Each year the former Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, and his wife Julie, opened their gardens in aid of local charities, offering the public a chance to discover the beautifully historic gardens, dating back to 1100.

This Sunday 2nd June, local youth charity, OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) plays host to the third Bishop’s House Open Garden of the Summer, featuring very special guest, Tom Thumb the Unicorn.  

The gardens, belonging to successive Bishops of Norwich, have been nestled in the heart of the city for 900 years and for a number of years thousands of people have flocked through the grand entrance during a series of charity open events, by kind permission of the last Bishop.

Head Gardener of 25 years, Simon Gaches, who will be moving on from the gardens later in the year said; “I get a real buzz from the open gardens. It’s the one time of the year when people come in and appreciate and enjoy the work we have done.”

Despite Bishop Graham James’s retirement to his home county of Cornwall earlier in the year, OPEN are delighted to have been given the opportunity to host an open garden, having received much support from him over the years as loyal patron of the charity since its launch in 2005.

 As OPEN hosts an afternoon of Summer fun for the whole family, the charity urges you to come and discover the beautifully historic gardens this Sunday from 1pm-5pm (last admissions at 4.30pm).  Look forward to traditional garden games, homemade cakes, a treasure trail, poetry corner, live entertainment, PLUS photo opportunities with Tom Thumb the Unicorn. With all proceeds going towards OPEN’s work with disadvantaged young people, it’s an afternoon not to be missed.  

Admissions - Adults - £4, Children/wheelchair users – FREE – Advanced tickets available from OPEN's Box Office or on the day. The gardens are located on Bishopgate NR3 1SB (opposite the law courts). Assistance dogs only.  Please note no parking.

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