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Symposium 2024 - Tickets

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£395.00 PER PERSON
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We are delighted to announce the third Beth Chatto Symposium- 'Beneath the Surface', to be held on the 29th & 30th August at the University of Essex. 

This year will include an optional third day of tours and talks on Saturday 31st at The Beth Chatto Gardens.

With a diverse line-up of speakers and moderated discussion panels, the symposium aims to stimulate conversation and shared learning.

All proceeds generated will be donated to the Beth Chatto Education Trust. 

The trust aims to inspire, educate, and promote enjoyment and wellbeing for all through gardens and the outdoor environment. 


How do we interpret the vital signs of the world around us, such that we can respond appropriately to the critical challenges the future poses?

How much do we really know about the life forces that surround us- those in the soil, air and water, and importantly those in, on and between the plants that we surround ourselves with?

The Beth Chatto Symposium 2024 will delve deep into hidden realms to explore many of the lesser-known factors that affect the way we garden. This exploration will investigate the ways in which we can perceive and understand the processes in which we are intimately entangled and how we can engage with them in ways that are beneficial to all parties involved.

Three strands:

Perceiving revealing research into hidden realms and new worlds.

Thinking big ideas about our relationship with the natural world and how we define and express them (through language and forms of representation).

Doing putting new ideas into practice, skills, design and activism.


Thursday 29th August

8.15am- Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre opens- registration will commence

9am - lectures start

5pm - symposium ends

Breaks - There will be a coffee break of 30 minutes in the morning, an hour for lunch and a 30 minute coffee break in the afternoon. Refreshments and lunch are included in the ticket price.

The Garden Party will take place on the evening of Thursday 29th August at  The Beth Chatto Gardens, Clacton Road, Elmstead Market CO7 7DB commencing at 6pm.

Coach transport from the University to the Gardens and back again is included. 

The evening will finish at 9.30pm with coaches leaving from 9pm onwards.

Food and drink at the party is included with your ticket price.

Friday 30th August

8.30am - Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre opens

9am - lectures start

5pm - symposium ends

Breaks - There will be a coffee break of 30 minutes in the morning, an hour for lunch and a 30 minute coffee break in the afternoon. Refreshments and lunch are included in the ticket price. 

The Beth Chatto Gardens will stay open late on Friday 30th August for symposium guests to visit until 7pm. In addition to the garden, the tearoom and nursery will also be open.  

Saturday 31st August 

Join us for a day of tours and talks at the Gardens on Saturday 31st August- the perfect opportunity to explore, ask questions and network with other attendees and some of the speakers.

Livestream- live access to two days of lectures with the opportunity to ask questions, followed by access to edited recordings of talks and panel discussions to revisit at your leisure.

Find our current list of speakers here: Beneath the Surface speakers

Earlybird ticket price ends midnight Sunday 23rd June

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Please add any relevant dietary requirements on the payment page.

Student tickets: please bring proof of student status with you.

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Introduction to Rewilding the Mind 2022 by Dan Pearson

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  • What is included in the ticket price?

    In-person ticket- includes two days of lectures, refreshments and lunch on both days.

    A garden party at The Beth Chatto Gardens on the evening of Thursday 29th August. Includes coach transport from the university and back again with food and drink for the evening.

    There will also be an extra, optional day of tours and talks at the Gardens on Saturday 31st August.

    A recording of lectures sent out after the event.

    Livestream ticket- live access to the lectures for the two days.

    A recording of lectures sent out after the event.

  • Will my dietary requirements be catered for?

    We will be offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.††

    There is an option to select your dietary requirements at the time of booking.

  • Can I park for free?

    Yes, you can park for free at the university on the 29th & 30th August and at the Beth Chatto Gardens.

  • Where can I stay?

    Accommodation is available at the University of Essex.†

    Telephone†01206 872358 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


    Email for room bookings:†

    Book online:†

    Use promotional code- Symposium

    Camping available at Dean's Nursery

    Telephone 07799661046† Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

  • Can I get a refund if I change my mind before attending?

    Tickets are non-refundable.

  • Iíve changed my mind and want to alter my ticket from an in-person ticket to the livestream option.

    Unfortunately tickets are non-transferable.

  • Where can I find information about the schedule?

    The schedule of speakers will be included in our symposium programme which delegates will receive when they arrive for registration on Thursday 29th August.

  • What will I need to bring as proof of purchase?

    We will send out a confirmation email with a QR code to be scanned as you enter the lecture theatre.

    Attendees will be issued with a wrist band to wear for the duration.

    We will have a list of attendees, so don’t worry if there are any issues with your code.

  • Can I attend for only one of the days?

    Unfortunately the symposium tickets cannot be split into separate days and cannot be split between two people.

  • Where will the symposium be held?

    The symposium will be held at the University of Essex in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre-

    Park Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    The garden party and optional day of tours and talks will be held at The Beth Chatto Gardens-

    Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB

  • What will I need to bring with me?

    You will need your booking confirmation QR code and proof of student status if you've purchased a student ticket.

    We also suggest a pen and notebook, and a water bottle (there are refill stations).

  • How do I get to the university?

    By Car –

    The postcode for the university is CO4 3SQ (for SatNav purposes use CO7 9HT which will take you to the main Wivenhoe Entrance)

    When you arrive in Colchester, follow the road signs to the University (off the A133) to access the main visitor car parks, which is via the B1028, Colchester Road.

    Public Transport -

    Greater Anglia provides frequent trains from London Liverpool Street to Colchester (also known as Colchester North) and Wivenhoe station.

    You can get a bus or taxi from Colchester station.

    Wivenhoe station is a 40 minute walk to the university and there are buses that run roughly every 20 minutes from the station to the University. First Bus


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