Visits and events for Friends and their guests

  Autumn garden visits   Friends' coffee mornings at the Garden     Insight tours at the Arboretum


Autumn garden visits

Friends should book for autumn garden visits using this booking form.


COACH TRIP to Coton Manor and Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire

Thursday 18th September

Leaving Oxford's Water Eaton Park & Ride at 9.00am; we expect to be back in Oxford at about 5.30pm.

Coton Manor by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Pasley-Tyler

Cottesbrooke Hall by kind permission of Mr & Mrs AR MacDonald-Buchanan

Coton Manor has a 10-acre garden set in peaceful countryside with old yew and holly hedges and extensive herbaceous borders containing many unusual plants. There are water, herb, kitchen and woodland gardens and a specialist nursery selling plants propagated from the garden. The owner Mr Pasley-Tyler will give us a talk. After lunch we will visit nearby Cottesbrooke Hall where we will be given a guided tour of the house, which dates from 1702, and an opportunity to explore the gardens. The park was landscaped in the 18th century but the formal and wild gardens have mainly been developed during the present century by garden designers including Robert Weir Schultz, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Dame Sylvia Crowe. There will be refreshments on arrival at Coton Manor, but lunch is not included. There is a café at Coton Manor or bring a picnic which you can eat in the car park there.

  • Tickets £35, guests £40
  • Maximum no. 50


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Thenford House Gardens and Arboretum

Saturday 18th October at 2.30pm

Nr Banbury, OX17 2BX

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Heseltine

Due to popular demand we are returning to Thenford to see the wonderful autumn colours and to visit the walled garden, the arboretum, the waterfall garden, the medieval fish ponds, lakes, and the sculpture garden displaying contemporary works of art. Please note that all Friends and guests must be named, and the list is sent to Thenford in advance of the visit (i.e. if your name is not on the list, you will not be able to enter).

  • Tickets £15, guests £20
  • Maximum no. 50


Wytham Woods: Oxford’s Ecological Laboratory

Wednesday 29th October at 2.00pm [now fully booked]

and due to the popularity of this visit, an additional visit at 10.00am

Sawmill Yard, Wytham, OX2 8QQ

A two-hour autumn guided walk to uncover the secrets of this delightful woodland on Oxford’s doorstep. Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, will tell us about the ecology, history and research interests of the site. The woods will be in full autumn splendour. This will be a leisurely walk with the opportunity to re-trace your steps at the half way mark if a two-hour walk is too long. Refreshments are included.

  • Tickets £12, guests £17
  • Maximum no. 30


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Regular events (no need to book)


Friends’ coffee mornings at the GardenGardens Curator Tom Price (centre) showing Friends the Merton Borders in the Lower Garden, September 2012

The first Friday of every month (except January and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. After coffee a member of staff leads a tour of the Garden.

Fridays: 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December, 10.30am to 11.30am, 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.

Wednesdays 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November, 3rd December, 1.30pm to 3.00pm [note new, earlier time], no fee and no booking required, just turn up.



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