Catton Park hosts Sharing Repton Heritage Open Day event

Does it give you a buzz of excitement when others share your enjoyment of historic parks and gardens? If so, then please do join us at a very special family event at Catton Park in Norwich, on Sunday 16th September.

The Gardens Trust is delighted to have partnered with Broadlands District Council to host this Heritage Open Day with a ‘world culture’ twist, that promises to be an open day that will be truly welcoming to all.

We have chosen Catton Park as it was the first commission of Humphry Repton, whose bicentenary we are celebrating this year, but entertainments far exceed the horizons of the 18th century. Instead, Repton’s landscape will provide the stunning backdrop to an explosion of free activities and entertainment from around the globe, with opportunities to try your hand at everything from Chinese calligraphy to bushcraft activities to martial arts, or enjoy Bollywood dancing or performances from popular African musician Sefo Kanuteh.

We are, of course, keen that families should leave with a new interest in garden history, so children are invited to take part in a drawing competition of their favourite garden to feature alongside a display of gardens from around the world, which has been supported by Norfolk Gardens Trust and the Historic Gardens Foundation.

You will also be able to treat your taste buds and enjoy a global eating experience with food vendors serving a range of cuisines, including Caribbean and Portuguese dishes.

We can hardly wait! Details for visiting are on the Heritage Open Days website.

This event is part of the Gardens Trust’s ‘Sharing Repton: Historic Landscapes for All’ project, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project runs until December 2019 and is using the Humphry Repton bicentenary as a springboard for pilot activities and associated skill sharing to help us and others share the pleasure of historic parks and gardens with new audiences. To find out more, please see Sharing Repton or email

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Painswick Roccoco Gardens, the Red House, Photo © Joab Smith