Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey is the perfect place to celebrate the harvest with its abundant Walled Garden and dahlia-filled borders. After a successful first year in September 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again! Join us for celebrity garden talks in the magnificent Great Hall, harvest-themed workshops in the Demo Teepee on everything you can make and do with your crops. Plus we will be repeating our popular tours of Forde’s garden and for the children, the Higher Beings circus skills will be back along with the Pomona Apple Press. Don’t forget to bring your windfalls for pressing!

““Our new Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey was truly inspiring thanks to the wonderful makers and growers who joined is to share their knowledge and all in the beautiful setting of Forde’s rolling lawns, abundant Walled Garden and dahlia-filled borders.”

Toby Buckland

celebrity speakers

Charlie and Christine!

We were thrilled to have two great ladies of gardening join us at Forde Abbey this year. BBC One Show’s Christine Walkden and Charlie Dimmock dispensed their garden wisdom and entertained the crowds in the Speakers’ Hall.

Learn from the best

Workshops in the Demo Teepee

On Forde’s Top Lawn, we had our Demo Teepee with two-days of demos and workshops with experts sharing their knowledge of harvest crafts, including fermenting, natural dyes and botanical soap making. Around the grounds were daily tours of the trees, meadow and head gardener tours of Forde’s stunning Walled Garden,

Plants crafts & food

All the Fun of the Fayre

More than 150 exhibitors attended, bringing with them a tempting mix of seasonal plants including roses, camellias, herbaceous perennials, herbs and heuchera, along with garden tools and sculpture, and a wide range of home-made craft.

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.

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.

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.

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