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 - all proceeds go towards the upkeep of The Gardens

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The Patchwork Quilt

Thu 11th Jun

Open air theatre in the Bothy Gardens

11.00 &  14.00

A fantastic tale of wonder and magic, For the under 5's, featuring enchanting shadow puppetry, oral storytelling, songs and sparkling live accordion music.

Far away in the snowy North country, young Nils lives with his clever Granny. She is making him a gift - a magical patchwork quilt. It is nearly finished…but will it be ready in time for Nils’ special day?

Little do Nils and his Granny know, there’s a sneaky wizard living in the hot, dry desert who has other ideas… he wants the quilt for himself!

Wild winds, magic spells, and twelve very clever camels will all play their part…but will Nils get his quilt back in time? Journey with us on a magical, musical story-ride and find out!

Presented by One Moment in Time Theatre and playfully adapted from the modern fairytale by classic children’s author, Joan Aiken.

Tickets £12 for one child and their grown up.  Extra individual tickets £7 each 

Runs 35 mins. Most suitable for ages 2-5 years but can be enjoyed from 18 month plus

Illustration by Jan Pienkowski. Reproduced by kind permission of Joan Aiken's Estate

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Old Herbaceous

Sun 5th Jul


Open Air Theatre in the Bothy Gardens

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.  An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, invites you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, 

“Reminiscent of going down to the allotment with your grandad…..a wonderful, wonderful evening” BBC Radio Lincolnshire

“Absolutely idyllic” BBC Radio York

Produced by Kick In The Head, with Giles Shenton as Herbert Pinnegar 

Tickets £14

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Sherlock Holmes

Sun 12th Jul


Open air theatre in the Bothy Gardens

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish case yet, in this delightfully inventive and hilarious show for all ages. Featuring live music, audience interaction and more mystery than you can shake a magnifying glass at.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

Tickets £16  (under 16yrs £12)

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Summer Garden Fete

Sun 19th Jul

12.00 - 17.00

A Day of fun and games.  

We are looking for craft and produce stall holders. if you are interested please contact development@stephenshouseandgardens.com

Twelfth Night

Wed 29th Jul


Open air theatre in the Bothy Gardens

The Pantaloons return!

Get in a fight. Cross-dress. Throw on some yellow stockings. Love can make you do the funniest things…! The Pantaloons return with their own brand of open-air Shakespeare mayhem. Family-friendly fun with live music and audience participation!

Tickets £16, under 16 years £12

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Treasure Island

Open air theatre in the Bothy Gardens

Fri 1 & Sat 2 August 11.30 & 14.30.

It’s pirate ships and salty old sea dogs for Summer 2020 in Quantum Theatre’s swashbuckling new adaptation of the classic pirate adventure, Treasure Island.

From the moment young Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a treasure map at the Admiral Benbow Inn he finds himself embroiled in the murky underworld of pirates - and soon he is on the high seas in search of the pirate hoard. But once aboard the Hispaniola, Jim becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map's existence...

Bursting with buccaneers, brouhaha and dastardly double dealings Michael Whitmore’s lively new adaptation delivers an action-packed adventure for the whole family.

Tickets £11.50 each, Four tickets for £39 

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