See you in Spring 2019!

We’re back for our sixth Garden Festival in the stunning grounds of Powderham Castle on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2019 – the first Spring Bank Holiday of the year! We’ve got lots of new and exciting attractions, including a new layout to the front of the castle,  with more under-cover space in the shape of our Artisan Barn & Theatre and a new Country Gardener Magazine Talks Tent. And for everyone who wanted to bring their furry friend we’re pleased to announce that we are now a DOG FRIENDLY festival! 

This year our festival will be divided into zones, including the Gardening Village, Feast Street and Craft Zone to help you more easily find what you are looking for. All your favourite nurseries will be back, including award-winning Chelsea stalwarts and we’ll be updating the website with the names of all our 2019 exhibitors as they are confirmed so do keep checking back for more up to date information.

Festival tickets make a great Christmas present for the gardeners in your life. Buy before 31st December and you can save more than 25% on the gate price so buy yours now. Our EARLY BIRD tickets are now on sale costing just £8.50. Children under 12 go FREE in 2019.

Take a look at who got involved in 2018…


It’s a Gardener’s World for festival visitors in 2019 with two popular TV gardeners already confirmed to speak next year. Garden designer Joe Swift is back with advice on garden design on Friday and Frances Tophill joins us in Powderham’s Speaker Hall on Saturday to share her practical advice on coastal and other tricky types of garden situation.

The Tree Listener, Alex Metcalf, best known for BBC’s My Passion for Trees is here both days sharing what it sounds like inside a tree using his sensitive microphones and recording equipment to reveal the sound of sap as travels its way up the xylem tubes to the leafy canopy . John Challis, aka Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, is back by popular demand and last but not least, we give you The Knitting Tent, where you can learn how to crochet house plant hangers and knitted flowers. Watch this space for news of more talks and demo’s and other highlights – coming soon!

New Layout for 2019!

We’re back for our sixth year in the magnificent grounds of Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter, 2019 with a brand-new site layout which capitalises on estate improvements and allows us to offer exhibitors new stall space at the front and entrance of the castle. Benefits include making the festival dog-friendly and provides greater weather-proofing with plenty of hard-stand underfoot, and greater accessibility for all.

The castle driveway sets the tone with our Horticultural High Street filled with exciting plants from quality nurseries with giant welcome banners and bunting festooning the beautiful oak trees. What was the Artisan Marquee is now upgraded in size to house our many wonderful West Country crafters  and becomes our NEW Artisan Barn & Theatre, providing an under-cover hub for artisan crafts with a seating area and demo stage.

Have a look at the new layout >> 

Latest News

2019 Speakers Announced

November 20, 2018

It’s a Gardener’s World for us as we’re joined by some famous names from TV gardening with popular garden designer Joe Swift and Frances Tophill confirmed as speakers for 2019. Joe Swift has presented on … Read more

Early Bird Tickets on Sale

November 14, 2018

Don’t miss your chance to grab your early bird tickets for Toby’s Garden Festival 2019! Buy before December 31st and you’ll get more than 25% off the gate price. Tickets include entry to one day … Read more

Exhibitor Applications Now Open!

November 6, 2018

We’re now taking exhibitor applications for Toby’s Garden Festival 2019! Note that we’ve moved back to our traditional date of the first spring Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. We’ve also made … Read more

Toby’s Guide to Winter Squash

October 31, 2018

Here’s my pick of the best winter squash – a group of pumpkins, gourds and hybrids that have skins that ripen into hard rinds meaning they keep for winter (Summer squash gherkins and cucumbers don’t). … Read more

All the Fun of the Fest!

September 19, 2018

Pumpkins and dahlias stole the show at Toby’s Harvest Festival, two flower-filled days of plant shopping, cooking and craft demo’s at Somerset’s stunning Forde Abbey. Visitors travelled from as far as Norfolk and North Wales … Read more

Festival Information

September 14, 2018

Toby’s Harvest Festival is here! Here’s everything you need to know about times and getting here: Opening times are 10am-5pm each day. Dogs are welcome on short leads. Carer comes free with a blue badge … Read more