Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5BQ  |  020 8300 0084
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm  |  Sunday 10am - 4pm

Events & Attractions

Dates for your diary

Our full programme of events for your diary

Ruxley Rascals Painting Activity

25 May 2015 - 29 May 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£5.00

Please note that unfortunately a supplier has failed to fulfil our order of terracotta boots, and therefore the previously advertised 'Paint a Pair of Terracotta Wellington Boots' activity has been altered.  Only a very small number of boots have been received and these will be issued to customers on a first come, first served basis.  We will email you if unfortunately your order is one of those that must be substituted.

The activity will now feature garden gnomes and piggy coin banks.

We apologise for the inconvenience but hope that you still decide to join in the fun! 

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Plant & Garden Photography

02 Jun 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Michael is a member of the Professional Garden Photographers' Association and the official NGS garden photographer for Hertfordshire. 

Michael's photographs have a strong practical orientation but his garden features also reveal a pictorial approach that is sensitive to the atmosphere in the garden and flattering in terms of the balance of light in the scene.  He also has an enduring interest in British woodlands.

Michael's talk will include a presentation with examples of his photography and of course tips and advice on how to take the perfect picture!

FREE but please book your seat in advance by clicking the link below:
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FREE BBQ Demonstration with Richard Holden

14 Jun 2015  (12PM - 2PM)

Join us outside The Mulberry Tree restaurant for a free BBQ Demonstration with Richard Holden.  You'll enjoy watching Richard prepare great BBQ food using produce provided by Dennis the Butcher from Ruxley's Food Hall.

Richard Holden is the UK’s most trusted BBQ teacher. Richard worked at his neighbour's butchers from a young age and a passion for food was very much instilled.

Living in Canada for most of his twenties Richard returned to the UK to undertake Cordon Bleu training at The Tante Marie School of Cookery. His talent was quickly noticed by a leading London Event Caterer and Richard spent the spring and summer of 2012 cooking for clients and celebrities at the London 2012 Olympics.

In the autumn of the same year Richard joined the UK’s foremost BBQ company and began travelling the UK and Ireland teaching the public how they could cook beautiful food on their BBQs at home. Richard's experiences gave him the confidence to branch out and follow his dream to run his own teaching business:

"I love to travel, to cook and teaching people to cook. To help someone create a dish they previously thought was too challenging is an amazing thing!"

Session will include demonstrations on...

Grilling

  • Lemon & thyme infused chicken breast
  • Cooked on - charcoal mastertouch using the GBS grate and with cast iron sear grate and charbaskets
  • Accessories - chimney starter, briquettes, lighter cubes, square lighter, silicone basting brush, digital temperature probe

Roasting/Smoking

  • Beer can chicken smoked with wood chips (hickory or whiskey wood chips)
  • Cooked on - Ruxley genesis
  • Accessories - gas smoker box, wood chips, digital temperature probe, style poultry roaster

Baking

  • Chocolate orange cake
  • Cooked on - Q2200
  • Accessories - large foil drip trays

Rotisserie

  • Rum glazed rotisserie pineapple
  • Cooked on - Q2200 with Q rotisserie
  • Accessories - Q rotisserie, marinade jar with basting brush

Pizza Stone

  • Pizzas
  • Cooked on - charcoal mastertouch
  • Accessories - standard pizza stone, pizza paddle, pizza cutter, silicone basting brush

Smokey Mountain Cooker

  • Pork Ribs
  • Cooked on - 47cm WSMC
  • Accessories - wood chunks, briquettes, chimney starter, lighter cubes, square lighter

FREE Garden Expert Talk: Say It With Poison!

16 Jun 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Russell returns this year with his most popular talk to date - Say it with Poison!  Awarded the Diploma in Garden History from London University in 2000, Russell is a keen practical gardener and passionate public speaker.

Down in the garden, something deadly lurks.  Several people who stood between the gardener and a large inheritance have died horribly.  Could it be that they have all been poisoned with the plants and flowers that grow there?  Many have been used throughout history as part of the murderer's stock-in-trade, both in fiction and real life, so should you be on your guard against "herbaceous murder" as the gardener welcomes you in for what might be your very last garden tour?  Make sure your life insurance is up to date against murder most floral - it's time to Say It With Poison...

FREE but please book your seat in advance by clicking the link below:
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War Veterans' Signing Day & Spitfire Air Display

20 Jun 2015  (11am - 4pm )

We are very proud to once again be able to host a War Veterans' Signing Day in conjunction with Shoreham Aircraft Museum in Kent.

The day's event will begin with a spitfire air display directly over the garden centre at approximately 11.30am!  Witness an incredible 10 minute display in the presence of our distinguished guests...

This will be an all services event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day....

Those attending are as follows:

Ted Molyneux 38Sqn RAF,
WO Harry Irons. Lancaster rear gunner.
Sid Beaver. Lancaster Pilot,
F/s Ron Dearman.. Dakotas & Ansons
F/O Gerry Abrahams. Lancaster pilot
Flt Lt Rodney Scrase. 72 Sqn Spitfire pilot
John Wray. B24 Liberator Gunner.
F/O Maurice Macey. Spitfire Pilot
W/O Joe Cook. Lancaster rear gunner
Lt Keith Quilter.. Fleet Air Arm Pilot. Seafires & Corsairs
Rufus Heald. pilot. Spitfires & Tempests.
J Bristow. Army, on Gold Beach 1944
P/O Charles.McFadden Royal Navy.

There will also be a display of classic vehicles and military vehicles too.

Details are being added daily, please check back again soon.

 

 

 

FREE Garden Expert Talk: Growing for the Flower Arranger

30 Jun 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

Maike Windhourst returns for a second talk this spring.  This talk will appeal to anyone who dreams of growing their own cut flower garden, and how it really is possible to grow a continual supply for floral arrangements all year round. 

FREE but please book your seat in advance by clicking the link below:
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Weber BBQ Grill Academy On Tour!

02 Jul 2015  (6.30 - 8.30)

Live BBQ evening event run by Weber in The Mulberry Tree restaurant.

A 2 hour live cooking show with fantastic BBQ recipes, demos and tasting.

Join the Weber team in store where you'll see first hand how to grill, roast and bake the Weber way and learn all the skills you need to recreate these delicious recipes on your own barbecue at home!

Demand is high, hurry, before tickets run out!

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Arts & Crafts Movement and its Gardens

07 Jul 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential, profound and far-reaching design movements of modern times. 

This was a movement unlike any that had gone before.  Its pioneering spirit of reform, and the value it placed on the quality of materials and design, as well as life, shaped the world we live in today. 

An experienced lecturer in garden history, Stephen promises to provide a thoroughly enjoyable insight in the Arts & Crafts influence on gardens of the time.

FREE but please book your seat in advance by clicking the link below:
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Introductory BBQ Masterclass with Richard Holden

11 Jul 2015  (11AM - 3PM)

£30

Join us in The Square, outside The Mulberry Tree restaurant, for an introduction to BBQ cooking with Richard Holden.  You'll enjoy cooking on barbecues using the finest produce from Dennis the Butcher and ingredients from Ruxley's Food Hall.

 Richard's menu is

 Starter:

Apple smoked Welsh rarebit with mature cheddar cheese and beer

 

Main Course:

Rotisserie porcetta with Mediterranean vegetable ratatouille and potato boulangere

 

Dessert:

Tarte Tatin with vanilla bean ice cream

 

Richard Holden is the UK’s most trusted BBQ teacher. Richard worked at his neighbour's butchers from a young age and a passion for food was very much instilled.

Living in Canada for most of his twenties Richard returned to the UK to undertake Cordon Bleu training at The Tante Marie School of Cookery. His talent was quickly noticed by a leading London Event Caterer and Richard spent the spring and summer of 2012 cooking for clients and celebrities at the London 2012 Olympics.

In the autumn of the same year Richard joined the UK’s foremost BBQ company and began travelling the UK and Ireland teaching the public how they could cook beautiful food on their BBQs at home. Richard's experiences gave him the confidence to branch out and follow his dream to run his own teaching business:

"I love to travel, to cook and teaching people to cook. To help someone create a dish they previously thought was too challenging is an amazing thing!"

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FREE Garden Expert Talk: Seasonal Edible Flowers

14 Jul 2015  (3pm - 4pm )

A mouthwatering talk from Italian Chef Claudio!  An expert in wild food, we hope Claudio will be able to provide a cookery lesson using local weeds (really!) as part of his hour-long presentation (weather dependent as use of a BBQ will be required).

Claudio is also a Certified Organic producer of edible herbs whilst also being a mature full-time student at Writtle College!

FREE but please book your seat in advance by clicking the link below:
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Ruxley Rascals Create a Mini Garden in a Seed Tray

21 Jul 2015 - 24 Jul 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£3.00

Build your own miniature garden in a seed tray with flowers, compost and pebbles!

Have fun creating pathways, lawns, borders and lots of other garden features from our recycled materials!

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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Introductory BBQ Masterclass with Richard Holden

26 Jul 2015  (11:00 - 15:00)

£30

Join us in The Square, outside The Mulberry Tree restaurant, for an introduction to BBQ cooking with Richard Holden.  You'll enjoy cooking on barbecues using the finest produce from Dennis the Butcher and ingredients from Ruxley's Food Hall.

Richard's menu is

Starter:

Apple smoked Welsh rarebit with mature cheddar cheese and beer

Main Course:

Rotisserie porcetta with Mediterranean vegetable ratatouille and potato boulangere

Dessert:

Tarte Tatin with vanilla bean ice cream

Richard Holden is the UK’s most trusted BBQ teacher. Richard worked at his neighbour's butchers from a young age and a passion for food was very much instilled.

Living in Canada for most of his twenties Richard returned to the UK to undertake Cordon Bleu training at The Tante Marie School of Cookery. His talent was quickly noticed by a leading London Event Caterer and Richard spent the spring and summer of 2012 cooking for clients and celebrities at the London 2012 Olympics.

In the autumn of the same year Richard joined the UK’s foremost BBQ company and began travelling the UK and Ireland teaching the public how they could cook beautiful food on their BBQs at home. Richard's experiences gave him the confidence to branch out and follow his dream to run his own teaching business:

"I love to travel, to cook and teaching people to cook. To help someone create a dish they previously thought was too challenging is an amazing thing!"

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

Ruxley Rascals Plant and Paint a Strawberry Pot

27 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£4.00

Grow your own delicious strawberries in a personalised plant pot!

We'll provide a small terracotta pot, paints and a strawberry plant along with instructions on how to grow and care for your strawberries!

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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Ruxley Rascals Bird & Bug Suncatcher Windchimes

03 Aug 2015 - 07 Aug 2015  (10am - 3pm)

£3.00

Glass effect acrylic pendants with chimes... choose one bird and one bug and decorate with our special glass pens.

Hang against a window and watch them flutter in the sunlight!

Each pendant is 10cm.

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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Ruxley Rascals Paint a Pebble Animal

10 Aug 2015 - 14 Aug 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£3.00

Unleash your creativity by designing and painting your very own pebble animal!

Take inspiration from the garden and create a ladybird or creepy crawly.. then simply add google eyes to give your animal its own unique character!

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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Advanced BBQ Masterclass with Richard Holden

15 Aug 2015  (11AM - 3PM)

£30

Join us in The Square, outside The Mulberry Tree restaurant, for this Advanced BBQ Cooking Masterclass with Richard Holden.  You may have already attended the introductory session, but either way, you'll enjoy ramping up your cooking skills a notch or two by tackling more ambitious techniques!

Richard Holden is the UK’s most trusted BBQ teacher. Richard worked at his neighbour's butchers from a young age and a passion for food was very much instilled.

Living in Canada for most of his twenties Richard returned to the UK to undertake Cordon Bleu training at The Tante Marie School of Cookery. His talent was quickly noticed by a leading London Event Caterer and Richard spent the spring and summer of 2012 cooking for clients and celebrities at the London 2012 Olympics.

In the autumn of the same year Richard joined the UK’s foremost BBQ company and began travelling the UK and Ireland teaching the public how they could cook beautiful food on their BBQs at home. Richard's experiences gave him the confidence to branch out and follow his dream to run his own teaching business:

"I love to travel, to cook and teaching people to cook. To help someone create a dish they previously thought was too challenging is an amazing thing!"

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

Ruxley Rascals Ceramic Frog Coin Bank

17 Aug 2015 - 21 Aug 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£4.00

Enjoy painting a smiley frog coin bank (12cm high including removable stopper), with acrylic paints or decorative papers and glue.

You'll make saving fun as you fill it up with coins - so go and hop to it!

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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Ruxley Rascals Make a Wooden Bird Feeder

24 Aug 2015 - 28 Aug 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£4.00

Have fun painting your own wooden bird feeder and enjoy watching the birdies afterwards!

Each kit includes pre-cut wooden pieces that slot together and a hanging cord.  Assembled size is 19cm x 16cm x 11cm.

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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Ruxley Rascals Sammy the Squirrel's Selection Days

31 Aug 2015 - 02 Sep 2015  (10am - 3pm )

£4.00

Sammy's selection days are just the thing to forget all about those back to school blues! 

A range of fun activities including painting, glueing and crafting.  Just book your ticket and choose what to do on the day!

Booking required in advance please as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the day of your visit.

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