Lady Bay Open Gardens 2016

Lady Bay, West Bridgford, near Nottingham
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016
2.00pm to 6.00pm

The popular Lady Bay Open Gardens is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be opening its gates on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 2pm.  If you've been before, you'll know what a great day out it is for all age groups.

The event will be formally opened at 2pm on Saturday 2nd July at 260 Rutland Road by BBC Radio Nottingham’s Stuart Dixon.  Those of you who listen to BBC Radio Nottingham will know Stuart is one of the regular gardeners giving advice on Sunday mornings and Thursday afternoons.  In addition, he is a writer, RHS speaker, broadcaster, retired horticultural lecturer and David Austin rose expert! 

There will be 22 gardens open during the weekend and you're likely to see small cottage gardens, vegetable plots, beautiful roses, herb gardens, wildflower meadows and formal landscaped gardens. There will be plenty of entertainment and wonderful refreshments over the two days including live music and cake and plant stalls. The money raised will be donated to Lady Bay Community Fund as well as all the various charities nominated by garden owners. 

Enter the Miniature Garden Competition!
Visitors and garden residents are invited to enter the Miniature Garden Competition which will be running on the Saturday of the Open Gardens weekend.  Entries are to be taken to 2a Seymour Rd in Lady Bay between 10am - 11am on Saturday 2nd July.  Categories include Infants, Juniors, Secondary School Pupils, Groups (eg family, friends) and Adults.  The winning entries can be seen throughout the afternoon on the Saturday.  For further information please contact Maureen and Andrea on  

There will be plenty of entertainment and wonderful refreshments over the two days including belly dancers at 24 Fleeman Grove on Sunday at 2.30pm and 4.30pm.  The Trent Navigation Company Shanty Crew are also back and will be performing at 224 Rutland Road throughout Sunday.  The Lady Bay Choir will be ‘flash mobbing’ on Sunday in various gardens and the event has a new addition this year - the Strawberry Jammers band will be performing at 131 Holme Road.

Local historian and resident Peter Hammond will be leading an interesting and informative Historical Walk around Lady Bay on Sunday, meeting 7pm at the Post Office, Trent Boulevard for a small charge of £3 per adult with no need to book. 

Recruiting gardens and helpers for the event!
We have now gone past the cut-off date for gardens opening for 2016, but if you are interested in taking part next year or can help with event duties or publicity please contact Keith on

£3.00 adults, accompanied children free.

How to get event passports:
Buy the yellow guide map on the day from any participating garden. There will also be a map at the Post Office and participating gardens will be identified by yellow balloons.

Further information:

Lady Bay is off the A6011, close to Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre and approx half a mile from Trent Bridge, Nottingham Forest City Ground and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. The landlord of the Lady Bay pub on Trent Boulevard and the landlord of the Poppy and Pint pub on Pierrepont Road have both given permission to park in the pub car parks.

County: Nottinghamshire
Postcode for Sat Nav: NG2 5BE (please verify before travelling)