The Plantation Garden Programme of Events for 2022

We are delighted to present our programme of events for Summer 2022  

Some old favourites and some new experiences for all ages  

Sunday 12th June 

Plantation Garden Plant Sale

10.00 am – 2.00 pm


Come along to our annual bumper Plant Sale.  Choose from a variety of perennial plants, including pelargoniums, salvias, cannas, succulents and many more.  Competitive prices.  All home grown in the Plantation Garden greenhouse and nursery. 

Sunday 19 June

Sunday Afternoon Teas Begin

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Every Sunday, up to and including 12th September


Join us for Sunday afternoon tea and homemade cakes, with accompanying musicians and singers:

19 June – Ukulele Society

3 July – Tin Heart Troubadors

10 July – Musical Allsorts

17 July – Sarah Smith

24 July – Klezmerized

7 August – Colin & Malle

14 August – Sonrisa & A13 Allstars

21 August – Saxobility

28 August – Community Choir

4 September – Park Lane Singers

Panache Plants

Will be at The Plantation Garden with a selection of herbaceous, exotic, succulent and carnivorous plants from 11.00 – 4.00pm on:

Sunday 7 August

Sunday 4 September


Sunday 26th June

Plantation Garden Presents:

Pavilion Big Band

6.00 – 8.00pm (gates open 5.30pm)

Bring your own picnic, rugs and chairs and enjoy an evening of swing music from the Gatsby era of the roaring 20s, Hollywood, Broadway and Big Band era of the 40s and 50s and beyond. 

This is a ticketed event: Adults £10, Children 5-16 £5, under 5s free

Tickets available from 9th May

Tuesday 5th July and Wednesday 6th July

Time Will Tell Theatre Company

‘Paradise Lost and Found’

 7.00 – 8.30pm (Gates open at 6.00pm)

A light-hearted costume drama telling the story so far of the Plantation Garden (and English gardens in general) is to be made available to the general public in this year’s summer programme, for the first time.

Produced by the professional theatre group Time Will Tell, the show was originally devised for school audiences with support from the Norwich Freeman’s Charity and performed by them in 2021 to great effect.

 The Company will return in July with another daytime programme for participating schools, but this year the cast will remain with us on Tuesday 5th July and Wednesday 6th July to present an adapted version for a wider evening audience.

 These special shows will combine  the colourful story of the Garden’s Victorian origins, its collapse into ruin in the twentieth century, and its later rescue by local people, with a series of enhanced readings from classic garden literature putting it into its wider context.

This is a ticketed event

Adults £8, Children 5-16 £2, under 5s free.

Tickets available from 9th May

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July

Quill & Inkling Theatre Company

‘The Prisoner of Zenda’

 7.00 – 9.00pm (Gates open at 6.30pm)

The Prisoner of Zenda is a swashbuckling adventure story, packed with intrigue, shady plots, shadowy figures, sword fights and romance.  Action packed fun for all the family. 


This is a ticketed event

Adults £12

Children and concessions £8

Friday 15th July

Upshoot Theatre Company

‘Into the Woods’ by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

 7.00 – 10.00pm (Gates open at 6.30pm)

Celebrating the wonderful legacy of Stephen Sondheim with a show where ‘Once upon a time’ takes on new meaning. Fairytales entwine and collide and seemingly arrive at their expected endings, and then there’s more! Suitable for the whole family.


This is a ticketed event

Adults £12

Under 18s  £8

From The Fisher Theatre Box Office Tel: 01986 897130


Sunday 31st July

The Plantation Garden presents:

Kavolini String Quartet

 6.00 – 8.00pm (Gates open at 5.30pm)

Bring your own picnic, rugs and chairs and enjoy an evening of classical music and current chart hits performed by this Norfolk based string quartet.


This is a ticketed event

Adults £10

Children 5-16 £5

Under 5s free

Tickets available from 9th May 


Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August

Norwich Puppet Theatre presents: 

Stel and Wes Fight the Flood

 6.00 – 7.00pm 

This energetic, charming and witty new family show will leave audiences feeling inspired and enthused about the natural world around them.  Suitable for families with children 5+


Booking information to follow


Friday 19th August – Sunday 21st August


Picturehouse Outdoor Cinema



Fri 19 August, 19.30  12A


Sat 20 August, 19.30 U


Sun 21 August, 19.30 15



Tickets are now available to book online: 

Doors open at 19.30.  The film will start at dusk.  


Sunday 11 September

Heritage Open Day

10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Free entry



We are delighted to offer free entry to the Garden once again, for Heritage Open Day.

Music and refreshments

from 2.00pm – 5.00pm



Past events in 2022

Wednesday 18th May

Norfolk Nature Stories with Vision Norfolk and Norfolk Libraries

Listen to storytelling in beautiful, natural surroundings.  


2.00 -4.00pm


This event is open to all, but is particularly suited to those with visual impairment.

Norfolk Nature Stories is a Norfolk Library and Information Service project funded by Arts Council England, which aims to connect communities through the power of storytelling and nature.

Free event, but donations are welcome. 

Please book a space by contacting Mark Smith mark, by Friday 13th May.

Saturday 28th May 2022

Page Against the Machine

12.00 – 1.30pm


N&N Festival: City of Literature in partnership with the National Centre for Writing and The Book Hive

Pick a book, bring a cool drink and turn off your phone for a well-deserved detoxifying read in the beautiful Plantation Garden.  Make sure to take a picture of your chosen book and reading spot, and share with us on social media using the hashtag #CityofLit22

Free event

Booking information:

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