An Open Day at the Garden of Heroes & Villains
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On Saturday, 1st August 2015 come and visit the Garden of Heroes & Villains, a private garden in Dorsington near Stratford-upon-Avon. It features a unique collection of over 50 life-sized bronze sculptures, created by some of the world’s finest portrait sculptors. The garden was comissioned by the late Felix Dennis, founder of The Heart of England Forest.
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Join us for a day of art, wildlife and outdoor adventure; the event runs from 10am until 5pm
Come face-to-face with Winston Churchill
cross the finish line with Roger Bannister
take front row for The Beatles,
join Lawrence of Arabia at full charge on camel-back
or take a trip with the Owl & the Pussycat
and see the pig with the ring in the end of his nose!
Special Event: The Shard Garden–A Field of Felix’s Poetry
We are very excited to announce that the Open Day will include the official opening of the “Shard Garden – A Field of Felix’s Poetry.”
This was Felix’s final commission, consisting of 44 large stone shards. Each shard is embedded in the ground and inscribed with his poetry. It is truly a remarkable concept and great creative gesture.
Throughout The Day
Take a delightful woodland walk, enjoy the extensive garden, experience the sculptures, learn from a series of short talks, stroll around Dorsington Arboretum and visit the Founders Rock. Refreshments will be served from the Welshman’s Barn.
For The Kids
At the Heart of England Forest, we know the importance of family time; for our younger guests we will be holding a Children’s Adventure Quiz. There is also an exciting Yew Hedge Maze—see what… or who is waiting in the middle!
As a special treat, Hawkwise Falconry will also be joining us. They will be putting on a display with their majestic birds of prey. In the afternoon, your kids can also choose to participate in an Owl workshop, learning all there is to know about these fascinating birds.
It will be fun day for the whole family—even dogs are welcome (but please help us keep the park clean by bringing your own poo bags).
Tickets are £6 per adult and children get in free of charge. There will also be free parking.
If you are a Friend of the Heart of England Forest bring along your Supporter Magazine and get a reduced ticket price of just £4
All profits will go to the Heart of England forest who will use the funds to replant a huge native woodland in the heart of England, creating a wilderness for everyone to enjoy.
Directions to The Garden Of Heroes & Villains Open Day
The Welshman’s Barn, Fox Covert Lane, Dorsington, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8AR
Postcode for Sat Nav users: CV37 8AR (not exact, but close enough to follow signs to the Open Day)
***Please note that the river bridge at Bidford-on-Avon will be closed and a diversion is in place to the Welford-on-Avon crossing.
Take the B439 towards Evesham until you can turn left to Welford-on-Avon where you cross the river bridge and continue through the village until just after the maypole take a right turn signed to Dorsington. At the top of the hill is a right turn to Dorsington but its such a narrow road we suggest you continue straight ahead for another mile to the next left turn to Dorsington. From here you will see signs to the Open Day.
From Evesham / Bidford-on-Avon:
Take the A46 towards Stratford until you can take a roundabout exit to Bidford-on-Avon. As the river bridge will be closed, follow the diversion and take the B439 towards Stratford taking the right turn to Welford-on-Avon and continue through the village until just after the maypole, take a right turn signed to Dorsington. At the top of the hill is a right turn to Dorsington but its such a narrow road we suggest you continue straight ahead for another mile to the next left turn to Dorsington. From here you will see signs to the Open Day.
From Further Afield:
M40: Exit at Junction 15 and follow signs to Stratford-upon-Avon then follow directions above
M42: Exit at Junction 3 and travel towards Evesham until you can take a roundabout exit to Bidford-on-Avon (after Alcester) then follow directions above
M5(N): Exit at Junction 9 and travel to Evesham then follow the directions above
M5(S): Exit at Junction 6 and take the A44 towards Evesham until you reach the A46 and signs to Bidford-on-Avon, then follow directions above