Chichele College Garden

a place for contemplation, recreation and education

Chichele College Garden

The newly created medieval-style garden was a community project initiated by the Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership funded by a National Lottery Community Spaces grant and the generosity of the local community.

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The garden has become a place for contemplation, recreation and education for the local community, as well visitors to the College. Every effort is being made to make it accessible to all.

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What's on 2019

See what's happening this year at Chichele College and in the town. All your favourites are there – Chichele Garden Fair, Secret Gardens, Town-wide Garage Sale – plus some new for 2019.

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Chichele College Exhibitions

From March to November, many local artists exhibit and sell their work in this historic building. Entry is free.

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LIVE at Chichele College

You can listen for free to our summer season of live music, presented in association with Higham Ferrers Town Council.

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Pupils visit the college …

Higham Ferrers Junior School pupils had a wonderful time visiting Chichele College as part of the living history of Higham Ferrers. They were all given an opportunity to:

  • sketch in the medieval gardens
  • use a quill and ink to write with
  • watch the Higham Ferrers Charter video
  • take a History quiz
  • look at artefacts and try on helmets from WW2
  • plant bulbs (yellow and red for Henry Chichele's colours).

Some comments from pupils during the week:

  • Jenna, "The garden was really cool seeing all the old things."
  • Isabelle, "I loved trying on the hats and sketching the big gate."
  • Lucy, "The film was very creative."
  • "The garden was nice and peaceful." Rachel.
  • Katie, "I liked planting the flower bulbs, it was a bit dirty but fun."


Come along at any time …

The garden is open all year round, and all events are free of charge.

Saffron …

Ever wondered why Saffron Road is so named? This crocus was grown by the inhabitants at Chichele College who were granted a licence from the King to grow what has always been the world’s most expensive spice.