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Autumn Harvest: Apples, Potatoes, Vegetables

A day to celebrate all the good things nature has brought us…
Apples, veg and potato displays, excellent food, cake and bread sales, cob-oven cooking, foraging walks, storytelling from the Green Man, dancing with the Glorishears of Brummagem Molly Dancers, snap apple, apple printing and other family craft activities.

Bring a bottle to fill with your own juiced apples. Bring any apples from your own trees or have harvested from trees on common land.
A day of sharing, swopping recipes, sharing cooking secrets and making. 

Our apple harvest hasnt been great this year, but there is still plenty on common land trees. You are welcome to bring apples to share or to crush and take home in your own bottles…
(we cant guarantee your success, but lets have a go)

Join Dr Rob Tilling for a foraging walk around and outside the Gardens and outside the walls (1.30 ish for 40mins).
Food from Change Kitchen, our local jam and cake wizards and more.

Normal entry prices

(RHS and Garden Members £3.50)


New plants from old

At this time of year a lot of plants are starting to go to seed, so it is a good time to go around and collect some of them so we can grow new plants for next year. Some can be sown straight away (as we are doing so in the greenhouses), others can be stored to be sown in the spring. We are also taking cuttings of some of the plants in the garden, and hopefully by next spring we will have lots of lovely plants to sell or plant back out in the garden.

We are trying seeds collected from plants including Alcea (hollyhock), Lychnis (rose campion), Lupin, Astrantia, Galega (Goat’s Rue), Poppy and Phlomis. Some, such as Lychnis, have already germinated, others we are still eagerly awaiting for signs of life! The interesting thing about seeds is the genetic variation that can occur, so often the resulting plants will show some variation from the parent, especially in the case of the hollyhocks, where the colour of the flowers on each plant will be a surprise!

Cuttings taken include Lavender, Rosemary, Jasmine and Philadelphus. These are all semi-ripe cuttings taken from this year’s growth, so the base is firm but with soft growth still on the tips. They are put in pots together, and then when roots start to show at the base of the pot, they will be separated and given their own pot to grow on. Unlike seeds, cuttings create clones of the parent plant, so you know exactly what you are going to get.

We look forward to seeing how our seeds and cuttings do, and in the meantime they have a trusty guardian to keep an eye on them!


Heritage Open Day Tours – 3 site tours.

A chance to see all three historic parts of the Bradford Estate; the Church, the Hall and the 18th century Gardens, some of which are not usually accessible – including the church tower and the magnificent plaster ceilings in the Hall. There will be a guided tour of each site including (for those who wish it) a tour of the tower and famous bells in the church tower. Although the Hall is accessible to guests, this is a chance to see some other areas not easily accessible otherwise.

Tours can be taken separately or in series. Main series: 1pm Hall, 1.45 Church, 2.30 Gardens  (please start at the Garden entrance to purchase your ticket and tour ‘tokens’)

There will be second tours at the Hall: 2pm. Gardens: 3pm and the Church will take informal tours all afternoon.

Please note the Tower can take only 4 or 5 people at a time – ask the Church wardens on entrance.

Normal entrance fees apply £4/£4.50 (plus Gift Aid) available on the door. Gardens open at 12.30.

Tours and Garden entrance Free for Garden Members

Why not buy a whole day ticket for both the tour and open air concert The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan in the Gardens at 3pm and bring a picnic? 

Joint ticket: £12 for tour and G&S concert

See here for more info  HERE




The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

An open air production of the Story of Gilbert and Sullivan from the Birmingham Savoyards. The ever popular G&S makes a very welcome addition to our events this year.

In Edwardian times our Gardens were full of musical activities… no doubt there were some G&S tunes among them. How lovely to have some echoes of those elegant days.

W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan’s collaboration brought us well known comic operettas such as The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers, the concert itself will be narrated by actors playing the parts of Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan, using songs from all 14 of their operas to illustrate their highly successful, if often stormy partnership. The selection offers something for everyone – from old familiar favourites to seldom-heard surprises.

The show takes place on the afternoon of  Heritage Open Days on our site. You could spend the morning touring the buildings and Gardens, have lunch and spend a joyful afternoon with G&S.

Theatre tickets on sale above.

Why not buy an all day ticket combining the tours of Church, Hall and Gardens with your afternoon theatre ticket?


Central England Concert Band

Who says you need a bandstand to have a band? We have the lawn, the chairs and a great band

The Central England Concert Band makes a welcome return to the Gardens for an afternoon of songs from stage and screen. Everything from Les Miserables through the Pirates of the Caribbean to where ‘no man has gone before’ Star Trek …. and who knows after that.

CECB is the the community ensemble with a pedigree reaching back to 1980. Currently led by musical director Rob Spalton. Rob is, among other things,  ‘Head of Brass’ at Repton School  in Derbyshire. Expect some good strong brass band sounds this afternoon .

‘A jet engine is no match for a band full of brass’ … she says, cocking a snook at the skies .

Our gates are open at 12.30 as usual, the set starts about 2pm with a break and will finish about 4pm.

Buy an advanced ticket here, or on the door. Seats are unreserved. You are welcome – nay encouraged – to bring a picnic and your own seating etc.


We are excited that Sunday 20th is also planned to be the inauguration of the new bells in our

neighbouring church , St Mary and St Margaret’s. If all goes well, we will be hearing the team ring from

12 – 1pm . For more , see here http://www.stmaryandstmargaret.co.uk/ 

and  @CastleBromBells


Family Fun Day

Fun for all the family together. Traditional games on the lawn: sack races, egg and spoon races, hook a duck, face painting, explore the maze, bric-a-brac, treasure hunts, RSPB, songs, dances etc.

In conjunction with Castle Bromwich branch of the U3A (University of the Third Age) – Big Thanks!

Cafe and shop open. Picnics welcome

  • All tickets  £2  (under 4s free)
  • £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder). Pass costs £40 and lasts 12 months.