursery exhibitors and garden experts share the inside knowledge on how they grow, propagate and care for such fabulous plants. All in the stunning setting of Forde Abbey’s Kitchen Garden at its productive peak at this time of year.

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All the Fun of the Fayre

Our usual tempting mix of nursery plants, family entertainment and West Country food will all be here to buy and taste, with the emphasis on local and lovingly grown and produced.

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Group bookings and coach information

Concessions for garden clubs

Why not make this a day out trip for your gardening club? We have great facilities, including discounted tickets on sale or return, catering, free car and coach parking and free entry for your coach driver.

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How to get here

Free parking

Forde Abbey is easy to get to by car and parking is free or if you want to come by train the nearest station just five miles away. See the Plan Your Visit page for more details.

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All you need to know

What to expect on the day

Most of the site is accessible for wheelchair users though there are some sloping gravel paths. Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds (not the house) and we ask not to leave dogs in the car. See our FAQ page.