South Cliff Gardens is taking part in the first ever digital events in England’s largest annual festival of history and culture.
11-20th September 2020

We have two very exciting digital events to announce which will be available to view for free online on our YouTube channel throughout the course of the festival.

South Cliff Gardens Heritage Gardens Question time
South Cliff Gardens – This Present Moment, the Past Moment…

To celebrate Heritage Open Days, the National Lottery Heritage funded South Cliff Gardens Project, brings together a panel of horticultural experts from across the country who will answer questions focused on heritage gardens and heritage gardening.

Hosted by South Cliff Gardens Project Officer Vicky Thompson, who herself has 15 years gardening experience, the panel will answer questions submitted by local gardening enthusiasts on a range of subjects from growing your own vineyard to selecting heritage vegetables.

To explore this year’s festival theme of Hidden Nature we are also proud to present a specially commissioned film by local artists Angela and David Chalmers that celebrates the nature and heritage of South Cliff Gardens.

The film is titled This Present Moment, the Past Moment… and showcases the beautiful rose garden, formerly known as, ‘The Large Rosary’, which was created by George Lord Beeforth during the Victorian era. He owned 13 acres of the land south of the cliff lift, and built many properties along the Esplanade including Belvedere House with a private tunnel under the road providing access to his gardens.

The film takes the viewer on a nostalgic tour offering the exclusive experience of Beeforth’s tunnel, not usually open for public viewing and revealing the historical architecture and hidden garden beyond.

Here is a sneak preview:

Going digital for this year’s festival means that our unique events can be enjoyed for free from anywhere in the country and offers us a chance to celebrate the beauty of the gardens as well as giving viewers a chance to learn more about heritage gardening.

Full listings for these events can be found on the Heritage Open Days official website.


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