Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, tired of inflated food prices or just want to be more connected to what you eat, food gardening is a great way to save money while growing delicious and nutritious foods.

The idea of growing your own food may sound daunting, rest assured it isn’t as hard as you think. Join us and discover the many benifits of gardening.

Friday 21st June

Sunday 23rd June


Grow your Groceries with Simon Akeroyd

1.00pm to 2.00pm

Simon is best known for his Supermarket growing hacks where he demonstrates how to grow a plant from a fruit or vegetable bought from the local grocery store. 

Simon Akeroyd previously a Head Gardener for the National Trust and RHS (Royal Horticultural Society).

I believe passionately in encouraging everyone to grow plants. You don’t need much space. A window-box, porch or indoor windowsill will do.

Gardens I’ve managed include RHS Wisley, RHS Harlow Carr, Sheffield Park, Polesden Lacey, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle and Agatha Christie’s Greenway. I also worked as a horticultural researcher, writer and producer for the BBC.

This is a Free talk with Q&A, limited seats so arrive early, first come first seated.


Simon Probyn - Sculptor

Discover sculptors by Simon at the festival, there will be several of his sculptors dotted throughout the gardens.

Trained at Holme Lacey in rural Herefordshire I create original sculptures for the home and garden, either out of recycled or new steel.

With collectors nationally and internationally, he has worked extensively with landscape designers, collaborating in the design of award-winning gardens with members of The Royal Horticultural Society at Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace & Malvern. There will be a number of sculptures on display at the festival.

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Grow your own food - Project Grow

11.30am to 12.30pm

Discover how you can be a part of Project Grow.

We believe growing food for self and others is an act of rebellion!

Project Grow provides plants with purpose – we give away plants and food to community projects inspiring others to grow and eat good food!  We give vegetables plants, herb plants, edible flowers and produce to food banks, food pantries, community fridges and kitchens across Cheltenham & Gloucestershire.

This is a Free talk with Q&A, limited seats so arrive early, first come first seated.