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Garden Museum Literary Festival 2021

We are delighted to announce that after being postponed last summer, the Garden Museum Literary Festival at Helmingham Hall, hosted by Edward and Sophie Tollemache, will now take place on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July 2021.

All tickets purchased last year will be valid for these new dates, so we do hope all ticketholders will be able to join us this summer for two days at one of England’s most romantic historic houses. We’re aiming to retain the full line-up of speakers from last year: watch this space for a line-up announcement coming soon.

If you are unable to attend on these dates, please contact tickets@gardenmuseum.org.uk. Tickets are currently all sold out, but any cancelled tickets will be released for sale again. Join the waitlist to be notified of any ticket releases.

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Christopher Woodward, Director, writes:

‘When we had the idea of a Festival dedicated to books about gardens that would move from garden to garden we never imagined that we’d be so lucky. Last year, Midsummer at Houghton Hall, hosted by Lord and Lady Cholmondeley, was an unforgettable two days. And before that, Boughton House in 2017, Hatfield, Petworth and Serge Hill…

Next summer we have been invited to Helmingham Hall, one of the most romantic houses in England, by Edward and Sophie Tollemache. It will be an exploration of Helmingham’s 500 years of garden history, and of the gardens designed in recent years by Xa Tollemache, Edward’s mother.

Crossing the drawbridge over the moat into the cobbled courtyard is a rare thrill, and over two days guests at the Literary Festival will hear garden designers, gardeners, novelists and artists talk about their work and ideas in precious panelled rooms. We are incredibly grateful to Edward and Sophie, whose house is never open to the public, for sharing its inspirations.’

Tickets are, as ever, limited to 150: this is an intimate event within a family home. This summer tickets for Houghton Hall did sell out, so book now!

Please note that the Festival is on a Friday and a Saturday, as on these days the gardens at Helmingham are closed to the public.

Find out more about Helmingham Hall