Visits to the garden by groups of 10 or more people are welcome by prior arrangement. We offer an introductory talk tailored to your group's interest. Group visits to the house are not available but the Trust runs House and Garden Open days during the events season.
A group visit to the garden...
begins with an introduction by the gardener about the history of the site and why Mr and Mrs Aldington chose to build their home and garden here. We then enter the garden where we explain more about its design and maintenance. Groups then are welcome to explore the series of garden spaces at leisure, the with the gardener on hand throughout to explain more and answer questions. The garden’s creator, Peter Aldington, is often able to join group visits too.
You may also be interested in visiting the neighbouring studios of Artist in Residence Heather Hunter and award-winning portrait photographer Paul Wilkinson. Depending on their availability, we can also arrange tea, coffee and biscuits at the studios. We can always recommend local venues for snacks or lunch.
We have a small nursery of home grown plants for sale as well as books about Turn End and Peter Aldington's houses.
Group visits cost £7.50 per person. We welcome groups of 10 or more, and up to 50 people.
Most groups visit us during weekday daytime but depending on availability we can also arrange visits at weekeends and evenings. The garden is an ever-changing delight from spring onwards. May sees the last of the cheerful tulips, and June and early July bring exuberant colour and scent with cascades of climbing roses and the borders in full bloom. Late summer and early autumn is rich in colour with annuals and exotics.
To book a group visit to the garden
Please contact our gardener, Jackie Hunt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave an answerphone message on 01844 291817.
Visiting Turn End House
Turn End is still the home of Margaret and Peter Aldington. Group visits by appointment are only available to the garden. It is possible to visit the house at one of our House and Garden Open Days. Please see our What's On page for forthcoming dates.