A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.


Events Calendar 2016



Hospitals For Heroes

Wed 1st Jun - Thu 29th Sep

Wednesday 1st  of June to Thursday 29th of September

Opening  Week Day Times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 13:00 to 16:30 .

Opening Weekend Times Saturday and  Sunday 12:00 to 16:30

Guided tours and organised visits at other times by arrangemen

Hospitals for Heroes, opened on the 1st of June and runs until the 30th of September. 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and set within our atmospheric basement, we remember the sights, sounds and smells of Avenue House as a VAD hospital during WWI and as the RAF Central Hospital from 1919. The treatment of casualties is illustrated with personal accounts, including the amazing story of one highly decorated airmen of the Royal Flying Corps. The Exhibition is free but donations are welcome. 



Free event

Grand Opening of the Playground

Sun 4th Sep 11.00 - 13.00

Avast there! me hearties!  - Set sail for the Playground 

Stephens House & Gardens Finchley is excited to announce the opening of its new playground.

We will be having a pirate themed opening event on the 4th of September, with special guest Ella Kenion from CBeebies, Swashbuckle and Barnet Mayor, Councilor David Longstaff.

There will be children’s activities, a fantasy treasure hunt around the grounds, pirate face painting, a fancy dress contest and of course children will also able to explore the new playground equipment.

So kids -come along dressed as your favourite pirate

Event opens at 11am

Fancy Dress contest judged at 12 noon

The Playground has been redesigned to facilitate the needs of the local children and families by providing a space where they can explore, climb and build.

Entrance is free, some activities are chargeable

We are grateful to the Friends of Stephens House & Gardens for organising this event.

Event kindly sponsored by Church End Dental Clinic     http://www.churchenddentalclinic.co.uk/

Grand opening of Playground Fancy Dress Competition

Sun 4th Sep

Ahoy! There, Me Hearties

Come dressed as your favourite pirate to our Grand Playground opening on 4th September.

Prizes t’ be won - oh Aye

Judging at 12 noon


Bothy Garden Party

Sun 4th Sep 15:00 - 17:00

Come and take tea in the Bothy Gardens

On Sunday September 4th, The Bothy Gardens will be open and you will be able to see the the work in progress during its restoration.  

Tea, home-made cakes, scones and preserves will be on Sale

So come along and support the Bothy Gardeners and help keep the gardens open for all to enjoy.

Free event

Finchely Gose to War’First World War Guided walk.

Sun 4th Sep

On Sunday the 4th of September Mark King is leading a tour around Finchely.

Time Sunday, 4 September 2016 from 14:30 to 16:30.

Meeting place Henly's Corner - Finchley, London, N3 3JN

On  this walk we’ll also explore so much more about life during ‘the Great War’ that you may not have expected to find in an ordinary suburb:

– street where the very first British soldier to diein this war grew up
– green fields where cows sustained local residents and still graze today
– grand home of a leading industrialist and MP, whose stationery products were used in everyday correspondence between armed servicemen and their families (today, an interesting small museum and fine gardens)
– hall converted to use as a hospital for injured troops
– school, whose cadet corps‘ young pupils and staff so typically went on to serve their country
– community hospital dedicated to eternal memory of the fallen from the Finchley area.


The tour will also come to Stephens House & Gardens .

For more infomation and tickets  please flow the link bellow .



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Quiz Night

Thu 8th Sep 19:30

Come and pit your wits against our resident quizmaster. Tickets cost £15.00 which include a Home Cooked Supper,Cash bar.

Telephone 020 8346 7812 to reserve a ticket.

Heritage Open Sunday

Sun 11th Sep

For this extra special Heritage Open Sunday take a tour of Stephens House & Gardens and visit rooms not normally open to the public gaining an insight into the life of Henry Stephens and the development of the Estate.

Tours will take place at 13:00 and 15:00 with a maximum of 20 people per tour and last around an hour. Suitable for ages 10 years and above.  



The House is also open for Sunday lunch 12pm-3pm, so why not make a day of it. Reservations for lunch are recommended


Gardening Days

Sun 18th Sep 11:00 - 16:00

Help maintain Stephens House and Gardens with a couple hours of gardening. Choose a session, either 11.00–13.00 or 14.00–16.00, or do both if you’re really keen! This month we are meeting at the Spike Milligan bench  . The equipment is provided an a lovely flapjack for all your hard work is on offer .Gardening days are usually on the third Sunday of the month but please always check here for confirmation.

Free event

The Colour of Autumm

Sun 9th Oct

A watercolour workshop with Stephens House & Gardens Art curator Laura Fishman.  By using the key colours of autumn to convey the mood of the season on the doorstep of winter, learn watercolor techniques, colour theory basics and how to mix an autumnal palette.

Date :9/10/16

Venue: Stephens House & Gardens 

Price: £30:00 

Time :11:00-15:00

Tutor : Laura Fishman 


Workshop Agenda

Meet at the Dining Room

11:00-11:30 Introduction and outline .

11:30-12:30: colour mixing & techniques .

12:30-13:00:Break for Lunch.

13:00-15:00: Develop paintings.

Please bring seasonal photographic references and images to work from, or you can use tablet with photos. (You may want to come earlier and take photos of the grounds with your tablet or digital  camera).

Sunday Lunch is available to buy on site , or you are welcomed to bring your own.

This workshop is for adults age 16+

 Materials not included (list available with booking form)

All Levels Welcome .


For further information please contact Laura at




Halloween Half-term Activities

Mon 24th Oct - Sat 29th Oct

13:00 - 16:00 every day

Visit the Spooky Basement, venture outside for the ‘Ghosts in the Trees’ garden ghost hunt with a prize for all completed ghost hunts!

£5 per visitor

A ‘pop up’ tea room will be serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, light snacks in the Victorian dining room of Avenue House during the half-term week, from 13:00 to 16:00 Mon-Sat.

Halloween Spooktacular

Sun 30th Oct 16:30 - 19:00

Join us for an evening of halloween fun including a spine-tingling spooky basement tour, creepy garden ghost hunt, fiendish face-painting, ghoulish games,chilling tales and yummy hot chocolate!


In Advance - Beat the queue and save : Individual tickets £7 (aged 5 and over), Family of 4 £20. (available until Saturday 29th October at 10pm).

On the door  Individual tickets £8 (aged 5 and over), Family of 4 £24. 

Under 5's free. No unaccompanied under 16s.

Advance tickets can be bought via the link below. 


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Frost Fair with the Finchley Women’s Institute

Sun 20th Nov 11:30 - 16:30

Finchley Women’s Institute and Stephens House & Gardens are hosting our 6th Annual Frost Fair.

There will be lunches, tea, coffee and snacks served in the dining room and the W.I. will be running their delicious home-made cake stall. Along with art and craft stalls there will be activities including a tombola and more . 

If you are a stalholder interested in a taking a stall please contact Rachel Lederman at:development@stephenshouseandgardens.com

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