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National Gardens Scheme: Open Day

25 June 2022 - 26 June 2022

25th - 26th June

Clayhill Arts will be taking part in this year’s National Gardens Scheme, by opening its gardens to raise money for the following charities:

Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK, Maggie’s, Horatio’s Garden, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Perennial, WFGA, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Garden Museum, Professional Gardeners’ Trust.

Having been reclaimed from an old farm, Clayhill Arts has developed their surrounding garden spaces to encourage wildlife and complement the arable landscape beyond. With a collection of farm buildings that have been repurposed to house a residential arts training space, our garden spaces sit across 4 acres and include wildflower, grasses, and a lake, as well as ponds, vegetables and edible planters, whilst sitting amongst 140 acres of arable farmland.

We will also have artist Louisa Crispin in residence with us so you can see the work she has been creating as part of her Flight Path Community Project.

Come and explore our beautiful landscape, nestled in the heart of the Somerset Countryside. With 8 acres of gardens to explore, Clayhill is the perfect place to escape and rejuvenate. The surrounding landscape creates a sense of freedom, giving you the time and space needed for you to focus on your creative practice.

Situated in the heart of 140 acres of arable farmland and reclaimed from an old farm, Clayhill Arts have developed its surrounding garden spaces to encourage wildlife and complement the arable landscape beyond. With a collection of farm buildings that have been repurposed to house a residential arts training space, their garden spaces sit across 4 acres. Including wildflower, cut flower, pollination and dye gardens, grasses, woodlands and a lake, as well as ponds, vegetable and edible planters.

As well as providing refreshments on-site, we have a list of local providers which we can recommend.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Guernsey, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors The NGS have donated over £63 million to nursing and health charities and made an annual donation of over £3 million in 2021! The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – they are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. The NGS also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health and grant bursaries to help community gardening projects.

National Gardens Scheme: Open Day at Clayhill Arts for Charity


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We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.

We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.

Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note - Any additional nights before will include catering in the evenings, and additional nights after will include an evening meal and breakfast the following morning)

All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering

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Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.


The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.


As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics.  It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.


As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met. 


We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.


Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.


Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring


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