Convent open day
His Excellency The Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, and Lady Johns are hosting a special Diamond Jubilee celebration of the highly popular Convent Garden Open Day next Saturday 7 July.
As well as the opening of the Garden and Cloisters, the newly-refurbished Convent Ballroom and the Banqueting Hall with its extensive display of heraldry will also be open to the public to visit. In the Ballroom, there will be a display, courtesy of
the Gibraltar Museum, of a large collection of model ships hand-made over a lifetime by Manuel Durante. This will be the first occasion to see these ships on display since 2005.
In the garden, which has undergone significant re-planting this year, there will be childrens activities and a number of charity stalls including cream tea refreshments and the ever popular Convent marmalade and plants stall.
A jazz quartet from the RG Band will be adding to the mood by playing in the garden in the course of the day.
The Governor said that both he and Lady Johns were looking forward to another successful Open Day:
The summer is the perfect time to open our doors to welcome the community and local organisations as well as visitors to Gibraltar to see the garden at its best and enjoy nearly 500 years of history and stories that the Convent building has to offer.
The Diamond Jubilee year has been very special year in Gibraltar and we hope to raise funds for the Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Fund to invest in projects that will make a real and lasting impact on the lives of people – of all generations – throughout Gibraltar and the Commonwealth. We are grateful to all the Open Day sponsors who are helping us achieve this.
The Open Day will be on Saturday 7 July from 11am to 3pm (last entries at 2.30pm).
Advance tickets are available from the Convent Main Reception on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are free for Gibraltar residents (proof of residency will be required both on collection and admission on the day). Tickets for non-residents are priced at £2 for adults & £1 children (under 16) and senior citizens. Ticket numbers are limited. Tickets will also be available on the day, subject to availability.
Disabled access to the Convent reception areas and most of the garden is available. Anyone with special needs or requiring assistance is encouraged to contact the Convent in advance. Pushchairs and prams will not be admitted to the garden although limited storage space will be available in the cloister.
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