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Fowey Festival - Secret Gardens 2024

Fowey Festival Secret Gardens

We are delighted to tell you that Secret Gardens returns to the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature once more. This year, the gardens will be open on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May, and you will be able to visit your favourite gardens in Fowey, Polruan and Bodinnick, with new gardens for you to explore in both Fowey and Bodinnick.

Follow the garden trail to discover spectacular views, walled gardens and secluded havens, enjoying a diverse variety of planting and vibrant colour. Refreshments will be available at some of the gardens.  

Entry to the gardens is free, but donations to the Festival are very welcome. Nearer the time, you will be able to pick up a map, showing you the locations of all the gardens, from shops and galleries around the town. 

New this year is Opera in the Garden

Fowey Festival welcomes Thomas Martyn, who will perform four operatic interludes during the two days of the Secret Gardens. Thomas is an impressive tenor and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He now performs at various charity events around the country. He has also played a number of roles in amateur theatre productions, including  Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and Tom Collins in R.E.N.T.

Thomas will perform two twenty minutes sets on both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May, in the gardens at Porphyry Hall and Broadstairs, Fowey. 

Set timings:  


Friday 17th May:

Broadstairs garden: 1pm – 1.20pm

Porphyry Hall garden: 4pm – 4.20pm 

Saturday 18th May:

Porphyry Hall garden: 1pm – 1.20pm

Broadstairs garden: 4pm – 4.20pm

These are not ticketed events. Access will be capacity-controlled on a first-arrivals basis.

Both gardens will offer tea, coffee and cakes throughout the day.

All donations and refreshment proceeds will go to the Festival.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the steep nature of the area, some gardens may have difficult access. Visitors may also encounter a range of hazards, e.g. steps, slippery and/or uneven ground, and other trip hazards. Neither the Festival nor the garden owner can accept any liability in the unlikely event of an accident. Please make a risk assessment of your and your group’s capability to safely manage these risks before deciding to enter a garden.

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