What's On


We have decided to leave our events online for the time being, because it is possible that some of them may still be run in a modified way. Also, you can find out more about the various people we have been working with, some of whom are doing brilliant things online. You can also find details below about the four charities we are supporting this year.  If you have already booked tickets, your ticket will be valid for future events.

    Refugee Resource – 1st Charity of the week

    17th June - 21st June

    Our first charity of the week during the exhibition coincides with Refugee Week. We chose Refugee Resource, which relieves distress, improves well-being and facilitates the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire, by providing psychological, social and practical support. We wanted to work...


    Birdsong Walks

    17th June - 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

    Peter Cowdrey, who led walks around the Asthall grounds in 2018 and during our birdsong weekend last year, will be back with more insight into the secret meanings and musicality of birdsong. Book this walk or choose from two other...


    Seeing the Light, painting workshop with Kieran Stiles

    18th June - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This acrylic painting workshop focusses on how to describe light in a garden painting. By restricting the use and depiction of light areas in a composition, it is possible to heighten their appearance. Lighter areas can also be exaggerated further...


    Sing Amongst the Stones!

    19th June

    Join vocal leader and author James Sills for a sing around the stones! He will teach a variety of beautiful harmony songs from all around the world, culminating in informal performances in various spots around the garden. No previous singing...


    Francesca Shakespeare, Painting workshop

    20th June

    We are confident that this workshop will go ahead, following social distancing guidelines, and with participants bringing their own materials. Email francesca@francescashakespeare.com to book. Please note there will not be sculpture in the garden.  This workshop will be based on Francesca’s teaching method...


    Letter Carving workshop for beginners

    20th June - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    A one-day workshop exploring the art of stone lettering given by prizewinning Oxford-based stone carver Alex Wenham. Alex will offer guidance in advance of the event to prepare your text template of a small inscription of your own devising (aim...


    Oxfordshire Association for the Blind – 2nd Charity of the week

    24th June - 28th June

    Our second charity of the week was to be devoted to Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, a life-enhancing charity supporting children and adults who are blind or partially sighted throughout Oxfordshire. They are committed to promoting independence and opportunity and offer information,...


    Looking, touching, dreaming…..a creative writing workshop inspired by stone and sculpture.

    24th June - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    This workshop is led by garden poet Rebecca Hubbard, an experienced creative writing tutor and a published poet, with a passion for words, nature and art. Find out more about Rebecca’s writing and teaching here. Writers will touch, observe and imagine,...


    Satish Kumar – Love Revolution

    24th June - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    This talk will not be taking place, but Satish will be talking about a “Love Revolution” on zoom on 27 May. More details and booking here.   Satish has also written an article on his thoughts about the Coronavirus pandemic From Monologue...


    Carving Workshop with Jason Mulligan & Guy Stevens

    27th June - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    A one day workshop exploring the process of direct stone carving. Guy Stevens MRBS & Jason Mulligan MRBS will teach you an approach used within their own practice, whereby the choice of stone block, the use of hammer and chisel and the free carving...


    Pea Shoot Picnic

    27th June - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Join Pea Shoot Feasts in celebrating the bounties of summer with an evening plant-based picnic amongst the sculpture at Asthall Manor. Recline under the roses and enjoy an al fresco banquet of seasonal sweet and savoury delights created from local...


    AT The Bus – 3rd Charity of the week

    1st July - 5th July

    During Week 3 AT The Bus was to be in residence. This is a new charity, offering a school-based programme of art as therapy to support the education, health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 7-18 in Oxfordshire. This...


    Those Mitford Girls – A Talk by Rebecca Mordan from Scary Little Girls

    3rd July - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Join raconteuse Rebecca Mordan for this talk about the most remarkable and diverse set of sisters ever to come out of modern British aristocracy. Using their own letters and writing, along with the anecdotes she has collated over years of...


    Climate Outreach – 4th Charity of the week

    8th July - 12th July

    During Week 4 we were going to hear from Climate Outreach. This is an Oxford-based charity researching some of the most central questions about climate change, communication and providing practical resources and workshops which can be accessed in all sorts of different...


    Exploring structure in the garden landscape with Sarah Spackman RBA

    10th July - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This one day workshop will look at finding the structure within the picture that you have chosen to paint. We will look at the different images found in the garden and sculptural landscape, and see how we can simplify the...


    Jantien stone necklace workshop

    11th July

    In this workshop with sculptor Jantien Kahn, you will be working with small pieces of soapstone and alabaster to create beautiful stone necklaces. This workshop is for all ages, although children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, whether the...


    In the Footsteps of the Mitfords – Scary Little Girls

    25th September

    In the Footsteps of the Mitfords returns as Scary Little Girls brings the experiences, opinions and relationships of the celebrated sisters to life. The Mitford sisters were writers, travellers and political activists with dramatically differing views, whose lifestyles and privilege took...