The Savage Garden Weekend


On the 1st and 2nd of June the Heights of Abraham is presenting another special occasion, the Savage Garden weekend, with poetry, live music, and a very special plant sale to complement the existing attractions, woodland walks and gardens on the 60 acre estate. 

Regency England was fascinated with the concept of a "savage" or "forest" garden, and when the Heights of Abraham first opened as a visitor attraction in the late 18th century it quickly became known as one of the best examples of a savage garden in the country. The grounds were planted up with trees and exotic shrubs, vistas looking out across the valley were created and serpentine paths were added. This special weekend occasion is an opportunity to enjoy all the award winning attractions and exhibitions at the Heights of Abraham, but also a chance to reflect on the savage garden from which our original reputation grew.

Extra Events taking place this weekend:

  • The Creation Station will be inviting younger children to decorate their own unique pot and plant a sunflower seed in the Craft Tent from 11am until 4pm on both days. Join in for free, and take your final creation home with you.
  • The Heights of Abraham presents "That Poetry Bloke" in the Masson Pavilion. Yorkshire Poet Craig Bradley will be performing his unique brand of award winning poetry for children twice a day at 11.15am and 1.30pm. (Thirty minute show).
  • Live music will be taking place in the Heights savage garden, on the patio area in front of the Vista restaurant during the lunchtime period on Saturday and Sunday. (Saturday Danton - Guitar and vocals / Sunday Phoebe Shaw - Guitar and vocals). 
  • Also taking place in the Masson Pavilion at 3pm on both days, local author Terry Eckersley will present an illustrated talk "The Savage Garden - Gateway to the High Tor Tour" (30 minutes).
  • In another first for the Heights, we're pleased to confirm a plant sale will be taking place on both days. Popular and unusual plants will be for sale from Wirksworth's Secret Orchard Nursery. The range of plants have been personally selected by the Nursery owner for this weekend.
Why not make your visit a real special occasion and reserve a table in our Vista Restaurant with its stunning views across the Derwent valley and the World Heritage site. (Reserve a table here). After lunch head off down the serpentine paths or out across the Masson Hill through a SSI area of outstanding natural beauty.