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Fri 28 – Sun 30 July

Open Garden, 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Sun 30 July

No, not The Lost Gardens of Heligan, but the gorgeous hidden garden of Adrian and Clare Baat in Welwyn Garden City. I have been to this garden a couple of times and I absolutely love it. The design has been inspired by the Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf and there are borders with perennials as you might expect in a suburban garden, but you’ve also got a meadow and then the more jungly bit with palms, bananas and tree ferns. Definitely worth a visit and the cakes are always delicious. Plant sale by Daisy Roots. 2-5.30pm.

35 Digswell Road

Game Fair, Hatfield House, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July

Gregg Wallace is but a small part of this extravaganza at Hatfield House. It’s the first time that the Game Fair has come to Hatfield House and it’s an event that is celebrating its 59th year. You can enjoy: gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting. More food and drink stalls than you’ll be able to manage and rough and tumble outdoor activities include off-road driving. 


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