This year’s Sunbury Open Gardens event is on Sunday 12th June 2016

Welcome to Sunbury Open Gardens. Held once a year the event allows Sunbury’s keen gardeners to share their passion and generate vital funds for various charities. This year they’re supporting St Mary’s Church and the Princess Alice Hospice.

Everyone is invited to come along and have a nosey around the gardens. There will be coffee, tea and cakes, a raffle, plant and book sales, ploughman’s lunch* and free activities on offer.

The gardens will be open from 11am until 5pm on Sunday 12th June 2016.

Tickets are £4 in advance, £5 on the day, children free.

Tickets are available from The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery in the Walled Garden, and Skinners Newsagents and Van Wonderen Flowers on The Avenue Parade, Sunbury.

Celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday

With Sunday 12th June fast approaching Sunbury is looking forward to a bumper day of celebrations. As well as the Open Gardens event, Sunbury will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a parade and family-friendly activities in and around St Mary’s Church, including the following:

  • 10:40 – parade from Sunbury Park car park on Green Street , via Kings Lawn to Orchard Meadow car park, accompanied by the band of 862 (Sunbury) Squadron Air Training Corps**
  • 12:00 – morris dancing
  • 12:30 – special peal of bells as part of the national celebrations
  • 15:00 – ATC band
  • 12:00-17:00 – open church with flower display in church by the Sunbury Flower Club;  boat rides on the river with Sunbury & Walton Sea Cadets; demonstration safe working beehive & free children’s activities in the churchyard

Come along, bring a picnic and make a day of it!

Each year new gardens are introduced into the scheme, and old ones revisited, to offer visitors the opportunity to see what lies behind those hedges and walls. Historic sites abound and hundreds of people have seen Saxon burial mounds, ice houses, old wells, Second World War air raid shelters and much more.  Gardens have varied from the pocket sized urban garden to the large walled garden with ancient trees.  Each is individual and, hopefully, provides the germ of an idea to be taken and used elsewhere.  The organisers are eternally grateful to the volunteers who preen their gardens before the event, and then spend long hours talking to the interested visitor.

So come along and enjoy the gardens.  Not only will you be supporting worthy causes and enjoying others gardens, but you may also go away with that germ of an idea for your own garden.

*Ploughman’s lunches need to be pre-booked and prepaid by Wednesday 8th June. The cost is £6.00 per person. Please make cheques payable to St Mary’s Church, stating whether you would like cheese or ham and send to The Parish Office, Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN.

Lunches are served between 12-2pm in the parish hall. You may need to wait a few minutes to be seated.

Please book early to avoid disappointment as we have a limited number and the lunches are very popular.

Any queries please call 01932 786675.


Please note that the roads around the church will be closed this Sunday (12th June) from 10.40am – 11.10am from Sunbury Park, Green Street to Orchard Meadow Car Park, The Avenue.

This is for the Uniformed Groups Parade in honour of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

NB The notice states one hour, but the parade plans to finish just after 11am.