New Village Festival & Open Gardens Planned

If you’ve lived in Ruddington for a little while, you may remember ‘Open Gardens’ events being organised in our village?

In the summers of 2016 and 2018 these were staged in aid of Save the Children and Action for Children and proved a big hit with villagers and visitors alike. Last time around, an impressive £2280 was raised for the two charities. Sadly, COVID-19 put a stop to the biennial event happening last year.

The good news is that it should return NEXT year. One of the organisers, Jane Piggott, says: “For the summer of 2022, we are hoping the event will be even bigger and better – as we are planning to team up with the Ruddington Art & Craft Society and with the organisers of 2021’s RuddBEST. Hence the new name: ‘Ruddington Festival & Open Gardens’.”

Jane says, as yet, they are only in the very early stages of planning but would love to hear from anyone in the village who would like to open their garden on either one or both days of the proposed weekend Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2022, or who would like to be involved in any other way.

“Gardens don’t need to be big or spectacular – just pleasant spaces for visitors to enjoy” reassures Jane.  “In fact, some of the smallest gardens were the most popular in previous years. It will be a wonderful weekend of events and activities in various locations in the village including St Peter’s Church, The Methodist Church, The Green, Framework Knitters’ Museum and many more.”

If you would like to find out more, or offer to open your own Ruddington garden, please contact Jane (Open Gardens) via, Chris Marriott (Ruddington & Craft Society) via or Jane Gray (RuddBEST) via

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