Walking in an Alverstoke wonderland

By Connor Steel, with photograph from the 2018 Alverstoke Garden Walkabout

FOLLOWING last year’s cancellation due to Covid-19, the organisers of the popular Alverstoke Garden Walkabout have announced the details for the 2021 event scheduled to start in just 11 days time – July 3 and 4 – with some exciting features for everybody to enjoy at little cost.

   During the lockdowns gardening became a popular past-time with many Gosport residents taking the opportunity to give their backyards some love, with 16 Alverstoke villagers opening their gardens for eight hours over two days next weekend.

   This will allow visitors to sample a variety of front, back, sea-view and centre gardens to explore, whilst refreshments and some plant sales will be available.

   Gosport Mayor Mark Hook will also pay a huge role by opening the event at 1pm on Saturday, July 3, with the two days finishing at 5pm on Sunday, July 4.

   Tickets will be priced at £8 per adult for the whole weekend, whilst under twelves go free. The organisers are hoping to beat their fundraising totals with all monies helping the community project entitled Alverstoke New Parish Centre; the first event in 2018 raising £3,000 before doubling in 2019 to over £6,500. However 2020’s event was cancelled and organisers are hoping this encourages more people to attend this year’s walkabout.

   Organisers have worked hard to ensure the event is held with Covid-19 measures due to be in place throughout. This includes social distancing of one metre plus and handwashing facilities available at various intervals. But the biggest changes will be seen through the ticket system, with every visitor encouraged to book online via the website link.

  However this is not the only way that residents can purchase a ticket, as non-digital versions are available at many locations across Gosport. These include the tourist information centre located near the ferry platform, Queens Parade News on Privett Road, Salutations and Village Hardware in Alverstoke Village and from the Parish Centre itself (between 9am and 12pm) on certain days (Monday, Wednesday & Fridays).  Finally there will be the open to purchase from the Parish Centre and Gardens on the day.

   Applicable between 1pm and 5pm across both days this pre-booked ticket will be in the form of a printed eight-page leaflet that lists all of the gardens and further information about each one, which is seen in the attachments below.

This includes a designed map alongside details on the project the event is raising money for.

2021 AGW Map of Gardens from Programme

2021 AGW List of Gardens to visit

2021 AGW Info about Parish Centre Project and Forthcoming Events

   If readers and residents needing more information, the organisers have created a Facebook page link available now.

   A contact address can be found on this link, where specific and related queries can be asked towards the organisers; who will be happy to help. If the event has to be postponed due to weather or Covid-related issues, announcements will be made as soon as possible.