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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Summer Seedlings - Forest Fun

Tuesday mornings 10:30 -11:30   

June     19th & 26th

Thurs  Afternoons 1:30 - 2:30

June 21th & 28th

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 

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Introduction to Hatha Yoga

Tuesday mornings 9.30-10.30

From 19 June

This regular 1 hour drop in session, will give you an introduction into some basic yoga poses. Concentrating on healthy alignment and breathing to help you to improve your posture, core strength, flexibility and general wellbeing. Instruction in meditation and relaxation will naturally be incorporated into these friendly group sessions. 

Instructor Paul Salman has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and has been a registered teacher for 12 years. 

Please call or text Paul on 07768353108 if you have any queries.

Sessions take place in the Main House. All proceeds from the sessions donated to the support the House & Gardens.

£9 per session

 

Gin Club

Thu 21st Jun

Our monthly opportunity to sample Artisan Gins from award winning micro distillers. Enjoy tasters and 3 craft cocktails, with discussions about the botanicals, back story, and all juniper friendly matters. There will be opportunities to learn how to craft killer cocktails, meet the distillers and buy Artisan Gins at reduced prices. £22 per person. Ticket includes snacks from the barbecue. Booking essential.

Held in the Stables Cafe

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Sun 24th Jun

12pm -2pm  Booking Essential

If you go down to the Bothy Gardens today you’re in for a big surprise! This summer we are launching our first ever 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.

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 20th June at midnight

Tickets: Adult - £7, Child - £5

Booking essential no on day sales

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PLANE WALL by David T. Waller & John R. Waller

Weekends  12.00 -17.00 until 29th September 2018

In the basement of the House

Wonder at hundreds of model aircraft, an immersive soundtrack, and the accompanying collection of family memorabilia and nostalgic items which gently occupy an unknown part of Stephens Houses’ historical Victorian basement.   This imaginative and intimate art installation is the collaboration of twin brothers.

Plane Wall’s absorbing atmosphere invites viewers into a surprising and ingenious space where a myriad of objects seek to acknowledge and even provoke the passionate and obsessive tides within ourselves so revealing the hidden connections and systems that lie between and beneath us.

Plane Wall has already captured audiences and its new home is perfectly suited to evoke a private, reflective and thoughtful climate. Visitors are invited to recall and share stories, ask questions, identify the aircraft, or simply spend time amidst this ambient and airworthy exhibit.      

Free entry: Donations in aid of Combat Stress charity.

Please note:  the installation will be closed on Sundays 29th July, 5th August and August Bank Holiday weekend

Free event

Centenary Garden Fête - Inky’s Place 100 years

Sun 15th Jul 12:00 - 17:00

2018 sees the 100th anniversary of Henry Inky Stephens bequest of the House & Gardens. To celebrate we have a packed day of fun, with a dog show to enter your best friend in, Donkey rides, and craft stalls. You try your hand at croquet in the Bothy Garden or have a go around the Maypole and there’s a brass band to top it off. Join us and make a day of it!

Admission to the gardens is free.  Charges apply for activities.

If you are a craftmaker or seller and are interested in a stall please see link below

 

Gin Club

Thu 19th Jul

18.30 – 21.00

Our monthly opportunity to sample Artisan Gins from award winning micro distillers. Enjoy tasters and 3 craft cocktails, with discussions about the botanicals, back story, and all juniper friendly matters. There will be opportunities to learn how to craft killer cocktails, meet the distillers and buy Artisan Gins at reduced prices. £22 per person. Ticket includes snacks to compliment the tasting and a home cooked supper. Booking essential.

Held in the Stables Cafe

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Forest School Week

Mon 23rd Jul - Fri 27th Jul

9.30 -12.00

Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, shelter building and games, which develop confidence and self-esteem.

This is a 5 session activity, suitable for ages 6-9 years. Group capacity 10

£60 per child Please see the Link to book your Place. 

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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The Reluctant Dragon - Outdoor Theatre

The Reluctant Dragon

Tues 24th, Weds 25th and Thurs 26th July 11.30 & 14.30

Tickets £11.50.  Four tickets for £39

Presented by Quantum Theatre

Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the Dragon, but what happens when the Dragon simply won’t fight St George?

In this delightful new adaptation by Michael Whitmore, Quantum Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, an enchanting tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family.  Staged in the Bothy Gardens

Recommended age 3+

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National Play Day - Mess Around

Wed 1st 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

And don’t forget come dressed for the mess !!!!!!

Free event

August Forest School Week

Mon 13th - Fri 17 August

9.30 -12.00

Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, shelter building and games, which develop confidence and self-esteem.

This is a 5 session activity, suitable for ages 6-9 years. Group capacity 10

£60 per child Please see the Link to book your Place. 

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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Pond dipping

Tue 21st 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 

Suitable for ages 5+

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Pond dipping

Tue 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 

Suitable for ages 5+

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Pond dipping

Thu 23rd Aug

11am - 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 

Suitable for age 5+

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Pond dipping

Thu 23rd 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 

Suitable for age 5+

 

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Mix it up

Mixed Media Watercolour Workshop 

Sun 2nd September. 10.30 - 15.30

Combine traditional watercolour painting with mixed media, to enhance your paintings and add drama to your work. We will use a variety of media including collage, drawing materials, texture and resists.

This workshop is for adults age 17+.

Fee £35. Materials not included. (List provided with booking).

Some experience with watercolour helpful, but beginners are welcome.

For booking and info:

email: artcurator@stephenshouseandgardens.com

http://www.laurafishmanart.com

Brilliant Birds

Sun 9th Sep

Free drop in workshop

11.30 – 13.00 & 14.00-15.30

Finchley’ is said to come from Anglo-Saxon, meaning ‘place of the finches’ come along and see what birds you can spot in the Gardens and make your own feathered friend

Pick up your Bird spotting sheet from the Visitor Centre

Quiz Night

Thu 13th Sep

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.

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