THE RNLI is holding a fundraising open day at Longstock Park Water Gardens in the Test Valley.

The event will take place on Friday, May 31 from 10am to 4pm.

The event is being held courtesy of the Waitrose/John Lewis partnership, and attendees will be able to explore the gardens and meet members of the RNLI team.

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Longstock Park Water Gardens features a café and farm shop, nursery, garden centre, walled garden with a clematis archway, a buddleja collection, arboretum and the water garden itself.

Some trade suppliers to Waitrose will also have their stands. 

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To add to the occasion, the Jazz Coast duo will be playing outside the farm shop from 12noon to 2.30pm.

Chris Green, from the Romsey & District RNLI fundraising branch, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Waitrose/John Lewis are working with us to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the RNLI.  We thank them so much for their generosity in taking part in our celebrations.  We hope people will support us on May 31 to make this a special day.”

Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children under 16 years and free for children under five years old.  Advance booking through Eventbrite is recommended to secure a timed entry.

All admission monies will go to the RNLI.

Tickets can be purchased from