Garden and Allotment Festival

Autumn and garden-themed festival at Anne Hathaway's Cottage

08-09 September 2012

Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens

  • Family Fun

From expert horticultural advice and food stalls to craft demonstrations (including bee-keeping and lavender-pressing) and garden-inspired entertainment. This two-day event is the ideal way to celebrate the coming of autumn amidst the scenery of Britain's most romantic cottage.

Children's fancy dress competition; come dressed as vegetable and enter for free! Are you a cool cucumber, luscious lettuce or are you and your friends like peas in a pod? The best dressed vegetable will be picked as our winner.

And look out for some great outdoor theatre too:

  • Nutshell theatre group will be putting on their Scotsman Fringe award-winning show Allotment in three performances on the Saturday
  • Stratford-based theatre company Tread the Boards will entertain the crowds with their vibrant dramatics throughout Sunday.

Enter our fruit and veg competition

The good, the sad and the ugly!

Come and show your finest (and not so finest). Judging takes place on Saturday 8 September at 3pm. Judges include the BBC's Steve Brookes and the mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon.

To register text your name, contact number and what category you would like to exhibit in to 07764 752115. All entries must be delivered to the site between 3pm and 5pm on Friday 7 September.


Class 1: Potatoes, one dish of five.  Class 2: Leeks, one dish of two  Class 3: Onions, one dish of three (each not exceeding 250g)  Class 4: Parsnips, one dish of three  Class 5: Beetroot, one dish of four  Class 6: Cauliflower, one dish of one  Class 7: Cabbage, one dish of one  Class 8: Carrots, one dish of three  Class 9: Cucumbers, one dish of two  Class 10: Cherry tomatoes, one dish of six (specify variety)  Class 11: Large tomatoes, one dish of three (specify variety)  Class 12: Courgettes, one dish of three (approx 150mm long)  Class 13: Runner beans, one dish of six  Class 14: French beans, one dish of six  Class 15: Best vase of flowers  Class 16: Best tray of veg, any veg allowed  Class 17: Best dressed veg, a combination of fruit, veg and any other items arranged to represent an animal, insect, object...anything!  Class 18: Funniest vegetable  Class 19: Ugliest vegetable  Class 20: Best in show

If you belong to a local community group and would like to run a free stall at the festival please send an email to:

We welcome local businesses to take part, for commercial enterprises we ask for a 10% donation of takings.

Opening hours 10am - 5pm

Cost of entry to the festival grounds is £3.50, concessions £2.50. Normal entry fee applies to the cottage.