For one very special weekend in June, London’s hidden green spaces open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery.
Open Garden Squares Weekend is organised by the London Parks & Gardens Trust, which aims to cultivate, celebrate and champion London’s green spaces. Reliant on input from volunteers, the Trust helps to research, protect and cherish these spaces, and the funds raised during Open Garden Squares Weekend help this work to continue long after all the garden gates have closed.
With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore a huge variety of gardens which are usually closed to the public – and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family.
Open Garden Squares Weekend highlights some of the best gardens and green spaces that make up the rich tapestry of London’s green infrastructure, but there are many others – just as valuable to their communities – which are in decline or under threat of development. Funds raised during OGSW mean that the London Parks and Gardens Trust can continue its work to protect them.
Tickets for Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019 will be on sale from 10am Tuesday 12 February. Adult tickets (£15) Student (£12) and Young Person 12-18 yrs old (£8) tickets will be available. Children, under 12 years old, are free. These discounted prices are available until 8 May at 1159hrs. The tickets will then be sold at full price from 1200hrs on 8 May: Adult £20, Student £16, Young Person £10.
Activities and events take place in many gardens over the Weekend, and we also offer a range of guided walks and cycle rides telling the stories that link together London’s green spaces.
Carers are entitled to a free ticket if accompanying a ticket holder.
Guided walks and cycle rides
Our guided walks, led by experienced London tour guides, explore the significance of green spaces to London’s architecture, culture and history and tie together a number of gardens within one geographical area. Cycling tours give an overview of London’s green network and pass through some of the city’s greenest and most characterful streets.
Events in gardens
Many gardens offer tours or guided visits led by the gardeners themselves, and in some spaces you’ll find singing groups, poets and performers of all kinds. Add to the mix a wide range of activities and crafts for children, wellbeing events, food and drink tastings and plenty of refreshments – we really do have something for everyone.