Sussex Gardens Events – What’s on at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in 2022 

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens has created a programme of year-round entertainment for visitor groups, families and others planning days out in 2022. With 200 years of history and an extensive campaign to restore the Grade I Listed gardens, visitors are assured of plenty to see and do on the 240 acre estate say the owners.

Described as ‘the finest woodland gardens in England’, the estate is renowned internationally for its seasonal displays of floral colours, with its rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and magnolias.

From 9th to 24th April Leonardslee is hosting an outdoor Easter trail, winding through the beautiful gardens. This Easter, children can go on an adventure hunt, explore, and have a good time with friends and family.

Returning to Leonardslee this year is the Schooner Radio Control Group, in action on the lakes. It’s a fun-filled day with a range of model radio-controlled boats, yachts, steamboats and warships on display. The events will be held on selected weekends from April through to September.

Other family-friendly events include the Spring Sounds, ten evenings during May of live music with an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, opera, classical and flamenco from performers from around the UK. Also, the Floral Fringe Fair on 4th & 5th June is a fun event with a vintage twist. Featuring plants and food for sale, street dining, coffee, gin, artists and makers, classic cars, Steampunk, singing, vintage stalls and a beer tent.

The popular Enchanted Leonardslee is back for another year from 28th to 31st July and 4th to 7th August. Featuring mermaids, faeries and other mythical creatures, with theatrical performances and spectacular visual and sound installations, guests experience a spellbinding tale of magic and wonder throughout the garden trail.

And to make the most of warm Summer evenings, beginning 20th August, Leonardslee will host films under the stars, with the woodland gardens as the backdrop. The Open-Air Cinema will host fortnightly showings with live music and great food and drink before every film.

Autumn at Leonardslee brings amazing displays. Vibrant shades of red, orange and stunning golden leaves reflect beautifully across all seven lakes in a dance of colour.

From 22nd to 31st October, Leonardslee’s spooktacular Halloween Trail will be a day filled with ghoulish fun and joy for the whole family. And from the end of November through December guests can enjoy Leonardslee Illuminated. This is always a sell-out event, where guests can explore the gardens with thousands of twinkling lights, mysterious displays and glowing performances, showcasing the beauty and wonder of the estate.

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