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Returning to Forde Abbey in 2018 – Toby’s Harvest Festival. After a successful first year in September 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again!  Join us on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.

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SUCCESS! Our fifth year of Toby’s Garden Festival was so much fun! Look out for the dates for next year’s event – early bird tickets will be on sale towards the end of the year.

Take a look at who got involved in 2018…

Who’s speaking at Forde Abbey in 2018?

Coming up in September we are welcoming some fabulous garden speakers and experts! We’re delighted that actor John Challis, better known as Boycie from Only Fools & Horses was so popular with Powderham visitors we have lured him back to be with us at Forde Abbey, plus we have the wonderful Alys Fowler, RHS judge Jim Buttress, Matt Biggs of Gardeners’ Question Time fame and… drum roll…. the Blue Peter Gardener!

Plus the demo tipi makes welcome comeback with NEW workshops on paper-flower making with Wildhive’s Bee Watson, photography lessons with Andrew Maybury, tree talks from Kevin Croucher of Thornhayes Nursery plus all the favourites from last year – cider-drinking, apple-pressing, basket-weaving and much more to be announced in the coming months




Don’t miss our Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey on 15th and 16th September! We have so much going on both days guaranteed to entertain young and old. Popular workshops from 2018 return including scything, meadow-making, willow-weaving, circus skills and tree tours, along with the vintage Massey tractors and the charming Pomona apple press where you can bring your own apples for juicing.

NEW for 2018, we have Lillie O’Brien from London Borough of Jam joining us in the Demo Tipi on Saturday to demystify the art of making preserves while on Sunday 16th Alex Metcalf, aka the Tree Listener, will be hooking up to one of Forde’s magnificent trees with his sensitive microphones so we can hear the inner rumblings of the xylem and phloem – the very life of the tree – at work.

Award-winning photographer Andrew Maybury is leading hour-long photography workshops both days or if you fancy a meditative moment, head to The Knitting Tent where you learn how to knit and crochet or sit down with WildHive and make a beautiful flower from paper. In the Demo Tipi, we have demo’s on flower-farming, weeds you can eat and making the most of your veg crops, wreath-making, and on the Top Lawn Serena de la Hey’s amazing willow head, designed to raise awareness about the M5 Willow Man will be on display – step inside and enjoy the view!

Highlights 2018

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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

Get your Hygge Here!

September 11, 2018

Toby Buckland’s Harvest Festival rolls into town this weekend 15th and 16th September, arriving at Forde Abbey, near Chard in Somerset with a two-day celebration of all things cosy and autumnal. There’s hygge aplenty with … Read more

Run Away to the Circus!

September 11, 2018

There’s sky-high fun for children at Toby’s Harvest Fest on 15th and 16th September! Unleash your inner clown with help from the Higher Beings who return with their popular Circus Skills Workshop, where you try … Read more

Flowers for Autumn

September 5, 2018

Choose the right plants for your garden and the Autumn show can be just as spectacular as the Summer performance, with coppery and russet tones that crackle and smoulder and provide colour right the way … Read more

What’s on for Kids

September 3, 2018

Here are the times for Lee Connelly’s Children’s Gardening Show on 15th and 16th September. We also have our popular Circus Skills Workshop both days, Have a Go Archery, paper-Flower making, chill in the Knitting … Read more

Tours & Highlights

September 3, 2018

Here’s the full list of what’s on around the festival site, including Tree Listening with Alex Metcalf, apple-pressing, what’s happening in The Knitting Yurt and lots more. For details of talks and demo’s please see: … Read more