There will be a splash of colour in Wreningham in mid-June when village gardens open their gates to visitors for the first time in 20 years, following a charity colour run at the village school, to make up a fun-packed community weekend. 

The open gardens, ranging from small cottage plots to larger landscaped gardens and woodlands, will be open to visitors on Sunday, June 16, Fathers’ Day, from 10am until 4pm.

The event will be raising funds for the historic All Saints Church in the village.

One of the organisers, Karen Nunn, said: “It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since the last Open Gardens event was held in the village.  There will be a broad range of gardens open to visitors from new gardens that are still in the early stages of development to mature gardens large and small.   There will be woodland walks, ponds galore, vegetable gardens and plenty of early summer flowering plants in their full glory.  So whether you are looking for some garden inspiration to take home or just to enjoy a lovely day out in the village there will be something here for you.

“Our Open Gardens event is being organised by a group of volunteers and, as well as raising funds for good causes in the village, we hope that it will also bring the community together in a celebration of summer.

“In addition to the Open Gardens we are planning a range of other attractions for visitors, including lots of dads we hope. These will includes games such as welly throwing, bug hunting and giant Jenga for children and their dads in each garden and a gnome hunt. There will also be art displays and sales from talented artists within the village and a plant sale at the church.

“For those who work up an appetite while wandering around we will have tea and cakes at the church, a South African barbecue in one garden and light lunches, cakes and a bar at the village hall.”

Entry is £5 per person with accompanied under 12s free of charge and includes a free printed programme.  Please note that this is a cash only event.

To start the community weekend in the village, the Friends of Wreningham School will be holding a fete, and colour run on the village playing field on Saturday June 15.

You can find out more details of both events at

Pictured are many of the Wreningham and Top Row gardeners that will be opening their gardens to the public on June 16. Picture by Keith Morris.

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