What's On


To celebrate summer, the National Trust is holding a huge range of events across all of its properties. Check out the full program of tours, performances and special events on our website.



Every Sunday from January through to the end of March, Rippon Lea House and Gardens holds our Summer Sessions event. Come and relax on the lawn, listen to fabulous live music, and watch the kids playing old-fashioned games like quoits and croquet while you enjoy your picnic lunch. Your entry ticket gives you the opportunity to explore our beautiful 13 and a half acres of gardens, as well as a guided tour of the mansion (please note that these tours are subject to availability and must be booked on arrival at the property).

Dates and Times:

Sundays from 11th January - 29th March, 12noon - 4pm

PLEASE NOTE: Extreme wet or hot weather can lead to the cancellation of Summer Sessions. For further information please contact us on 9523 6095.


Arty Rex - January 11th & 25th, February 8th and 22nd (Teddy Bears' Picnic), March 8th & 22nd. Find out more about the group here.

T3 Jazz Trio - January 18th, February 1st & 15th, March 1st, 15th & 29th. Find out more about the group on facebook.



Adult $15
Concession $12
Children (3-15) $9
Family $35

National Trust Members FREE

If you have a group of 10 or more please contact our booking office on (03) 9656 9804.


The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is the National Trust’s (Victoria) longest running and most popular event and we are absolutely thrilled it is now in its twenty-fifth year. To mark this special occasion we are throwing Australia’s biggest dress up party! So bring your kids and of course your teddy bears to the beautiful Rippon Lea gardens in Elsternwick.

Kids and teddy bears can dress up as anything – a favourite superhero, a prince or princess, a cartoon character like Elsa from Frozen, a firefighter or police officer, pirate, fairy or whatever takes your fancy. There’ll be prizes for best dressed teddy bear so get creative.

There will be roving entertainment, performances, a treasure hunt and plenty of fun activities to keep the kids and bears occupied for hours. So bring a picnic, grab the teddy bears, roll out a rug, meet Ripplea Bear and enjoy this great day out.

Date and Time:

Sunday, February 22nd. 10am - 4pm



Adult $15
Child $10
Children under three are free
Family $45 (2 adults + 2 children)

National Trust Members:

Adult $10
Child $5
Children under three are free
Family $30 (2 adults + 2 children)

Tickets can be purchased here.