What is Hanami?
Hanami is the Japanese festival dedicated to cherry blossom (sakura) and is celebrated across Japan every year.
The word Hanami elegantly captures the reflexive happiness and enjoyment of seeing blossom in full bloom. For generations, families and friends in Japanese towns and cities have gathered together in the fresh spring air to enjoy an afternoon under the Cherry Blossom; enjoying drinks and a meal together under the beautiful trees, making it a unique and ‘not to miss’ event!
Hanami at Brogdale
Brogdale is one of the only places in the UK to celebrate Hanami and with the largest collection of fruit trees in the world, we really do have a sight to see!
Our collection holds over 350 flowering cherry varieties with the added bonus of celebrating all the other blossoming fruit trees including Apples, Pears, Apricots and Plums!
There are two ways to celebrate Hanami at Brogdale:
Visit for a relaxing HANAMI PICNIC (see Calendar for available dates) and enjoy the Japanese exhibition, tasters of Japanese snacks, a guided tour of the orchards and a picnic under the blossom (picnic not included).
Visit on the HANAMI FESTIVAL (22 April) and enjoy a full Japanese experience with Japanese Entertainment & demonstrations, Japanese Tea Ceremony, picnics under the blossom, tours of the orchards and much more!
Dogs are not allowed at Hanami Festival or Picnics as the celebrations take place in the orchards.
Hanami Picnic Experience (1 – 30 April)
Brogdale offers the unique opportunity to picnic under the cherry blossom as well as enjoy a Japanese experience.
Book you picnic and as a Hanami visitor you will be treated to a Japanese exhibition of traditional artefacts where you can learn about Japanese culture, traditions and the Hanami festival.
The exhibition includes some tasters of Japanese food & snacks for you to try before your picnic.
You will then be led a on a special guided tour of the blossoming orchards where you can discover the history of Hanami & The National Fruit Collection with one of our expert guides. Once the tour has finished you are invited to enjoy your picnic (bring your own picnic) under the stunning cherry trees or simply enjoy the beauty of the colours and fragrance.
(Does NOT include festival day)
Hanami Picnic Experiences must be booked 48hrs in advance
Picnic Ticket Prices (Dose not include picnic)
Adult – £11.50
Child – £2.50
2 time slots per day are available to book:
10:30 for 12:00 Picnic
13:00 for 14:30 Picnic
Please select a time when booking your picnic
Please Note: This does NOT include the Hanami Festival Day (22 April). See calendar for available Hanami Picnic dates.
Picnic not included
Group visitors – Hanami Picnic
Group visitor booking a Hanami Picnic Experience have the option of ordering a delicious Macknade Fine Foods picnic as your picnic. Chose from a yummy selection of Macknade Fine Foods options and your picnic will be delivered to Brogdale Collections & delivered to you for your group to enjoy under the cherry blossom. Great value, tasty food and hassle free!
11am – 3pm
Dogs are not allowed to this festival as it take place in the orchards
Enjoy the Hanami exhibition of artefacts where you can learn about Japanese culture, traditions and the history of Hanami.
Kensei Taiko will be performing Iaijutsu and tameshigiri displays (Japanese sword martial arts) alongside Japanese armour and demonstrations of Taiko (Japanese drumming) throughout the day
Akemi Solloway will be performing a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony where guests can be immersed in the art of the tea ceremony and learn about its history and place in Japanese Culture.
Blossom & Picnic
Brogdale is unique in offering the chance to picnic under the cherry blossom. Bring along a picnic to enjoy under the beautiful blossom and complement your picnic with some snacks from our Japanese tuck shop or hot food stalls.
FREE tractor trailer and guided walking tours of the orchards will be running all day. Join one of the tours and learn from our expert guides as they talk you through the history of Hanami & The National Fruit Collection
Japanese artist and calligrapher Koshu who will be on hand to help people learn about and have a go at traditional Japanese calligraphy. She will be displaying some of her beautiful Japanese artwork and demonstrating calligraphy throughout the day.
Bankai anime will be selling some of their great Anime products & accessories featuring your favourite popular Japanese animie characters.
The Medway Japan Society Will be on hand to talk about Japanese culture and answer questions. They will be raising money for their Japanese exchange Programme.
Kids can try on Japanese Kimonos, traditional Japanese style clothing and shoes.
Have a go at Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Fun for kids and adults!
Have a go at traditional Japanese card game Karuta, can you win!
University of Kent Centre for English & world languages will be on hand to do fun activities & games based around Japanese language. Get to grips with the basics of the language and get your questions on Japanese language and culture answered.
Kent Bonsai club will be bringing along some of their best examples of the traditional art of Bonsai. See an intriguing display of Bonsai trees and talk to the experts about crafting your own miniature tree using the thousand year old horticultural techniques of Bonsai.
Kent Bonsai club will be on hand to answer your questions and give demonstrations on Bonsai care.
Shepherd Neame – Asahi Beer
Shepherd Neame Britain’s oldest brewer will be on hand to talk about their brewing history and their Japanese Asahi beer with a special talk.
Asahi Super crisp, super clear and super dry, the beer embodies Japanese discernment and good taste. Asahi, pronounced ‘A-Sa-Hee’, means ‘rising sun’ and is Japan’s number one beer. Developed in 1987, it was Japan’s first karakuchi or ‘dry’ beer – easy-to-drink, good with food and characterised by its dry bite.
Wagamama Canterbury – Japanese Food
Oriental food specialist Wagamama will be offer delicious samples of their food and juices while chatting about Japanese food culture and history. Get the chance to sample some tasty noodle dishes and fresh juices fresh on the day.
wagamama has a belief in serving fresh food, as soon as it’s ready with menus being updated seasonally with oriental and Japanese inspired style and flavours you will love.