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.

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Spring Seedlings - Forest Fun

Tuesday mornings from 23rd April to 21st May

10.30

Outdoor Fun for Toddlers and Their Grown-ups! Play and explore in our Summer forest activity session.Includes nature trails, storytelling, den building, mud pies, bug exploration, puddle jumping, muddy knees and more.

This group aims to provide time and space in the week for parents/carers and children to step back from their busy lives and reflect and interact with the world at nature’s pace – slow and steady.

Suitable for Children aged 18 months - 5 yrs.

£5.00 per session for 1 child and their grown up. 

Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 

Meet at the Visitor Centre next to the Cafe

 

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Shared Reading

Try Shared Reading

10.30 – 12.00  Every Monday 

Shared Reading groups are a place to relax, make new friends and share stories. Just drop in and enjoy listening to a great story or poem – no pressure to talk or read

Everyone is welcome.

Refreshments will be provided and it’s free! No need to bring anything.

Held in the visitor centre -  each Monday except bank holidays

PLEASE NOTE NO SESSION MONDAY 22ND APRIL

Free event

Sunday Lunch in the House

Sun 12th May

Sunday is lunch served in the house from 12:00 to 15:00.

The house is open 12:00 - 16:00. and the bar is open

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

Bothy Garden open - 13.00 -16.00

 

Art and Wellbeing

15 May 10am  

Join artist Rebekah Dean on a series of free art and wellbeing workshops between February and May. Explore the creative process and challenge expression through painting and walking; no art experience necessary.

During the workshop participants will be working together and individually, whilst sharing stories and ideas that navigate and map experiences of wellbeing and selfcare.

All art materials and protective clothing will be provided.

Refreshments available

Free but booking required: Please book using the link below

This event has been kindly supported by Barnet Southgate College and Stephens House & Gardens.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-wellbeing-tickets-55506238654

Sold out, sorry!

Colourful Spring Flowers in Watercolour Art Workshop

Sunday 19 May  10.30 - 15.30

Inspired by colour and blooms of the season, you will learn simple flower painting techniques and how to mix a spring palette, whilst embracing the fluid nature of watercolour

Suitable for adults age 17+ all levels

Tickets £35.00 Materials not included (list available with booking)

For booking and info: email: artcurator@stephenshouseandgardens.com

http://www.laurafishmanart.com

Gardening Morning

Sun 19th May

10.30 - 1pm

Join our friendly group to help maintain our beautiful gardens. 

We meet at the Depot opposite the playground - tools provided.

Quiz Night

Thu 23rd May

Come and pit your wits against our resident quizmaster.

Starts at 19.30

Tickets cost £15.00  including Supper (Cash bar.)

Telephone 020 8346 7812 to reserve a ticket.

Half Term Forest School Morning

Tue 28th May

10.00 -12.30

Come and join us for an inspiring Forest School session.

Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, shelter building,  green wood working and games

Suitable for ages 6-9 years. Group capacity 10 

£12 per child

Please make sure you read the guide to Forest school document by following the link above before booking.

After booking we will send you a consent form to be returned to us.

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Forest School Morning

Thu 30th May

10.00 - 12.30

Come and join us for an inspiring Forest School taster session.

Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, shelter building and games

Suitable for ages 6-9 years. Group capacity 10 

£12 per child

Please make sure you read the guide to Forest school document by following the link above before booking.

After booking we will send you a consent form to be returned to us.

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Art and Wellbeing

Wed 12th Jun

12.00

It's Art and Wellbeing week

Join artist Rebekah Dean on a series of free art and wellbeingworkshop.  Explore the creative process and challenge expression through painting and walking; no art experience necessary.

During the workshop participants will be working together and individually, whilst sharing stories and ideas that navigate and map experiences of wellbeing and selfcare.

All art materials and protective clothing will be provided.

Refreshments available

This event has been kindly supported by Barnet Southgate College and Stephens House & Gardens.

Free but booking required: Please book using the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-wellbeing-tickets-55506238654

Sold out, sorry!

Sense and Sensibilty

Thu 13th Jun

19.30

Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good Sense.

Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of Sensibility.

Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles.

This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak.

Held in the Bothy Gardens. All performances are in the open-air and will continue in all weather conditions bar a full-blown tempest.

Adults £16 under 16yrs £12  Booking Essential

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Sun 23rd Jun

12pm - 2pm  Booking Essential

If you go down to the Bothy Gardens today you’re in for a big surprise! Teddy Bears Picnic. Bring your teddy bears to the Bothy Gardens for an exclusive picnic and enjoy a range of teddy bear fun and games and crafts

Suitable for age range 2-7 yrs and their grown ups

Tickets include a picnic lunch box - bring along a blanket 

Please Note:  Bookings close on Weds 19th June at midnight

Tickets: Adult - £7.50, Child - £5.50

Booking essential. No on day sales

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A Treaty of Peace

Fri 28th Jun

Museum open Day

10.30 -17.00

Today marks 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the most important of the peace treaties which brought World War I to an end.  The Stephens Ink Company always maintained the treaty was signed in their ink and you can learn more and view our 1919 Stationery Office copy

Free event

Summer Garden Fete

Our annual garden fete is being held on 21st July and we are looking for craft and produce stall holders.

if you are interested please contact development@stephenshouseandgardens.com

The Wind in the Willows

Fri 2nd to Sun 4th August 11.30 & 14.30 Daily

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats…”

Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There's boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad.  What more could such firm friends wish for? But after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels?

Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their mad-cap adventures in this heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahamse’s family favourite.

Tickets £11.50.  Four tickets for £39

Presented by Quantum Theatre

Staged in the Bothy Gardens

Recommended age 3+

 

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National Play Day - Mess Around

Wed 7th Aug

10-30 -12.30

It’s National Play Day so bring your little ones to main lawn for free messy play activities!
Slime, Finger Painting, Foam and more!

Suitable for children aged 6 months - 5 years

All children must be accompanied by an adult throughout  - and don’t forget to come dressed for the mess !!!!!!

Free event

Summer Pond Dipping

Wed 14th Aug

11.00 - Morning Session

Find out more about underwater creatures at a guided pond dipping session. Those taking part will be given a net and tray to look closer at some of the pond’s inhabitants and will be given the chance to examine the creatures with the help of staff before returning them to the water safely.

£4 per session for 1 child and their grown up. Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 

For ages 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult with minimum 1 adult per 2 children

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Summer Pond Dipping

Wed 14th Aug

14.00 - Afternoon Session

Find out more about underwater creatures at a guided pond dipping session. Those taking part will be given a net and tray to look closer at some of the pond’s inhabitants and will be given the chance to examine the creatures with the help of staff before returning them to the water safely.

£4 per session for 1 child and their grown up. Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 

For ages 5+  All children must be accompanied by an adult  (with a minimum 1 adult to 2 children)

 

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Summer Pond dipping

Wed 21st Aug

11 am Morning Session

Find out more about underwater creatures at a guided pond dipping session. Those taking part will be given a net and tray to look closer at some of the pond’s inhabitants and will be given the chance to examine the creatures with the help of staff before returning them to the water safely.

£4 per session for 1 child and their grown up. Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 

For ages 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult with minimum 1 adult per 2 children

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Summer Pond dipping

Wed 21st Aug

14.00 -  Afternoon Session

Find out more about underwater creatures at a guided pond dipping session. Those taking part will be given a net and tray to look closer at some of the pond’s inhabitants and will be given the chance to examine the creatures with the help of staff before returning them to the water safely.

£4 per session for 1 child and their grown up. Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 

For ages 5+  All children must be accompanied by an adult  (with a minimum 1 adult to 2 children)

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Late Summer Pond Dipping

Sun 1st Sep

11.00 Morning Session

Find out more about underwater creatures at a guided pond dipping session. Those taking part will be given a net and tray to look closer at some of the pond’s inhabitants and will be given the chance to examine the creatures with the help of staff before returning them to the water safely.

£4 per session for 1 child and their grown up. Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 
For ages 5+  All children must be accompanied by an adult  (with a minimum 1 adult to 2 children)

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Late Summer Pond Dipping

Sun 1st Sep

14.00 Afternoon Session

Find out more about underwater creatures at a guided pond dipping session. Those taking part will be given a net and tray to look closer at some of the pond’s inhabitants and will be given the chance to examine the creatures with the help of staff before returning them to the water safely.

£4 per session for 1 child and their grown up. Places Limited booking essential.

Session length 40 minutes 

Suitable for age 5+

For ages 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult with minimum 1 adult per 2 children

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Capturing Nature in Pastel Art Workshop

Sun 22nd Sep

10.30 - 15.30

In this chalk pastel workshop, we will explore a variety of skills and techniques which include: layering and blocking in, expressive use of colour,

experimental papers and acrylic grounds, and use of a variety of tools.

Suitable for adults age 17+ all levels

Tickets £35.00 Materials not included (list available with booking)

For booking and info: email: artcurator@stephenshouseandgardens.com

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