Garden Gadabout 2015


The Garden Gadabout started 21 years ago as a small number of local gardens opening to raise funds for The Sussex Beacon, a HIV charity based in Brighton. Since then, numerous kind gardeners have opened their outdoor spaces to the public to help raise money for people affected by HIV and it is now one of the largest open garden schemes in Sussex.
This year we are doing things a little differently. Due to limited resources, we are unable to cover the cost of producing this year’s Garden Gadabout brochure and posters. But we still need to raise vital funds to support men, women and families affected by HIV to live independent and healthy lives. So we are handing over to the garden owners this year to arrange their openings!
As part of the Garden Gadabout, The Sussex Beacon will be opening its own gates to the public on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July. Customers can wonder around the beautifully crafted garden and pond, enjoy ploughman’s lunches and cream tea, as well as various activities and stalls for all the family. Additionally, The Sussex Beacon Half Marathon team will be holding a stall full of information on next years race!

Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July:

  • Tea, Coffee, Ploughman’s Lunch & Cream Tea.
  • Homemade cake sale.
  • Plant sales from the knowledgeable Sussex Beacon garden team.
  • Children’s drawing table.
  • Children’s Drawing competition – WIN SWING BALL! Winner announced Sunday 4pm.
  • Prize Raffle! Draw – Sunday 4pm
  • Garden trail with activities.
  • Face painting 1pm-4pm.
  • Virtual bee keeping Stall!
  • Brighton Half Marathon Stall.
  • The Sussex Beacon information Stall.
  • Wimbledon on TV!


Garden Gadabout 2015 A3 poster

Open your garden!

If you would like to open your garden for this event, please contact us on: or call us on 01273 645691.

Check out our Garden Gadabout Fundraising Guide for more information on ways you can help.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


The Sussex Beacon, Bevendean Road, Brighton, BN2 4DE

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015.
Open from 11am – 5pm

Entry to our garden is a suggested donation of £3 per person, under 12s go free!

WIN a free ploughman’s lunch for two at the event! Simply like The Sussex Beacon Facebook page, and share the competition Facebook post to be entered into the draw. The competition closes at 5pm on 4 July 2015 and winners will be announced by 10 July 2015. Click here for T&Cs.


128 Victoria Road, Portslade, BN41 1XB

Saturday 20 June 2015

A peaceful living blend of flowers and edible produced, all tumbled in together! Colourful, useful and a bit on the wild side.

28 Bernard Road East of Brighton

28 Bernard Road, East Brighton, BN2 3EQ

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 June 2015


There are lots of surprises in this small, gently sloping, walled, terraced garden, including stained glass, re-used ‘junk’ from my allotment as plant   containers, two tiny ponds and a range of terracotta pots. Building materials include old brickwork, Sussex tiles, stone, decking and rendering.

31 Coombe Rise Coastal

31 Coombe Rise, Saltdean, BN2 8QN

Sunday 5 July 2015

Nestled on a valley’s edge and bordering the South Downs National Park, the aptly named ‘Hilltops’ is a magical place full of charm. With far-reaching views across the Downs and toward the sea, this multi-layered woodland garden has been carefully nurtured by Brighton garden landscaper Freddie. With the addition of chickens and bees, and teas and coffees there will be plenty to do!

10 Clermont Terrace PP and Surr

10 Clermont Terrace, Brighton, BN1 6SH

Saturday 18 July 2015

Time to be confirmed

Continuously changing, our lovely romantic, sometimes wild, family garden is deep and narrow, meandering from herbaceous borders, vegetable beds to the more natural back of the garden where undesired oversized Leylandii conifers have been transformed into a magical climbing frame, swings and crow’s-nest to hide.