Open Gardens

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Holme-next-the-Sea will be presenting its annual Open Gardens Day on Sunday July 7th 2024 from 11am until 5.30pm when we hope to have about ten gardens open to the public.

The village's annual Open Gardens day has, deservedly, become one of the most popular events of its kind in north west Norfolk. The Help Holme Church Group manages the day under the direction of the current organiser, Nell Butler, together with the help of a large team of 'workers' most of whom live in the village. We are most fortunate that there are also friends from further afield who freely give of their time and assist with a variety of jobs all of which are vital to the smooth running of the event.

Refreshments will served from 11am until 4.30pm in the Village Hall and the ever-popular plant stall will be located at Berkeley House, one of the open gardens. A number of the gardens will feature stalls including books, tombola and homemade chutney and jams. ...and hopefully one of the gardens will include a moth trap with an expert nearby to talk about the moths. As well as a wide variety of the more usual garden plants some gardens will feature more exotic specimens as well as vegetables and even examples of apple grafting. In yet another of the open gardens there will also be an opportunity view and purchase art works by a local artist.

The "Gardens Passport" will cost £5.00 and provides admission to every open garden. It features an easy-to-follow map helping visitors find their way around. Children will once again be admitted free - and parking is also free!

The free bus service will also be running around the village dropping off and picking up at all of the gardens. Our grateful thanks to Glebe House School, Hunstanton, who have supported us over many years and very kindly lend us their minibus!

For more information please email

A garden open for the visitors in Holme-next-the-Sea - Photo Tony Foster

There are usually about 10 gardens open where the public can browse at leisure and see just what other folk do with their own patch! The style of each garden varies and back in 2015 there was, amongst others, this one...

A garden in Holme-next-the-Sea open for the visitors - Photo Tony Foster

...another garden open in 2015 featured this lovely pond

A garden open for the visitors in Holme-next-the-Sea - Photo Tony Foster

Part of a garden opened for the first time in 2019

Plant Stall - Open Gardens 2015 - Photo Tony Foster

The Plant Stall at Berkeley House is a regular feature of Open Gardens day with many visitors returning each year. There is always a wide selection of plants to choose from - and very competitively priced. If you call in early any plants purchased can be held until you leave. All part of the service!

The Village Hall, Holme-next-the-Sea - Photo Tony Foster

Refreshments are available in the Village Hall on Kirkgate, usually from 11am until 4pm.

St. Mary's Church, Holme-next-the-Sea - Photo Tony Foster

All of the proceeds from the day are used by the Help Holme Church Group to help maintain the fabric of St. Mary's Church. Past projects funded by the group include the replacement of the main south side windows, the replacement of the wall heaters and the provision of toilet and kitchenette facilities. The Group has also funded the underpinning and redecoration of the Vestry and the redecoration of the inner and outer porches and in 2014 the limewash finish to the whole of the interior of the church was re-painted.

So why not come along for a super day out and, at the same time, help us to keep our Church in good order? The low admission fee entitles you to access all of the gardens on show and to view the floral displays in the Church. Safe parking is free and the shuttle bus service is included - and accompanied children get in for free too!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited the village in previous years on Open Gardens Day. We enjoyed your company and very much looking forward to seeing you all again this year!