Events 2019

No additional charge for events after admission except where stated

= Young Yeti Events      





Age group

‘Term-time’ Fridays
April 26th, 
May 3rd, 10th*, 17th, 24th
June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Sept 13th, 20th, 27th, 
Oct 4th
Welly Fitness Walks

Explore the fabulous hills around Riverhill at a breathtaking pace! Meet in Riverhill Car Park and finish in Café. Dogs Welcome. Adults only. No charge.

*Friday the 10th May: Charity Bluebell Welly Walk for Canine Partners - see below
9.20 – 10.30am Adults
Sat 30th and Sun 31st March

Mothering Sunday Weekend

Free cup of tea for Mums in the café and drop-in kids crafts to create a special gift.

1 – 4pm
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Weds 3rd – Sun 14th April (except 8th/9th April) Stick Mania!

A truly creative family experience for the Easter Holidays: make whatever you want out of sticks!

11am – 4pm
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Weds 17th – Mon 22nd April Bunny Hunt

Hunt for the hidden bunnies amongst the rhododendrons and earn yourself some chocolate egg rewards.

10.30am – 4pm
Weds 24th April – Mon 6th May (except 29th April) The Bluebell Festival

Bluebell walks & Children’s trail, Art Exhibition and bluebell-inspired crafts. All works are available for sale and include wood turning, painting, ceramics, jewelry and quilting. A great opportunity to stock up on gifts whilst supporting local makers and to be inspired by some exceptional works.

10.30am – 5pm All ages
Tues 30th April
Gardens open in aid of The National Garden Scheme

We are proud to once again be opening the gardens in aid of the National Garden Scheme. All ticket entries on this day will be donated to this fantastic cause so please come along and help support their work whilst enjoying our fabulous gardens!

10.30am – 5pm All ages
(closed Mon and Tues)
Rhododendron Riot

Enjoy our historic collection of Rhododendron and Azaleas planted over 170 years.

10.30am  – 5pm
All ages
 Fri 10th May


Charity Bluebell Welly Walk for Canine Partners

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our breathtaking bluebell woods in the morning before we open to the public. We will be raising much needed funds for 'Canine Partners', a charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. Stay and chat to some of the partners over complimentary tea and biscuits in our Garden Room.

9.20 – 10.30am Adults
Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June (except 28th May)


Make a Monster!

Bank Holiday and Half Term Family Fun - Create new friends for the Yeti

11am – 4pm
(closed Mon and Tues)
Peony Weeks

We hope a perfect time to admire the stunning Walled Garden Peony borders

10.30am - 5pm All ages
Sun 16th June Jazz for Dads (Father’s Day)

Explore the gardens and then bring a rug or chair and a picnic and settle down to enjoy the music - no booking required. (Free Tea for Dads in the café.)

12.30 - 2.30pm
Wed 26th June – Sun 7th July (except 1st and 2nd July) Hospice in the Weald ‘Forget me not Appeal’

The beautiful ceramic flowers have been made by patients, families, staff members, volunteers and members of the community. We are inviting people to support Hospice in the Weald in memory of their loved one by dedicating a flower in their memory. Flowers are available to purchase for a suggested £25. The flowers will be on display at Riverhilll Gardens for a private moment of remembrance and reflection from the 25th June for two weeks. On Sunday 7th July Hospice in the Weald will hold a Ceremony of Dedication – a remembrance event – for loved ones who are no longer with us. After the ceremony, people are invited to pick the flower they would like to take home in memory of their loved one.

10.30am - 5pm All ages
Sun 30th June Tonbridge School -‘Macbeth’

Tonbridge School return with their own take on this timeless masterpiece. Showcasing their emerging talent, expect to be impressed. Bring your picnic and enjoy a wonderful evening in our walled garden.

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Performance time: 7:30pm (gardens open for picnics at 6:30pm) All ages

Ticketed event

Sat 20th July Changeling Theatre - ‘Nell Gwynn’

The smash hit musical comedy charts the rise of an unlikely heroine. Premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and nominated for five awards, winning a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

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Performance time: 7:30pm (gardens open for picnics at 6:30pm) All ages

Ticketed event

Weds 24th – Sun 28th July Dragon Eggs 11am - 4pm
Sun 28th July The Handlebards -‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Join the four-strong, all-male troupe for a riotous bicycle-powered production, filled with drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty.

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Performance time: 5pm (gardens open for picnics at 4pm) All ages

Ticketed event

Weds 31st July – Sun 4th Aug

Potion Making


11am - 4pm
Weds 7th Aug – Sun 11th Aug Magical Face Painting and Nail Art 11am - 4pm
Weds 14th Aug – Sun 18th Aug Wizard Wands 11am - 4pm
Weds 21st Aug – Mon 26th Aug Sticky Seed Owl Art 11am - 4pm
Weds 28th Aug - Sun 1st Sept Spell Books 11am - 4pm
Sun 8th Sept Family Dog Show and BBQ

The classic family dog show with fun classes for all abilities. 12pm BBQ and Entries open
1pm Classes start

12 - 5pm All ages
(closed Mon and Tues)
Autumn Colour Trails

For the first time ever, thanks to our longer season, Enjoy Riverhill’s stunning Autumn Colours in the Wood Garden. Find the brightest leaf and the biggest sweet chestnut.

10.30am – 5pm All ages
Sat 12th - Sun 27th Oct (except 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd Oct) Pumpkin Grotto and Pumpkin Hunt

Hunt for pumpkins around the garden followed by pumpkin carving in our cosy grotto. Bring your own pumpkin (or we will have them available for sale too)

11am – 5pm


All of our events are listed on the following online listing sites. Don't forget that if you want to plan an outing for a day when Riverhill is closed, you can check these sites to see what else would interest and entertain your family.

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