RHS Harvest Festival Show – 3rd & 4th October 2017

In recent years the RHS has worked tirelessly to promote horticulture as a career for the younger generation and career-changers, and their Autumn Harvest Festival Show lives upto that pledge by making entry to the exhibit hall at the show (held at the RHS Lindley Halls) free to the public. The show opens from 10 am – 5 pm and there will be a host of lovely things to see and do, from admiring the giant pumpkin competition to seeking expert RHS advice on fruit and vegetable varieties.

For further information see the website here.

Halloween Activities at The National Trust – Various Dates, Oct/ Nov 2017

October isn’t just about harvest and enjoying the fruits of the summer season, it’s also about celebrating events that help us forget about the shortening days and colder weather. So for those of you with families looking for some spooky fun, The National Trust always has a great range of events lined up for kids – many of which are hosted in beautiful gardens. For full details see their Halloween web page… or here’s a taster of just a few of them.

Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey – Enjoy a spooky story-telling session as you walk around the garden. 27th October.

Ham House & Garden, London – Halloween Hocus Pocus event. Enjoy scary stories and activities, or choose your own pumpkin to buy from the kitchen garden. From 21st October.

Standen House & Garden, West Sussex – Spooky Bat Walk. For those looking to enjoy the Autumn woodlands and wildlife, rather than witches and wizards, venture into the woods in search of this iconic winged mammal. From 1st Nov, 5pm – 6.30pm.

Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair – 7th & 8th Oct 2017

This renowned Autumn plant fair draws in specialist nurseries from as far a field as Scotland, The Netherlands and Germany. With such a rich gathering of expertise and knowledge it’s no wonder that visitors can enjoy a range of talks from some of the top nursery-men and -women in Europe.

Entry £9 (payable on the day, includes entry to the garden). Free for Friends of Great Dixter, annual ticket holders and children under 16. Special talk by director of Hermannshof Cassian Schmidt at 5pm on

7th October in the Dixter Farm Buildings – email or phone to reserve a place (01797 254048; greatdixter.co.uk).

11am-4pm, Great Dixter Northiam Rye East Sussex TN31 6PH