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Thornton Open Gardens

 approx 20 gardens open Thornton, near Bradford, West Yorkshire
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2024
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.

You can also visit the community-run Sapgate Garden, some of the unique hedged Top Royd allotments and 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.

Refreshments are available at several village locations and in some gardens. Dogs on a lead welcome.

Thornton Open Gardens

All proceeds to go to Brontë Birthplace Community Ownership Campaign.

£5.00 per adult, covers both days, accompanied under 16s free.

How to get tickets / programmes
On the day from the Community Centre or any participating garden. In advance/on the day from Thornton Furnishings, South Square, Plenty on the Square, Sapgate Gardens Pop-Up, The Watchmaker or The Apothecary Gallery.

Number of gardens
Approximately 20 gardens will be open, but the total may vary from day to day - please contact the organisers if you need exact numbers.

Contact the organisers
Phone: 07989 185 499

Directions / Parking
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).

Toilet Facilities
Toilets are available - locations will be advised on the day.

County: Yorkshire
Postcode for Sat Nav: BD13 3HW (please verify before travelling)
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Thankyou!   In 2022 the organisers of this event made a crowdfunding donation towards the upkeep of this website.

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