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


Events Calendar 2016

Click here to view our event plan for this year. Please note that this is a provisional plan and is subject to change.

Events 2016

See below to find out more about events happening in the next few months.

Adult event | Family event | Food & drink

Free event

Hospitals For Heroes

Wed 1st Jun - Fri 30th Sep

Wednesday 1st  of June to Friday 30th 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

Hospitals for Heroes,  opens in the basement on the 1st of June and closes on the 30th of September . 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, we remember 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. 



Family event

The Morland Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thu 7th Jul - Sun 10th Jul

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being performed in our renowned Bothy Gardens. William Shakespeare’s comedic, romantic and magical story about four young Athenian lovers, some very meddlesome fairies, and a troupe of workmen rehearsing for a play, will run from the 7th to the 10th of July.

The  beautiful open-air setting of the Bothy Gardens will create an enthralling atmosphere for the performances. The play will go ahead in all weather conditions, so please wear appropriate clothing.  There will be a full Bar in the Bothy. This production is recommended for age 6+.

Performance times  and Ticket Information 

Thursday 7th of July Evening Performance 19:30.

Friday 8th of July  Evening Performance 19:30.

Saturday 9th of July Matinee Performance 14:30 Evening Performance 19:30.

Sunday 10th of July Matinee Performance 14:30.

Ticket price £15, £10 concessions. 

For Tickets 


or For booking enquiries please ring: 020 8346 7812 option 1 

Morland Theatre Company

The Morland Theatre Company is delighted to present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Bothy Gardens of Stephens House with a cast of 15 actors and original music by Joseph Morley.

The company was set up by actress & director Julia Faulkner and director & producer Kim Staniland after 15 years of working together in Community Theatre, Pantomime, Site Specific Theatre and Community Events in North London. Productions include Blithe Spirit, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin, Cinderella, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Magician’s Nephew & The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

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Open Sundays

Sun 10th Jul 12:00 - 17:00

On Open Sundays we open our doors to the public with Sunday lunch served in the house from 12:00 to 15:00. As well as browsing the changing displays of art in the downstairs rooms, visitors can explore the Stephens Collection, our boutique museum which is usually only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. It tracks the life of Henry 'Inky' Stephens, the development of the Stephens' Ink Company, the history of Avenue House from 1859 and the story of writing materials from ancient times. The gardens are open to enjoy as usual but due to circumstances beyond our control the Bothy garden will not be open on this occasion. 

The house is open 12:00 - 17:00.

The Stephens Collection is open 13:00 - 17:00.

Buy tickets Booking for lunch recommended, please call 020 8346 7812, option 1, or pop in at the house.

Family event | Food & drink

Free event

Gardening Days

Sun 10th Jul 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! We meet in the stable yard outside the café and all tools are provided. Gardening days are usually on the third Sunday of the month but please always check here for confirmation.

Family event

Free event

Summer Garden Fête

Sun 17th Jul 12:00 - 17:00

A packed day of fun and games with food, craft stalls, and a brass band to top it off. Join us and make a day of it!

Admission to the gardens is free. A small charge will apply for children's activities.

Family event | Food & drink

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