IF YOU'RE looking for something to do this weekend, here are a few suggestions.

From open gardens to an Elizabethan evening, these are some of the events taking place this weekend.

1. Open Garden Hatch House

For the first time the annual open garden at Hatch House in West Hatch, Tisbury will be held across two days.

The event is by kind permission of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold and takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.

Visitors will have the chance to see the 17th century walled Dutch garden with amazing views over the Vale of Wardour, enjoy cream teas and browse a wide variety of stalls with cakes, books, gifts and collectables.

All proceeds will go to Salisbury Hospice Charity. Adults £5 and children £1.

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2. Secret Gardens of the Close

The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral’s Secret Gardens of the Close event is back and this year there is a new attraction.

The event, which enables the public to visit gardens in Salisbury Cathedral Close that are normally hidden from view, will include a green fair comprising a dozen stalls with an eco-friendly theme.

Secret Gardens of the Close & Green Fair takes place in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Sunday September 12 from 1pm to 5pm.

As well as touring some of the larger gardens in the Close and De Vaux Place, visitors can enjoy tea and cake on the lawn of South Canonry, the home of the Bishop of Salisbury.

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The green fair stalls will include Harnham Water Meadows Trust, Plantlife and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Representatives from these organisations will be explaining what they do and how the public can get involved.

Salisbury Florilegium Society will be hosting an exhibition of members’ botanical paintings in the Medieval Hall.

There will be paintings for sale, along with the society’s illustrated book, Secret Gardens of the Close.

Musical entertainment will be provided by recorder group Close Consort, whose members will be playing in a number of the gardens.

Tickets for Secret Gardens of the Close & Green Fair are £10 (under-16s free), and are available at the event.

3. Elizabethan Afternoon

Join Avon Valley Churches from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday at Hale Church for an authentic Elizabethan evening.

There will be Renaissance recorders, lute, tambour, pipe players and madrigals and a mock trial with interactive elements of Dr Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s play.

Tickets are £15 with bar available. Bring your own picnic as tables and seating are provided.

Tickets: Woodgreen Community Shop, lynda.warne@hotmail.co.uk or office@avonvalleychurches.org.

4. Open garden

TAKE a walk around beautiful flower beds and enjoy an afternoon tea at a fundraising open garden.

The event at Knighton Manor in Broad Chalke takes place on Saturday (September 11) and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm.

There will be local craft stalls to browse at the open garden, which is in aid of CRESS. The £5 entrance donation also includes afternoon tea.

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CRESS Open garden fundraiser June 2019   Picture Alexandra Smart 

5. Eco Fair

Ringwood is to host its first Eco Fair to raise awareness of how communities can take steps to become more sustainable.Organised by the Rotary Club of Ringwood and Ringwood Actions for Climate Emergency (RACE), the event takes place on Saturday September 11 from 10.30am.

There will be local groups and businesses with planet friendly workshops, stalls and gifts at the Furlong and outside the Gateway building close to Ringwood car park and the bus stops.

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The fair will have fun for all the family – children can create their own eco hero, test their (and your) knowledge of trees and play the “which waste goes where” game.

And for nature lovers there will be a chance to find out more about the work of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Marine Conservation Agency, as well as learn more about native trees and how to grow your own fruit and vegetables.

The fair will be accompanied by talks in Ringwood Meeting House from 1pm with tea and coffee available.

Other events 

To find out more about other events coming up this month click here


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