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Our grateful thanks to Barnsley House and the Village Pub for their continued support and for opening their wonderful gardens

The festival aims to open the village and gardens including Barnsley House and garden for a wider public to enjoy, to have an annual event that brings the community together, to raise money to help enhance the character and upkeep of the village and improve amenities and facilities, and to raise money for local and national charities.

A big thank you to our sponsors who have donated generously to our fundraising effort through the Barnsley Village Festival in 2018

Barnsley Village Festival 30th Anniversary

See Festival Timetable

Barnsley Festival, already known and loved by thousands, celebrates its 30th anniversary and was founded by one of Britain’s greatest gardeners, the late Rosemary Verey.

The small Cotswold village of Barnsley, still an unspoilt corner of England, holds several examples of her work, from her own splendid garden at Barnsley House Hotel to smaller gardens in and around the village.

Barnsley House, built in 1697 and now one of Britain’s best-known hotels, has kept Rosemary’s spirit alive in its care of the garden and her famous potager. The four acre garden and the house itself, built like the rest of the village in the local gold-grey Cotswold stone, are set among tall and beautiful trees that give on to the fields beyond. Usually only available to hotel guests, on Festival day the garden will be open to all.

A short distance from the village is Barnsley Park, considered the finest Georgian house in Gloucestershire, with an orangery and pepper pot lodge designed by John Nash. The magnificent gardens that surround it are only open to the public on Festival day.

Also exclusive to the Festival is the 45 acre Barnsley Arboretum, designed by the present Lord Faringdon and planted 15 years ago. All the 1600 trees here are furniture woods: oak, beech, eucalyptus, ash and maple—there is even a thriving snakebark maple. Another of its features is the national collection of bamboo. As well as these special features, the Festival includes many craft stalls, and local produce stalls (cheese, game, wines), bell-ringing, a barbecue, licensed bar, Jazz band and many other entertainments. A great day out for all the family!.

Garden Passports - which provides access to all "OPEN" gardens, (including Barnsley House Hotel and Barnsley Park), will be available at the entrance on the day. Passport will cost £7 per person, (children 14 years old and under free).

Festival Timetable

Saturday 19th May 2018

  • 9:30
    • Festival car park opens.
  • 10.00
    • 1hr of bell ringing, to 11.00.
  • 10.30
    • Royal wedding starts at Barnsley House cinema
    • Town Crier starts.
    • Resident gardeners Davina Wynne-Jones (Rosemary Verey's daughter) and Richard Gatenby (Barnsley House head gardener) tour gardens
    • 2 Shuttle buses start running to Barnsley Park & Oxwold House. Operational all day from centre of village.
    • Village Hall opens for tea, coffee and refreshments.
    • Craft stalls open
  • 11.30
    • Bar and Barbecue at the pub open. Bar open until 6pm, BBQ until 4pm.
    • Salvation Army Band plays in Barnsley House gardens for an hour.
    • Organ recital, by Chris Cannock, in the church for 1hr.
  • 12.30
    • Welcome to festival. Davina Wynne-Jones (Rosemary Verey's daughter) and Richard Gatenby (Barnsley House head gardener) present commentry and commerative plaques to village gardens in Church Farm Drive.
  • 1.00
    • 'JB Jazz and Blues Blues' play at Village Pub from 1.00 to 4.15pm (3hrs.)
    • Lassington Oak Morris Men start dancing in the centre of the village.
  • 1.30
    • Garden Tour of Barnsley House with Head Gardener Richard Gatenby for 1 hour.
    • Childrens entertainent and jugglers show in church Farm Drive for 30 mins, followed by activities for about 2hrs where anyone can get involved.
    • Ray Shaw and friends entertain at the piano in the church
  • 2.00
    • Choir 'A Splash of Red’,with musical director Claire Lee perform in the church.
    • Cricket match at Barnsley Beeches cricket ground at the gatehouse to Barnsley Park (top of village next to 1st car park). Barnsley Beeches v Stow-on-the-Wold
  • 2.30
    • Maypole dancing by Bibury Primary School on Church Farm lawn.
  • 3:00
    • Half hour garden tour with Davina Wynne-Jones at her own garden,'Herbs for Healing'. This garden is also open all day.
  • 4.00
    • Barbecue closes.
    • Bell Ringing for 1hr until 5pm.
  • 5.00
    • Festival ends.

Sunday 20th May 2018

  • 6:00pm Festival church service

Updated 16.05.2018

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