Our main annual fundraising event is Open Gardens, in aid of St Matthew’s Church (exempt charity) for the running and upkeep of the village Churchyard, Lych Gate, Bell Tower, Bells and Vicar’s Walk lights*.
The event is run by The Open Gardens Sub-Committee, which is a team of dedicated local residents who volunteer their time and expertise to bring a great community event to the village.
Date, time and cost
Please visit the Open Gardens Directory for this years date, time and entry costs by clicking here.
How to get event passports
Buy tickets on the day from the Car Park or Village Hall. Please stick to the designated route and the identified gardens.
There are usually 21 gardens open to the public and entry is granted by those with an Event Passport. Whilst each garden owner tries to make their garden as safe as possible, please ensure you read any displayed safety notices before entering each garden. Gardens may have uneven ground, open water, slippy surfaces, a greenhouse, a cold frame or poisonous plants.
There will be a plant stall.
Teas in the village hall and a selection of stalls – tombola, art, books, and cakes. If you have an allergy or intolerance please make our volunteers or the stall holder aware before ordering/purchasing.
The only toilets that are open to the public are those at the Village Hall.
All on street parking is suspended in the village and visitors are directed to use car park field.
All vehicles and their contents are left at the owners risk.
First Aid / Safeguarding
In the event of an accident or incident First Aid can be summoned from the Village Hall, Car Park or by speaking to one of our Event Marshals.
Money can be donated at the Village Hall, St Matthew’s Church or at the Car Park. You can also make a donation online by clicking the button below.
Remember, tax payers can increase their donation by 25% through Gift Aid. Just complete a Gift Aid declaration when making your donation and St Matthew’s Church can claim the tax paid from HMRC.
Contact the Open Gardens Committee Chairman
Email Mr Geoff Gibson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Between Wykeham and East Ayton on the Scarborough to Pickering road, just off the A170, 5 miles outside Scarborough.
Postcode for Sat Nav: YO13 9LL Find approximate location on GoogleMaps (new window)
*In the unlikely event of any surplus, funds will be used for the general purposes of the charity.