West Woodhay Gardeners Fair


Article by David Marks

West Woodhay Gardeners Fair is spread out in the gardens of the West Woodhay Estate gardens which are worthwhile viewing in their own right. It is a relaxed event with the emphasis on local plant nurseries, garden equipment and top quality food.

This totally independent guide from GardenFocused is intended to provide you with information about the show to help you enjoy it more.

For 2018, the show will be held at in the grounds of the West Woodhay estate in Newbury Berkshire. It lasts for three days from Friday 22nd June to Sunday 24th June. For all days opening hours are 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Tickets cost £9 online or £12 on the day with children up to the age of 16 entering free. This also includes entrance to the gardens.

Car parking is free and more than adequate. All profits from the fair go to charity, a welcome change from many other shows. Both the gardens and the fair area are wheelchair friendly. Dogs on a lead are welcome.

West Woodhay House gardens


Browse stalls where plant nurseries are displaying a wide variety of plants. Also included are displays of garden furniture, tools and accessories from companies around the UK. In all there 29 exhibitors at the fair.

This gardeners fair is superbly spaced out with three rows stalls. There are enough people attending the show to give it a sense of occasion but at the same there is no need to fight through the hustle and bustle so common with many other shows. Very relaxed and very pleasant.

Show area at West Woodhay

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The spacing between stalls is ideal, not too crowded, but close enough to make it all feel contained. It is a mix made up of primarily plants but also with several interesting garden furniture, ornamental and decorative stalls. An ideal combination.

A stall at West Woodhay Gardeners Fair

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The setting is beautiful and you are more than welcome to wander round the beautifully kept gardens and arboretum. Stroll down to the lake at the bottom of garden with your food from the fair and enjoy a picnic. The weather for the 2018 show is forecast to be dry and delightful, in the low 20s.

The gardens at Woodhay are a delight and only open on a very few occasions each year. They are immaculately kept well laid out. The lake is idyllic and is the perfect view from the smaller of the two eating areas. Strangely, this eating area is far less popular compared to the main eating area but the view is by far the best.

Eating area one at West Woodhay

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Because the show is held in the June, the roses in the Walled and Jubilee gardens are at their very best. As you stroll around the various ‘compartments’ of these gardens you can savour the delicious aroma of different mass planted roses.

The other eating area is much larger and less spread out. Most people seem to choose this area and there is plenty of seating and the food on offer is delicious.

Larger seating area at West Woodhay Gardeners Fair

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