“Lovely day out for us gardening ‘freaks’, My friends and I have the date of next year’s show in the diary. We are looking forward to it already”

Sarah Lacaille, Okehampton

Toby GardenFest Powderham FAQs

Is it possible for me to get a passout during the festival?

Passouts are available at the show. Your ticket will be taken upon entry into the show however, a pass out can be obtained by getting your hand stamped.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but fully accredited assistance dogs only are permitted onto the showground due to the deer.

Can I smoke at the show?

Smoking is not allowed in any marquee, tent or any enclosed space, within the festival.

Where is the car park?

Free parking is located in the fields adjacent to the deer park. We ask visitors not to use the Country Stores car parks as this is reserved for shoppers visiting the Country Stores. It is a pleasant five-minute walk that takes you along the edge of the picturesque deer park and Country Stores then up the main Castle driveway or if you don’t feel up the walk, there is a land train running constantly between the Festival car park and entrance to the Castle for a small return fee payable on the day to the Castle drivers.

Are there any cash machines at the festival?

Yes, we offer cash back facilities at the ticket entrance for 50p per transaction.

Are group bookings available?

We welcome group bookings to the festival which since it launched in 2014 has become immensely popular with gardening club groups in particular. If you are interested in coming to the festival as a group we offer discounted tickets and free parking and more benefits. For more details call 01823 431767 to discuss your needs.

What catering is available?

We are proud of the range and high quality and varied choice food and drinks available for visitors throughout the festival much of it from local Devon suppliers.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements? Yes, Toby’s Tea Tent offer a range of food, including vegetarian and gluten-free, while our street food sellers offer vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, organic and fair trade catering. See here for more information about who does what.

How wheelchair friendly is the festival site?

The festival takes place over a number of levels over the show area at Powderham and while wheelchair access is available to most areas there are one or two parts of the castle grounds which are not accessible by wheelchairThe ground floor of the Castle is accessible to wheelchair users and electric scooters.  The Courtenay Cafe in the courtyard is accessible. Disabled toilets are available in the Courtyard and disabled portaloos are marked on the festival programme. NACTA Shopmobility offer wheelchair hire and are situated on the castle driveway near to the ticket entrance – booking essential on 01626 335775 or shopmo@newtonabbotcta.org from 26 March 2018.

What are the opening times?

The festival opened on both days at 10am and closes at 5pm.

What are the advance ticket prices?

There are some great ticket savings if you pre book your tickets online. Book our Early Bird tickets before the end of the year and save £4 per ticket.  Online tickets after that will save you £2.50 per ticket. Just follow the ‘Buy Tickets’ link on the website. Family tickets are available too.

Do you offer facilities for disabled parking?

There is a car parking for the disabled close to the entrance to the festival and anyone with accredited disabled parking stickers will be able to use. If you don’t have a badge you can still drop off near the Castle and then park in the main visitor car park. We also have a buggy to take you up and down the Castle driveway to the Castle courtyard if you don’t want to walk up the gentle slope. Just ask at the ticket entrance for assistance on arrival or ask any of the stewards wearing green Festival aprons.

Is there somewhere to leave purchases when you shop?

There is a Plant Creche running for the full two days of the Festival where you can safely leave your bags for a small donation to charity. In the past this has been run by Kenton in Bloom with donations to Kenton in Bloom and Perennial. We also have ‘plant sherpas’  who can help carry your bags for you.

Can I visit Powderham Castle during the Festival? Much of the downstairs of the Castle is open to Garden Festivals visitors as many exhibitors are based here, as well as the Courtyard, North Lawn, Rose Lawn, Lower Lawn and the closest edge of the Deer Park, however there are no guided tours and the Deer Park beyond the curtilage of the festival is out of bounds to the public due to the deer.

Is there plenty of seating? There is seating available in Toby’s Tea Tent and located right around the site, as well as the Courtenay café, the Speakers’ Marquee, Tipi, Victorian Kitchen along with many of the street food sellers who offer some seating. 

Is it child-friendly?

We have lots of garden-themed exhibits to entertain children in our Curious Gardener Marquee plus Tot’s Tipis, Higher Beings stilt-walkers (Saturday only) baby-changing in the castle courtyard toilets. Family tickets are available for two adults and up to three children. Under 12’s are not able to access the VIP Experience.