Events 2016

No additional charge for events after admission except where stated

= Young Yeti Events: suitable for children up to the age of 12      





Age group

6th, 13th, 20th & 27th May,
10th, 17th & 24th June,
1st & 8th July

Welly Fitness Walks

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

9.20 – 10.20am


Sat 14th May

Photos@ Riverhill

A Free Photography Workshop by ‘Photographer in Residence’, Manu Palomeque, Numbers limited.

We're afraid to say this event is now fully booked.

8am – 12.00pm

Adult (16+)

Ticketed event

Sat 21st May

The English Landscape Garden: Brown and Alternative Contemporary Visions

As part of Kent Gardens Trust's celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown's birth, the well-known garden historian and author, Michael Symes, will give an illustrated talk on Capability Brown and other contemporary developments in the 18th century landscape garden.
New book 'Capability Brown in Kent', which explores Brown’s landscaping and architecture at five Kent estates, will be available for purchase on the day.

£15 p/h (to include refreshments). See

The Garden Room


Ticketed event

Fri 27th May

‘Much Ado About Nothing’
by Shakespeare

The ‘Beautifully British and bonkers’ cycling Handlebards perform Shakespeare once again in The Walled Garden.

£15 adult , £10 child. You can purchase tickets here.

5.30pm Gates open
6.30pm Performance

All ages

Ticketed event

Sat 28th May -
Mon 30th May

Family Quiz Challenge

The hugely popular Family Quiz – how will you fare with the 2016 questions?

10.30am – 4pm

Wed 1st
Sun 5th June

Summer Festival Lanterns

Create wonderful lanterns to take home for summer evenings

11am – 4pm

Sat 11th June

Afternoon Tea & Jazz

Celebrate 'The Year of the English' Garden with a quintessentially British event. Afternoon tea and jazz overlooking The Walled Garden.

£25 adult / £15 child
You can purchase tickets here

2.30– 5pm

All ages

Ticketed event

Sun 12th June

Afternoon Tea & Jazz

We're afraid to say this event is now sold out. See above for additional date.

2.30– 5pm

All ages

Ticketed event

Sat 18th &
Sun 19th June

Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Family challenge as you help your Dad to find objects around the gardens – cameras or phones needed.

11am – 4pm

Sat 18th June

‘Chill at Riverhill’ Acoustic Concert & BBQ

Jay Scott and The Find + special guests perform in The Walled Garden.
‘Free local Ale’ for Dad - A Father’s Weekend Treat

£10 adult, £8 child / season ticket holder
You can now purchase tickets here


All ages

Ticketed event

Sun 26th June

‘The Miser’
by Molliere

A Tonbridge School Open Air Production of Molliere’s classic play.

£8 adult, £4 child / season ticket holder
You can now purchase tickets here

3.30pm Gates open
4.30pm Performance

All ages

Ticketed event

Wed 29th June

National Garden Scheme day

Again in 2016 we open our Gardens to the National Gardens Scheme. This is one of two days when the West End, a private family garden, is open to the public. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the NGS.

10.30am - 5pm All ages

Sun 10th July

Rolls-Royce Sunday

Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Meeting at Riverhill. Your chance to admire these classic cars in the gardens.

11am onwards

All ages

Wed 13th
Sun 24th July
(except 18th & 19th)

Forum National Sculpture Symposium

Follow the Artists’ progress as they create works of art in the gardens.

Celebrate the final pieces on Sunday 24th July, ‘Artists Talk and Tour’ (2 – 3.30pm) followed by tea.

All ages

Sat 16th July

‘She Stoops to Conquer’
by Oliver Goldsmith

Another fantastic Changeling Theatre Production in The Walled Garden.

£20 adult , £14 child / season ticket holder
You can purchase tickets here.

Gates open: 6.30pm
Performance 7.30pm

All ages

Ticketed event

Wed 27th
Sun 31st July

‘Art in the Garden

Watch artists at work in the gardens, admire their work in an exhibition of ‘Riverhill Paintings’ (Garden Room) and ‘have a go’ yourself at landscape painting (adults & children!) with plenty of experts to advise.

11am – 4pm

All ages

Wed 3rd -
Sun 7th Aug

Face Painting & Nail Art

The ever-popular team are back to create woodland and garden animals on your fingers and faces.

11am – 4pm

Wed 10th
Sun 14th Aug

Wild Clay

Create your own sculptures using sticks and clay

11am - 4pm

Wed 17th
Sun 21st Aug

Treasure Chests

Make egg box treasure chests to store those special summer treasures.

11am – 4pm

Wed 24th
Mon 29th Aug (incl BH)

Lavender Bags

Mix wonderful lavender and sew bags to create a special personalised gift for someone you love.

11am - 4pm

Wed 31st Aug –
Sun 4th Sept

Leaf Art

Love patterns; love leaf art! Take inspiration from nature.

11am – 4pm

Sun 11th Sept

Dog Show & BBQ

A great family show with fun classes for dogs of all abilities.

12.00pm BBQ
1.30pm Show

All ages

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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