The Gig in the Garden

Saturday 29 April 2017 – The Acoustic Gig in the Garden 

We are delighted to announce a special acoustic gig for music fans in the magical setting of Elford Walled Garden on Saturday 29 April 2017 starting at 6.30pm.

This is a unique opportunity to experience great live music in a spectacular English walled garden setting. Headlining the show is American singer songwriter, Stephen Simmons. Stephen hails from Woodbury, Tennessee and is over in the UK as part of a European tour. He comes armed with his acoustic guitar, harmonica and stack of great songs from his 10 album career. Expect an evening of song and storytelling drawn from a decade of experiences of life on the road as a touring troubadour. Stephen draws from a wide American musical heritage encompassing elements of folk, blues, country and the classic singer/songwriter genre.

The show will start with an opening set set from the great local-based acoustic duo ‘Brindley Hunt’ who have released a new album of original songs.

Tickets cost £10 and are available via PayPal


Tel:     01827 383533 or 07826 918202

Family Music & Real Ale Festival July 2nd 2016

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Plans are well underway for the forthcoming Music & Real Ale Festival at the walled garden in Elford.   The event will open at 13.00 with music commencing at 13.30 and continuing till around 10pm.  As usual, there will be plenty of variety on offer with over 25 real ales, lagers and ciders to taste and cream teas, BBQ food, chips and an evening hog roast to satisfy your appetites.   There will be games for children (and grown up children) and various other attractions.

Entry is by ticket at £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 5 to 16.   These are available directly from this website by using the PayPal button below or can be obtained from Tamworth or Lichfield tourist offices, local post offices or by telephoning 01827 383097 or 07702 839757.

If you haven’t been to the beerfest before then why not come along this year.   It’s a great day out in a lovely rural setting and the perfect place to relax with friends or to meet new friends.

See you there!


Spectacular bonfire success

Hallowe’en was simply a wonderful night for the walled garden and for everyone who attended. The weather was kind to us and Jason’s fireworks were spectacular and seemed to go on for ages. The bonfire is still burning brightly this morning!

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On behalf of the Walled Garden Project, I’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening a success. Nearly 70 volunteers turned out to help – can you believe that? Without them there would be no bonfire spooktacular and, in truth, there would be no walled garden at all! I think we all know that the walled garden at Elford is a pretty unique place and a wonderful asset to the village – all thanks to voluntary effort by many folk.

Thanks too, to everyone who came along and enjoyed the evening – it wouldn’t have been the same without you! See you again next year hopefully.

Our next big fundraiser will be on July 2nd 2016 with the Family Music and Real Ale Festival

Bonfire Spooktacular

The bonfire fund-raiser for the Elford Walled Garden Project will take place on Hallowe’en – Saturday 31st October 2015.   This will be the traditional bonfire celebration, enjoyed by many in recent years, all held within the safe confines of the beautiful walled garden at Elford.   As usual there will be hot and cold food on offer, plus hot and cold drinks.   There will be music and entertainment, free things for kids to enjoy and a good time to be had for all!   The fire will be lit around 6.15 with the fabulous fireworks display shortly afterwards.   This year admission numbers are limited by insurance considerations so get your tickets early and avoid disappointment.   Being Hallowe’en, we will be offering a prize for the best kids scary dress but grown ups can dress up too, so let your hair down and enjoy a spooktacular evening!

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Walled Garden celebrates great Festival

After several days of hard work setting up the walled garden for the annual Music & Real Ale Festival, we were ready to go.   Only the weather could spoil the party!   In the early hours of Saturday morning, violent thunderstorms hit the village but mercifully no damage was done to the site.   As the gates opened, the sun was breaking through and the weather held good for the whole event and consequently large numbers turned up to enjoy the day.  What luck!  In fact, the weather held fine until the Sunday afternoon when more heavy storm rain arrived but by then we had finished tidying up the site following the event so again we were lucky. The entertainment programme was opened by the school children of the St Mary’s, Richard Crosse and Howard Federation Choir who gave us a lively programme of music to keep the crowd happy.   Their final ‘Thank you for the Music’ got everyone waving  their arms!

Alun and the fantastic fiddler on stage
Alun and the fantastic fiddler on stage
Lichfield Lighthouse Company gave a rollicking rendition of sea shanties
Lichfield Lighthouse Company gave a rollicking rendition of sea shanties
The children of local school get us going in fine fashion
The children of local school get us going in fine fashion


Blast Off certainly blew our socks off!
Blast Off certainly blew our socks off!
Morag  Co gave their usual polished performance
Morag Co gave their usual polished performance
Walled Garden Wailers proving that anyone can sing!
Walled Garden Wailers proving that anyone can sing!
Thank you for the Music
Thank you for the Music
A glittering -performance by Barberama ladies barber shop choir
A glittering -performance by Barberama ladies barber shop choir
Local talents 'Take Three' made a great contribution to the day
Local talents ‘Take Three’ made a great contribution to the day

All of the performers gave their services free in aid of the charity.   Their contribution played a vital role in the success of the day and was much appreciated by the large audience.

Our hardworking volunteers pulled out all of the stops both before and during the event.   The BBQ and hog roast was a great success, as were the cream teas and cakes.   The partygoers drank the bar dry (well almost!).   We emptied 20 barrels of real ales, 10 kegs of cider and 4 barrels of lager!  Some party!!!

What a day.   There were some very tired volunteers as we closed up around midnight but everyone was delighted that the public had turned out in good numbers to ensure a successful event.   Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to the volunteers who served us so well.   The money raised at the event will cover our costs for the next 12 months and will ensure that the garden remains open and FREE to everyone ……. a win-win situation for all concerned.




Family Music & Real Ale Festival at the Walled Garden in Elford

The walled garden at Elford is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year but there is no better time to visit than when there are more than 25 real ales and ciders available to be tasted and tested?   Well, I suppose it would be better if there was entertainment available too.   Even better would be if there excellent food on offer!   Plus, if the children were kept amused at no cost – well that would be brilliant!


It seems unlikely that such a combination of ‘goodies’ could all be on offer together on one day BUT, you are in luck!

On Saturday July 4th at the walled garden in Elford all of these things and more will be available for anyone who wants a cracking day out.    Gates open at 1.00pm and music starts at 1.30 and continues well into the late evening.   There will be an extensive bar – see our website for drinks on offer – a BBQ all afternoon and evening, cream teas, a hog roast in the evening and fun and games for kids is free.   You will be able to enjoy the garden and the entertainment and there are marquees should the weather disappoint.   The food and drink – going on previous events – will keep everyone happy.


This is an important fund raiser for the volunteer run walled garden project.   Funds raised will help to keep the garden developing and will keep it open all year FREE to all visitors.   The garden has recently been awarded no less than 4 Royal Horticultural Society awards and the coveted Queen’s Award so it is quite something.   By coming along, you will be supporting a great local charity while having the time of your life!

The event opens at 1pm on Saturday July 4th and admission is just £6 (children £3 and under 5s are free) so come along and smell the roses!

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