2021: Open Gardens
This year we decided to have the Open Gardens day on Saturday 4th September, rather than in May/June, in the hope that Covid regulations will have relaxed enough to allow people to freely vist the gardens. There will be 25-30 gardens open, with a wide range of sizes and styles. There are hidden gardens behind historic buildings, larger gardens leading down to the river Brett, and more recent gardens among the houses that have grown up around the historic town centre. Some gardens are mature and well-established, others have been more recently laid out. And there are several gardens which are new in the programme this year. And having the event in September will give a different view of gardens which have been visited before. Do come and join us.
As well as the Open Gardens, Hadleigh has a lively High Street with a range of interesting local shops (for some of these, see our Sponsors page.) Many of these are in Grade 2 listed buildings, some with fine examples of East Anglian pargetting. St Mary's Church reflects the success of Hadleigh's mediaeval wool trade, and there will be visits to the Deanery Tower next to the church at selected times. The timber-framed Guildhall nearby is Grade 1 listed, and traces its history back to the 15th Century. There is a very fine cricket pitch, and a circular walk with a fine mediaeval bridge across the River Brett. Lunches and teas are available in the Church, and refreshments in some of the gardens, as well as in the pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants in the town. So there is much to see and do as well as visit the gardens. Altogether a great day out in E. Anglia