Celebrate the start of Spring! Discover Japanese art & culture amidst the breath taking blossoming orchards. Kent's Celebration of Blossom at Brogdale.
Discover the traditions of Japan with a traditional tea ceremony demonstration, have a go at origami, learn about bonsai or try your hand at traditional calligraphy.
Explore Japanese art & culture, learn to make sushi and watch the amazing Japanese drumming and sword displays or try on a kimono for a great selfie!
Sponsored by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation the Hanami Festival at Brogdale Farm is a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Japanese culture amidst the breathtaking backdrop of blossoming orchards in springtime. Brogdale really does have a sight to see!
Our National Fruit Collection guides will be leading tours of the blossom orchards while author, Naoko Abe: ‘Cherry’ Ingram, The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms will be hosting a talk about her book and a tour of the cherry blossom. Visitors will be able to bring their picnics and celebrate the start of spring as the Hanami tradition suggests.
The scheduled for April 13, 2024, promises a day filled with:
Cultural Immersion: Experience the richness of Japanese culture through Taiko drum performances, displays of Tameshiri and Iaijutsu sword techniques. Enjoy an exhibition showcasing various aspects of Japanese traditions and try on kimonos or discover the art of bonsai for a truly immersive experience. .
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Witness the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and experience the Way of Tea, Chado. With matcha tea and sweet tastings.
Interactive Workshops: Engage in hands-on activities such as calligraphy under the guidance of Japanese artist and calligrapher Koshu, or explore the art of Origami, the traditional Japanese paper-folding craft.
Sushi Making Demonstrations: Learn the art of making sushi from expert chefs, who will guide you through the process of crafting nigiri, rolls, and sashimi. Take home the skills to create your own sushi masterpieces.
The festival promises a day of joy, beauty, and cultural exchange, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to embrace the essence of Hanami without traveling to Japan.
Brogdale has a farm shop and café on site. (All closed on Mondays)
Brogdale has unlimited free parking & accessible toilets.
Dogs not permitted in the orchards at anytime.