2019 Speakers Announced

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 Gardeners’ World since the late 1990’s and has fronted numerous TV shows including Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens, Garden Makers …

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Early Bird Tickets on Sale

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 of the festival, and celebrity talks in Powderham’s beautiful Dining Hall and all the talks and demos around the festival. …

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Exhibitor Applications Now Open!

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 some exciting changes to the festival site layout at Powderham Castle, to allow greater weather-proofing with more hard-stand under foot …

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Toby’s Guide to Winter Squash

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). You might have read that pumpkins are good crops to grow on new plots as the giant umbrella-like leaves supress …

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All the Fun of the Fest!

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 to revel in the harvest hygge, which included celebrity talks from Guardian writer Alys Fowler who filled Forde’s Great Hall …

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Festival Information

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 holder Gate prices: Adults £12.50, Children (age 2-16) £4, Under 2’s go free, Family ticket (2 adults and up to …

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Get your Hygge Here!

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 a jam-making demo from Lillie O’Brien of London Borough of Jam, and flower-arranging with Georgie Newbery of Common Farm Flowers …

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Run Away to the Circus!

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 your hand at unicycling, stilt-walking, hang from the aerial hoop, lie on a bed of nails and become an expert …

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Flowers for Autumn

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 through until the first frosts. At our festival location of Forde Abbey, dahlias are a must-have and the Walled Kitchen …

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What’s on for Kids

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 Yurt, apple-pressing with Vigo Presses and the Pomona, alpaca, rescue parrots, free tasters in Forde’s Kitchen Garden and Tree Listening …

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