Visits and Events

Visits and events for Friends and their guests

To book online for any of the events or visits please click here. Please note that your online booking receipt is confirmation of your place. A list of attendees will be passed to the organisers of visits and lectures.  Please note that if an online VISIT is SOLD OUT it is worth checking with the Friends Administrator (tel 0165 610303) if hard copy booking form places are available.  We allocate 50% of tickets to online booking and 50% to hard copy booking forms.

 Garden visits 2017

Please note attendees make their own way to the gardens.We are unable to facilitate lift shares.

Private visit to Longstock Park Water Garden

Longstock Park, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6EH
Thursday 6th July

The International Waterlily Society considers Longstock Park Water Garden 'the finest water garden in the world'. Created by John Spedan Lewis in the 1940s as a place to reflect and relax, the crystal clear River Test flows through the garden. Owned and managed by Waitrose, a garden team member will give us an introductory talk. The garden hosts plants from around the world, including over forty species of waterlilies many of which will be flowering when we visit. Refreshments not included. The Longstock Café, farm shop and nursery only 1/2 mile away. The nursery includes national collections of Buddlejas, Clematis viticella, and the Gilchrist Collection of Penstemons. Plants for sale at the nursery.

Friends Tickets £15.00
Guest Tickets £20.00

 Other events 2017

Friends’ Summer Garden Party at the Botanic Garden

Wednesday 28th June, 6.00-8.00pm
Bookings only - NOW CLOSED for bookings. 


Annual Alfresco Opera Event 

Performance by New Chamber Opera and The Band of Instruments of The Barber of Seville by Giovanni Paisiello In the Warden’s Garden, New College, Oxford

Wednesday 12th July 2017

The evening will begin, if wished, with a pre-performance talk at 5.00pm given by Professor Michael Burden in the ante chapel. Tickets for this are available separately to the opera tickets, see below.

This will be followed by a welcoming glass of sparkling wine in the wonderful setting of the cloisters of New College chapel. The Warden’s Garden (off New College Lane) will open at 6.00pm. The opera will begin at 6.30pm, in the garden, or in the chapel if wet, and will end at around 10.30pm. Seats will be numbered and will be allocated on a ‘first applied, first served’ basis. Please bring a picnic to enjoy in the cloisters during the 75-minute interval. Tables and chairs will be provided.

We have 200 tickets for sale (the price includes a glass of sparkling wine). Please cut off and send the booking form below. Tickets will be dispatched at the beginning of June. If you wish to have confirmation before then that your application has been successful, please provide us with your email address or enclose an extra stamped addressed envelope. Please note that refunds are only possible if we are able to re-sell your ticket(s).

There is generally parking available in Mansfield Road. Due to building works, it is unlikely that there will be any disabled parking available in the College.

 If you have queries, please phone 01865 610303 (Garden office) and leave a message, or e-mail:

Regular events (no need to book)

Friends’ coffee mornings at the Garden.

The first Friday of every month (except January, and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. The coffee morning for December will be Friday 15th December.  No fee and no booking required, just turn up. 

Insight tours at the Arboretum

Friends are very welcome to join these free tours on the first Wednesday of every month, which are a great opportunity for Arboretum staff to show off the latest developments, and for visitors to give their thoughts and opinions as well as to ask questions. 1.30pm to 3.00pm, no fee and no booking required, just turn up.


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