Kate Tompsett set up colourful, creative gift store, Happy and Glorious in 2012 – the year of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics. With previous experience in the retail and marketing industry, Kate was confident that she had the skills and experience necessary to open her own business to channel the positivity of the time.
“There was a real surge of celebration and happiness in the air, so I felt there was no better opportunity to celebrate what Britain had to offer,” she explains.
“I was inspired by Mary Portas and her challenge to re-ignite British manufacturing, so I was passionate about stocking locally created products. I have my own range of gifts in the shop, as well as items sourced from talented artists all over the UK. These items are carefully handpicked by me as I am passionate about selling products that I believe in.”
Picture frame specialists serving Kent, East Sussex and South East London for over 18 years.
At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas – the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening and an admiration of the tradition of the English country garden. These award winning gardens are family owned and maintained – visitors often express delight at the attention to detail displayed throughout and the intimate, peaceful atmosphere.
All the ingredients of the English country garden are present – sweeping herbaceous borders, ha-ha, lawns, box hedges, historic walled garden, inspiring kitchen garden, wildlife, venerable trees and the Grade I listed house as a backdrop. Then, of course, the plants! Borders overflowing with perennials and annuals – the look changing through the seasons, but always abundantly filled, and each garden ‘room’ planted in a different colour theme.
Pashley is also renowned for fantastic displays of tulips, roses and dahlias. The annual Tulip Festival features 35,000 tulips and celebrated its 25th year in 2019.
Add to all this a Café and Terrace with excellent garden views serving delicious homemade lunches, scones and cakes; Sculpture and Art Exhibitions; a Gift Shop with Plant Sales; and a friendly, knowledgeable team waiting to welcome you, and the recipe for a wonderful day out is complete.
Group rates / free coach parking / coach driver incentives.
Annual festivals and events include:-
In late spring 35,000 tulips, in 108 varieties, fill the gardens. Bloms Bulbs will be on site with a display of 2,000 cut tulips, offering advice and taking bulb orders.
Sculpture in Particular
The exhibition of sculpture in the gardens runs all season. In addition, for these eight days, there is a display and sale of small sculpture indoors.
Special Rose Week
Over 100 varieties of rose in the gardens; rose talks with the Head Gardener; great selection of Peter Beales potted roses on sale.
Kitchen Garden Week
Kitchen gardener on hand to answer questions; menu in the café celebrating produce from the garden.
Fantastic late summer colour from thousands of dahlias in the gardens and Bloms Bulbs will be at Pashley with a gorgeous display of dahlias and giving advice
Christmas Gift Shopping
The shop will be packed with a wide selection of high quality gifts and cards, as well as special Christmas stock for the festive season. (No entry charge – gardens and Café not open; just the Gift Shop)
Re-opening on 1 April 2o21 (closed Good Friday), Tuesday to Saturday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Special Event days until the end of September, for the latest event information and dates visit our Events page.
*Free entry and refreshment voucher for coach drivers
Located in a converted Grade A listed church by the noted architect Decimus Burton, Trinity Theatre hosts a varied programme of art exhibitions, theatre, films, dance, opera and music productions.
The theatre holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. It is a unique venue to enjoy a show of any kind including the popular Comedy Cafe, Christmas Show (not panto!), as well as the live broadcasts from world-class theatres like the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and the Globe.
Grab a wine, embrace a velvety gothic hug from the cosy seats and be ready for an enthralling performance in an art-house atmosphere away from the bright lights and the crowds.
90,000 people each year enjoy the vibrant artistic programme and gallery where the team are proud to create original work. Often collaborating with local artists by supporting and encouraging them in their careers an Associate Artist scheme has been set up for this purpose.
History of Trinity Theatre
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre is in the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church building in the centre of the Royal town. The building was central to Burton’s architectural vision, which Marc Girouard described as ‘The civilized life, based on friendly, liveable-in houses grouped round public buildings that are not too large in scale, amid open spaces that bring the country into the town.’
From its very conception, Trinity has been a community project. It came about thanks to residents’ approaching the Church Commissioners Fund for new churches in 1818. Burton, who, at the time, was already designing the stunning villas in Calverley Park assented to take on the design of this cherished property. Local sandstone from Calverley quarry was used and Mr Barrett, a local builder, laid the first stone in 1827. Calverley Quarry used to have such a fine reputation that it was one of those shortlisted for rebuilding the “new” Houses of Parliament in the mid-1800s after the fire of 1834.
In 1974, the building was considered ‘redundant to pastoral needs’, so was left empty. However an agreement was made fairly swiftly that the Holy Trinity Church would become a community and arts centre. Then in a very short period of 6 months, £50,000 was raised, some from the general public and in January 1977 the gothic property was reborn!
Art in the Trinity Theatre & Arts Centre
The gallery hosts approximately 25 exhibitions a year, featuring local artwork of differing styles and mediums. We have been treated to puppets, ceramics, oil paintings, life drawing studies, stone sculptures as a tiny example of the varied artistic programme, exploring many forms of traditional and modern art.
Seating 291 people, there is a fully equipped stage with two adjacent dressing rooms. Children’s tickets are available for those up to and including the age of 15.
Trinity Theatre Bar-Café
Trinity Bar and Café is situated in the theatre’s heart serving fresh food, yummy cakes and Fairtrade coffee in a laidback space. All food is made fresh to order with high quality locally-sourced ingredients
Coffee is a Fairtrade organic Sumatran from Indonesia, “rich, indulgent and full bodied, with notes of peach syrup, spices, with subtle acidity and an intense dark chocolate finish” made from 100% Arabica beans.
All the cakes are freshly baked in-house: chocolate brownies, Victoria sponge cake as well as a variety of gluten-free and vegan cakes. Take afternoon tea on the patio outside in their little garden.
Staff recommend the mozzarella and sun-dried tomato bruschetta and some sweet potato fries or the chunky steak chilli.
Parking for Trinity
There is a small 24-hour car park on site but please be aware there is limited capacity and not all customers are guaranteed a space. Please see website for charges.
There are a few 24 hour car parks within a short walking distance of the theatre if no space is found on street.
The Amelia Scott is an integrated service facility housing a range of arts, heritage, culture and well-being services. When open, the building will house both The Amelia services and Kent Adult Education services, providing a unique and innovative experience for visitors. Housed in the former museum, library and adult education buildings, this massive redevelopment has been funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
Due to open in Spring 2022, visitors to The Amelia will be able to explore exciting temporary exhibitions, discover the fascinating history of Tunbridge Wells and the wider borough, access library services and feed their creativity with hands-on arts and heritage experiences.
For more information about The Amelia Scott, please visit their website: theamelia.co.uk