The popular Open Gardens event returns to Willoughby this year with some exciting plans to make this the best one yet!

This year there are 14 varied gardens open to the public, including large, small, traditional, modern and some still being developed. In addition there will be lots of other activities and attractions taking place during the afternoon to entertain both adults and children.

The event will run from 12pm – 5pm on Sunday June 10th


Ploughmans lunches, teas, coffees, soft drinks & cakes will be available at the village hall.  There will also be teas, coffees and cakes for sale elsewhere in the village, specifically at Thimble Cottage and at Homefield House.


The Ratcliffe Choral Society will once again be giving two performances at Willoughby Oaks during the afternoon and you can enjoy a sculpture exhibition to the music of a classical guitarist at Cerbid House, where you will also be able to relax with a glass of Pimms.


There will be lots of childrens’ activities including a treasure hunt, lucky dip, children’s crafts, soft play, a children’s stall in the village and a display of artwork at the Church by children from Willoughby School.

New for 2018, plus some traditional favourites!

We have added an exciting new event to this year’s line up –  a Gin and Wine Tasting! Don’t worry though, the more traditional activities bell ringing in the church, the WI’s cake stall and a book sale will still be on the trail!

There will also be a fantastic raffle – first prize is two tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera in London with the possibility of a backstage tour and we have a number of other prizes including garden centre vouchers, gardening books, donation by local trades people and even a bottle of malt whiskey.

This promises to be a great afternoon in Willoughby with activities taking place right across the village.  We hope that everyone in the village will enjoy the event, so make sure you invite family and friends to come along for a fun and relaxing afternoon!

Toilets will be available & car parking for visitors will be organised at the West Thorpe end of the village to help manage the congestion on Main Street.

Tickets are available to buy on the day only, at any of the participating gardens.