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Gibberd Garden – Mothering Sunday

Treat your mother at rthe Gibberd Garden, Harlow

Treat your mother at the Gibberd Garden, Harlow, Sunday 30th March 2014

Treat your Mum! Sunday 30th March, 2014. Garden and Barn Tearoom open 2-6pm. Adults £4, Concessions £3. Free entry for accompanied Mothers.

Garden Open 30th March 2014, then every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2-6pm until September 2014

The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA. Tel 01279 442112

Smile – Gibberd Gardens

Historians and garden experts describe Sir Frederick Gibberd’s garden as being a ‘20th century masterpiece’ or ‘landscape as theatre’, but it simply makes me smile.

Pregnant Girl Kneeing

Smile because Sir Frederick didn’t have a grand plan for his garden, if something didn’t work he simply moved it elsewhere or got rid of it altogether.  Wonderful that the method he used was so haphazard yet the results are the topic of academic papers.

Mr Deer

Smile also because he has achieved a wonderful calmness and tranquillity an oasis away from everyday worries and the hustle and bustle of modern life.  You can relax in the ‘Mediterranean’ garden and imagine you are in the South of France, or play on the swing or the moated castle; there is a place for every mood.

Above all the garden was conceived as a family garden designed by Sir Frederick and populated with sculptures by his wife Patricia for themselves and their children to enjoy.  That is how it remains today, a family garden that everyone can enjoy.

Construction 11

Smile because Sir Fred had a great sense of humour.  Who else could place two very large columns in sight of the railway line to make people rushing past think there was some sort of roman temple in the midst of the Essex countryside?

Smile also because the sculptures at least were as a result of Sir Frederick’s love affair, and subsequent marriage to Patricia Fox-Edwards.  She started the collection by giving him a wedding present of ‘City’ one of the 80 or so sculptures in the garden.

Lastly smile because of the hundred or so volunteers who regularly give up their own time shows that the community spirit that was so much in evidence when the new town was built is still alive today.

Kevin Joyce

Lady Windermere`s Fan, Gibberd Gardens Friday July 26

Gates open 6pm, starts 8pm

Admission Adults £10.00 (on door £12.00), Children £8.00 (on door £10.00)

Bring a picnic and enjoy the Garden before the show

DOT Productions are a professional company who have been a regular feature in the Garden for three years. They delighted us with She Stoops to Conquer last year, and in 2010 performed another popular play by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest. For Lady Windermere`s Fan we return to High Society in nineteenth century London and another comedy of manners. Special discount for Friends of Gibberd Garden £2.00 off if purchased in advance.


Gibberd Garden: Strawberry Cream Tea Sunday, Sunday June 30

Strawberry Cream Tea Sunday, Sunday June 30

2pm – 6pm

Adults £4.00. Concessions £3.00. Accompanied children £1.00 (6-16)

Cream teas not included

Get your own little piece of Wimbledon by enjoying a strawberry cream tea and of course experiencing the peace and tranquillity of this ‘hidden gem of a garden'(trip advisor). Cream teas will be served in the marquee so even if it rains you will still be able to enjoy yourself. Of course coffee will still be available as will our other delicious cakes.

CAMRA Real Ale Festival Saturday & Sunday June 15 & 16

CAMRA Real Ale Festival

Saturday & Sunday June 15 & 16

From 12 noon to 8.00pm

Adults £4.00. Concessions £3.00 inc. CAMRA members.

Accompanied children: 6-16 £1.00 (under 6 free)

A great family day out. Our CAMRA colleagues have sourced real ales and ciders from local micro-breweries; the Barn tea-room will have a selection of bacon sarnies and filled rolls as well as delicious cakes in the afternoon, and there will be story-telling and treasure hunts for the children – activity for all the family!


Gibberd Garden – The Jazz Picnic

Friday June 14

Gardens open: 6.00pm. Music from: 7.30pm.

Adults £10.00. No concessions

Accompanied Children £5.00

An open-air concert of good jazz in lovely surroundings and an opportunity to stroll round the Garden created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, with its eighty sculptures. Bring a picnic and some folding chairs or blankets (and a brolly if rain is forecast) and enjoy the music. A CAMRA Bar selling real ale and cider will be available, and hot drinks may be purchased from the Barn tea-room.