The Early Bird Catches . . .

. . . . the dawn chorus!

Book now for the second Great Comp Garden, Sevenoaks, Dawn Chorus Walk.

Wednesday 22nd May with wildlife expert Simon Ginnaw

Simon is passionate about our natural world. He has lived in Kent all his life and has worked and volunteered in and around conservation and wildlife education for over 15 years.  He has over 12 years experience leading and guiding experience across the UK and abroad.

Simon says “I love meeting people and sharing with them the things that excite me about nature, especially my main area of expertise, which is bird behaviour.”

Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Start Time: 4am (sunrise will be at 04:58am)

Meeting point: Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS. Please meet at the garden entrance hut.

Cost: £10 per person. Payable on arrival by cash.

How to book: Email us at to book a place on this walk.  

There are only 16 places available on this walk so please register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

Hop along to Easter Excitements in Sevenoaks

It’s all “hopping” and happening in Sevenoaks this Easter holiday season! Take the family out for an egg-citing trail or hunt to catch those elusive bunnies or carrots. Or for a change, hunt for mythical sea beasts in the gardens at Penshurst. Every location has a tempting cafe, so if you just want to watch the rest of the family at work, you’ve the perfect excuse to relax and enjoy your latte and home-made bake.

The list of choices is long, so why not enjoy more than one Easter outing?

Great Comp Garden, Platt, near Sevenoaks

Easter Egg Hunt: Friday 19 - Monday 22 April

Hunt for bunnies in this delightful 7 acre garden.

Hever Castle, Hever

Easter Family fun: 6 - 22 April

Find the golden carrot for a chance to win a golden hamper! Search for the hidden bunnies and enjoy the daily Easter Bonnet making craft activity.

Lullingstone World Garden, Eynsford

Easter family trail and quiz: Easter weekend, 20 - 22 April

Scour the World Garden for clues!

Penshurst Place, Penshurst

What Lurks beneath the Inky Sea: 6 - 22 April

Find mythical sea beasts in the gardens; make a sea beast in the craft workshops in the Old Coach House and enjoy story telling on 21 April.

Riverhill Himalayan Garden, Sevenoaks

Easter Bunny Hunt: 17 - 22 April

Hunt the bunnies in this glorious rhododendron garden!

Please check individual websites for opening hours and prices.

Roll on . . .

Bask in reflected glory at Great Comp Garden's Rolls-Royce Day on Sunday 19 August, noon to 4 pm. 

The South Eastern Section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club will be holding a gathering of their beautiful cars for all to admire.  If you're a car enthusiast, or just want to image how it might feel to be driven in one, this is the outing for you! 

Rolls-Royce and Bentley are world famous British cars, so don's miss the opportunity to chat informally to their enthusiastic owners and followers.

The garden and tearoom are open as usual with normal admission applying.

Great Comp Music Festival 2018

No need to travel to the Wigmore Hall or even Sussex, as your very own mini-Glyndbourne is right on your doorstep at Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks!

Booking has now opened for this musical gem.  So make sure you book NOW to hear the glories of  BBC Young Musician winner, Laura van der Heijden, ‘cello, as well as Alec Frank-Gemmill, BBC Young Generation Artist and the principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Both artists grew up locally.

Other performers include The Primavera Chamber Ensemble, The Coull Quarter, Tango Siempre and many more providing a stimulating and tempting offering of classical, tango, piano and string music. 

The intimacy of the Great Comp's Stable auditorium is the perfect backdrop to showcase this dazzling programme of summer music.  A MUST book moment!

Spring Fever!

There's much to love in February as not only is it St Valentine's month, it's also the month to celebrate the delights of Galanthus Nivalis, the snowdrop, that great harbinger of Spring and spring sunshine.

Celebrate this fabulous spring bulb at Great Comp Garden's Snowdrop Sensation Plant Fair on Sunday 18 February.  The plant fair itself, with its tempting array of those delightful nodding blooms, runs from 10 am to noon.  The gardens, themselves a spring delight, remain open until 4 pm.

An additional attraction is a lecture on spring bulbs by Val Bourne, acclaimed garden writer. photographer and lecturer.  The 1130 am lecture requires advance booking and tickets are limited so book now!

Autumn Extravaganza at Great Comp Garden

It's almost here, the great Autumn Extravaganza at Great Comp Garden at Platt, near Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday and Sunday, 14 and 15 October, 11am - 5 pm, are the dates for this Autumn highlight.  Crafts, plants, artisan food - it's all there for you.  So whether you're seeking early Christmas shopping, Autumn green-fingered inspiration or just the joy of seeing the glories of Autumn at Great Comp, this is the weekend for you.

Normal admission fees apply with 20% day entry discount for RHS members.


The more is . . .

Get out and about, to re-visit the old, or to discover the new!  So why not visit Sevenoaks District, which has so much on its doorstep to explore?  Heritage - Knole, Chartwell, Ightham Mote, Chiddingstone, Hever, Penshurst,  and we could go on; gardens - Emmetts Garden, Great Comp, Lullingstone, Riverhill Himalayan Garden; vineyards - The Mount; walks, shops, restaurants, cafes and as they always say, so much more . . .

But it's true and the more?  The more is our fantastic offering of guest accommodation with a style and price to suit every visitor.  Need to know more? Visit to be, well simply delighted! 

Spring Fling Garden Fair at Great Comp

You know Spring has arrived when the Spring Fling Garden Fair at Great Comp Garden, in Platt, near Sevenoaks, is imminent!  Sunday 9th April, 11 am - 5 pm, is the date for this annual feast of plant and craft stalls.  What's more, you can glory in Great Comp garden's spring blooms and feel refreshed by the home-baked goodies in the Tea Room.

Snowdrop Sensation!

Are you a galanthophile? If not, you might become one if you visit Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks, on Sunday 19 February for their Snowdrop Sensation.  Come and chat to the experts, admire their blooms and be prepared to be converted into a lover of these spring glories! Mouthwatering teas and lunches are available at The Old Dairy Tea Room.  Usual entry fees apply, with 20% discount to RHS members.

Autumn Extravaganza!

Celebrate Autumn's arrival with Great Comp Garden's Autumn Extravaganza! Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th October, will see an explosion of flora, fun and fascinating crafts down in Platt, near Sevenoaks.  Don't be left out!  Go and join the fun and be inspired for your Autumn gardening.