Events Calendar 2016
AUGUST - OCTOBER
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
TICKETS ARE FREE, BUT BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED - PLEASE BOOK FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW
The House is also open for Sunday lunch 12pm-3pm, so why not make a day of it. Reservations for lunch are recommended
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESS TO THE UPPER FLOORS
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.
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.
Venue: Stephens House & Gardens
Tutor : Laura Fishman
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.
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.
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:email@example.com