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Pickhams, Hayreed Lane, 

Wilmington, East Sussex 

BN26 6RR

01323 705153

If you're looking for what's on in Sussex this summer, this hidden Sussex garden has a lot to offer -Workshops, art, crafts, creative writing, live music, open garden, sculpture - there is something for everyone. 


Summer Trifle is a two week-long showcase of local artists, musicians and craftsmen. Discover the art of self expression at one of the varied workshops or relax and enjoy live music and theatre. Or have some tea and cake and simply stroll around the gardens taking in the various sculptures and soaking up the restorative force of nature to fire your inspiration. Free entry to the gardens, art & sculpture trail, craft show and some music performances. Workshops include painting, drawing, photography, working with glass, and song writing.

Summer Trifle - Discover arts and music in this hidden Sussex garden




4th - 19th August  &  25th - 27th August

11am - 5pm daily except Mondays.  Free entry.

Step into the grounds of Pickhams and enter a world of creativity, view the wide array of sculptures and art installations in the gardens and enjoy talking to artists about their work.


Wander around the enchanting, hidden gardens of Pickhams in Wilmington. Once a formal gardens, the years have matured the evergreens, weeping willows and silver birches to create secret, shaded enclosures. Ivy covered walls, a pond, pergola and secret walled garden all add to the charm.





4th to 19th August, free entry

11am - 5pm daily except Mondays

Keith Pettit

Keith lives and works in his native Sussex. Driven by his life long urge to create, his artistic output takes many forms. An incredibly accomplished wood engraver, achieving increasing critical and commercial success.

His sculptures are equally varied; from the towering bonfires to more permanent public sculpture. Letter and lettering are a common thread throughout his career, when he first left school, traditional signwriter was his first calling and letter carving in both stone and wood continues that thread today.

Over arching all his various strands of work is a clear, keen empathy for his natural surroundings, tapping into the intimate knowledge we have gathered in the evolving interaction with our natural environment, often utilizing this knowledge in much of his work.

Mark Austin

Mark will be exhibiting his unique sculptures which match the individuality and bring out the natural beauty in every piece of wood. MJA-WOOD, offering a range of bespoke woodturning, wood sculptures and artwork, was started in 2015 by Mark Austin.

Jazz Dixon

Jazz's work is inspired by powerful emotions, from the beauty of the natural world to the interconnections of life. 

"I am drawn to glass by its very nature and it’s interaction with light and colour, a material that is soft yet hard, strong yet fragile. I enjoy allowing the process to influence each piece, like an Alchemist, changing the material to create a final outcome."

Heather Stevens

Heather makes pieces for the garden that are inspired by nature. By using recycled copper and found items this dictates the size, shape, and form of her work.

Geoff Pittman

Geoff creates hand-thrown stoneware pottery for both oven-to-tableware and ornamental use. The style of his work is in the “Leach” tradition and he is influenced by the aims of the Arts and Crafts Movement which is to create things that are both useful and beautiful. He has recently started making bird baths and is currently experimenting with a series of exciting designs and decoration.

"The craft is in the making; The art is making it beautiful."

The Acciarinis

The Acciarinis are a Luxembourgish-Irish husband and wife team of artists and sculptors whose backgrounds are as diverse as their skill sets. With experiences ranging from being a disc jockey on national Irish radio to being a master blacksmith when you meet Anna and Tom you're never quite sure what you're going to get. 

Anna has three degrees including Art and Screenwriting and her current interests include carving the most delicate miniature sculptures from rare Australian Opal as well as painting and metal sculpture. 

Tom, a design and fabrication consultant in the lighting industry, creates metal sculptures and installations.




4th to 19th August, free entry

11am - 5pm daily except Mondays

Located in the indoor gallery, this exhibition explores the use of different media in art. 

Exhibitors include:

Hayley Cox

Alex O’Reilly

Jennifer Bisset

Josie Tipler

Bec Garland

Mark Austin

Valerie Evans

Margaret Worster

Helen Lavinia Moore

Josie Tipler

Keith Pettit

Jazz Dixon

John Burgess




Sunday 5th & Monday 6th August. Doors 7:00pm for 7:30pm.  £8.  

Bring your own drinks & nibbles. Refreshments available before and in interval.  Adults only.

The Dicker Players present a hilarious evening of comedy, cabaret style.


Featuring sketches and comedy theatre. Originally from Upper Dicker, the Dicker Players Am Dram Group now boast members from all over the local area. They are often naughty, always funny. They have had sell out shows at Hailsham Pavilion, the home of their annual Cabaret, with their production of Allo Allo.




4th, 5th, 7th, 8th & 9th August 3:30 - 5:00pm

£12.50 per person (minimum of 2 people)

Relax in the wonderful open Gardens at Pickhams and be waited on in style in the garden marquee with our special Edwardian style teas. Consider dressing up to make a real occasion of it!


Teas include a selection of 3 cakes, 2 scones with cream and jam, 2 varieties of sandwich,  tea or coffee. 


Sandwiches will include a random selection from cucumber, smoked salmon, ham & lettuce or egg & cress. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.





Friday 10 August

7 pm - 11pm.

Live music and bar. Tickets £5

Anita Jardine

Comedic Folk songstress sure to tickle your fancy. Jardine uses her candid humour to approach a whole range of topics– from body politics (“Designer Vagina”) to the messiness of the human experience & the fallibility of our own emotions. (“My Hearts a Twat”). Light hearted but often emotive & moving. Check out her facebook music page .



Song Box Band

Songwriting duo, comprised of Rob Abbott guitar/vocals and Phil Macnamara bass/vocals. Based in Brighton, their music is described as having "blues rhythms, country harmonies and folk tales..."

Song Box Band spin yarns that weave a blanket of warmth. Any Audience lucky enough to experience them will feel cosy from the outset.






Saturday 11th August, 11am - 5pm. Free entry.

Courtesy bus service today only - see timetable

Visit the Art & Craft marquee and buy unique works direct from the makers. Featuring jewellery, ceramics, textiles, pottery, paintings and more. Exhibitors include 

John Burgess - oil landscapes/seascapes

Valerie Evans - wool art

Kristina Stedman - art & craft

Berry Winters - glasswork

Liz Cottingham - silver jewellery

Andrew Cottingham - ceramics, Margaret Worster - painting 

Helen Lavinia Moore - painting, Clive & Val Hale - paper/mosaic work

Kathy Dawson - ceramics, Anna Acciarini - carvings & craft

Heather Stevens - metal work, Mark Austin - wood

Claire Stevens - ceramics, Linda Mauldon - watercolours.




Saturday 11th August 2-4pm. £20.

Courtesy bus service today only - see timetable

Songwriting workshop with Anita Jardine: Ever wondered if you could write a song? Explore your voice, boost your confidence and get your creative juices flowing. A lifelong songwriter and well travelled international troubadour, Anita shares her journey and helps you to kindle your own creative flame. All welcome, no previous musical experience required.


"Anita made me feel very at ease and I really enjoyed the workshop. Her openness and sense of humour enabled the group to relax into the task. Very inspiring. Thank you"



Saturday 11 August

7 pm - 11pm

Live music and bar. Tickets £7.50

Courtesy bus service today only - see timetable

Milton Hide

Husband and wife, Jim and Josie Tipler, are an acoustic duo currently taking the folk circuit by storm, reworking material Jim had written for previous bands and Josie penning lyrics to his new tunes. Their music is uplifting, smooth and soulful, with melodic vocals underpinned by guitar, cajon, clarinet and banjo. Although based on the folk sounds of old, there is a subtle and refreshing contemporary lilt to the charming music of Milton Hide.




Dandelion Charm

Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Imagine Fleetwood Mac meets Opeth and CSN meets Yes. 


John Fowler (guitars, vocals) brings over twenty years of song-writing and production experience to Dandelion Charm while Clare Fowler (vocals) is a long-time visual artist and performer and her love of storytelling manifests itself in her heartfelt lyrics and emotive delivery. When performing with a full band, John and Clare are joined by Bob Burke (guitar, backing vocals), Jim Bryan (bass), Philip Wickens (keyboards) and Ivan Pledge/Rob Biss (drums).

Photo by Paul Simmonds

Photo by Elizabeth Doakes




Sunday 12th August 11am - 1pm. £65.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who is interested in using natural cosmetics, skincare or would like to learn more about makeup application.

It will cover...

  • • Skincare advice and facial massage lesson
  • • Why it’s important to use non-toxic cosmetics
  • • How to ‘clean up’ your makeup bag
  • • Which items are the most important or easiest to swap first
  • • Harmful ingredients you should be avoiding
  • • Which clean beauty products are the most effective and best value for money

Ellie Gill has been a makeup artist for the past ten years working on editorial shoots and lots of weddings. She is also a holistic therapist and specialises in using natural, organic products in her facials.

 “I believe that beauty is something that comes from the inside out. I approach my jobs with a holistic outlook and take into account the whole picture to my clients achieve a natural, radiant glow and a balance, calm lifestyle”




Sunday 12th August 2.00 - 5.00pm. £12.


A fun stop-motion animation workshop for kids aged 8-16 based on things found in the garden.

We shall be making simple models, props and characters based on items found in the garden. We shall set a scene and animate our characters using stop-motion computer software. Once our filming is complete we will edit the final film, which will be uploaded to the AnimazingTVUK YouTube channel for you to share with family and friends. All participants get a certificate.




Sunday 12th AND Sunday 19th August 11am - 3pm.  

£60 (includes both sessions)

A 2 part course with hands on tuition, learning as you shoot. From camera basics, shooting techniques, tips on how to hold your camera, to more creative and technical skills such as creative composition, lighting techniques to seeing and controlling light.


Over the 2 day course you will become confident in camera technique and after the first session, you will be encouraged to practice the techniques learnt , returning on the second session with your results, where you will benefit from focussed tuition.


You will need a digital camera and a tripod if you have one. Those with more gear are welcome to bring it, but please don’t feel you need to have anything more than a camera and a keenness to learn about photography.


Phil Burrowes of Avant Photographic is a professional photographer who is renowned for his skill in capturing unique imagery for his many clients. With over 20 years experience working as a portrait photographer, commercial photographer, and simply loving the craft , Phil will spend time with you to improve your skills, or introduce you to the world of photography.




Tuesday 14th August 10:30am - 12:30pm. FREE

Dementia Support East Sussex (DSES) provide relaxed, safe, dementia-centred activities, in a social setting, with group singing and stimulating activities.

The morning will be split into two sessions. From 10 to 11 there will be various activities including creative arts, cake decoration, crafts, chess and other games, drawing and flower decoration.

From 11.30 to 12.30 there will be interactive group singing. The tutor brings song, dance and movement with songs, old and new, for all to enjoy.


BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Contact Cliff Slack on 07869 619861 or email whitegates@mail.com




Tuesday 14th August  6.30pm – 8.30pm  £10.


This workshop will cover the basic concepts of photography including how to take your camera off the auto button. You will learn about correct exposure and good composition, followed by questions and answers and a practical session.  


To get the best out of this session attendees must bring their camera , any extra lenses, and instruction book.




The Weft and the Weave

Tuesday 14th August 11:30am. 1:30pm &  3:30pm.


Sit back and enjoy the telling of a traditional fairy tale. Then get busy…..gathering ideas, inspiration and items from nature to explore the story and its themes. A chance for children and their parents, grandparents, carers, uncles, aunts, etc. to have time together and share ideas, creativity and fun.


Take your pick from 3 popular fairytales:

  • • 11.30am - The Twelve Dancing Princesses 
  • • 1.30pm - Rumpelstiltskin 
  • • 3.30pm - The Three Little Pigs


And what’s your favourite story? Add it to the Story Loom and watch as the fabric of story magic grows before your very eyes!




Wednesday 15th August 1 - 4:30pm. £25 including materials

A fun and interactive workshop teaching a gentle and relaxing technique to draw and colour your own organic mandalas.


There will be some explanation of what mandala art is and books available to look at.


Discover the beauty of mandalas and learn about organic geometry.

A colourful, mindful experience, this beautiful technique for self-care leaves you with a sense of wellbeing.




Wednesday 15th August 2pm - 4pm. £25 including materials

Pastels don't need to be soft pastel colours! Join artist Josie Tipler for an intensive lesson on using both oil pastels and chalk pastels. Learn a non-messy technique for using chalk pastels if you prefer, or get stuck in and get mucky! Oil pastels can be great as a sketching tool, as a mixed media and to produce vibrant pictures with beautiful blends.


Josie will provide some materials but if you have your own pastels, bring them along as many pastels are different.




Wednesday 15 August 5pm - 7pm. £30 per booking.

Materials provided.

Come and play with colourful glass. Work with family members (or friends) to create 2 sun-catchers or 4 coasters. (max 3 people per booking)


Fused glass workshop aimed at family groups, using simple confetti glass, stringers and frit to create your own colourful designs. During the workshop you will use a wide range of simple colourful glass. No glass cutting involved. Have fun creating your own designs and learning a little about the amazing world of fused glass. You are welcome to bring ideas for your designs and I will do my best to help you create them in glass. Pieces will be fired off site by the tutor and then returned for collection at Pickhams the following week. Suitable for children aged 5 to 95, no unaccompanied children. No open-toed footwear.




Thursday 16 August 11am - 12:30pm. £10.

The modern-day miracle that is The Random Story Generator is a marvellous machine that helps you create the most wonderful ideas for stories and storyboards.


The Random Story Generator Workshop involves the machine generating a series of typed words at random. Children are encouraged to note the words, then collate them and form a narrative using all, or a selection of, the words. As the story evolves Professor Willard creates, with suggestions and participation from the students, a hand drawn storyboard on A3 sized pieces of paper to illustrate the flow and direction of the narrative.


This workshop is ideal for children aged between 5 to 10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contains low level sound effects, flashing lights and theatre haze.




Thursday 16th August 10am - 4pm. £50 including materials.

Learn how to construct an organic form in willow using a simple random weave technique. Forms will be either a sphere or allium shaped pod form up to 18" in diameter. These make beautiful garden structures and plant supports.

Dominic is a member of the Basketmakers Association with many years of experience in teaching rural crafts at venues including the Museum of English Rural Life and West Dean College. He is committed to the sustainable use of local woodlands, producing beautiful, functional products using traditional techniques.

Only 8 places available so book early. Bring a picnic or pre-order a lunch.




Thursday 16 August 2pm - 5pm. £35 including materials.

Learn how to sculpt, mould and shape silk clay to make broaches, pendants or magnets with your favourite wacky characters or other sculptures. 

Perfect for all ages including those with special needs and their carers, this is an easy paced workshop giving you plenty of time to enjoy designing and creating. You will watch demonstrations and receive individual attention to help you complete your creations.


Enjoy some sensorial fun experimenting with different shapes and colours and creating within a supportive space.


Please wear enclosed shoes and comfy clothes.




Thursday 16 August 6pm - 9pm. £25  including materials.

Watercolours needn't be wishy washy. Learn this easy technique of producing vibrant colours in your watercolours and creating striking images with the addition of ink details. 


You will need to bring a fine or 'rigger' brush. Josie will provide materials to share but if you have your own watercolours and brushes please bring them along.




Friday 17 August 11am - 4pm. £65.

Spend the day painting and sketching in the gardens of Pickhams. Enjoy a relaxing day immersed in art with tuition from artist, Josie Tipler. Choose to work in either watercolours, pastels or acrylics. Materials included. 

Bring a picnic or pre-order a lunch.




Friday 17th August 1:30pm , 3pm & 4:30pm. £15 per session.

Materials provided.

Discover the art of gelli printing with this family-friendly workshop from Print and Make taking inspiration from our natural surroundings.


Participants will learn to create their own monoprints onto paper using gelli plates and explore colour, texture and layering. We will be taking inspiration from natural surroundings to produce a series of beautiful prints to take home. 


Each workshop will last an hour and, with a maximum of 10 participants per group, will provide the time and specialist guidance to develop their confidence in learning a new skill.


The workshop is suitable for beginners and is family friendly and fun for all ages, however children under the age of 9 should be accompanied by a participating adult.


Aprons/messy t-shirts will be provided along with all materials needed to produce the prints as well as a recipe and method booklet for making gelli plates at home.





18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 27th August. 11am - 5pm.

We're pleased to be taking part in the annual Lewes Artwave event . This will coincide with our final weekend and we will also open just for Artwave on the following bank holiday weekend.


Featuring Helen Lavinia Moore, Margaret Ann Worster, Kathy Dawson, Hayley Cox and Josie Tipler.


Josie will also be hosting have-a-go art in the marquee. 

PASTELS - 18th August. 2pm - 4pm. £3

ACRYLICS - 25th August. 2pm - 4pm. £3

(Free if you just want to watch the demonstrations).


Full details of the venues, artists and makers contributing to Artwave can be found on the Artwave website .



Sunday 19th August - 10:30am - 12:30pm. 

£30 including light vegan lunch.

Diana Sampson’s Luna Rhythms yoga classes are a call to humanity to return once more to a way of life that is more in tune to the natural rhythms of the Earth. Human Beings are the only species on the planet that have lost this rhythm, and in turn have caused disharmony within themselves and the planet. It is time to return to a deeper balance and ease within ourselves and with nature. This theme imbues all her classes, from the breathing exercises, to the yoga moves, to the powerful sound healing, mudras, meditations and deep relaxation techniques. 


Peace joy and ease are our natural states. Let's live this in all areas of our lives.

Om shanti


Lunch will be provided by Philippa of Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen





Sunday 19th August 11am - 5pm.

Displays and performances of work created in the various workshops this year.


Photographic competition entries.








Sunday 19th August, 2 - 4pm.  Donations.

Refreshments available.

Poetry, readings, books and songs. 


Pickhams' very own Jill Church will read a selection of her published poems and there will also be readings by many of the local authors of which Arlington and the surrounding area boast. This hub of literary talent will be complemented by another Pickhams delight - the home grown melodic sound of Milton Hide, who weave their stories with rich threads of song.


If you are a writer or author and would like to share your work, either bringing your own books to sell, or reading out some of your work, please get in touch with us before the event.






4th to 19th August, free entry

11am - 5pm daily except Mondays

At various times during Summer Trifle, you will find artists working in the gardens. These will include members of Compass Arts, our Artists in Residence for the festival. Compass is a registered charity that has been delivering a wide range of creative projects throughout Eastbourne and the local area since 1996. The organisation provides arts and artistic experiences to members of the local community and especially to those marginalised groups and individuals.

Come along to the Artists in Residence gazebo and say hello, meet the artists and see what the group are working on. The final results of all of their work will be on show at the end of event Showcase on Sunday 19th August.

Pickhams, Hayreed Lane, 

Wilmington, East Sussex 

BN26 6RR

01323 840048

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