27 – 29th August 2022

The gardens will be open to visitors once again from 27th to 29th August (Bank Holiday weekend).

Entrance to the gardens will be from 10pm – 4.00pm daily. Entrance fee £5 (under 5’s free, £1 children aged 5 – 11)

On Saturday you can also enjoy live music in the afternoon (donations to Mcmillan Cancer Support fro the music).

On Saturday evening there will be a ticketed gig and food in the field marquee.

On Sunday evening there will be live music in the evening for Bluebell Roots.

On Monday afternoon there will be spoken word in the garden.

Art and Craft will be on show during all three days. Some makers will be domonstrating their crafts. 

Bring your own picnic. Tea, coffee and cake on sale. Bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks.

Tickets for all days will be available on the Events Diary

Summer Trifle is a not-for-profit goup. This year we are also donating profits from our Sussex Songwriters Festival events, the Spoken Word open mic and the craft pitches to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Gary Penalver. 

craft show marquee

Volunteer days

Various dates in June/July/Aug 2021

Join us for an hour or more to help prepare for this year’s Summer Trifle.

A wide variety of jobs are up for grabs including general gardening, wall and path repairs, sign making, help with art installations …

Tools, tea and coffee provided. Bring your own gloves (and small tools if you have them) and a picnic if you want to stay over lunch.

If you’d like to come along on any of the days, you need to pre-register on the diary page.


Mini business expo

Wednesday 28th July 2021, 2-5pm



Join us in the gardens on 28th July for the first ever Support Wealden Mini business expo.

Support Wealden is an initiative set up by Hailsham Creative to help local businesses during the pandemic.


Meet local businesses and have a wander round the gardens.

Entry is free but tickets MUST be booked in advance.


If you run a business in the Wealden or Eastbourne area and would like to have a pitch in the marquee/garden to promote your business, you will find details on the booking page.


ELSTOAF festival logo


Extremely Late Summer Trifle Online Arts Festival.

Originally screend live on BH Monday 28th December 2020 – 31st January 2021.

We refused to be thwarted by the pandemic. Although we could not host our usual annual summer festival, we still wanted to both support the arts and to bring the arts to our community. So we went online – ELSTOAF started on Monday 28th December with several hours of live and recorded entertainment and continues with online showcases on our ELSTOAF page.



Until we can all meet face to face again (well, even afterwards)  you can support artists, makers, creators and performers by visiting our Support the Arts page. We have a list of creators and performers with links to their websites and places where you can buy their work or support them in other ways


The gardens of Pickhams lend themselves beautifully to outdoor theatre events. Once we have finished putting in place our social distancing measures, we can start to plan more events. 


We will not be hosting anymore House Concerts for the foreseeable future but may hold some outdoor concerts in the gardens once we have in place adequate social distancing measures. Check the diary for forthcoming events.