Dan Pearson Talk

Renowned garden designer and Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, Dan Pearson will be visiting Beth Chatto Gardens on 30th June. Dan has been heavily influenced by Beth’s work and includes quotes from her in his new book, Natural Selection.

As part of his visit, he will be conducting an exclusive gardening and horticulture lecture at the University of Essex, to help raise funds for the Beth Chatto Education Trust.

The lecture will begin at 7pm and is only 5 minutes walk from Wivenhoe House. Our brasserie is open all day and bookings can be made for either pre or post dinner bookings.

Standard Ticket: £25

  • Admission on 30th June to The Beth Chatto Gardens
  • The Dan Pearson Lecture
  • Welcome glass of fizz on arrival at the Lecture Theatre
  • Information stand on the Beth Chatto Gardens and Beth Chatto Education Trust – so  you can find out first hand what we are doing
  • Arrive from 6.30pm for welcome drinks
  • The lecture begins at 7pm
  • Finish is estimated to be 8.30pm
  • Show your ticket at the brasserie to get a free glass of Prosecco per person!

Standard Discounted Ticket: 20% off for RHS members, Gold Friends of the Garden or Students (please include evidence of your membership in the special instructions – this will be asked for at the lecture.)

All proceeds will go to the Beth Chatto Education Trust. Tickets are only available directly from Beth Chatto Gardens.

How to book tickets

Reserve a table in the brasserie


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.