Thornton, near Bradford, West Yorkshire Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July 2020 12.00noon to 5.00pm
A fascinating selection of beautiful hillside gardens in the birthplace of the Brontés. The gardens range from a work in progress family garden to a terraced hillside plot, some have wildlife ponds and wilderness corners. Several gardens have vegetable plots and others have extensive herbaceous borders and shrubberies. Some are small and hidden away and some are extensive and have wonderful views of Thornton Viaduct. One of these is the garden of Kipping House where Elizabeth Firth, friend of the Brontés, lived.
As well as the private gardens, you can visit the community-run Sapgate Garden, some of the unique hedged Top Royd allotments as well as the gardens in the Bell Chapel where Patrick Bronté used to preach. To get from one garden to another be sure to explore the snickets and ginnels wending their way through the village.
The Community Centre marks the start of the route around the gardens. Refreshments are available at several village locations. Dogs on a lead welcome.
All proceeds to Sapgate Gardens and to Thornton Community Centre.
Cost £3.00 per adult, covers both days, accompanied under 16s free.
How to get event passports On the day from the Community Centre or any participating garden; in advance from Thornton Furnishings (from July 4th) or Plenty at the Square (from July 10th).
Number of gardens Approximately 9 gardens will be open, but the total may vary from day to day - please contact the organisers if you need exact numbers.
Directions Thornton Community Centre is at Market Street. This is a one-way street accessible by turning off the B6145 Thornton Road onto Spring Head Road following the brown sign to the Bronté Birthplace. Then keep left onto Bronté Old Road, leading onto Market Street. The Community Centre is on the left. There is limited parking there, but plenty of space to park on Thornton Road itself. The Centre is accessible by foot from Thornton Road via Craven Avenue (by Boots the Chemists).
Location County: Yorkshire Postcode for Sat Nav: BD13 3HW (please verify before travelling) Find approximate location on GoogleMaps (new window)
Thankyou! In 2020 the organisers of this event made a donation towards the upkeep of this website.