Christmas Kids Trail & Grotto

2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-19th December, 10am to 3.30pm

Explore the Garden on a Christmas kids trail, or book to see Santa in his magical grotto.

Great days out for all the family

The ideal place for children to explore, learn and find joy in nature

Our Family Events

A fun-filled day for you and your family

Plan a fun-filled day for you and your family in the great outdoors, come rain or shine. Enjoy the perfect balance of fresh air and big open spaces to roam around in, then refuel in the Gardeners’ Retreat cafe, enjoy a picnic in the Garden or by the lakes or treat yourself to a delicious ice cream from the Gift Shop.

Children in the Italian Garden. Image: Emli Bendixen

Wild Camp Birthday Parties

Book a birthday party with a difference and bring your little ones along for the ultimate nature party in the Woodland. Here, they’ll learn how to build a shelter, light a fire and cook sausages and marshmallows on a stick to be enjoyed with all of their pals. Pure outdoor adventure they’ll want to return to time and again.

Adventure Playground

Bring your young explorers here to let off steam in a natural wood Adventure Playground, designed for full on fun. Children can navigate their way through a series of exciting equipment including swings, stepping logs, climbing frames, a slide, spring rider and a zip wire for the most adventurous. The play equipment has been created from long lasting Robinia wood to blend with the beautiful natural surroundings.

Children in the Italian Garden. Image: Emli Bendixen

Treehoppers Forest Kindergarten

Play, learn and get muddy

We’re lucky enough to have Treehoppers Forest Kindergarten at Borde Hill, offering childcare in the great outdoors. The site provides lots of space for children to play and explore including an enormous sand pit to play in, an area to grow fruit and vegetables, a mud kitchen, a climbing frame and opportunities to get involved with campfire cooking. At Treehoppers children have fun playing and learning in nature, developing their skills and confidence in an inspiring environment.

The Treehoppers site is set within Cuckoo Corner, and home to numerous champion trees.  It was also the site of Borde Hill’s original playground which was built in the 1990s, and we are delighted that Treehoppers is continuing the legacy of creating a safe, happy space for children to explore the beauty of nature, enabling them to thrive in the great outdoors.The Kindergarten is open Monday – Thursday for children aged 2 and over.


The Garden is open 10am-5pm, daily. 

Day Tickets pre-booked online at least a day before your visit receive a £1 online discount.

Discover the Possibilities

A family next to the water feature in the Rose Garden at Borde Hill during summer.

Become a Member

Membership is your ticket to enjoy unlimited access to the Garden, Parkland and Woodland throughout the open season. Our members also receive free entry to a number of exciting events, from live music in the Garden to Specialist Plant Fairs and much more. Family Membership provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

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Italian Garden at Borde Hill. Image: Molly Hollman

Our Garden & Grounds

Set within 383 acres of heritage listed Parkland, our formal Garden captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate 'Garden rooms'. Beyond the formal Garden you can explore Woodland walks, the South Park and our lakes with outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.

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A misty atmospheric view of trees in North Park at Borde Hill with cows in the distance.

Support Us

As a small, independent Garden Charity, we rely on your kind generosity to help fund our projects and to continue to grow sustainably, protecting our natural heritage for generations to come. 'Reinventing Borde Hill' is our most ambitious project to date and your support will help us to achieve exciting plans to benefit our local community.

It would make a huge difference if you would consider supporting us by making a donation – thank you.

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