Saturday, May 15, 2021

Open days at the Captain's Garden start in May 2021

We have three Open days at the historic garden at Deal Castle which our volunteers are bringing back into use for the community

1) Whitsun Open Day - 30th May 2021 - 10am to 3pm


2) National Meadows Open Day - 4th July 2021 10am to 3pm


3) Bee-Fest at the Captains Garden @ Deal Castle - Sunday 29th August 2021 10am to 2pm

With Dover Bee keepers and the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust

Find out about bee keeping and supporting bees and other pollinators in your own garden
Local Honey and Bee related products

Opposite Deal Castle
Victoria Road
CT14 7BA

The 1.2 acre Captain's Garden dates from 1733 and was the private walled garden of the Captain of Deal Castle, Admiral Norris. The garden developed more into a kitchen garden for the castle in 19thC and during WW2 was a Dig-for-Victory community allotment.

From about 1948 to 1979 is was a commercial market garden and then subsequently went into disuse for nearly 40yrs

In January 2018 volunteers from Deal With It (Deal's local Community Green Group), the Deal Hop Farm (a DWI Community Hop growing project in the town) in partnership with English Heritage (the custodians of the site) started to bring the site back into use, with the aspiration to turn the space into a free-to access garden for the whole community in Deal and Walmer

To follow what we do:

to get involved please email

COVID: This may change :) 

Please be prompt for your booking time and there will be no 'on-door' entrance to ensure compliance with track-and-trace (details will be kept for 21days)

To ensure you and our volunteers safety we will be controlling entrance and exit to the Garden and there will be a strict one-way system around the garden

We will have supplies of hand sanitiser which we ask all to use or alternatively bring your own

The areas near the main beds will have 2m floor marking and we ask you respect social distancing.

Please don't come if you are feeling ill

Please note: The Garden is still a Work-In-Progress many of the paths are uneven, with fox holes, nettles etc. Please take care when in the Garden.

Access is via a step down thru a small gate

Unfortunately, it may not be suitable for everyone just yet.

English Heritage has a No Dogs policy on its property

No Parking at the Captains Garden please use the Castle Car park or on street

The garden is a NON-Smoking space

Any problems with booking please email us at

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