Coranavirus - The impact on reader travel and events - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Coronavirus – reader travel and events

Updates on how the COVID-19 situation will affect our reader events, masterclasses and travel.

The unprecedented situation with COVID-19 is impacting the various reader events, masterclasses and holidays that BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has scheduled with our partners over the coming months.


We’re posting details of any cancellations or postponements here, as we have them. Please revisit this page regularly and watch our social media accounts for further updates.

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine’s 2-for-1 Entry Card & Guide 2020

Our 2-for-1 Entry Card & Guide 2020 is currently included with the May issue, still available to buy online. With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, many gardens in the 2-for-1 directory have now re-opened, however to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, many have special measures in place, including pre-booking and limitations on the number of visitors.

Please see our 2-for-1 Gardens visiting status page for more information on which gardens you’re now able to visit. Please note: We’ve not heard from all participating 2-for-1 gardens. Before visiting a garden, please contact the garden directly to determine their opening status and any restrictions that may apply.

Posted: Friday 12 June, 2020

BBC Gardeners’ World Live postponed to 2021

A message from our partners on the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show team:

It is with great regret that River Street Events has taken the decision that, as a result of the evolving Covid-19 situation, it is no longer possible for us to hold BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020 (18-21 June, NEC Birmingham).

We have been following UK Government guidelines and working with advice from Public Health England and other organisations as the situation has evolved and, given the latest announcements with regards to mass gatherings, it is now with much sadness that we have taken the decision that we will need to postpone the event to 2021. The safety and wellbeing of our staff, exhibitors, visitors, partners and contractors is of the utmost importance to us, and the protection and prevention of harm to all involved is vital.

Ticket holders, exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted directly within the next 14 days with regards to transferring bookings or refunds as required.

We are sincerely sorry that we have had to take this incredibly difficult course of action.

Thank you for your patience and support at this time. Take care and keep well during these unprecedented times.

The BBC Gardeners’ World Live Team

Posted: Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Kings Place

  • Life at Longmeadow, Behind the Camera: Monty Don (21 May, 2020)

Kings Place have advised:

Unfortunately, the difficult decision has been taken to cancel this talk. As we work towards securing a new date for this talk in 2021, customers will be contacted directly by King’s Place.

Updated: Thursday 21 May, 2020

Arena Travel

  • Visit Sandringham by Rail (new dates to be announced)

Arena Travel have advised they’re now taking bookings for the 2021 season for the Visit Sandringham by Rail holidays, please see our travel and events page, where new dates and details will be announced shortly.

A Covid-19 Statement can be found on the Arena Travel website – please find on the menu page.

Posted: Tuesday 25 August, 2020

Connoisseur Travel and Victoria Travel Club

  • Gardeners’ Spring Cruise (May 2020)
  • Gardens of St Petersburg & The Baltic (July to August 2020)
  • Garden Tour of Devon and Cornwall, with Carol Klein (August to September 2020)

Connoisseur Travel and Victoria Travel Club providers of trips featured in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine have advised customers to contact them directly as information from cruise lines is changing daily and sometimes hourly. General Cruise and Maritime updates are available at

Posted: Wednesday 18 March, 2020

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Highgrove Talking Gardens event

Highgrove has advised:

The BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Highgrove Talking Gardens event has been postponed, following Government guidance. The event has tentatively been rescheduled for October 2020. All ticket holders will receive a formal communication from Highgrove in the coming weeks once the Government advice has been updated.

Updated: Thursday 21 May, 2020

Riveria Travel

  • Japan Garden Discovery (March and May 2020)

The Riviera Travel Garden’s of Japan trip as featured in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has been suspended. Customers will be contacted directly by Riviera regarding any bookings.

Updated: Monday 11 May, 2020

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Masterclasses

The Gardeners’ World Magazine Masterclasses due to be held at Savill Garden have sadly been cancelled due to the closure of The Savill Building and Garden. All those who have booked Masterclass attendance will be contacted directly by our ticket partner See Tickets and provided with a full refund.

Please see our offers page for regular Masterclass Online events with horticultural expert and Associate Editor, David Hurrion.

Posted: Tuesday 25 August, 2020

Travel Editions

  • Meet Rachel de Thame on our Cotswolds tour (June 2020)
  • Gardens of Provence with Adam Frost (July 2020)
  • Meet Monty in Holland (September 2020)

Travel Editions have advised:

Further to Government advice and discussions with Gardeners World, we have taken the decision to cancel all tours until the end of 2020. The tours have not got sufficient numbers to make viable as yet and it is unlikely that they will receive the extra bookings required given the current circumstances. Equally, the safety and well-being of our clients and staff is our number one priority and the current situation has left us no alternative as there is little prospect of us being able to operate them safely. We are very sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience that this will cause, but we are pleased to be able to offer customers due to travel with us during that time the following options:

• You can transfer your holiday to any alternative date or tour in 2020 or 2021. To encourage you to take this option, a discount of 10% on the basic price of any tour that you choose.

• Receive a credit for future travel.

• Receive a full refund. These will be processed on an ongoing basis, by the end of July at the latest.

A member of our team will be contacting you to discuss your options, but if you do need to get in touch you can email us at

We will be working through tours on a date by date basis so please bear with us whilst we do our best to keep up with this administrative procedure.

We are working on an exciting new programme for 2021 which we will unveil in the coming weeks and months.


Updated: Monday 11 May, 2020