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Autumn Events at Dyffryn Gardens

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Autumn Events at Dyffryn Gardens

Autumn walk

Look out for bursts of colour as autumn arrives on this self-guided walk.


A self- guided autumn walk which will take in all the colours of autumn and the changes in nature that a new season brings.

As autumn progresses, what you’ll see on your walk will change depending on how the weather has been and when in the season you come - keep your trail leaflet and come back a few times during the September, October and into early November to see how the gardens change as the year wends its way to a close.

You'll also find out a bit about the science of autumn - why the leaves turn the colour they do and what effect climate change is having on this process.

Adventure Cinema at Dyffryn Gardens

We are pleased to be welcoming back Adventure Cinema after a wonderful weekend of events last year.


This year you can expect more great entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of the Dyffryn South Lawns with Adventure Cinema bringing firm favourites, Grease, Dirty Dancing and as well as the more recent Top Gun: Maverick.

Friday 8: Dirty Dancing (12) Saturday 9: Top Gun: Maverick (12) Sunday 10: Grease (PG)

Not only is it an opportunity to watch a great movie but also to see the gardens after usual opening hours and experience the beauty of Dyffryn on a late-summer evening.

Our café will also stay open late so you can either bring a lovely picnic or purchase food and hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages when you get here. Either way we encourage you to bring a picnic blanket or some garden chairs and wrap up warm or bring extra blankets so you're comfy and cosy for the film’s duration.

Doors open at 6.45pm and the film begins at 8.15pm. Tickets need to be purchased through Adventure Cinema in advance.

This event is fully accessible. We ask that no smoking, no vaping, no glassware, no BBQs are brought into or used in the gardens.

Garden tour with the Head Gardener

Join Dyffryn’s Head Gardener, Chris, for a tour around the gardens, taking in the seasonal highlights and finding out what the garden team are up to at this time of year.


This is a specialist 90-minute tour with our Head Gardener, Chris Flynn, focusing on the ins and outs of the horticulture at Dyffryn; what we’re planting and working on this season, our unique approach to promoting biodiversity, and gardening to support the local ecosystem as well the wider environment.

Chris will show you the seasonal highlights of the gardens and include some history - the vision of Thomas Mawson and the success of his collaboration with the Cory family and how we’re continuing their legacy of reverence for tradition mixed with bold experimentation in our plans for the future of Dyffryn.

There will also be lots of tips and inspiration for you to take home and apply to your own gardens as well as time to ask questions.

Dates: Tuesday 13 June Wednesday 28 June Thursday 14 September Tuesday 19 September Wednesday 4 October Tuesday 17 October

Time: 11am

Maximum tour size: 12 people

The tour is free, donations welcome, normal admission applies. All money spent at Dyffryn goes back into looking after the gardens and the work we’re doing to renew, restore and revive this special place.

Open Doors at Dyffryn Gardens

On selected dates throughout September 2023, some Welsh National Trust places and properties will be joining the Wales-wide heritage festival organised by Cadw, Open Doors.


On 23 and 24 September we will be opening our gates for Open Doors, giving us the opportunity to welcome everyone to Dyffryn for free! Whether you've always wanted to see Dyffryn Gardens or you visit us a few times a year, here's your chance to enjoy the gardens completely free of charge.

We'll be open from 10am to 6pm and booking is essential if you'd like to come to Dyffryn on this weekend, even if you are already a National Trust member. We have half an hour arrival slots available for booking.

Do you dare?

Put yourself to the test as you discover all about the mini beasts that live here at Dyffryn. Use your senses to take on the challenges - feel around, take a sniff, listen out and look up. The question is…do you dare?


This October half term and Halloween come and learn all about the creepy crawlies that live in the gardens. What’s in the cauldron? What’s that smell? What makes that noise? Who lives up there? And finally, do you dare?


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