Leaside Christmas Tree Festival

Heritage Open Days

Scott’s Grotto will be open on Sunday 10th September 2023 from 2-5pm for Heritage Open Days.

The Drum

At the end of April 2023 we held an event to celebrate the installation of a memorial to mark the life and work of John Scott, poet and builder of the Grotto.
The event was well attended, the Town Mayor, local councillors, and many people who work to maintain and steward the Grotto gave of their time to attend and make the afternoon a success.  

David Perman, our local historian and instigator of the Grotto restoration back in 1990, gave a reading of Scott’s poem ‘The Drum’ around which the memorial is designed.

Easter Egg Trail

Follow the Easter Egg Trail around the tunnels and gardens of Scott’s Grotto.

Sunday April 2nd – 10am to 4pm

Scott’s Grotto on Television

In May 2022 we welcomed Natasha Raskin-Sharp and the Antiques Road Trip crew to the Grotto to record a segment for a coming programme.

The progamme was shown on BBC1 at 1535 on Saturday 24th September that year.

Scott’s Enchanted Grotto

At the end of July in 2021 we were at long last able to reopen the Grotto following lockdown due to Covid-19.

We welcomed the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters who transformed Scott’s Grotto into an enchanted wonderland.

For two weeks we were open every day and welcomed almost 4,500 visitors whilst raising £8,000 for the Samaritans and the Grotto.