Residents of Heydon are inviting visitors to stop and smell the roses this Father’s Day and explore the gardens of Heydon Hall, which are rarely open to the public, together with a variety of gardens in their picturesque village.
Charles Shippam, Heydon Parochial Church Council (PCC) treasurer and village resident, explained: “Heydon Hall and Village Open Gardens Day provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to discover one of the prettiest villages in Norfolk and take a stroll through the gardens of Heydon Hall, The Grange, The Old Rectory, The Old Cottage, Poppyland and others.”
There will also be a display by the North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club, entertainment by the Holt Ridge Morris dancers, a plant stall and refreshments on the village green.
Mr Shippam added: “Heydon is one of less than a dozen privately owned villages in Great Britain and became Norfolk’s first conservation area in 1971. Heydon is also currently home to six County Wildlife Sites; has won Best Kept Village on two occasions; and has been the setting of numerous film and TV productions.”
Heydon Hall and Village Open Gardens Day will take place on Sunday 19 June from 2–5 pm.
Admission to the Heydon Hall gardens costs £3 per person and entry to the Heydon village gardens costs an additional £3 per person (no charge for children 14 years and under). Tickets can be purchased on the day at the main gates to Heydon Hall and on Heydon village green.
There is free car parking and dogs on leads are welcome in Heydon Hall park.
All proceeds from the Open Gardens Day will go to the Heydon PCC to help fund the restoration of the historic organ in St Peter & St Paul church.