Summer Outing Tuesday 11th July 2017

Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery and Bressingham Steam and Gardens

Travelling by coach from Ely’s Barton Square car park, we will start off with coffee before a guided tour of Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery: a small family run, traditional plant nursery growing over 2,000 different species of hardy perennial plants. Should be an interesting visit for gardeners, the display borders hold a collection of heritage, regional and unusual, garden-worthy perennial plant species. They grow around 85% of the plants from their own stock including some rare species. The gardens are also home to a wide variety of exotic animals and birds.

Following your own picnic lunch, we will travel onto Bressingham to spend the afternoon enjoying the gardens; renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence.  Adrian Bloom and his father Alan have each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with four linking gardens, there are now 8,000 species and varieties on display in 17 acres of rolling countryside.

What better way to explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Bressingham than by climbing aboard a magnificent steam engine! With over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four journeys to choose from, it’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery! Our tickets also give us access to the Steam Museum and unlimited rides on the trains and we can even have a ride or 3 on the gallopers!  We will end the day with afternoon tea and expect to be back in Ely at about 6:30pm

The cost of this day including coach travel, entrance fees, morning coffee, afternoon tea and guided tour will be £33 to Friends and guests. Please bring your own picnic for lunch.

For further details and booking form, please contact our Events Secretary by email:

Octagon Dance Display: Monday 1st May

Jubilee Gardens will be in full use during the annual Ely Eel Weekend celebrations and we are pleased to support the Octagon Dance Studio’s Dance Display at 10.30 am on Monday 1st May in the Bandstand.

The Friends will be their to promote and recruit new members as well as collecting money to purchase more plants.

Annual General Meeting: 23rd March 2017

Our AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 23rd March in St Peters Hall in Broad Street, Ely.

All friends and visitors are welcome and we will take this opportunity to elect and introduce your new committee and thank the retiring members.

We look forward to seeing you there to discuss future projects and share ideas.

We shall also have an informal talk by Sheila Friend-Smith about the formation of the Gardens in 2002, its progress since then and plans for the future.

Working Party dates for 2017

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens Working Parties have started …. and we need plenty of volunteers to help Ali and Matt (our resident ECDC gardeners) with new plantings and weeding during 2017.

Do come along and help, for as little or as much time as you can spare, it’s really good fun and rewarding.

We meet at 9.30 am in Jubilee Gardens on the 2nd Wednesday or each month and do as much as we can during the morning, so the dates for 2017 are:

Wednesday 8th March; 12th April; 10th May; 14th June; 12th July; 9th August; 13th September; 11th October

Hope to see you soon …

Autumn Event on Wednesday 26th October

Our main fundraising event and will be held on Wednesday October 26th at 7.30
St Peters Church Hall Broad Street, Ely.

Our speaker this year will be Malcolm Busby (gardener and story teller) who was our judge for the Green Flag Award.

Tickets are available from Pauline Sherwood 663716 or at the door at £10, which includes light refreshments and a glass of wine.

Help us increase our membership

We will have a market stall at the Ely Farmers market on October 8th to recruit new Friends of Jubilee Gardens and promote the garden.

There will also be a display showing the plans for the Queen’s Wood. Do come along and bring a friend.

Working Party Volunteers Needed -:)

Please do come and join our fun and enthusiastic Friends of Jubilee Gardens Working Parties to end our gardening year.


We meet at 9.30 am in Jubilee Gardens and do as much as we can during the morning.  The final two dates are:

Wednesday 12th October and
Wednesday 9th November

Hope to see you soon …

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