Summer Festival

Summer Contests

14 December 2018 until 31 January 2019

Enter the Mayfield Hunt these School Summer Holidays for your chance to win Annual Family Memberships (2 adults and two children). Answer skill-testing questions by finding the answers throughout the garden. Solve puzzles and take pictures to celebrate your success. Completing the hunt will win you a Mayfield prize along with entry into the draw for the grand prize: Annual Family Membership to Mayfield. There are many ways to get bonus entries, and you may enter as many times as you choose. Mayfield will draw three winners periodically during School Holidays, and if you don’t win the first time, you will have two more chances to win.

Download worksheet to print and bring with you when you visit Mayfield.

Summer Festival - January 12-27, 2019

This year’s Summer Festival features the FRESH FIESTA with live music by local artists. The Mayfield Kiosk will be open and serving hot woodfire pizzas. And for the perfect summer treat, visit a Mayfield lemonade stand, all proceeds will support local charities. It’s all happening on festival weekends.

There is plenty to do in the week as well. Enjoy rowing boats on Mayfield Lake around the Chinese Pagoda – free access to rowboats and lifejackets on the far side of Mayfield Lake near the Sphere sculpture (free with garden entry). Play interactive garden games like croquet, bocce, and giant chess which can be found throughout the garden. There is also a Ping-Pong table in the Woodfire Garden. Head up behind the Nursery Gallery to see the Sculpture Garden by Talisman Gallery. And don’t forget about the Summer Scavenger Hunt with bonus points during the Summer Festival that will give you extra entries for your chance to win one of three Annual Family Memberships (2 adults and two children). It is the perfect outing for School Summer Holidays. (Click the link above to download the worksheet.)

Summer’s featured plants are the hydrangeas blooming in purples, pinks, and blues and you’ll see these as you entre Mayfield Garden. You’ll love the water lilies in the water garden and why not listen out for our resident Eastern Banjo Frogs (Pobblebonk). It wouldn’t be a seasonal festival unless the Hawkins’ Family Garden was open. Wonder beyond Mayfield Garden all the way to the Hawkins’ Family Amphitheatre. See the stunning croquet court and rose garden and explore the Sunken Garden Rooms.


Amazing gardens, waterways, walkways. Areas you can just sit and take in the awesome sights. Plenty of water birds and fountains. There are even hammocks situated along the walking track.


We visited this amazing garden in the central tablelands. It is the vision of Garrick Hawkins, a hugely rich financier, who has decided to create a ‘garden’ in the European style in Australia. It’s just astonishing-it is built on an astonishing scale, particularly with the climate in mind. I suspect there’s more to see in spring and autumn, but the scale of the ambition is jaw-dropping. We had an outstanding lunch too-high quality cooking. Do make the effort to seek it out.


Words won’t do this wonderful place justice. The gardens are different every time we visit, this time we enjoyed rowing on the lake which was new. They have a fantastic menu with beautiful view and fireplace. The best value nursery I have been able to find also, so much cheaper than Sydney for beautiful plants. The history of the garden museum just opened there too….. looking forward to going back once the snow starts… and try the glamping!!


Overwhelming beauty! Simply the best garden I have seen. A beautifully designed and maintained piece of art. That the owner has decided to share this amazing place with the public is a boon for all visitors.


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