Coming Soon: The Virtual Lansdown Open Gardens

Virtual Open Gardens

The Lansdown Open Gardens were to have been held on Sunday June 14th but due the Covid-19 pandemic we had to cancel the event which would have been our major community event for the year.

Instead we will be holding The Virtual Lansdown Open Gardens online. This will be available before June 14th and will allow you to take virtual tours with videos and photos around the gardens that would have been open on June 14th. At the end of your virtual tour you can make a virtual visit the Millennium Green and even have some virtual tea and cake.

We will let you know when the gardens are open, but you can come back here or follow us on Instagram @mgigram for the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you on your tour of the gardens!

Events For 2020

Talk with Tea - Sunday February 9th

We will remember Storm Ciara – because we look back on it on remembering that it crossed Bath at the time of another wonderful talk by Amy Frost.

Whilst the storm raged outside, we sat in the snug surroundings of St Stephen's Centre listening to a perfectly pitched talk on the work of the very architect who designed the building that we were in. Not needing to rush away afterwards, we then enjoyed a tea of sandwiches, scones with homemade jam (from the fruit of the tree on the Millennium Green) and sumptuous helpings of homemade cake.

Thank you to the 74 people who bought tickets for yet another sell-out event. .It was a most enjoyable afternoon, which raised over £900 towards the maintenance of The Green.

We are very grateful to Amy for giving her time and we hope to welcome her back again for another talk on the architecture of our area.

 

Events For 2019

Extra Jam & Chutney Sale, Wednesday December 4th

There will be an extra sale of jams and chutneys on the Millennium Green, Wednesday December 4th 3-4pm.

Talk with Wine, Sunday October 13th

This "Talk with Wine" featuring local author Jeremy Seal was a great success. Jeremy gave an extremely engaging talk about his experiences canoeing down the River Meander across Turkey and provided fascinating insights about life in Turkey. Do visit Jeremy's website at http://www.jeremyseal.com for more information.

Over 70 people attended the talk which as well as wine featured some Turkish dishes. The event generated over £670 towards the mantenance of the Millennium Green.

Many thanks to Claire Smith and Anne Claxton for organising the event.

Talk with Tea, Saturday August 3rd

The Tea and Talk on Saturday afternoon was very well attended, in fact a sell out. All seventy five tickets (maximum number allowed at the Centre) were sold by the end of last week and unfortunately we had to turn people away.

Amy Frost, popular as ever, did not disappoint. She gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘Rediscovering Beckford’s Landscape at Lansdown”.  We learnt how Beckford created a garden and ride extending from his house in Lansdown Crescent all the way up to his Tower on the Lansdown plateau. The talk was illustrated with photos of maps, prints and present day photographs. Amy told us about the exciting future plans for development and restoration work at the Tower and the Beckford landscape.

After the talk those attending were able to meet up with neighbours and old friends to enjoy a cup of tea, sandwiches and cakes.

The profit realised was almost £800.00, a good sum to be put towards the refurbishment of the leaking pond on the Millennium Green. This work is due to commence in early Autumn.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the event and particular thanks to all those who helped by making cakes and helping on the day.

We plan to have another Tea and Talk event in October and then another next Spring with Amy as the speaker. Watch the website for details.

Amy Frost Aug 2019

Lansdown Open Gardens Sunday June 30th

The Lansdown Open Gardens on Sunday June 30th was a great success. The weather was perfect and six beautiful gardens were open. Over 260 visitors visited the gardens and enjoyed delicious home-made cakes and tea as well as purchasing plants from the plant stall. The day raised over £2000 towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green and for the renovation of the pond.

Many thanks to the garden owners for opening up their gardens and to the many helpers who made the day such a success.

Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 21st

The sun shone brightly for the Easter egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon. With temperatures in the mid twenties many families turned up to enjoy a very successful community get together.

Many thanks to Rosie for organising the egg hunt and the making of bunny ear head dresses. Thanks also to Ellie and her two ponies, Danny Boy and Delilah who trudged up the hill from central Bath to provide very much appreciated pony rides. The children had a lovely time.

Tea and cakes were for sale, the children”s activities were free with a request for donations. The amount raised at the end of the afternoon was nearly £300.00 which will go towards the fund for the refurbishment of the pond on the Green. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the afternoon such an enjoyable time.

Events for 2018

The Summer Fair - August Bank Holiday Monday

Despite the poor weather over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Summer Fair held on the Bank Holiday Monday was a great success and a wonderful community event.The attendees enjoyed a variety of entertainments including a jazz band, a tombola, and the Punch and Judy which was equally popular with both children and adults. The plant and produce stall did a brisk trade and the cake and teas were as popular as ever. In total a profit of nearly £1500 was made and this amount will go towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green. Our thanks to all who attended and contributed so generously during the event.

Our thanks also to Brenda Bridgeman, Jackie Harris, and Richard Harris who put in so much effort into organising the event and also for organising the "Jazz on The Green" event that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the bad weather.

Finally thanks also to all those who helped before, during and after the event.

Summer Fair 2018

Lansdown Open Gardens Sunday 10th June

This year's Lansdown Open Gardens was a great success. The weather was perfect and over 320 visitors went around a set of beautiful and stunning gardens. Just over £2700 was raised towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green which will be a big help to keep the Green in it's current magnificent state.

Tea & Talk Saturday 20th January

The illustrated talk "Egypt: Northwards on the Nile" by Alastair Chalmers was a highly successful event and our many thanks to Alastair for his fascinating talk. Over 60 people attended and as well as enjoying the talk, the attendees also enjoyed delicious sandwiches, cakes, and tea. The event raised over £610 towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green.

Events For 2017

August 28th Monday - Summer Fair and Produce Sale.

The Summer Fair was held on a beautiful sunny Bank Holiday Monday with a big crowd enjoying the Fair on the Millennium Green. The children's sunflower competition brought many children and families onto the Green and as usual the Punch & Judy show was a big hit with both children and adults. In all over £1300 was raised for the upkeep of the Millennium Green.

 

February 25th Saturday - A Talk and Tea.

The Tea and Talk held on Feb 25th was a highly successful event with more than 60 attendees. David Beeton entertained the audience with a series of anecdotes about life inside the Royal Palaces and afterwards attendees enjoyed tea and cake featuring the usual selection of delicious cakes.

Over the £650 was raised towards the maintenance of the Millennium Green. Many thanks to Joyce Peachey, Di Ashby, Elizabeth Jones, Jenny Sharples and Lyn Jacobs for making yet another Millennium Green event great fun and a successful fund-raiser.

 

Events For 2016

Christmas Wine Tasting & Supper Saturday November 19th

The evening was a great success with 62 guests enjoying the Christmas selection presented by Great Western Wine's Patrick Goudge and a supper prepared by the Millennium Green Events Committee.

The evening raised over £900 towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green. Thanks to all our guests for their participation and to our Events Committee for their sterling efforts.

St Stephen’s Millennium Green Summer Fair and Produce Sale, August 29th

Our Summer Fair on Bank Holiday Monday was a great success with beautiful weather and over 200 attendees. It was a wonderful community event and over £1500 was raised towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green. Many thanks to Lyn Jacobs and her events committee for all their hard work, and to all the other volunteers for their support. Thanks also to all of you who attended and spent so freely on the day!

The Lansdown Open Gardens - Sunday June 5th 2016

A wonderful day for the Open Gardens with brilliant sunshine and a large crowd of visitors to seven magnificent gardens. This was a record year with over 280 visitors and almost £3000 raised for the Millennium Green. Many thanks to all the garden owners who so kindly opened up their gardens, and also many thanks to the Millennium Green Events Committee who made it all possible.

Visit to Bowood House and Capability Brown Garden, May 3rd 2016

After what seemed like weeks of unseasonable weather, we enjoyed the first day of Spring on our visit to Bowood House and Garden.  We were there to see the wonderful landscape of Capability Brown whose 300th anniversary is being celebrated this year. In addition, we had a guided tour of the private walled gardens of Lord and Lady Lansdowne and were able to admire the stunning displays of tulips and the very productive vegetable garden and glasshouses.

After lunch, a group of us visited the Woodland Garden and strolled amongst the vast carpets of bluebells. Others were absorbed by the fascinating exhibition in the Orangery of the story of Capability Brown’s development of the parkland during the 1760’s.

'The History of Lansdown Road' an illustrated talk by Dr Amy Frost on Saturday February 20th

This was a highly successful event with a packed room of over 65 attendees. Over £630 was raised towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green. Many thanks to Dr Amy Frost for an extremely engaging talk.

Events For 2015

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, December 5th in the St. Stephen's Centre

The Christmas wreath making workshop was a great success with 24 ladies spending an enjoyable afternoon making Christmas wreaths. The workshop raised raised £300 towards the upkeep of the St. Stephen's Millennium Green.

Wreaths Group

Talk and Tea, November 14th, at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Stephen’s Centre.

A very successful event with a packed room of 60 people and another fascinating and engrossing talk by our local traveller and photographer, Alistair Chalmers. Afterwards everyone enjoyed the tea and delicious homemade cakes. Many thanks to Alistair for his excellent talk.

Talk and Tea

Saturday 31st October, Happy Halloween Party

A wonderful afternoon attended by around 60 children plus their parents who seemed to enjoy it all as much as their offspring. The Green looked wonderful with all the games set up and dressed with spooky witch decorations. Thanks to Claire and Chis Champion and to all the other helpers for all the hard work and energy which resulted in a very successful and enjoyable event.

Thursday 17th September – coach trip to ‘The Laskett’

This was very successful event with 32 people on the coach and  2 car drivers. Thanks to Elizabeth Jones for organising this trip, and there was definitely enthusiasm for a couple more garden visits next year.

Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. Produce Sale and Summer Fair

The Summer Fair on Bank Holiday Monday was a great success despite the very unseasonal weather. Over £1500 was raised towards the maintenance of the Millennium Green and that is a big help towards the annual amount of £8000 needed to run the Green.

A big thank you to Lyn Jacobs and to the Millennium Green Events Committee for their organisation of the event. Many thanks also to all the helpers who made the day such a success.

Also many thanks to everyone who spent so generously on the day, and to those who donated to the bric-a-brac, tombola, plant & book stalls, and provided cakes for the teas.

Open Gardens. June 7th

Once again the Lansdown Open Gardens was a great success. A glorious day brought out a record number of visitors to view six local gardens which all looked superb in the sunshine. The Plant Stall did very brisk business and many visitors enjoyed excellent home-made cakes and teas. The day resulted in a record amount of money being raised towards the maintenance of the Millennium Green. Many thanks to Lyn Jacobs and the Events Committee for all their hard work to ensure such a successful day. Our thanks also to the garden owners who offered to open up their gardens. We would not have had a successful day without their kind support.