Hatch House, situated in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside just outside Shaftesbury, will once again hold its annual Open Garden next month, by the kind permission of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold. This wonderful event for the entire family provides a rare opportunity to explore the 17th Century walled Dutch garden, offering breathtaking views over the Vale of Wardour.
This year, the event will be on Saturday 2nd September, and the garden will open slightly earlier, from 11am until 5pm. Compton McRae will be returning with their barbecue, following last year’s great success.
Visitors can enjoy traditional cream teas, ice cream, cake stalls, second hand books, plants, shoes, bags and hats – and the star of the event is always Lady Rumbold and Mrs Vernon’s renowned clothes stall, packed with extraordinary finds, and a true magnet for bargain hunters. This year the separate tents for ladies and gentlemen returns too.
As always, proceeds from the event will go to the Salisbury Hospice Charity – last year the event raised an incredible £20,000.
Lady Rumbold has stressed the importance of community involvement, stating:
‘We badly need the support of local volunteers for Salisbury Hospice Charity, which caters for young and old alike. Younger blood is needed to continue the important work of supporting patients with terminal illnesses and their families – community service used to be part of school education!
‘The fund-raising events are enormous fun as well as charitable, and we implore the community to please assist us in recruiting dynamic folks from local schools, youth clubs, sports facilities, the churches and elsewhere to give some time helping the cause of Salisbury Hospice Care, which does crucial humanitarian work in support of the NHS.’
•Saturday 2nd September | 11am to 5pmAdults £5, Children £1 | hatch-house.co.uk