Developments to the Autumn Fair in 2023

We are delighted to be back at Audley End, as with any launch event we learnt lots and would like to tell you about what we have changed for our next event in September.

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This Autumn, you can expect more garden inspiration, a wider variety of plants to buy and a larger Stage. We are working with Event Mobility for mobility scooter hire (book in advance), have made changes to the parking arrangements and, as the Fair increases in size, the bandstand and street food will take place in the woodland, near the picnic area. 

Read on for further details!

What’s more, don’t miss your special offer to welcome you back to the Fair. Quote FAIR to save 10%* on tickets. Offer ends 23 August. 

English Heritage member? Book tickets from just £10.35. 

Find the terms and conditions below.

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Improved parking 

With feedback from the 2022 Autumn Fair, developments have been made to the Car Parking systems for 2023. 

  • All cars parking at the Fair will require a Parking Pass.
  • Car Parking passes are available to book at the same time as tickets.
  • Additional parking will also be available throughout the Fair. 
  • Car Parking Passes should be clearly displayed on your dashboard in advance of arriving at Audley end. These will be checked upon entry to the car parks – if you do not have a pass on arrival, you will be able to purchase one in the car parks.
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Accessibility

The BBC Gardeners’ World Fair takes place in the field behind Audley End House. The Fair takes place on grass, and the area behind the house is on a slope. There are accessible routes into the gardens via the house and this year there will be a bridge from the Parterre Gardens to the event site Find out more about the accessibility of the event here, and the accessibility map.

We also provide free carer tickets, free Blue Badge parking and will be incorporating more trackway this year to help with accessibility. For further information on assistance dogs, accessible routes and more, click here.

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More mobility options

As you can see on Audley End’s own website, there are accessibility considerations at this site. To make improvements year on year, we are now working with Event Mobility to provide additional mobility scooter hire at the Fair.

Event Mobility Charitable Incorporated Organisation will be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors to the show.

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More seating and catering options

With the Fair increasing in size in 2023, we have made sure to incorporate additional seating throughout the Fair, with covered seating areas to accommodate no matter the weather.  

Rest and recharge with more refreshment and food options. The Servants’ Hall Tea Room will have an extended seating area, Cart Yard Café, a dedicated larger area in the woodland presenting a wider variety of Street Food options and the BBC Good Food Market will be open throughout the Fair.

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More stages

In addition to the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Stage and In Conversation talks in the Parterre Gardens, we can’t wait for you to visit the new Let’s Grow Stage – an ode to everything grow-your-own. 

If you’re a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Subscriber, you’ll also be able to enjoy additional talks and magic moments in the new Subscriber Club Lounge, where BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editors and lounge sponsor, Woodland Trust will host informative and intimate discussions.

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More nurseries and exhibitors

We listened to your feedback and this year will see more seasonal shopping options from a wider variety of nurseries. You’ll be able to find plenty of autumnal inspiration and plants from a broad selection of nurseries, plus you can shop without dropping, thanks to the Plant Crèche!

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More inspiration to take home to your garden

We can’t wait for you to discover this year’s garden designs, with more to explore, including four stunning Showcase Gardens – including Lucy Chamberlains’ ode to grow your own An Edible Garden Through Time – ten fantastic Beautiful Borders, and three APL Skills gardens from competing landscapers. 

With so much garden inspiration to explore, there’ll be plenty of seasonal ideas to take home to your own plot!

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More chances to be hands-on

Pick up a new skill and learn how to grow your own oyster mushrooms with a Caley Brothers workshop – you’ll even get a kit to take home and start growing your own substrate! Plus, take make your own dahlia bouquet with beautiful cut flowers, thanks to dahlia expert, Kim O’Brien. 

Plus, you can gain in-depth insight into Audley End’s incredible organic kitchen garden, with expert-led tours – learn about their organic practices and get ready to ask all your grow-your-own questions!

Book tickets now with your special offer. Quote FAIR to save 10%* on tickets. Hurry, offer ends 16 August. Find the terms and conditions below.

English Heritage member? Book tickets from just £10.35.

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*Ticket offer valid on adult/over 65s standard entry tickets only.

Offers end 23 August 2023

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