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Programming and Events


Summer programming at Abbey Gardens will look a little different than usual during these unprecedented times. Although our traditional summer camps will be put on hold for this summer, we are planning safe, outdoor programs that your children will enjoy! To find out more information and to register, please contact Irene Heaven at


We are passionate about sharing experiences about gardening, ecology and cooking through workshops, volunteer opportunities, tours, field trips and day programs for children and adults. Our 5 acres of natural program area, developing trail systems, gardens and Food Hub create the perfect canvas for experiential learning!  View our calendar of events or sign up and pay for a workshop below.

 Please note some of our programming is not available for online booking during Covid-19.  If you have any questions or would like to book a workshop or event, please contact

Workshops and Kids Programs


We offer various workshops and programs for adults and kids throughout the year.  Select from the options below to register and pay right here on our website. Securely make your payment via credit card using our Paypal Payment Gateway.

 Please note some of our programming is not available for online booking during Covid-19.  If you have any questions or would like to book a workshop or event, please contact

October 2020


The Witches – Special Event-SOLD OUT

Join us for a frightful night of bewitching, magic, and fire. Bass Witch Coven and NorthFIRE Circus present: The Witches. Gather round for a mystical night you won’t forget on October 31st!  This 45 min performance begins as a walk through Abbey Gardens Haunted Forest. Let our mischievous townspeople take you on an adventure back in time and discover what dark and mystical surprises the forest has waiting for you!

Rumour has it that dark spirits Hecuba, Hestia and Hylda will be back this All Hallows Eve during the rare blue full moon to walk the earth and become mortals once more. They need one more enchantress to complete their circle and remain on earth permanently. We can only hope they don’t find her…

This is a 1-2 hour OUTDOOR experience. Come walk through the spooky forest and enjoy an amazing fire show. After your 1 hour tour, there will be music, food and drinks at the brewery. Come sit on the patio and enjoy.  Please dress warmly and spooky. MASKS ARE MADATORY at all times especially outside on the spooky walk. There will be a prize for the best mask on each walk!

Timing: Each performance is roughly 45 min long and there are staggered start times. Each time slot starts on the hour (6pm, 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm).  You are welcome to stay and enjoy music and fun at the Haliburton Highlands Brewing OUTDOOR patio for ONE hour after your performance time. (i.e. If you sign up for the 6pm timeslot, you will be returning from the performance between 6:45-7:00pm and your departure time is 8pm).

Thank you to our sponsors:  Dance Happens Here Haliburton & Haliburton Folk Society


There will be 40 people max on each tour, you must stay within your bubble while on the walk and keep a 6 foot distance between bubbles. Each tour starts on the hour. You will be given a wristband corresponding with your group and time slot to keep track of your time at Abbey Gardens. The entrances of each bubble will be staggered when beginning the tour. There will be a tour guide and volunteers to make sure this procedure is done safely.  Masks are mandatory at all times.

During the tour there will be an incredible 20 min fire show, we have created social distanced circles so you and your group know where to stand when watching the show and each circle will be 6 feet apart.

After the show you are welcome to go enjoy yourself on the patio, listen to some music, and order some food. Please be mindful of your time on the patio and plan your departure on time.  Help us make sure everyone can enjoy the experience.

Contact tracing will be executed. When you purchase your ticket you will be contacted to provide your name and the names and phone numbers of everyone that is in your group. This information will be required prior to arrival on the grounds.

We can’t wait to share this spooky night with you, Happy Halloween Everyone!

Miss out on your chance to grab tickets? Email to get on the waitlist….or get creative and see the show another way! We are looking for volunteers to assist as chaperones for each performance. Meet, greet and sign-in guests, act as a sweep on the haunted walk and during the fire show and manage departure times from the patio after the show. Contact Cara if you’re interested. Please let us know which performance time slot (6-8pm, 7-9pm, 8-10pm, 9-11pm) you’d like to sign up for. 

We’re also recruiting volunteer gong players to create the spooky soundscape for the performances. Your chance to express your musical talents! All volunteers will need to come to an orientation on October 25 from 2-4pm


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November 2020



“We sent our two kids to the pony camp at Abbey Gardens and they both adored it. They came home every night filled with stories of the day’s activities and a strong desire to return the next day. The instructors were warm and informative, the activities were pitched at just the right level, and the ponies were sweet and approachable. Abbey Gardens is also the perfect setting for the camp: a beautiful place with all sorts of other great things to do. This was a real highlight of our summer.”

Malcolm Thorburn

 Just For Kids

We welcome school groups, daycare centres and camps on site throughout the season. For more information and program descriptions, please see our Programming Information Package.


Do you homeschool your children and are looking for a fun and social outlet for them to learn all about sustainable living? Join our homeschool program! We meet once a week on Wednesdays for 7 weeks in the spring and fall to explore the Abbey Gardens’ property together! We learn about gardening, nature, ecology and cooking. This program was created in 2013 and has been growing every year! In fact, in 2020 we started our first winter session and it was a huge success!

Our spring sessions typically run from the beginning of May to mid-June and our fall sessions from mid-September to the end of October. To confirm dates, get more information or to register your child(ren), please contact Irene at or (705)754-4769.

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Find us at 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton,ON.     705.754.GROW (4769)

Find us at 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton,ON.
 705.754.GROW (4769)