A day of fun and games, live music, Pimms, beautiful gardens and more for just £4 each

You’d be hard pushed to get better value for the £4 entrance fee and you can go home at the end of the day feeling warm and fuzzy inside for knowing you’ve helped raise much needed cash for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

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One of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s most popular events returns to Barton Manor later this month.

24th July 2016 marks the 19th year the Hospice has held Open Garden event at Barton Manor and this year it’s promising to be bigger and better than ever.

A whopping 1,200 people usually attend the annual event held in the grounds of the beautiful private estate of Barton Manor.

As well as the traditional fun, games and entertainment for all the family (such as Gladiator Games, Sumo Suit Wrestling or the Coconut Shy), this year organisers have put together a programme of live music across three stages, a falconry display, children’s arts, crafts and entertainment and even a singing workshop (more details below).


Make sure you don’t miss English Heritage’s informative tours of the beautiful grounds. If you haven’t been before, it’s worth it just for the tour alone.

Apparently there’s a tandem bike as a silent auction prize and you’ll also be able to get your hands on tickets for the Hospice Annual Draw (top prize £1,000)

minions with kissypuppy

Local stalls
As usual, there’ll be many local traders there on the day, including Wyatt (pictured below) and Jack, Dotty Imaging Company, Just French, Janneke Oxley, Tropic Skincare, Fran’s Candles, Island Visions Photography and Artivo – who will be inviting visitors to contribute to a Barton Manor themed piece of art which will be entered into the silent auction.

Wyatt and Jack bags

The ever-popular Hospice Pop-Up shop returns again, so don’t forget to bring your pennies with you!

Live music
From 10am three stages will host a range of live music over the course of the day with something to suit all tastes.

With more slots still to be confirmed, the line-up so far includes, Bethan Smith, Last Chance City, Greg Barnes, Max Cowley, Marie Smith, Bittersweet, The Ventnor Darlings, Company B and Foo Fighters Tribute.

ventnor darlings cropped

Plenty of refreshments
Making a welcome returns is the famous Vectis Sunrise BBQ as well as tasty treats in our Sunflower Café.

As if all that wasn’t enough, this year the Hospice will also be introducing a PIMMS summer garden bar for people to enjoy a drink on the lawn while soaking up the sounds and sunshine.

pimms on the lawn

Take part in the Big Sing
Nationally acclaimed music director and choirmaster, Hannah Brear, is leading the Big Sing ‘Wonders of the West End’ workshop at the Barton Manor Open Garden event.

Hannah has worked with the BBC, Melanie Safka, Fatboy Slim, Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson and West End director Russell Scott, to name but a few.

The big sing

If you like to sing as part of a choir, as a soloist in the public eye or only in the comfort of your own home, if you sing at your local church or are an amateur dramatic enthusiast this workshop is for you.

The culmination of the workshop will be a performance to visitors of the Barton Manor Open Garden day, the grande finale of the event!

If you want to take part in the workshop, Sign up in advance. It takes place at 10.30am on Sunday 24th July at Barton Manor and all monies go directly to help fund patient and family care.

Make a date now
The Hospice are hoping the event will raise over £10,000 towards patient and family care from the event.

10am-4pm / Adults £4, 14yrs & under FREE!

FREE parking all day Guide dogs only

Full details can be found on the Hospice’s Website.
vectis rotary bbq

So why not gather family and friends and have a great day out. See you there!

Image: © Barton Manor by Nick Edwards – Wight Seen
Image: Pimms on the Lawn by franksteiner under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 6th July, 2016 9:22pm


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