Holker Hall http://www.holker.co.uk Holker Hall News RSS Feed Copyright Holker Group. All rights reserved. CGFeedMaker 1.0.15 on CMS Made Simple info@holker.co.uk ( ) kevin@thinkincorporated.com ( ) Holker Celebrates Christmas http://www.holker.co.uk/news/322/267/Holker-Celebrates-Christmas/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/322/267/Holker-Celebrates-Christmas/ holker-hall upcoming-events http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id322/HOLKER_CHRISTMAS_011%20Smaller.jpg Christmas Food Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/131/267/Christmas-Food-Market/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:03 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/131/267/Christmas-Food-Market/ Join us to savour the scents and sample a variety of fresh, local and regional food and drink. 

Meet the artisan producers and get some fabulous recipe ideas to tickle your taste buds.

From 10.30am.

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Christmas Art Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/319/267/Christmas-Art-Market/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/319/267/Christmas-Art-Market/ Artwork in an array of media and featuring a variety of themes will be on display. The market will provide the public with an opportunity to purchase original artwork and limited edition giclée prints at affordable prices directly from artists.

 

Many of the artists will accept commissions for artwork if you have a particular topic or portrait which you want to capture.

 

www.artcumbria.com

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Holker Celebrates Christmas http://www.holker.co.uk/news/321/267/Holker-Celebrates-Christmas/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/321/267/Holker-Celebrates-Christmas/ holker-hall upcoming-events http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id321/HOLKER_CHRISTMAS_011%20Smaller.jpg Holker Celebrates Christmas http://www.holker.co.uk/news/320/267/Holker-Celebrates-Christmas/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/320/267/Holker-Celebrates-Christmas/ holker-hall upcoming-events http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id320/HOLKER_CHRISTMAS_011%20Smaller.jpg Holker Winter Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/99/267/Holker-Winter-Market/ Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/99/267/Holker-Winter-Market/ A lively two day winter event for all the family.  Peruse a variety of stalls selling quality foods, crafts and gifts.

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Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 80 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season.  Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop.

Discover perfect foodie gifts at the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers.  Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods and warm up with some mulled wine.   Enjoy the live music and street entertainment.

Opening times: 10.30am - 4pm

£3.00 per person.  Children under 16yrs free. Free parking.

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Halloween Fun! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/9/267/Halloween-Fun/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:15 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/9/267/Halloween-Fun/
Join us this Halloween for wicked walks, loathsome lantern competitions and creepy crafts.

 

More details to follow.

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Holker Food Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/111/267/Holker-Food-Market/ Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/111/267/Holker-Food-Market/ Join us to savour the scents and sample a variety of fresh, local and regional food and drink. 

Meet the artisan producers and get some fabulous recipe ideas to tickle your taste buds.

From 10.30am.

 

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Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener http://www.holker.co.uk/news/161/267/Tour-Tea-with-the-Head-Gardener/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/161/267/Tour-Tea-with-the-Head-Gardener/ A unique opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the Autumn colour in the Gardens followed by Afternoon Tea in The Ilex with our Head Gardener, Glyn Sherratt.

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Garden tour starts at 2pm followed by Afternoon Tea.

£25 per person.

Pre-booking essential.  Call 015395 58328 to book.

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Holker Chilli Fest http://www.holker.co.uk/news/184/267/Holker-Chilli-Fest/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/184/267/Holker-Chilli-Fest/ A two day Festival with specialist chilli companies from all over the country, local specialist food suppliers, catering featuring cuisine from around the world and a variety of quirky gifts.  With entertainment, cookery demonstrations and chilli eating competitions with Darth Naga, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

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Plant Fair & Holker Food Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/259/267/Plant-Fair-Holker-Food-Market/ Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/259/267/Plant-Fair-Holker-Food-Market/ A quality specialist Plant Fair bringing together many of the North's top specialist nurseries, growers and plantsmen and women, offering a huge choice of unusual plants from herbaceous to shrubs, autumn blooms to spring flowering bulbs.

As well as the Plant Fair we will also be holding our usual Holker Food Market, so come along and join us to savour the scents and sample a variety of fresh, local and regional food and drink. 

Meet the artisan producers and get some fabulous recipe ideas to tickle your taste buds.

From 10.30am.

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National Gardens Scheme Day http://www.holker.co.uk/news/200/267/National-Gardens-Scheme-Day/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/200/267/National-Gardens-Scheme-Day/ Once again Holker will open its gardens in aid of charity.  Any proceeds from garden entry goes to deserving causes.

For just a small donation you can take a tour of the gardens with our garden guide.

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Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre http://www.holker.co.uk/news/344/267/Peter-Pan-Outdoor-Theatre/ The Holker Courtyard is pleased to announce Peter Pan, an outdoor theatre production in association with Chapter House Theatre Company. Peter Pan, Written by J M Barrie, Adapted by Laura Turner. Presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital... Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/344/267/Peter-Pan-Outdoor-Theatre/
Peter Pan, Written by J M Barrie, Adapted by Laura Turner.

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Gates open to the park at 4:30pm, show starts at 6pm.

Bring your own blankets or low back chairs.

Drinks and catering will be available in the arena.

More details to be announced shortly about VIP picnics, Pre-show meal and after show supper.

Show Tickets:  Adults £15, Children £10 and Family of four £44

Tickets available from The Holker Courtyard Cafe.  Click here to purchase online.

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Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener http://www.holker.co.uk/news/293/267/Tour-Tea-with-the-Head-Gardener/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:19 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/293/267/Tour-Tea-with-the-Head-Gardener/ Garden tour starts at 2pm followed by Afternoon Tea.

£25 per person.

Pre-booking essential.  Call 015395 58328 to book.

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Garden Volunteering Opportunities http://www.holker.co.uk/news/295/267/Garden-Volunteering-Opportunities/ Tue, 09 May 2017 12:56:11 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/295/267/Garden-Volunteering-Opportunities/ We are looking to recruit a small number of volunteers to help with our work in the ornamental and kitchen gardens.]]>  

 

Volunteers will work alongside the garden team, assisting with the day to day maintenance and development of the gardens.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience, learn new skills and improve your plant knowledge.

Click here for a role description

Click here for an application form

For more information please email gardeners@holker.co.uk

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70 exhibitors now confirmed at Cumbria’s newest event! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/340/267/70-exhibitors-now-confirmed-at-Cumbria-s-newest-event/ Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20 th & Sunday 21 st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:24:29 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/340/267/70-exhibitors-now-confirmed-at-Cumbria-s-newest-event/ Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza.]]> Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor services says that the event is now fully booked, “We’re absolutely delighted with the level of interest in this new event here at Holker.  We were getting enquiries a few hours after announcing the date which was very encouraging and we now have a fantastic selection of businesses and producers confirmed for the two days. 

 

 “There is a varied mix of stalls and produce on offer from jewellery and art, to plants and cakes and we also have live entertainment from local swing/jazz singer and guitarist Andy Reay.

 

“Our Winter Market last year was so popular that we’ve added in more space to wander through the market and more seating for people to relax and enjoy the atmosphere or a bite to eat.”

 

FOR ALL THOSE CANINE COMPANIONS: The Holker Spring Market is a dog friendly event!  Dogs on a lead are welcome in the Courtyard and market – there will be plenty of water bowls too!  

 

Visitors to the first ever Holker Spring Market will discover a spring showcase of delicious artisanal food, glorious flowers and plants and beautiful handmade gifts alongside lively entertainment including a circus workshop. Gates open at 10.30am – 5.00pm.  Entry is £2.50 per adult, accompanied children free of charge, includes parking and entry to the Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop.  Hall & Gardens open, discounted admission charge applies.

 

Holker Hall & Gardens, Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop are open until Sun 29 Oct 2017.  Wed – Sun (+ Bank Holiday Mons.) 10.30am – 5.00pm   (Hall 11 – 4.)  For more information on all of Holker’s 2017 events visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

 

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Press Office: For further press information or high res photography please contact Marie Saunders on marie@mariesaunders.co.uk  or telephone 07929 043980

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70 exhibitors now confirmed at Cumbria’s newest event! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/339/267/70-exhibitors-now-confirmed-at-Cumbria-s-newest-event/ Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20 th & Sunday 21 st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:22:37 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/339/267/70-exhibitors-now-confirmed-at-Cumbria-s-newest-event/ Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza.]]>  

Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor services says that the event is now fully booked, “We’re absolutely delighted with the level of interest in this new event here at Holker.  We were getting enquiries a few hours after announcing the date which was very encouraging and we now have a fantastic selection of businesses and producers confirmed for the two days. 

 

 “There is a varied mix of stalls and produce on offer from jewellery and art, to plants and cakes and we also have live entertainment from local swing/jazz singer and guitarist Andy Reay.

 

“Our Winter Market last year was so popular that we’ve added in more space to wander through the market and more seating for people to relax and enjoy the atmosphere or a bite to eat.”

 

FOR ALL THOSE CANINE COMPANIONS: The Holker Spring Market is a dog friendly event!  Dogs on a lead are welcome in the Courtyard and market – there will be plenty of water bowls too!  

 

Visitors to the first ever Holker Spring Market will discover a spring showcase of delicious artisanal food, glorious flowers and plants and beautiful handmade gifts alongside lively entertainment including a circus workshop. Gates open at 10.30am – 5.00pm.  Entry is £2.50 per adult, accompanied children free of charge, includes parking and entry to the Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop.  Hall & Gardens open, discounted admission charge applies.

 

Holker Hall & Gardens, Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop are open until Sun 29 Oct 2017.  Wed – Sun (+ Bank Holiday Mons.) 10.30am – 5.00pm   (Hall 11 – 4.)  For more information on all of Holker’s 2017 events visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

 

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Ospreys return to Nature Reserve at Holker Estate http://www.holker.co.uk/news/337/267/Ospreys-return-to-Nature-Reserve-at-Holker-Estate/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:19:48 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/337/267/Ospreys-return-to-Nature-Reserve-at-Holker-Estate/ The Ospreys were first seen on the site in 2013 but it was not until the following year, after the construction of a purpose-built nesting platform, that the pair adopted the platform and began to build their nest. They reared two chicks successfully in 2014 returning in 2015 and 2016. 

This year, the male bird returned on 27th March and quickly restored possession of the nest, successfully seeing off an intruder male before welcoming back the female bird to the nest on 2nd April.  Is it anticipated that the birds will spend the next two weeks rebuilding the nest structure before laying up to three eggs. Hopefully these will hatch in early June and the chicks will take their first flight in mid-July.

Whilst the female bird will spend nearly all her time on the nest, the male will be hunting for fish in the nearby Leven Estuary. These birds thrive on a diet of grey mullet and flat fish hauled from the tidal channels of the sea.

The Roudsea male bird was ringed as a chick in North Wales in 2008 to help track his movements and support conservation efforts.  Chicks produced in the Roudsea nest this year will also be carefully ringed in early July and hopefully they will be recognisable when they eventually return to breed in England after three years in Africa.

Visitors are welcome at the Reserve to view the Osprey nest from the viewing point on the bog boardwalk but they must request a free visiting permit in advance from the Senior Reserves Manager, Rob Petley-Jones via email rob.petley-jones@naturalengland.org.uk.

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Holker launches new spring market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/328/267/Holker-launches-new-spring-market/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:31:24 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/328/267/Holker-launches-new-spring-market/ As Holker Hall & Gardens continues its plans to develop a fresh and engaging annual calendar of events, organisers at the historic venue have this week announced plans to launch a new spring market in May.]]> Taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 the Holker Spring Market will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza.   

 

“After the great success of our last Winter Market in November, we’re really keen to grow and develop our seasonal markets here at Holker.  We had record numbers attend that event and really promising feedback from both exhibitors and visitors.  Planning is well underway and we’ve had exhibitor enquiries already so we encourage businesses to get in touch early if they would like to book a stall.  The Courtyard is the perfect setting for our bustling markets and spring is one of the best times of the year to see the estate – it will be a great day out for all the family.” Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services at Holker.

 

Visitors will discover a spring showcase of delicious artisanal food, glorious flowers and plants and beautiful handmade gifts alongside lively entertainment including a circus workshop.

 

Gates open at 10.30am – 5.00pm.  Entry is £2.50 per adult, accompanied children free of charge, includes parking and entry to the Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop.  Hall & Gardens open, discounted admission charge applies.

 

Holker Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop currently open Fri – Sun until 25th March.  Holker Hall & Gardens, Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop open for the 2017 main season on Sat 25 March to Sun 29 Oct 2017.  Wed – Sun (+ Bank Holiday Mons.) 10.30am – 5.00pm   (Hall 11 – 4.)  For more information on all of Holker’s 2017 events visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

 

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NEW for 2017 - Snowdrop Weekends http://www.holker.co.uk/news/315/267/NEW-for-2017---Snowdrop-Weekends/ 17 th - 19 th and 24 th – 26 th  February 2017 The Holker Gardens will open for two weekends in February 2017 for the snowdrop season.  Usually closed through the winter months – this will be... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:54:47 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/315/267/NEW-for-2017---Snowdrop-Weekends/

17th - 19th and 24th – 26th  February 2017

The Holker Gardens will open for two weekends in February 2017 for the snowdrop season.  Usually closed through the winter months – this will be the first time the Gardens have been open to the public during February since 2011.

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Make the most of this rare opportunity to see the Holker Gardens during the winter time - enjoy a gentle stroll and see the trails of delicate snowdrops as the Gardens and Parkland spring back in to life. 

The award winning Holker Gardens (25 acres in all) are part woodland and part formal.  Highlights include the cascade and fountain, The Sunken Garden, Pagan Grove and the 400 year old Great Holker Lime.  Beyond the formal Gardens you will find the vast, rolling expanses of the Parkland, wildflower meadows and pastures.

Gardens, Courtyard Café, Gift Shop and Food Hall open 10.30am to 4.00pm.  Hall closed. Adult £8.50. Child (up to 16yrs) Free of charge. Groups £6.00.  Enjoy free parking and free entry to the grounds and picnic areas, adventure playground, Café, Gift Shop and Food Hall.

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Record numbers attend largest ever Holker Winter Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/309/267/Record-numbers-attend-largest-ever-Holker-Winter-Market/ Record numbers attended the 13 th Holker Winter Market this weekend, as visitors flocked to start their Christmas shopping early.   8,000 people flooded through the gates across the two days, with around 4,000 attending on each day – in total,... Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:55:32 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/309/267/Record-numbers-attend-largest-ever-Holker-Winter-Market/ Record numbers attended the 13th Holker Winter Market this weekend, as visitors flocked to start their Christmas shopping early.   8,000 people flooded through the gates across the two days, with around 4,000 attending on each day – in total, nearly 2,000 more than previous years.

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“Wow – what a fantastic weekend it’s been! The cars just kept coming through the gates and the whole Courtyard was bustling with people.  We had lots of lovely comments about the great atmosphere and I know that many were buying Christmas presents early.  The live entertainment and music proved very popular and the food and coffee stalls had long queues”, comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services.

 

After a particularly rainy 2015, the weather across the whole weekend was glorious with blue skies on the Saturday.  The event was the largest market yet with more than 80 stalls.  “We were taking bookings for trade stands right up to the week before the event. We would like to thank all those that attended including the exhibitors – I know that some sold out on Sunday afternoon, so it was a good weekend had by all!   The team and I are thrilled, and can’t wait to start planning next year’s market,” comments Jillian.

 

The Holker Winter Market is just one of the many dates for the diary as Holker continues to expand their calendar of events across the year.  The next will be the Holker Food Market on 11th December. 

 

An opportunity to browse a wide selection of stalls and sample a variety of fresh, local and regional food and drink including fine cheeses, artisanal breads and handmade cakes.  10.30am – 3pm.  Free entry.  Take the little ones to visit Santa in his Christmas cabin in the Courtyard (£3 per child.

 

Creating a festive atmosphere whilst you browse - the Holborn Hill Royal Brass Band Juniors will be playing during the morning.

 

Christmas Cello Concert

The Ulverston International Music Festival & Holker Hall present a special Christmas Cello Concert staged in the Hall on Sunday 11th December  at 1.30pm.  Listen to the festive sounds of Thomas Carroll on Cello and Anthony Hewitt on the piano.  Doors will open at 1.00pm.  Festive refreshments will be served in The Ilex after the concert.

 

Following the concert The Ilex will be offering a 2 course meal at £15.95 or 3 courses at £18.95, between 4.30pm and 6.00pm.  Must be pre-booked.

 

Tickets on sale from 7th November.  £25pp.  Students and under 18 - £ 12.50.  Available from Holker Hall Box Office – 015395 58328 (9-5pm Monday – Friday.)  Outside these hours via UIMF ticket hotline - 07719 186145.

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A Unique Partnership Offers Weddings as Unique as You! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/308/267/A-Unique-Partnership-Offers-Weddings-as-Unique-as-You/ A new partnership has been formed in Cumbria and The Lakes for Weddings that are as unique as each couple tying the knot. The history and heritage of the stunning Holker Hall, home of the Cavendish family, the culinary magic... Sun, 06 Nov 2016 17:49:06 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/308/267/A-Unique-Partnership-Offers-Weddings-as-Unique-as-You/ A new partnership has been formed in Cumbria and The Lakes for Weddings that are as unique as each couple tying the knot. The history and heritage of the stunning Holker Hall, home of the Cavendish family, the culinary magic of Campbell and Rowley plus the expertise of The Lake District Wedding Company of all things wedding offer an unrivalled combination.

Holker Hall Wedding Fair on Sunday 13th November is the first showcase of this offer and an exciting opportunity for brides and grooms-to-be to experience the sights sounds and tastes on offer for their perfect wedding package.

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Lucy Cavendish, Chairman of The Holker Group said “We are delighted to be hosting the very first Wedding Fair at Holker Hall and look forward to welcoming visitors to see the hall dressed for that special day and hope that would-be bride and grooms enjoy talking to the first class range of wedding suppliers we have invited.”

Visitors will enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, meet our Wedding team, the Lake District Wedding Company, and Chef Paul Rowley’s catering team whilst sampling bespoke canapes.

The Courtyard will be hosting specially selected wedding partners who will be showcasing their services. From designer wedding gowns to stunning floral displays and the chance to see the Hall laid for a ceremony whilst being serenaded by live music, we hope the experience will inspire your perfect day.

The Holker Collection Wedding Fair at The Courtyard and Ilex Bar & Brasserie, Holker Hall is on Sunday 13th November from 11am until 3pm and entry is free.

The Holker Collection for Weddings at Holker Hall and Cartmel Racecourse  www.holker.co.uk 

T. 015395 58328

M. 07860 944474 (out of hours)

E. beng@campbellandrowley.co.uk

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Holker prepares for largest Winter Market in 13 years http://www.holker.co.uk/news/305/267/Holker-prepares-for-largest-Winter-Market-in-13-years/ Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed. From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and the general... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:44:19 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/305/267/Holker-prepares-for-largest-Winter-Market-in-13-years/ Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed.

From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and the general public.  “We’re thrilled to see that this event is thriving and that businesses are booking stalls as it’s a really popular date on our event calendar for visitors.  We always find there’s a lovely atmosphere across the weekend as people are getting in that Christmas spirit and want to find something a little more unusual for gifts and stocking fillers,” comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services. 

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Visit Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria this winter and find seasonal fun for all the family including the annual Winter Market.  Set in the Holker Courtyard with braziers roaring and a warming cup of mulled wine in hand - it’s the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early; the Winter Market showcases the best produce on offer for the winter season.  Stock up on crafts, artisanal food, home wares and decorations.  Watch street entertainers including Andy Jester - stiltwalking and performing circus skills with children.  Watch Juggling Inferno perform spectacular fire eating stunts on both days, and listen to live music from Palladium Quartet. 

 

New for 2016 – Holker welcomes mobile kitchen - The Liver Cottage.  The comedy chefs – Hugh Fearn and Lee Whittingstall present a cookery demonstration like no other.  As the mobile kitchen garden moves through the crowds they create ‘fusion food on the move’, blending home grown ingredients with food foraged from the corner shop, the streets and of course the audience.

 

 Holker Winter Market - 5th & 6th November. 10.30am – 4pm.  £2.50pp.  For more information on all of Holker’s autumn and winter events visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

 

Winter weekends at Holker

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Halloween fun at Holker http://www.holker.co.uk/news/307/267/Halloween-fun-at-Holker/ Halloween Fun takes place at Holker Hall & Gardens at Cark-in-Cartmel over the October half term holiday, 27 th – 30 th October 2016.  Visitors will be able to take part in a number of Halloween themed activities including... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:32:48 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/307/267/Halloween-fun-at-Holker/ Halloween Fun takes place at Holker Hall & Gardens at Cark-in-Cartmel over the October half term holiday, 27th – 30th October 2016. 

Visitors will be able to take part in a number of Halloween themed activities including a guided Wicked Walk within the award-winning gardens.  This will take place on Saturday at 2pm and cost £3.50 per person with pre-booking recommended. 

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Alternatively, pick up a special quiz sheet for just £1 and follow the Halloween Trail through the gardens at your leisure – but beware of the spooky shadows!  Garden admission costs £8 per adult, children free.   

Bring your own carved lantern to enter the Loathsome Lantern Competition to be held daily at 12.15pm and 3.15pm. And don’t miss the drop-in craft sessions from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm daily – £3.50 per child - just turn up!

The grand finale Halloween Party with Heather the witch takes place on Thursday 27th October from 3.30pm-5pm for children aged 3-10 years at a cost of £11 per child – booking essential.

For more information on all of Holker’s autumn and winter events visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

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Holker prepares for largest Winter Market in 13 years http://www.holker.co.uk/news/306/267/Holker-prepares-for-largest-Winter-Market-in-13-years/ Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed.   From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:53:38 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/306/267/Holker-prepares-for-largest-Winter-Market-in-13-years/ Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed.

 

From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and the general public.  “We’re thrilled to see that this event is thriving and that businesses are booking stalls as it’s a really popular date on our event calendar for visitors.  We always find there’s a lovely atmosphere across the weekend as people are getting in that Christmas spirit and want to find something a little more unusual for gifts and stocking fillers,” comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services.]]>
Visit Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria this winter and find seasonal fun for all the family including the annual Winter Market.  Set in the Holker Courtyard with braziers roaring and a warming cup of mulled wine in hand - it’s the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early; the Winter Market showcases the best produce on offer for the winter season.  Stock up on crafts, artisanal food, home wares and decorations.  Watch street entertainers including Andy Jester - stiltwalking and performing circus skills with children.  Watch Juggling Inferno perform spectacular fire eating stunts on both days, and listen to live music from Palladium Quartet. 

 

New for 2016 – Holker welcomes mobile kitchen - The Liver Cottage.  The comedy chefs – Hugh Fearn and Lee Whittingstall present a cookery demonstration like no other.  As the mobile kitchen garden moves through the crowds they create ‘fusion food on the move’, blending home grown ingredients with food foraged from the corner shop, the streets and of course the audience.

 

 Holker Winter Market - 5th & 6th November. 10.30am – 4pm.  £2.50pp.  For more information on all of Holker’s autumn and winter events visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

 

Winter weekends at Holker

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Over 4,000 visitors head to the Holker Chilli Fest for fiery fun! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/300/267/Over-4-000-visitors-head-to-the-Holker-Chilli-Fest-for-fiery-fun/ It was fiery fun all round at Holker this weekend, as well over 4,000 visitors headed to the third annual Chilli Fest. Organisers recorded a 5% increase on last year’s visitor numbers with a fun and lively weekend enjoyed by... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:41:18 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/300/267/Over-4-000-visitors-head-to-the-Holker-Chilli-Fest-for-fiery-fun/ It was fiery fun all round at Holker this weekend, as well over 4,000 visitors headed to the third annual Chilli Fest. Organisers recorded a 5% increase on last year’s visitor numbers with a fun and lively weekend enjoyed by families and chilli-enthusiasts alike.]]> Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services,   comments “It’s been a wonderfully successful weekend, the weather was lovely on both days and there was a fantastic atmosphere.  As we work to steadily grow the Chilli Fest, this year has seen a definite increase in families attending, plus lots and lots of dogs!”  

 

The entertainment lined up for the two days proved a great hit.  Visitors flocked to see the Belly Dancers performing and they danced and mingled in the avenues with visitors.  Garry Gifford as Freda the Dinner Lady and character, Pete Moss was an absolute hit with crowds gathering round him.

 

Business from Cumbria and further afield lined the Courtyard with spicy treats and delicious produce, as visitors munched their way through spicy pizzas, sauces and even chilli chocolate! 

 

The highlight of each day was of course the Chilli Eating Competition hosted by Darth Naga – on Saturday there were joint winners, Damien from Blackpool (a winner last year) and Jo from Hampshire.  They worked their way through each round of chillies, each getting hotter and eventually reaching two million scovilles, neither gave up and started working their way back down the scale, but instead of one chilli per round they had two!

 

On Sunday the competition got to eight hundred thousand scovilles with Sharon from Southport crowned the winner.  The winners won a hamper of chilli goodies and a trophy.  With the Courtyard full of spectators, the crowd encouraged the participants every step of the way. 

 

“We’ve had great feedback from our exhibitors and we’re already thinking about next year’s event and how we can develop it – we look forward to September 2017! -  Jillian Rouse.]]>
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Familiar faces and hot new flavours at Holker Chilli Fest http://www.holker.co.uk/news/299/267/Familiar-faces-and-hot-new-flavours-at-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:48:28 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/299/267/Familiar-faces-and-hot-new-flavours-at-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ Holker Hall’s newest event, Chilli Fest is set to once again delight the crowds this September with its array of spicy market stalls, live music and entertainment, and infamous chilli eating contest.

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Attending the event for the third year are local Chilli specialists, The Chilli Pepper Company of Cark-in-Cartmel, located less than a mile from Holker Hall itself.  Gerald Fowler, founder of the company, will be a familiar face to chilli fans as he tours many of the UK’s chilli festivals with his fiery goods. He has a particular fondness for Holker however, “not just because it’s on the doorstep, but because of its unique fiesta-style atmosphere” says Mr Fowler.

He hopes to launch some of his newest products at the event, including the aptly-named ‘Pocket Rocket’, a double vial of the world’s hottest chilli powders in a one-of-a-kind engraved tube, so chilli fans can add spice to their food wherever they go!  Foodies will also love the Chilli Pepper ‘Saltmarsh’ sauce, with its tomato base, minty notes and interesting heat, designed especially to compliment the local Saltmarsh Lamb produced on the Holker Estate. 

Since it was created in 1999 by the Fowlers, the Chilli Pepper Company has become a leading authority on all things chilli, creating bespoke sauces for restaurants around the country and even working alongside Heston Blumenthal’s research team to look at the effects of chilli on the human brain.

To try some unusual chilli flavours and experience the heat for yourself, put the 10 &11th of September into your diary and salsa on down to Holker Chilli Fest! If you can’t wait until then, the Holker Food Hall is running a pre-event promotion on a selection of chilli dipping sauces produced by The Chilli Pepper Company.

 

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Much-loved Holker Garden Festival concludes after 24 wonderful years http://www.holker.co.uk/news/297/267/Much-loved-Holker-Garden-Festival-concludes-after-24-wonderful-years/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:46:30 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/297/267/Much-loved-Holker-Garden-Festival-concludes-after-24-wonderful-years/ Following a recent meeting of its Board of Directors, the Holker Estate has taken the difficult decision to bring the Garden Festival to a close in order to devote more time and energy to refreshing its annual events programme across the Estate. 

Holker has played host to an incredible variety of public events over the years, from horse trials and historic car shows to a hot air balloon festival and more recently the BBC Antiques Roadshow and concerts at Cartmel Racecourse.

The first Garden Festival was held in 1992. It was inspired by the popularity of the Lakeland Rose Show and quickly became established as the ‘Chelsea of the North’, attracting some of the UK’s top horticulturalists, nurseries and specialist growers.  Its beautiful setting amid the Holker parkland combined with the relaxed ‘garden-party’ atmosphere made it quite unique.

Holker Group Chairman Lucy Cavendish comments “The Garden Festival has been part of my life for many years and I have many cherished memories but horticultural and other outdoor events have proliferated in an already congested early summer season.  This has put the Festival’s long term prospects in jeopardy. We therefore took the view that it was better to end now on a high.  On behalf of my family, may I offer our heartfelt thanks for the loyalty, hard work and commitment over the years, to those who made the Garden Festival what it was.  It was a team effort and the support of those involved created 24 magical events”.

Our experienced events team are now focusing their efforts on developing a fresh and engaging events programme for 2017 season and beyond that will appeal to visitors and local people alike.  

Look out for new events to be announced in due course on the Holker Hall website.

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Fun for a fiery palate as Holker Chilli Fest tickets go on sale! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/296/267/Fun-for-a-fiery-palate-as-Holker-Chilli-Fest-tickets-go-on-sale/ Advance discounted tickets for the hotly anticipated Holker Chilli Fest go on sale on Friday 15 th July, as the Hall & Gardens newest foodie event returns for a third year.   Recently listed at number 3 by... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:56:54 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/296/267/Fun-for-a-fiery-palate-as-Holker-Chilli-Fest-tickets-go-on-sale/ Advance discounted tickets for the hotly anticipated Holker Chilli Fest go on sale on Friday 15th July, as the Hall & Gardens newest foodie event returns for a third year.

 

Recently listed at number 3 by Hudsons Heritage in an article on the UK’s best Chilli Festivals, (http://www.hudsonsheritage.com/News.aspx) the Holker Courtyard will come alive with spicy food, music, dancing, magic, and chilli mania on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2016.   

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Held in the Holker Courtyard and overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall, in Cark-in-Cartmel, this year’s Chilli Fest will be a feast of fiery fun, with a wide selection of exhibitors and entertainment from across the country attending the two day event. 

 

Browse the spice-scented market stalls featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, specialist chilli produce and quirky gifts, including home-made preserves, aromatic oils, curry pastes and powders.  There will be plenty of tasty food to try from Italian Street Food to delicious Spanish Churros!  Meet well known specialist producers and exhibitors including Chilli Pepper Co, Fire Foods, Hot-Headz and Mr Vikkis, as well as businesses that have travelled from Southampton, to Sauchie in Scotland, and Somerset, Middlesex and Wales.

 

Visitors will be entertained across the whole weekend with belly dancers, a magician and live music from Latin funky Salsa band, La Tinto Bros.  Or, with cookery demonstrations from Made in Cumbria, you could pick up a few tips on how to incorporate chilli flavours into your home-cooking.  Plus, for those with a fiery palate, why not enter the popular chilli eating competition hosted daily at 4pm by famous chilli expert, Darth Naga.  There’s foodie fun for the kids too with children’s competitions taking place on each day.

 

Come along to the Holker Chilli Fest this September (Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2016); a fantastic day out for chilli enthusiasts, foodies and families alike.  For more information or to buy advance tickets, visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or call 015395 58328.  Opening times are 10.30am to 5.00pm. Advance discounted tickets are available online.  Entrance on the day is £6.00 for adults and children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.  Holker Hall & Gardens will be open during the Festival, discounted admission charges apply.]]>
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BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow Wednesday 6 July - What story will you bring? http://www.holker.co.uk/news/294/267/BBC-One-s-Antiques-Roadshow-Wednesday-6-July---What-story-will-you-bring/ It’s time to dust off your treasures for a great, free day out as BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow comes to Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands on Wednesday 6 July.  The doors for Antiques Roadshow open at... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:32 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/294/267/BBC-One-s-Antiques-Roadshow-Wednesday-6-July---What-story-will-you-bring/ It’s time to dust off your treasures for a great, free day out as BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow comes to Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands on Wednesday 6 July. 

The doors for Antiques Roadshow open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to Antiques Roadshow is free, everyone is welcome, and there is no need for tickets or pre-registration. 

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Many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale bargains for inspection by the experts.

Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce said:  “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day. The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers. If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along - we’d love to see you!”

In 2015 nearly 35,000 people attended Antiques Roadshow in the course of the year. Fascinating finds included a jacket belonging to former US president JFK, a musical penknife valued at £80,000, a sketch believed to be by Picasso and bought for a few pounds in a house clearance sale, and a precious toy panda that once flew with the Dambusters.

Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer, Simon Shaw said:  “"The dramatic setting of Holker Hall and Gardens, amid the fells of Cumbria, makes it one of our most compelling locations for the filming of Antiques Roadshow this year.  We hope lots of people come with their treasures and enjoy a day out meeting our experts and experiencing the beautiful landscape and gardens.

 “Our team of experts and Fiona love nothing better than hearing people’s stories and seeing what items they bring, so we hope as many people as possible come along to Holker Hall and enjoy what our visitors consistently tell us is a fantastic day out.

“Even after 39 years, the magic formula of surprising some lucky guests with exciting news about their treasures is still a thrill for us, the visitors and the viewers.” 

More information on planning your visit can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

 

 

 

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Temperature rises as crowds flock to the 24th Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/292/267/Temperature-rises-as-crowds-flock-to-the-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The 24 th Holker Garden Festival experienced the year’s hottest temperatures yet, as the showground was drenched in sunshine this weekend.  It was smiling faces all round as both trade sales and Friday and Sunday visitor numbers were up, with... Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:13:59 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/292/267/Temperature-rises-as-crowds-flock-to-the-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The 24th Holker Garden Festival experienced the year’s hottest temperatures yet, as the showground was drenched in sunshine this weekend.  It was smiling faces all round as both trade sales and Friday and Sunday visitor numbers were up, with 22,000 people flooding through the gates over the weekend to see floral magnificence, live entertainment, inspiring arts and crafts and hundreds of exhibitors.]]> Popular TV gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock proved to be a huge hit on the Saturday. Enjoying her very first visit to Holker, Charlie comments, ‘It’s been lovely to visit the Holker Garden Festival and I’ve been really impressed with all the wonderful horticultural exhibits, crafts and produce. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the new Kitchen Garden Roadshow and joining my fellow gardening panellists. It’s always a pleasure to meet other keen gardeners and hear people’s gardening stories.  I hope there will be many more visits to Cumbria.”

 

The crowds were met with more new exhibits and attractions than ever before, with a Rural Crafts Pavilion, new Arts Village and the new Kitchen Garden Roadshow providing entertainment for all.  Charlie’s attendance in the Kitchen Garden Roadshow was one of the highlights of the show as people squeezed in to the marquee to hear her gardening knowledge.

 

 Awards were presented by the judges and Cavendish Family on the Friday with John Roberts of Sharp Paving Ltd winning Large Gold and the Lake District Historic Houses and Gardens Trophy for Best in Show, for their garden named ‘Bridging the Gap’.  The Lucy Cavendish Award (in the Horticultural Marquee) went to East of Eden Nursery based in Carlisle.  Judges commented on the consistently high standard of exhibits at the Holker Garden Festival, with a high number of gold’s being presented in the Horticultural Marquee this year.

 

Sponsors GSK Ulverston experienced a busy schedule of ‘Sowing the seed for Science’ activities in the Holker Tipis and new, live entertainment by the Black Eagles went down a treat on the showground with people crowding round to see their fun acrobatics.

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments “What an absolutely wonderful show we’ve had.  The sun shone and it’s been a fantastic success.  It’s lovely to hear all of the positive comments from exhibitors about sales figures being up on last year; we had so many comments about the quality and selection of trade stands and produce.  Lots of gold’s and large gold awards given in the Horticultural Marquee too, which were greatly deserved.  We really appreciate all of the hard work that our exhibitors put in to the show, along with all the visitors attending; they are what makes the festival a success.”

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Temperature rises as crowds flock to the 24th Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/291/267/Temperature-rises-as-crowds-flock-to-the-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The 24 th Holker Garden Festival experienced the year’s hottest temperatures yet, as the showground was drenched in sunshine this weekend.  It was smiling faces all round as both trade sales and Friday and Sunday visitor numbers were up, with... Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:12:30 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/291/267/Temperature-rises-as-crowds-flock-to-the-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The 24th Holker Garden Festival experienced the year’s hottest temperatures yet, as the showground was drenched in sunshine this weekend.  It was smiling faces all round as both trade sales and Friday and Sunday visitor numbers were up, with 22,000 people flooding through the gates over the weekend to see floral magnificence, live entertainment, inspiring arts and crafts and hundreds of exhibitors.

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Popular TV gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock proved to be a huge hit on the Saturday. Enjoying her very first visit to Holker, Charlie comments, ‘It’s been lovely to visit the Holker Garden Festival and I’ve been really impressed with all the wonderful horticultural exhibits, crafts and produce. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the new Kitchen Garden Roadshow and joining my fellow gardening panellists. It’s always a pleasure to meet other keen gardeners and hear people’s gardening stories.  I hope there will be many more visits to Cumbria.”

 

The crowds were met with more new exhibits and attractions than ever before, with a Rural Crafts Pavilion, new Arts Village and the new Kitchen Garden Roadshow providing entertainment for all.  Charlie’s attendance in the Kitchen Garden Roadshow was one of the highlights of the show as people squeezed in to the marquee to hear her gardening knowledge.

 

 Awards were presented by the judges and Cavendish Family on the Friday with John Roberts of Sharp Paving Ltd winning Large Gold and the Lake District Historic Houses and Gardens Trophy for Best in Show, for their garden named ‘Bridging the Gap’.  The Lucy Cavendish Award (in the Horticultural Marquee) went to East of Eden Nursery based in Carlisle.  Judges commented on the consistently high standard of exhibits at the Holker Garden Festival, with a high number of gold’s being presented in the Horticultural Marquee this year.

 

Sponsors GSK Ulverston experienced a busy schedule of ‘Sowing the seed for Science’ activities in the Holker Tipis and new, live entertainment by the Black Eagles went down a treat on the showground with people crowding round to see their fun acrobatics.

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments “What an absolutely wonderful show we’ve had.  The sun shone and it’s been a fantastic success.  It’s lovely to hear all of the positive comments from exhibitors about sales figures being up on last year; we had so many comments about the quality and selection of trade stands and produce.  Lots of gold’s and large gold awards given in the Horticultural Marquee too, which were greatly deserved.  We really appreciate all of the hard work that our exhibitors put in to the show, along with all the visitors attending; they are what makes the festival a success.”

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Holker Garden Festival named in Top 10 Flower shows to rival Chelsea by TripAdvisor UK Company http://www.holker.co.uk/news/290/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-named-in-Top-10-Flower-shows-to-rival-Chelsea-by-TripAdvisor-UK-Company/ The Holker Garden Festival has been featured in HolidayLettings.co.uk’s recent blog article, ‘ 10 Fantastic Flower shows in 2016 to rival Chelsea’ . Featured as one of the best flower shows in the UK, the Holker Garden Festival takes the... Thu, 26 May 2016 14:41:50 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/290/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-named-in-Top-10-Flower-shows-to-rival-Chelsea-by-TripAdvisor-UK-Company/ The Holker Garden Festival has been featured in HolidayLettings.co.uk’s recent blog article, ‘10 Fantastic Flower shows in 2016 to rival Chelsea’.

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Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse comments, “We’re delighted to have been featured in the blog alongside such a wonderful selection of national flower shows.  It’s really lovely to see the spotlight placed on all the very many varied festivals and shows dotted around the country!”

 

“With over 200 exhibitors, you’ll want to spend plenty of time taking in everything The Holker Garden Festival has to offer. Now in its 24th year, the annual event is shaping up to be one of the best ever”, said Jack Johnson, PR Executive for Holiday Lettings.

 

“Visitors will love listening to Charlie Dimmock’s expert tips or browsing the brilliant Horticultural Marquee.”

 

To see the full article follow the link:

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Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  For more information or to buy advance tickets (with great early bird discounts) on sale now! - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June 2016.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance prices to the Festival have been held at £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Holker Garden Festival named in Top 10 Flower shows to rival Chelsea by TripAdvisor UK Company http://www.holker.co.uk/news/289/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-named-in-Top-10-Flower-shows-to-rival-Chelsea-by-TripAdvisor-UK-Company/ The Holker Garden Festival has been featured in HolidayLettings.co.uk’s recent blog article, ‘ 10 Fantastic Flower shows in 2016 to rival Chelsea’ . Featured as one of the best flower shows in the UK, the Holker Garden Festival takes the... Thu, 26 May 2016 14:40:35 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/289/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-named-in-Top-10-Flower-shows-to-rival-Chelsea-by-TripAdvisor-UK-Company/ The Holker Garden Festival has been featured in HolidayLettings.co.uk’s recent blog article, ‘10 Fantastic Flower shows in 2016 to rival Chelsea’.

Featured as one of the best flower shows in the UK, the Holker Garden Festival takes the number 3 spot alongside the likes of the Taunton Flowers Show and Woburn Abbey Garden Show.

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Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse comments, “We’re delighted to have been featured in the blog alongside such a wonderful selection of national flower shows.  It’s really lovely to see the spotlight placed on all the very many varied festivals and shows dotted around the country!”

“With over 200 exhibitors, you’ll want to spend plenty of time taking in everything The Holker Garden Festival has to offer. Now in its 24th year, the annual event is shaping up to be one of the best ever”, said Jack Johnson, PR Executive for Holiday Lettings.

 

“Visitors will love listening to Charlie Dimmock’s expert tips or browsing the brilliant Horticultural Marquee.”

To see the full article follow the link:

 

https://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/blog/flower-power-10-fantastic-flower-shows-2016-rival-chelsea/

 

 Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  For more information or to buy advance tickets (with great early bird discounts) on sale now! - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June 2016.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance prices to the Festival have been held at £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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The Holker Garden Festival welcomes new sponsor - Sanlam Private Wealth http://www.holker.co.uk/news/288/267/The-Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-new-sponsor---Sanlam-Private-Wealth/ Festival Faces – Meet James Bardner   As the 24 th Holker Garden Festival approaches, we meet some of the Festival faces involved in the annual horticultural celebration.   This year the Festival is delighted to... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:27:22 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/288/267/The-Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-new-sponsor---Sanlam-Private-Wealth/ Festival Faces – Meet James Bardner

 

As the 24th Holker Garden Festival approaches, we meet some of the Festival faces involved in the annual horticultural celebration.

 

This year the Festival is delighted to welcome Sanlam Private Wealth as official sponsors of the 24th show.  Sanlam is a wealth management company that provides integrated investment management and stockbroking solutions for individuals, trusts and charities. 

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Here we meet James Bardner, head of the company’s Kirkby Lonsdale office, who will be attending his very first Holker Garden Festival.  He joined the company in January 2014 as a Senior Investment Manager and took up his current role in October 2015.

 

James has over 25 years experience in the investment management industry, having been a Director at Coutts, Vice President at Barclays Wealth and Regional Centre Head of Gerrard Investment Management looking after portfolios for clients, trusts and charities.

 

In taking the positon at Sanlam, James has opted for a change in lifestyle. Having spent many years living and working in busy city centre Manchester, he now enjoys the country life in his new home overlooking Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

 

He and his partner Rebecca have a large garden with a variety of fruit trees, a modest vegetable garden and even a small brood of hens. They still consider themselves garden novices but they love growing their own produce and are slowly becoming more accomplished.

 

Autumn is a busy time as they harvest all their fruit, and Rebecca, as a keen cook, makes a wide range of jams, jellies and chutneys. James’s damson gin and blackberry vodka are also proving very popular!

 

James says that they have been lucky to inherit an established garden with a wide range of evergreen shrubs and perennials but would in time, and with a little more experience, like to add their own touch to the garden.

 

Being relatively new to the area, James had little previous knowledge of the festival but now he is very excited that Sanlam is one of this year’s sponsors. “It should be a great event and I’m really looking forward to picking up some tips and new design ideas during the event” comments James.

 

To find out more about Sanlam and its services please visit sanlamprivatewealth.co.uk.

 

For more information or to buy advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival – on sale now- visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June 2016.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance prices to the Festival have been held at £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.]]>
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The Kitchen Garden Roadshow visits the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/286/267/The-Kitchen-Garden-Roadshow-visits-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Horticulture is the star of the show once again at the Holker Garden Festival as organisers welcome The Kitchen Garden Roadshow  in to its Garden Theatre for the very first time.  Sponsored by Kitchen Garden Magazine, the Roadshow will host... Mon, 16 May 2016 13:03:03 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/286/267/The-Kitchen-Garden-Roadshow-visits-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Horticulture is the star of the show once again at the Holker Garden Festival as organisers welcome The Kitchen Garden Roadshow  in to its Garden Theatre for the very first time.  Sponsored by Kitchen Garden Magazine, the Roadshow will host a full line up of gardening experts including Saturday’s special Festival guest, Charlie Dimmock.

 

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Visitors are invited to take a seat and enjoy listening to the team of experts who will offer practical gardening advice, talks, and demonstrations, and answer your questions on all kinds of gardening subjects. Fruit, flowers, veg, lawns, houseplants - whatever the question the team will come up with an answer!

 

Host for the three days is Martin Fish, well known garden writer, BBC broadcaster and Garden Advisor to RHS Harlow Carr.  He will be joined by the editor of Kitchen Garden, Steve Ott who has a wealth of gardening knowledge and Rob Smith, allotment gardener and winner of BBC Two’s Big Allotment Challenge.

 

TV gardener Charlie Dimmock will be Holker’s special guest on Saturday 4th June and will join the Roadshow team to answer all your gardening questions.  See Charlie at 11.30am for ‘An Audience with Charlie Dimmock’ and again at 2.30pm as she joins the gardening panel for a fun and lively Q&A session with compere, Martin Fish.

 

Advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are on sale now, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE! 

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

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The Kitchen Garden Roadshow visits the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/285/267/The-Kitchen-Garden-Roadshow-visits-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Horticulture is the star of the show once again at the Holker Garden Festival as organisers welcome The Kitchen Garden Roadshow  in to its Garden Theatre for the very first time.  Sponsored by Kitchen Garden Magazine, the Roadshow will host... Mon, 16 May 2016 13:01:12 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/285/267/The-Kitchen-Garden-Roadshow-visits-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Horticulture is the star of the show once again at the Holker Garden Festival as organisers welcome The Kitchen Garden Roadshow  in to its Garden Theatre for the very first time.  Sponsored by Kitchen Garden Magazine, the Roadshow will host a full line up of gardening experts including Saturday’s special Festival guest, Charlie Dimmock.

 

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Visitors are invited to take a seat and enjoy listening to the team of experts who will offer practical gardening advice, talks, and demonstrations, and answer your questions on all kinds of gardening subjects. Fruit, flowers, veg, lawns, houseplants - whatever the question the team will come up with an answer!

 

Host for the three days is Martin Fish, well known garden writer, BBC broadcaster and Garden Advisor to RHS Harlow Carr.  He will be joined by the editor of Kitchen Garden, Steve Ott who has a wealth of gardening knowledge and Rob Smith, allotment gardener and winner of BBC Two’s Big Allotment Challenge.

 

TV gardener Charlie Dimmock will be Holker’s special guest on Saturday 4th June and will join the Roadshow team to answer all your gardening questions.  See Charlie at 11.30am for ‘An Audience with Charlie Dimmock’ and again at 2.30pm as she joins the gardening panel for a fun and lively Q&A session with compere, Martin Fish.

 

Advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are on sale now, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE! 

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

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Music in the Garden at this year’s Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/284/267/Music-in-the-Garden-at-this-year-s-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival (3-5 June) are encouraged to take some time out and venture up to the main Holker Gardens to see and hear The Ulverston Music Festival playing from 2-4pm on each day of the... Mon, 09 May 2016 18:13:41 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/284/267/Music-in-the-Garden-at-this-year-s-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival (3-5 June) are encouraged to take some time out and venture up to the main Holker Gardens to see and hear The Ulverston Music Festival playing from 2-4pm on each day of the show.

 

Experience the very best of classical music played by top artists and professional musicians in the serene setting of the formal Gardens.  A full line up of musicians is planned including:]]>
Catherine Ashcroft, a Uilleann piper and whistle player will be performing on the Friday.  Catherine won All Britain titles on both whistle and pipes in 2007, and formed the duo “Mochara” with Northern Irish singer songwriter, Maurice Dickson, performing in the UK, Ireland and Europe. 

 

Flautist and Contralto, Anastasia Micklethwaite will perform on the Saturday.  Anastasia was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and at Trinity College, Cambridge. At the age of 12 she held principal positions with the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of GB.  Anastasia moved to Cumbria in 2002 to set up a regional music centre and is the Director of Music at Sedbergh Preparatory School.

 

On Sunday, visitors can enjoy a violin trio.  Leah Grieves, Macheck Rzepczyk and Nicola Rich will be representing the Furness Music Centre.  FMC is a non-auditioned group of musicians and singers where everyone is welcome from beginners, to those who are experienced, diploma-level performers.

 

The Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 will run from June 8- 19, opening with the English Touring Opera, Don Giovanni and closing with a community charity day featuring The Haffner

 

Orchestra & Jess Gillam raising funds for St Mary's Hospice.  Organised by musical director Anthony Hewitt - full brochure of events can be found at www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk.  Box office is open at The Coronation Hall, Ulverston - call 01229 587140.

 

“Even with so much to see and do on the Festival showground, we’re really keen to let visitors know that the Gardens are very much open, and invite them to take some time out and explore the grounds.  Inviting the musicians to play seems like the perfect way to encourage people in to the Gardens and isn’t it just the perfect setting for some classical music?” Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse.

 

Advance tickets are already on sale, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!  Don’t miss this year’s special guest, gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock who will be attending the show on Saturday 4th June 2016.

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

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Music in the Garden at this year’s Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/283/267/Music-in-the-Garden-at-this-year-s-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival (3-5 June) are encouraged to take some time out and venture up to the main Holker Gardens to see and hear The Ulverston Music Festival playing from 2-4pm on each day of the... Mon, 09 May 2016 18:12:04 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/283/267/Music-in-the-Garden-at-this-year-s-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival (3-5 June) are encouraged to take some time out and venture up to the main Holker Gardens to see and hear The Ulverston Music Festival playing from 2-4pm on each day of the show.

 

Experience the very best of classical music played by top artists and professional musicians in the serene setting of the formal Gardens.  A full line up of musicians is planned including:

 

 

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Catherine Ashcroft, a Uilleann piper and whistle player will be performing on the Friday.  Catherine won All Britain titles on both whistle and pipes in 2007, and formed the duo “Mochara” with Northern Irish singer songwriter, Maurice Dickson, performing in the UK, Ireland and Europe. 

 

Flautist and Contralto, Anastasia Micklethwaite will perform on the Saturday.  Anastasia was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and at Trinity College, Cambridge. At the age of 12 she held principal positions with the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of GB.  Anastasia moved to Cumbria in 2002 to set up a regional music centre and is the Director of Music at Sedbergh Preparatory School.

 

On Sunday, visitors can enjoy a violin trio.  Leah Grieves, Macheck Rzepczyk and Nicola Rich will be representing the Furness Music Centre.  FMC is a non-auditioned group of musicians and singers where everyone is welcome from beginners, to those who are experienced, diploma-level performers.

 

The Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 will run from June 8- 19, opening with the English Touring Opera, Don Giovanni and closing with a community charity day featuring The Haffner

 

Orchestra & Jess Gillam raising funds for St Mary's Hospice.  Organised by musical director Anthony Hewitt - full brochure of events can be found at www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk.  Box office is open at The Coronation Hall, Ulverston - call 01229 587140.

 

“Even with so much to see and do on the Festival showground, we’re really keen to let visitors know that the Gardens are very much open, and invite them to take some time out and explore the grounds.  Inviting the musicians to play seems like the perfect way to encourage people in to the Gardens and isn’t it just the perfect setting for some classical music?” Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse.

 

Advance tickets are already on sale, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!  Don’t miss this year’s special guest, gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock who will be attending the show on Saturday 4th June 2016.

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Exciting New Art Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/282/267/Exciting-New-Art-Market/ A fantastic new art event with free entry to the public will be hosted in the courtyard at Holker Hall on May 1 st 2016 from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  The event aims to bring together some of the best professional... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:04:38 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/282/267/Exciting-New-Art-Market/ A fantastic new art event with free entry to the public will be hosted in the courtyard at Holker Hall on May 1st 2016 from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  The event aims to bring together some of the best professional and amateur painters and printmakers from Cumbria and the North West and will showcase the extraordinary artistic talent from this area.  Artists who have registered for the event include painters who specialise in landscapes, animals, portraits, floral and other themes.

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The event which is limited to painters and printmakers is unique in the area and will take the format of an open art market.  Artists will be present at their stalls to discuss their artwork and take commissions from the public.  An array of artwork in a range of media and themes will be available as original work as well as giclée prints and cards at affordable prices.

The organiser, John Driskel, said "As a local artist I have always felt that there is a shortage of local outdoor art markets which are so popular on the continent and other parts of the world.

We are aiming to address this by hosting a number of local markets dedicated to painters and printmakers during the following months and we are very excited that Holker Hall has offered us a venue for some of these on the Estate on 1st of May and at their Garden Festival in June.  We hope that we will be able to establish a regular outdoor programme for local artists and that support of our events by the public will grow as we move forward with the project." 

The art market together with other facilities on the Estate provides an opportunity for a fantastic day out for the whole family.  A wonderful breakfast and lunch can also be ordered from the Cafe and there is free access to the Food Hall and Gift Shop.  Access to the Hall and Gardens is available for £12 per person.

Holker Hall’s Head of Visitor Services, Jillian Rouse commented “We are delighted to add the Art Market to our growing calendar of events and look forward to seeing the artwork”.

More information about the art market is available on the website:

www.artcumbria.com/EventInfo/Index
 

Contact:  John Driskel      Tel: 015395 62676             Email: Info@ArtCumbria.com

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Spotlight placed on local artists at very first Holker Garden Festival Arts Village http://www.holker.co.uk/news/281/267/Spotlight-placed-on-local-artists-at-very-first-Holker-Garden-Festival-Arts-Village/ A selection of local artists will be showcasing their work at this year’s Holker Garden Festival in the very first Arts Village to be staged at the show.  Organised by local artist, John Driskel, the Arts Village will allow visitors... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:30:30 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/281/267/Spotlight-placed-on-local-artists-at-very-first-Holker-Garden-Festival-Arts-Village/ A selection of local artists will be showcasing their work at this year’s Holker Garden Festival in the very first Arts Village to be staged at the show.  Organised by local artist, John Driskel, the Arts Village will allow visitors to get up close to a wonderful selection of art and, weather permitting, there will be demonstrations taking place throughout the three day Festival. “I’m delighted to be able to help bring the Arts Village to Holker this year.  It will be fantastic for these artists to showcase their work to such a large audience and we hope, of course, that visitors will enjoy seeing their artwork, with many pieces inspired by Cumbria and the local landscape.”

 

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Artists exhibiting include:

Lynne Frost - Widely regarded for her moorland landscapes of Lancashire and Cumbria, Lynne works mainly in acrylics and mixed media.

 

 

Greg Howard specialises in producing dramatic, impressionistic landscapes and seascapes full of mood and atmosphere.  It is important to him that viewers of his work are able to make an emotional connection with each piece which is why a lot of his work is painted from imagination.  

 

Cally Lawson likes to paint animals in a variety of media, especially cattle and horses. She has recently been working on a series of horses in motion following her visits to Cartmel Racecourse.

 

John Driskel is a South African architect who has lived in Cumbria since 2008. He enjoys painting landscapes and cityscapes from the area and further afield.

 

The Arts Village is just one of the new art and craft elements to be announced at this year’s Holker Garden Festival with a Rural Crafts Pavilion also being staged.  Festival Mananger Jillian Rouse comments, “We’re really pleased that we have been able to expand the art and craft offering at this year’s Festival and delighted that John and the other artists can be involved – we can’t wait to see their work on display.”  

 

Advance tickets are already on sale, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!  Don’t miss this year’s special guest, gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock who will be attending the show on Saturday 4th June 2016.

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

 Image credit: Cally Lawson.

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Holker Group join the Go Herdwick flock with ‘Burly’ http://www.holker.co.uk/news/279/267/Holker-Group-join-the-Go-Herdwick-flock-with-Burly/ A number of Lake District businesses and organisations have pledged their support in aid of the ‘Go Herdwick’ public art trail, recently launched by the Lake District Calvert Trust charity, who aims to raise £1.3million through the initiative for their... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:00:27 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/279/267/Holker-Group-join-the-Go-Herdwick-flock-with-Burly/ th anniversary fundraising campaign.]]> A number of Lake District businesses and organisations have pledged their support in aid of the ‘Go Herdwick’ public art trail, recently launched by the Lake District Calvert Trust charity who aims to raise £1.3million through the initiative for their 40th anniversary fundraising campaign.  

The Holker Group sponsored one of the 60 Herdwick Ewes, each designed and painted by a local artist and put on display in public places and outside business premises between Keswick and Windermere in the Lake District.  The idea is for visitors and indeed local people to go ‘Herdy spotting’ and follow the Herdwick Trail by purchasing one of the maps available in local shops and tourist centres.  The flock was ‘released’ on Good Friday, 25th March and will remain in-situ until September when they will be rounded up for a public viewing and subsequent auction in the autumn.

The installations are already causing quite a stir, with interest growing daily through photo sharing on social media, as well as regional and national press coverage.   For the Holker Group, investing in the scheme offered an opportunity to not only support the wonderful work of a local charity, but also to invest in local communities.  It is hoped that the scheme will help to drive tourist footfall to the county, after what has been a difficult time for many businesses and residents after last year’s devastating floods. 

The Holker Group ewe named ‘Burly’ after the natural Lake District stone quarried by Holker enterprise, Burlington Slate Limited, depicts a dry stone wall as commonly found across the Lakeland fells, home to the Herdwicks.  Lionel Playford, the artist who decorated the Herdwick statue thought up the idea of a ‘drystone Herdwick’ because of the natural fit between landscape and animal.  Lionel commented “It was important to make the stones realistic... I built Burly from the feet up as if I was a waller”.

To take part in the Go Herdwick trail, details of where maps and memorabilia can be purchased is available at www.goherdwick.co.uk .  Lastly, if you happen to spot Burly – take a selfie and share it with us on the Holker Group twitter page @Holkergroup

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Plants Galore at Holker Hall http://www.holker.co.uk/news/278/267/Plants-Galore-at-Holker-Hall/ Flower Power Fairs are bringing a huge selection of quality plants grown by some of the very best Northern plant specialists and growers to Holker Hall for an early Spring Plant Fair on Sunday 17 April.  The fair takes place... Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:58:16 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/278/267/Plants-Galore-at-Holker-Hall/ Flower Power Fairs are bringing a huge selection of quality plants grown by some of the very best Northern plant specialists and growers to Holker Hall for an early Spring Plant Fair on Sunday 17 April.  The fair takes place near to the Courtyard area and will be open from 10.30am-4pm.

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Flower Power Fairs, established over the past 9 years, and acknowledged as bringing together a superb collection of top plant specialists, nurseries and growers to the fairs, will be returning to Holker Hall for this fourth event and will be back again on the August Bank Holiday Sunday, 28 August with a different selection of plant specialists and growers.

“All the nurseries grow their own plants and bring you a huge diversity of plants, always of the best quality and I hand pick each participant for their high standards, selection of plants on sale and presentation and plant knowledge.”  says organiser, Judy Popley. 

A huge choice of Spring flowering plants will be on sale including bulbs, flowering shrubs and trees and many of the stands offer unusual plants for sale.  Flower Power has been promoting bee, butterfly and insect friendly plants as well as encouraging gardeners to Buy British, Buy Local.  “We need to support these local nurseries or we shall lose them.”

Car parking and admission to the Plant fair will be free and there will also be a Local Food Market within the Courtyard.

The following week visitors will have the opportunity to meet Glyn Sherratt, Holker’s Head Gardener, and enjoy a guided tour of the gardens followed by afternoon tea at the new ‘Tour and Tea with the Head Gardener’ event taking place on 20th April (pre-booking essential).


HOLKER HALL PLANT FAIR

Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7PL

Sunday 17 April 10.30-4pm

Free admission.

Flower Power Fairs:  Judy Popley

Arley View Farm, Hobbs Hill Lane, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 0QZ

Mobile: 0773 085 9441        Email: judy@flowerpowerfairs.co.uk        www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk

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Rural Crafts Association to stage pavilion at 24th Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/277/267/Rural-Crafts-Association-to-stage-pavilion-at-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:45:39 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/277/267/Rural-Crafts-Association-to-stage-pavilion-at-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to announce that for the very first time the Rural Crafts Association will be staging a craft pavilion at this year’s show.]]> With just over 2 months to go, planning is now full steam ahead with several new elements to be added to this year’s line up.

 

“We’re excited to announce that the Rural Crafts Association will be attending in June.  We’re constantly looking for ways to refresh the show and give visitors something new to enjoy on the showground.  The RCA’s craft pavilions are full of wonderful makers from across the country; it will be a real crowd pleaser and the perfect addition to the Festival.” Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse.

 

‘The Rural Crafts Association is delighted to be taking part in The Holker Garden Festival for the first time this year.  Our pavilion presents an exciting range of craft and art work from all over the UK, meet the makers and enjoy learning about design and raw materials.  We welcome you to step into a creative world and rediscover the art of enjoyable shopping.”  Karen Hall, Rural Crafts Association.

 

The pavilion will host a selection of artists and craft makers with the opportunity to purchase a wonderful selection of handmade gifts, jewellery, art, ceramics and homewares, along with the chance  to see the craftmakers and artists at work.

 

Advance tickets are already on sale for the 24th show, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!  Don’t miss this year’s special guest, gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock who will be attending the show on Saturday 4th June 2016.

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Rural Crafts Association to stage pavilion at 24th Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/276/267/Rural-Crafts-Association-to-stage-pavilion-at-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:43:57 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/276/267/Rural-Crafts-Association-to-stage-pavilion-at-24th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to announce that for the very first time the Rural Crafts Association will be staging a craft pavilion at this year’s show.]]> With just over 2 months to go, planning is now full steam ahead with several new elements to be added to this year’s line up.

 

“We’re excited to announce that the Rural Crafts Association will be attending in June.  We’re constantly looking for ways to refresh the show and give visitors something new to enjoy on the showground.  The RCA’s craft pavilions are full of wonderful makers from across the country; it will be a real crowd pleaser and the perfect addition to the Festival.” Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse.

 

‘The Rural Crafts Association is delighted to be taking part in The Holker Garden Festival for the first time this year.  Our pavilion presents an exciting range of craft and art work from all over the UK, meet the makers and enjoy learning about design and raw materials.  We welcome you to step into a creative world and rediscover the art of enjoyable shopping.”  Karen Hall, Rural Crafts Association.

 

The pavilion will host a selection of artists and craft makers with the opportunity to purchase a wonderful selection of handmade gifts, jewellery, art, ceramics and homewares, along with the chance  to see the craftmakers and artists at work.

 

Advance tickets are already on sale for the 24th show, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!  Don’t miss this year’s special guest, gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock who will be attending the show on Saturday 4th June 2016.

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Holker Hall & Gardens crowned ‘Garden of the Year’ http://www.holker.co.uk/news/273/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-crowned-Garden-of-the-Year/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:44:57 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/273/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-crowned-Garden-of-the-Year/ We are delighted to have been crowned ‘Garden of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/16. 

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Now in their fifth year, the 11-category awards are a celebration of the countryside and its people with a shortlist of nominees drawn up by experts including BBC presenters John Craven, Ellie Harrison and Chris Packham.

Nominations for ‘Garden of the Year’ were shortlisted by the editor of BBC Gardeners’ World, Lucy Hall and winners crowned via a public vote.

Holker Hall and Gardens Head of Visitor Services, Jillian Rouse comments; “We were thrilled to be nominated for the BBC Countryside Awards and even more delighted to win the title of ‘Garden of Year’.  Holker Hall and Gardens have been lovingly tendered by generations and it means a great deal to be honoured with this award by the public who recognise the dedication, love and commitment which goes in to ensuring they are enjoyed by our visitors”.  

Holker beat off stiff competition from across the Country with the five-strong nomination list including Glendoick Gardens in Perthshire and Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex.

Fergus Collins, editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, comments; “With increasing pressures on the countryside and wider natural environment, it’s even more vital to shout about what makes rural Britain so special.  Our annual awards help champion our landscapes, our wildlife and our country heroes.  This year’s nominees represent the best of rural Britain and are exceptional examples of what the UK’s countryside has to offer”.

The full line up of winners were unveiled online this week and will appear in the May issue of the magazine.

Holker Hall and Gardens are open for the 2016 season from 20th March to 30th October, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.  The Hall opens 11am to 4pm, Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm and the café, gift shop and food hall open from 10.30am to 5pm. 

For the first time visitors will have the opportunity to book a ‘Tour and Tea with the Head Gardener’ event which takes place on 20th April and again 13th July. 

Hall & Garden tickets are priced at £12.00 per adult with under 16’s free when accompanied by an adult. Free parking and free entry to grounds and picnic areas, adventure playground, Café, Gift Shop and Food Hall. 

For more information please call 015395 58328 or e-mail info@holker.co.uk.

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New Head Gardener http://www.holker.co.uk/news/272/267/New-Head-Gardener/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:41:51 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/272/267/New-Head-Gardener/ One of Cumbria’s best-loved historic houses has announced the arrival of a new head-gardener and at the same time revealed the full details of its varied annual events programme. 

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Holker Hall & Gardens at Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands opens to visitors on 20th March 2016.  New head-gardener Glyn Sherratt will be heading up the garden team responsible for the 25acres of immaculately kept gardens and wider 200-acre Parkland.  Glyn joins Holker from Gatton Park in Surrey where he oversaw the restoration of the historic park and gardens.

With over 20-years horticultural experience including studying at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Glyn brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to the role. 

Glyn comments, “I was drawn to Holker by its horticultural reputation and the exciting collection of unusual  trees and shrubs which the Cavendish family have collected over the years.   The gardens are constantly evolving as new plantings are made or new ideas are born and I am greatly looking forward to helping the family develop their garden further for their own enjoyment and the benefit of our visitors”.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Glyn and enjoy a guided tour of the gardens followed by afternoon tea at the new ‘Tour and Tea with the Head Gardener’ events taking place on 20th April and 13th July (pre-booking essential).

Other events taking place on the Estate for the first time include an inspirational Art Market 1st May and BBC Antiques Roadshow 6th July.

The full events programme hops into action at Easter with children’s activities running 25th to 28th March.  The popular Plant Fair runs alongside the Food Market on Sunday 17th April.  In June the spectacular Holker Garden Festival - a celebration of the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts – takes place in the ancient deer park 3rd to 5th June, things hot up for Chilli Fest 10th & 11th September and the festive Winter Market returns 5th & 6th November. 

And the good news doesn’t stop there - a new Brasserie is due to open late spring and Holker Hall is now available for weddings.

Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services comments; “Twenty-sixteen is set to be a bumper year.  We know our visitors welcome the quality, varied events that we host year-on-year and are delighted to have added new events to our calendar.  We are committed to delivering a diverse customer experience and combined with visiting the hall and award-winning gardens the events offer something for old and new visitors to enjoy”. 

2016 season open dates are from 20th March to 30th October, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.  The Hall opens 11am to 4pm, Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm and the café, gift shop and food hall open from 10.30am to 5pm. 

In addition, the café, gift shop and food hall are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4th March 10.30am to 4pm.

Hall & Garden tickets are priced at £12.00 per adult with under 16’s free when accompanied by an adult. Free parking and free entry to grounds and picnic areas, adventure playground, Café, Gift Shop and Food Hall. 

For more information please call 015395 58328 or e-mail info@holker.co.uk

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Cumbria’s finest stately home to host wedding ceremonies http://www.holker.co.uk/news/271/267/Cumbria-s-finest-stately-home-to-host-wedding-ceremonies/ Couples planning to say ‘I Do’ in Cumbria now have the opportunity to choose one of the County’s finest and romantic stately homes as their wedding venue. Home to the Cavendish Family for over 400 years, Holker Hall and... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:56:24 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/271/267/Cumbria-s-finest-stately-home-to-host-wedding-ceremonies/ Couples planning to say ‘I Do’ in Cumbria now have the opportunity to choose one of the County’s finest and romantic stately homes as their wedding venue.

Home to the Cavendish Family for over 400 years, Holker Hall and Gardens, near Cark-in-Cartmel, has been granted a licence to hold wedding ceremonies. 

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Holker Hall dates back to the early 1600’s and has been passed by inheritance through the family line.  Today, the Hall is home to Lucy Cavendish, appointed Chairman of the Holker Group last year. 

Couples will have a choice of rooms for the Wedding Ceremony, including the Library.  With open fire places at either end and lined with over 3,500 books, Lord Cavendish once described it as ‘the cosiest room in the house’.  Views through Formal Gardens in to the Park, make the Library perfectly suited to small, intimate ceremonies of up to 20 guests.

The Main Hall offers a magnificent setting for larger celebrations, with couples taking their vows beneath the splendid limestone arch, which sits at the foot of the hand-carved oak staircase.

Holker is surrounded by award-winning gardens, against a backdrop of 125 acres of Parkland, home to an ancient herd of Fallow deer.  In all seasons, this offers a variety of opportunities for unique wedding photographs to preserve memories of an elegant day.

“I hope that the history, setting and, above all, the romance of Holker, will inspire couples celebrating one of the most important days of their lives.  It will be a privilege to share Holker with them.” says Lucy.

Choices of locations for the Wedding Breakfast include the newly refurbished Brasserie in the stable courtyard which is due to open in the Spring.   The deer park offers a spectacular setting for a bespoke marquee or couples can choose the Grandstand at nearby Cartmel Racecourse.

On-site caterers and event specialists Rowleys@Holker will take care of every final detail, to ensure a celebration of the highest quality.  

Lucy adds, “Ever since I can remember, it has been my Family’s aspiration to enhance the experience of our visitors.  It is heart warming we are now able to welcome brides and grooms-to-be with their families and friends.”

Holker Hall and Gardens is available for weddings from Spring 2016.  For further information and to arrange a viewing, please call 015395 58328.  Wedding Fair coming soon - look out in the press and on the website for further information.

 

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Summer is coming – advance Holker Garden Festival tickets go on sale on Thursday 28th January 2016! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/269/267/Summer-is-coming-advance-Holker-Garden-Festival-tickets-go-on-sale-on-Thursday-28th-January-2016/ If you’re feeling the winter blues, and craving the warmer days of summer,  you’ll be pleased to hear that advance tickets to the 24 th Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Thursday 28 th January 2016.  Great discounts are... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:49:22 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/269/267/Summer-is-coming-advance-Holker-Garden-Festival-tickets-go-on-sale-on-Thursday-28th-January-2016/ If you’re feeling the winter blues, and craving the warmer days of summer,  you’ll be pleased to hear that advance tickets to the 24th Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Thursday 28th January 2016.  Great discounts are available for those early birds with special online advance ticket prices of: Adults £12.50 and Senior/Students £11.00, available up to 31st March; buying your tickets before 31st March means a saving of almost 20%!  And from 1st April to 1st June online prices are: Adults £13.00 and Senior/Students £11.50.

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Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home, Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, the three day event, taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June, is a celebration of gardening, countryside, food and crafts; with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce. 

 

Don’t miss:  With TV gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock already confirmed to attend, plans for Cumbria’s annual horticultural celebration are well underway.  Charlie will be the Festival’s special guest on Saturday 4th June 2016, meeting and greeting visitors on and around the showground, and taking part in Q & A sessions in the new Holker Roadshow inside the Holker Garden Theatre.

 

“I’m delighted to be attending the 24th Holker Garden Festival; this will be my first visit to Holker Hall and the surrounding area – I’ve heard many good things about both the Festival and the venue’s beautiful gardens and parkland.  I’m particularly keen to see this year’s Show Gardens and I look forward to meeting the exhibitors and visitors during my time on the showground.”  Charlie Dimmock.

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments, “We are thrilled to be welcoming Charlie to this year’s Festival; we’re all a fan of hers - particularly of her Ground Force days.  We look forward to picking up some good gardening tips while she is with us, and being able to introduce her to our exhibitors and visitors to the show.”  

 

Tickets purchased on the day of the event – Adults: £15.50 and Senior/Students: £14.00.  Children under 16 go FREE when accompanied by an adult.  To buy tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk, or call 015395 58838.]]>
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Summer is coming – advance Holker Garden Festival tickets go on sale on Thursday 28th January 2016! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/268/267/Summer-is-coming-advance-Holker-Garden-Festival-tickets-go-on-sale-on-Thursday-28th-January-2016/ If you’re feeling the winter blues, and craving the warmer days of summer,  you’ll be pleased to hear that advance tickets to the 24 th Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Thursday 28 th January 2016.  Great discounts are... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:47:35 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/268/267/Summer-is-coming-advance-Holker-Garden-Festival-tickets-go-on-sale-on-Thursday-28th-January-2016/ If you’re feeling the winter blues, and craving the warmer days of summer,  you’ll be pleased to hear that advance tickets to the 24th Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Thursday 28th January 2016.  Great discounts are available for those early birds with special online advance ticket prices of: Adults £12.50 and Senior/Students £11.00, available up to 31st March; buying your tickets before 31st March means a saving of almost 20%!  And from 1st April to 1st June online prices are: Adults £13.00 and Senior/Students £11.50.]]> Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home, Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, the three day event, taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June, is a celebration of gardening, countryside, food and crafts; with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce. 

 

Don’t miss:  With TV gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock already confirmed to attend, plans for Cumbria’s annual horticultural celebration are well underway.  Charlie will be the Festival’s special guest on Saturday 4th June 2016, meeting and greeting visitors on and around the showground, and taking part in Q & A sessions in the new Holker Roadshow inside the Holker Garden Theatre.

 

“I’m delighted to be attending the 24th Holker Garden Festival; this will be my first visit to Holker Hall and the surrounding area – I’ve heard many good things about both the Festival and the venue’s beautiful gardens and parkland.  I’m particularly keen to see this year’s Show Gardens and I look forward to meeting the exhibitors and visitors during my time on the showground.”  Charlie Dimmock.

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments, “We are thrilled to be welcoming Charlie to this year’s Festival; we’re all a fan of hers - particularly of her Ground Force days.  We look forward to picking up some good gardening tips while she is with us, and being able to introduce her to our exhibitors and visitors to the show.”  

 

Tickets purchased on the day of the event – Adults: £15.50 and Senior/Students: £14.00.  Children under 16 go FREE when accompanied by an adult.  To buy tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk, or call 015395 58838.]]>
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Calling all landscapers, gardeners and designers! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/267/267/Calling-all-landscapers-gardeners-and-designers/ The Holker Garden Festival is now accepting entries for its 24 th annual Show Garden competition and is calling for landscapers, gardeners and designers to showcase their designs, products and talents.    Widely regarded as the North’s premier... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:52:43 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/267/267/Calling-all-landscapers-gardeners-and-designers/ The Holker Garden Festival is now accepting entries for its 24th annual Show Garden competition and is calling for landscapers, gardeners and designers to showcase their designs, products and talents. 

 

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All Show Gardens will be officially judged and awarded a Large Gold, Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze by the judges including, Rae Beckwith, Vice-Chairman of The Guild of Horticultural Trade Display Judges. 

Rae comments, “During the years that I have been involved at Holker the quality of the Show Gardens has improved to the excellent standard that we see today. The skills and artistic flair displayed are a credit to all who create the wonderful gardens that the visiting public appreciate so much.  Many commissions for further work have been gained as a result of the show gardens, which bears testimony to the value of the wonderful platform that Holker provides.” 

 

With 20,000 visitors across three days, show garden exhibitors will have a captive audience, with great potential to generate future work.   Other benefits include excellent prize money, free space for your Show Garden, water and electricity, great publicity, inclusion in Festival marketing in print and online, plus, with the chance to meet and be photographed with TV gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock, in your garden - it’s an opportunity not to be missed.  

 

John Roberts of Sharp Paving, Kendal, Cumbria, has designed and installed a Show Garden at the Festival for the past 11 years, “The first was an experiment to see if it was useful to my business and to test our abilities in design and workmanship. I achieved a Silver Gilt which I was very pleased with, but more importantly I gained some significant contacts, enquiries and over £160,000 worth of work.”

 

John has since gone on to achieve 7 Best in Shows and generated well over a million pounds worth of business. 

 

“Although the Festival occurs when most landscapers are very busy, the pleasure of taking part, testing your abilities to please yourselves, the public and the judges, it gives you a great advert of real work and with an audience over 20,000, a fantastic opportunity to brand your name and talents.  As well as this, the help and promotion you have from the Holker staff is second to none, which adds the finishing touches and ensures that you gain the best chances possible. I would suggest like I did 11 years ago, give it a go and you may be very surprised what fun and pleasure, as well as great for your future business it can be, it’s really worth the effort.” John added.

 

A gardens total display area must be a minimum of 6m x 6m, however new exhibitors will be offered an 8m x 8m plot.  Entries must be made by 16th February 2016. 

 

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Calling all landscapers, gardeners and designers! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/266/267/Calling-all-landscapers-gardeners-and-designers/ The Holker Garden Festival is now accepting entries for its 24 th annual Show Garden competition and is calling for landscapers, gardeners and designers to showcase their designs, products and talents.    Widely regarded as the North’s premier... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:50:21 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/266/267/Calling-all-landscapers-gardeners-and-designers/ The Holker Garden Festival is now accepting entries for its 24th annual Show Garden competition and is calling for landscapers, gardeners and designers to showcase their designs, products and talents. 

 

Widely regarded as the North’s premier gardening event, the Show Gardens are the focal point of the summer event, taking centre stage on the showground with this year’s theme of, ‘Gardening Through the Generations.’

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All Show Gardens will be officially judged and awarded a Large Gold, Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze by the judges including, Rae Beckwith, Vice-Chairman of The Guild of Horticultural Trade Display Judges. 

Rae comments, “During the years that I have been involved at Holker the quality of the Show Gardens has improved to the excellent standard that we see today. The skills and artistic flair displayed are a credit to all who create the wonderful gardens that the visiting public appreciate so much.  Many commissions for further work have been gained as a result of the show gardens, which bears testimony to the value of the wonderful platform that Holker provides.” 

 

With 20,000 visitors across three days, show garden exhibitors will have a captive audience, with great potential to generate future work.   Other benefits include excellent prize money, free space for your Show Garden, water and electricity, great publicity, inclusion in Festival marketing in print and online, plus, with the chance to meet and be photographed with TV gardening personality, Charlie Dimmock, in your garden - it’s an opportunity not to be missed.  

 

John Roberts of Sharp Paving, Kendal, Cumbria, has designed and installed a Show Garden at the Festival for the past 11 years, “The first was an experiment to see if it was useful to my business and to test our abilities in design and workmanship. I achieved a Silver Gilt which I was very pleased with, but more importantly I gained some significant contacts, enquiries and over £160,000 worth of work.”

 

John has since gone on to achieve 7 Best in Shows and generated well over a million pounds worth of business. 

 

“Although the Festival occurs when most landscapers are very busy, the pleasure of taking part, testing your abilities to please yourselves, the public and the judges, it gives you a great advert of real work and with an audience over 20,000, a fantastic opportunity to brand your name and talents.  As well as this, the help and promotion you have from the Holker staff is second to none, which adds the finishing touches and ensures that you gain the best chances possible. I would suggest like I did 11 years ago, give it a go and you may be very surprised what fun and pleasure, as well as great for your future business it can be, it’s really worth the effort.” John added.

 

A gardens total display area must be a minimum of 6m x 6m, however new exhibitors will be offered an 8m x 8m plot.  Entries must be made by 16th February 2016. 

 

For further information please contact the Holker Show Office on t: 015395 58838.

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Holker Garden Festival welcomes gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock to 24th show http://www.holker.co.uk/news/263/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-gardening-expert-and-TV-presenter-Charlie-Dimmock-to-24th-show/ Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:03:05 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/263/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-gardening-expert-and-TV-presenter-Charlie-Dimmock-to-24th-show/ th year this summer with the attendance of one of the country’s best-loved TV gardeners, Charlie Dimmock.]]> Charlie, perhaps best known for the incredibly popular, Ground Force, will be the show’s special guest on Saturday 4th June 2016, meeting and greeting visitors on and around the showground, in the Grand Floral Marquee and taking part in Q & A sessions in the Holker Garden Theatre; offering expert advice and top tips to amateur gardeners and visitors to the 24th Festival.

Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, the three day event, taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June, is a celebration of gardening, countryside, food and crafts.  

Keen gardeners can explore the Grand Floral Marquee with its spectacular floral exhibits, rare blooms and fragrant aromas.  Take a stroll around the Holker Show Gardens, designed and built to this year’s theme of ‘Gardening Through the Generations’ and pick up some creative landscaping and planting inspiration, or visit the Garden Roadshow (NEW for 2016) taking place in the Holker Garden Theatre and stock up on useful gardening tips and tricks from the experts.

There will be family entertainment all round, with a busy schedule in the live arena including, live action packed entertainment from The Horsemen of the Knight – Jousting, and Terrier Racing.  Enjoy some old fashioned fun on the 50ft Helter Skelter and NEW for 2016 – the traditional Victorian Swing Boats.  (Don’t forget children under 16 go free!)

Foodies can discover all kinds of tasty treats, including some of Cumbria’s famous artisan produce – Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth’s Brewery.  Grab a pot of strawberries and cream as you wander the showground, enjoy a hearty hog roast, or sit down for a traditional afternoon tea in the Festival restaurant. 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale from the end of January 2016 - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 3rd June to Sunday 5th June 2016.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance prices to the Festival have been held at £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Holker Press Office:  For further Holker Garden Festival press information, high res photography or to arrange press passes to attend the Festival please contact Marie Saunders on marie@mariesaunders.co.uk  or telephone 07929 043980.

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BBC Antiques Roadshow http://www.holker.co.uk/news/260/267/BBC-Antiques-Roadshow/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:36:12 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/260/267/BBC-Antiques-Roadshow/ BBC Antiques Roadshow to film at Holker Hall on Wednesday 6th July – Everyone’s invited!]]> BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow recently announced its venues for 2016, and we are delighted that we are one of them. Everyone is welcome to bring their treasures to an Antiques Roadshow filming day.  It is a great, free day out and no pre-registration, tickets or appointments are required.

In 2015 almost 35,000 people attended an Antiques Roadshow filming day and brought fascinating finds including a jacket belonging to former US president JFK, a musical penknife valued at £80,000, a sketch believed to be by Picasso bought for a few pounds in a house clearance sale, and a precious toy panda that once flew with the “Dambusters”.

Antiques Roadshow from Walmer Castle (BBC One, 15 Nov) was the highest rated episode in 3 years, achieving an audience of 6.8m.

The Antiques Roadshow’s much- loved team of experts includes many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists, and they are all looking forward to visiting the fascinating venues. At each event over 30 experts will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale finds.

Fiona Bruce, presenter of Antiques Roadshow, said: “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day. The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers. If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along – we’d love to see you!”

Simon Shaw, Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer, said: “The filming venues for 2016 are some of our most beautiful and historic yet. We will be covering the country, visiting spectacular locations, unearthing treasures and welcoming thousands of visitors for a great, free day out. Our team of experts and Fiona love nothing better than hearing people’s stories and seeing what items they bring, so we hope as many people as possible come and enjoy what our visitors consistently tell us is a fantastic day out.”

More information on attending and what to do if you require help with large or heavy items is available at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow. If you have a large or heavy or particularly unusual or interesting item you would like to bring along, we would love to hear from you, please email:antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk or write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR. 

2016 will mark the 39th year of production for Antiques Roadshow which remains one of the BBC’s most watched factual titles with an average of six million viewers watching the current series each Sunday.

There's more information on planning your visit to Antiques Roadshow at www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow  

 

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Festive Food Market delivers more than just presents http://www.holker.co.uk/news/258/267/Festive-Food-Market-delivers-more-than-just-presents/ Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:26:24 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/258/267/Festive-Food-Market-delivers-more-than-just-presents/ Our popular Food Market returns next month with a festive theme and a special appearance from everyone’s favourite Christmas visitor.

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On Sunday 13th December up to fifteen local and regional businesses including producers of fine meats and cheese, beer and spirits and an array of sweet treats will be sampling their produce and sharing Christmas recipe tips and ideas for the big day.

Along with the chance to sample the very best in local artisan produce, families and younger visitors will have the opportunity to visit Santa in his cabin in the courtyard and take part in special Christmas crafts.  New for this year, Millom based Holborn Hill Royal Brass Band Juniors will be entertaining the crowds in true traditional style between 11am and 1pm. 

Holker Hall, Head of Visitor Services Jillian Rouse comments “Our Food Markets have become a very popular addition to Holker events calendar. We aim to showcase some of the regions finest artisan producers and visitors welcome the opportunity to speak to them first hand to pick up on top tips and ideas for the Festive season”.

With free entry and parking, the Holker Food Market is open from 10.30am until mid afternoon.  The Courtyard Café, Holker Gift Shop and Food Hall will be open from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

Christmas craft activities take place in The Burlington Room (adjacent to the Café) between 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 3pm and cost £2.75 per child.

Santa will be welcoming visitors to his ‘cabin in the courtyard’ from 10.30am – 11.15am, 11.45am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 2pm.  A visit to meet Santa costs £2.75 per child to include a small gift.

“There will be something for the whole family to enjoy.” added Jillian.  “We are particularly looking forward to the sound of the brass band echoing out across the Courtyard which I’m sure will put all our visitors in the best Festive spirit”.

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A chilli start at Holker this weekend, but the heat came through on Sunday http://www.holker.co.uk/news/252/267/A-chilli-start-at-Holker-this-weekend-but-the-heat-came-through-on-Sunday/ Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:16:33 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/252/267/A-chilli-start-at-Holker-this-weekend-but-the-heat-came-through-on-Sunday/ The Holker Chilli Fest attracted almost 5,000 visitors through its gates last weekend.  Visitors enjoyed fiery food and entertainment across the two days with exhibitors from across the country.

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Along with the high visitor numbers, highlights included the appearance of Tony Ainsworth, better known in the chilli world as Darth Naga, who oversaw the popular chilli eating competitions held each day and commented that they were two of the best chilli competitions he had ever done.  The competitors went an impressive 15 rounds, working their way up to 2 million scovilles.  Saturday’s winner was Peter Weir of Preston and Sunday saw joint winners, Damien Nagle of Fleetwood and Dominic Moore of Dalton. 

 

The rain on Saturday certainly didn’t dampen the heat of this year’s show.  Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services commented, “Sunday was a glorious day and we were thrilled to see so many people enjoying themselves.  We are delighted that in only its second year, the Holker Chilli Fest has become so popular and we look forward to developing the show over the next few years.”

 

Other highlights included music by La Tinto Brothers from Manchester, professional dancers The Tangled Dance Company, magician Chris Cook, and fire performer Andy Jester who all proved to be real crowd pleasers.  Entertaining cookery demonstrations from Made in Cumbria’s Ambassador for Cumbrian food, Gary McClure also attracted large crowds.

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The heat is on for the 2015 Holker Chilli Fest http://www.holker.co.uk/news/250/267/The-heat-is-on-for-the-2015-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ The Holker Chilli Fest returns on 12 th & 13 th September 2015 for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2014.  Held in the Holker Courtyard overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, this year’s... Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:42:02 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/250/267/The-heat-is-on-for-the-2015-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ The Holker Chilli Fest returns on 12th & 13th September 2015 for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2014.  Held in the Holker Courtyard overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, this year’s festival will be hotter than ever with a wide selection of exhibitors from across the country already signed up for the two day event.]]> The venue will come alive with food, music, dancing, fire performers and chilli mania.  Browse the spice-scented market stalls featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, specialist chilli produce and quirky gifts, including home-made preserves, aromatic oils, curry pastes and powders.  There will be plenty of tasty food to try from Italian Street Food and delicious Spanish Churros, to a good old Jacket Potato!  Meet well known specialist producers and exhibitors including Chilli Pepper Co, Fire Foods, Hot-Headz and Mr Vikkis, as well as businesses that have travelled from Southampton, to Sauchie in Scotland, and Somerset, Middlesex and Wales.

 

Visitors will be entertained across the whole weekend with fire performers, a magician and live music from Latin funky Salsa band, La Tinto Bros.  Learn to Salsa and Tango with the Tangled Dance Company and their contemporary dancers.  Or, with cookery demonstrations from Made in Cumbria, you could pick up a few tips on how to incorporate chilli flavours into your home-cooking.  Plus, for those with a fiery palate, why not enter the chilli eating competition hosted daily by famous chilli expert Darth Naga.

 

Come along to the Holker Chilli Fest this September (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015); a fantastic day out for chilli enthusiasts, foodies and families alike.  For more information or to buy advance tickets, visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or call 015395 58328.  Opening times are 10.30am to 5.00pm. Advance discounted tickets are available online.  Entrance on the day is £6.00 for adults and children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.  Holker Hall & Gardens will be open during the Festival, discounted admission charges apply.]]>
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The heat is on for the 2015 Holker Chilli Fest http://www.holker.co.uk/news/249/267/The-heat-is-on-for-the-2015-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ The Holker Chilli Fest returns on 12 th & 13 th September 2015 for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2014.  Held in the Holker Courtyard overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, this year’s... Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:39:56 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/249/267/The-heat-is-on-for-the-2015-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ The Holker Chilli Fest returns on 12th & 13th September 2015 for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2014.  Held in the Holker Courtyard overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, this year’s festival will be hotter than ever with a wide selection of exhibitors from across the country already signed up for the two day event.]]> The Holker Chilli Fest returns on 12th & 13th September 2015 for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2014.  Held in the Holker Courtyard overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, this year’s festival will be hotter than ever with a wide selection of exhibitors from across the country already signed up for the two day event. 

 

The venue will come alive with food, music, dancing, fire performers and chilli mania.  Browse the spice-scented market stalls featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, specialist chilli produce and quirky gifts, including home-made preserves, aromatic oils, curry pastes and powders.  There will be plenty of tasty food to try from Italian Street Food and delicious Spanish Churros, to a good old Jacket Potato!  Meet well known specialist producers and exhibitors including Chilli Pepper Co, Fire Foods, Hot-Headz and Mr Vikkis, as well as businesses that have travelled from Southampton, to Sauchie in Scotland, and Somerset, Middlesex and Wales.

 

Visitors will be entertained across the whole weekend with fire performers, a magician and live music from Latin funky Salsa band, La Tinto Bros.  Learn to Salsa and Tango with the Tangled Dance Company and their contemporary dancers.  Or, with cookery demonstrations from Made in Cumbria, you could pick up a few tips on how to incorporate chilli flavours into your home-cooking.  Plus, for those with a fiery palate, why not enter the chilli eating competition hosted daily by famous chilli expert Darth Naga.

 

Come along to the Holker Chilli Fest this September (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015); a fantastic day out for chilli enthusiasts, foodies and families alike.  For more information or to buy advance tickets, visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or call 015395 58328.  Opening times are 10.30am to 5.00pm. Advance discounted tickets are available online.  Entrance on the day is £6.00 for adults and children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.  Holker Hall & Gardens will be open during the Festival, discounted admission charges apply.]]>
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Record Saturday for the 23rd Holker Garden Festival! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/245/267/Record-Saturday-for-the-23rd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival experienced its busiest Saturday on record this weekend as thousands of people flooded through the gates to enjoy the show.  Visitors perused the many show gardens, huge Horticultural Marquee, stalls and exhibitors, and filled the Garden... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:18:00 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/245/267/Record-Saturday-for-the-23rd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival experienced its busiest Saturday on record this weekend as thousands of people flooded through the gates to enjoy the show.  Visitors perused the many show gardens, huge Horticultural Marquee, stalls and exhibitors, and filled the Garden Theatre to catch a glimpse of the ethnobotanist, James Wong.  With changing weather on the Friday and Sunday, people from the surrounding area and beyond still attended to enjoy the show, and wonderful sunshine and blue sky covered the showground on the Saturday to everyone’s delight, with 20,000 people attending across the three day event.]]> Awards were presented by the judges and Cavendish Family on the Friday with Sharp Paving Ltd winning Large Gold and Best in Show for their garden named ‘The Artists Retreat’.  The Lucy Cavendish Award (in the Horticultural Marquee) went to Abi & Tom’s Garden for their magnificent display which also won Best in Show and a Large Gold.

 

John Laking Gardens won Best Newcomer and a Gold award for his Show Garden ‘Nice ‘n’ Easy’ which is his first at the Holker show.  Judges were full of high praise for both the five Show Gardens and the Horticultural displays commenting on the very high standard overall with some stunning exhibits and a really good variation.

 

New sponsors GSK Ulverston received an enthusiastic welcome from visiting children, with their hugely popular ‘Sowing the seed for Science’ activities in the Holker Tips.  Similarly, new festival sponsors Lake District Audi also proved popular with their centre-piece display and unusual ‘moss’ passenger drawing plenty of attention in the Horticultural Marquee.

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments “It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying the festival and there was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere on the Saturday.  In particular, we very much appreciate people from the local area coming along and showing their support even when the weather was not at its best.   The Horticultural Marquee was completely full, and our car park attendants said they’d never seen so many vehicles on the parkland.  I think we were breaking records in the Garden Theatre too when James Wong took to the stage, people were standing at the sides, back and even at the entrance just to see the gardening guru.  With another festival now over, it will not be long until we start planning for our 24th event, and we hope to see old and new visitors joining us again next year”.

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First ever, exclusive preview evening to be held in Holker Garden Festival's Grand Floral Marquee http://www.holker.co.uk/news/241/267/First-ever-exclusive-preview-evening-to-be-held-in-Holker-Garden-Festival-s-Grand-Floral-Marquee/ For the first time ever, visitors have the opportunity to attend an exclusive ticket holder, VIP preview evening and be the first to see the winning exhibits in the Holker Garden Festival Horticultural Marquee shortly after the judging on the... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:20:37 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/241/267/First-ever-exclusive-preview-evening-to-be-held-in-Holker-Garden-Festival-s-Grand-Floral-Marquee/ For the first time ever, visitors have the opportunity to attend an exclusive ticket holder, VIP preview evening and be the first to see the winning exhibits in the Holker Garden Festival Horticultural Marquee shortly after the judging on the eve of the 23rd show.]]> Hosted by The Cavendish Family, the evening will commence with champagne and canapés in the impressive Horticultural Marquee.  Special guest and Head Judge, Rae Beckwith will be introduced by Lucy Cavendish to give guests an insight in to life as an official judge; Rae isa Member of the Guild of Horticultural Trade Display Judges, and judges at major shows around the country, including The Chelsea Flower Show.

 

Whilst the award results and certificates are being prepared, there will be the opportunity to walk round the Marquee with Rae and the fellow judges, as they talk about individual exhibits, how they were judged, standards of the plants, and general feedback.  As you wander, enjoy the sounds of jazz trio, Riverboat Days who will be providing the evening’s music. 

 

The night will be a fascinating behind the scenes look at the judging process, all the hard work that goes in to exhibiting at a horticultural event, and, of course, staging a winning display.  The preview evening takes place on Thursday 28th May 2015 from 6-8pm.  Tickets are on sale now priced £25 per person, and available to buy from the Festival Show Office, tel 015395 58838.]]>
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First ever, exclusive preview evening to be held in Holker Garden Festival's Grand Floral Marquee http://www.holker.co.uk/news/240/267/First-ever-exclusive-preview-evening-to-be-held-in-Holker-Garden-Festival-s-Grand-Floral-Marquee/ For the first time ever, visitors have the opportunity to attend an exclusive ticket holder, VIP preview evening and be the first to see the winning exhibits in the Holker Garden Festival Horticultural Marquee shortly after the judging on the... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:18:26 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/240/267/First-ever-exclusive-preview-evening-to-be-held-in-Holker-Garden-Festival-s-Grand-Floral-Marquee/ For the first time ever, visitors have the opportunity to attend an exclusive ticket holder, VIP preview evening and be the first to see the winning exhibits in the Holker Garden Festival Horticultural Marquee shortly after the judging on the eve of the 23rd show. ]]> Hosted by The Cavendish Family, the evening will commence with champagne and canapés in the impressive Horticultural Marquee.  Special guest and Head Judge, Rae Beckwith will be introduced by Lucy Cavendish to give guests an insight in to life as an official judge; Rae isa Member of the Guild of Horticultural Trade Display Judges, and judges at major shows around the country, including The Chelsea Flower Show.

 

Whilst the award results and certificates are being prepared, there will be the opportunity to walk round the Marquee with Rae and the fellow judges, as they talk about individual exhibits, how they were judged, standards of the plants, and general feedback.  As you wander, enjoy the sounds of jazz trio, Riverboat Days who will be providing the evening’s music. 

 

The night will be a fascinating behind the scenes look at the judging process, all the hard work that goes in to exhibiting at a horticultural event, and, of course, staging a winning display.  The preview evening takes place on Thursday 28th May 2015 from 6-8pm.  Tickets are on sale now priced £25 per person, and available to buy from the Festival Show Office, tel 015395 58838.]]>
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The Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band takes centre stage at the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/239/267/The-Ulverston-Victoria-High-School-Swing-Band-takes-centre-stage-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:22:41 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/239/267/The-Ulverston-Victoria-High-School-Swing-Band-takes-centre-stage-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to announce that the Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band will be performing in the Festival Bandstand on Friday 29th May.]]> Festival manager, Jillian Rouse comments “We’re thrilled that UVHS Swing Band will be attending.  The Bandstand is right at the heart of the Festival and is one of our most popular elements.  It will be wonderful to have the sound of the Swing Band echoing out across the show ground, and even better to have home grown, Cumbrian talent taking centre stage.  Performances will be from 12noon to 12.45pm, and again at 2pm to 2.45pm on Friday 29th May 2015.”

 

The UVHS Swing Band, sponsored by CGP Broughton, plays numerous public, private and corporate engagements around the region, and has also achieved great success on a national scale, being ranked as the top state school jazz band in the UK for the last three years.

 

Richard Butler, Head of Performing Arts & Primary Liaison Leader at Ulverston Victoria High School comments, “We are delighted to have been invited to play at this year’s Holker Garden Festival. It is a fabulous opportunity for the musicians at UVHS to be able to play at such a prestigious event, made even more special because it is also local.  We very much look forward to entertaining the crowds and helping show off South Cumbria to the rest of the country.”

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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TV allotment show semi-finalists attend 23rd Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/238/267/TV-allotment-show-semi-finalists-attend-23rd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ With TV gardening presenter James Wong already announced as a guest on Saturday 30th May,  the team behind the 23rd Holker Garden Festival are delighted to also confirm that Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor;  semi -finalists on series one of... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:20:24 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/238/267/TV-allotment-show-semi-finalists-attend-23rd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ With TV gardening presenter James Wong already announced as a guest on Saturday 30th May,  the team behind the 23rd Holker Garden Festival are delighted to also confirm that Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor;  semi -finalists on series one of BBC Two’s The Big Allotment Challenge, will be attending this year’s show!]]> Gary and Pete will be bringing their refreshingly laid back attitude to gardening in to the Holker Garden Theatre, where they will share stories of their amazing TV show experience, as well as life as allotment gardeners. 

 

Best friends and IT specialists, the pair became familiar faces on our TV screens as they reached the semi-finals in the first series of the popular grow your own show.  With the ethos - maximum yield for minimum effort, the bearded duo share an allotment in Hove, East Sussex, along with a passion for home grown produce.  On their patch of land they aim to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, and by popular demand, they are now cooking and selling their pickles and preserves which featured on the show!

 

They can also occasionally be found donning a hat and veil; tending to their bees, and many posts on their blog - www.garyandpete.com showcase their homemade honey, bees wax furniture polish and even mead!   Quite fitting, as the Holker Garden Festival also welcomes the Furness Beekeepers Association who will be attending to promote the craft of bee-keeping, and give help and advice to people interested in keeping bees.

 

Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16’s go free when accompanied by an adult.  For tickets and more information visit www.holkerfestival.co.uk.

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The Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band takes centre stage at the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/237/267/The-Ulverston-Victoria-High-School-Swing-Band-takes-centre-stage-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:16:30 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/237/267/The-Ulverston-Victoria-High-School-Swing-Band-takes-centre-stage-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to announce that the Ulverston Victoria High School Swing Band will be performing in the Festival Bandstand on Friday 29th May.]]> Festival manager, Jillian Rouse comments “We’re thrilled that UVHS Swing Band will be attending.  The Bandstand is right at the heart of the Festival and is one of our most popular elements.  It will be wonderful to have the sound of the Swing Band echoing out across the show ground, and even better to have home grown, Cumbrian talent taking centre stage.  Performances will be from 12noon to 12.45pm, and again at 2pm to 2.45pm on Friday 29th May 2015.”

 

The UVHS Swing Band, sponsored by CGP Broughton, plays numerous public, private and corporate engagements around the region, and has also achieved great success on a national scale, being ranked as the top state school jazz band in the UK for the last three years.

 

Richard Butler, Head of Performing Arts & Primary Liaison Leader at Ulverston Victoria High School comments, “We are delighted to have been invited to play at this year’s Holker Garden Festival. It is a fabulous opportunity for the musicians at UVHS to be able to play at such a prestigious event, made even more special because it is also local.  We very much look forward to entertaining the crowds and helping show off South Cumbria to the rest of the country.”

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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New opening days for 2015 Season http://www.holker.co.uk/news/236/267/New-opening-days-for-2015-Season/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:44:25 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/236/267/New-opening-days-for-2015-Season/ The Hall, Gardens and retail outlets open to visitors on the 28th March revealing new garden features as well as a number of popular, not to be missed events for the whole family to enjoy. 

Now the home of Lucy Cavendish, Holker Hall dates back to the early 1600’s and is noted for its warm lived-in feel.  Special features include the hand carved grand staircase.  The gardens are named in the RHS Top 10 Woodland Gardens for 2015.  Highlights include spectacular displays throughout the open season including carpets of bulbs in the spring, and the Great Holker Lime which measures 7.9 metres in girth.

Easter activities spring into action on 1st to 6th April with craft sessions* and special guided garden walks* and 2015 also sees the return of a number of popular festivals and events.  A quality specialist Plant Fair will run alongside the popular Food Producers’ Market on Sunday 12th April.  The spectacular Holker Garden Festival - a celebration of the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts takes place 29th to 31st May, things hot up for Chilli Fest, 12th & 13th September, with an array of specialist chilli companies from around the Country and the festive Winter Market returns 7th & 8th November.   

Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services comments “We’ve had a busy winter preparing for the new season and there are lots of reasons to visit Holker this year.  We’ve made some interesting subtle changes to the gardens and for the first time will be open on Saturdays making Holker the perfect choice for weekend family days out or meeting up with friends for lunch and afternoon tea in the Courtyard Café”.

2015 season open dates are from 28th March to 1st November, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.  The Hall opens 11am to 4pm, Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm and the popular café, gift shop and food hall open from 10.30am to 5pm. 

Hall & Garden tickets are priced at £12.00 per adult with under 16’s free when accompanied by an adult. (*additional charge for Easter activities and some pre-booking required)  Free parking and free entry to grounds and picnic areas, adventure playground, Café, Gift Shop and Food Hall. 

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TV allotment show semi-finalists attend 23rd Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/234/267/TV-allotment-show-semi-finalists-attend-23rd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ With TV gardening presenter James Wong already announced as a guest on Saturday 30th May,  the team behind the 23rd Holker Garden Festival are delighted to also confirm that Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor;  semi -finalists on series one of... Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:58:06 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/234/267/TV-allotment-show-semi-finalists-attend-23rd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ With TV gardening presenter James Wong already announced as a guest on Saturday 30th May,  the team behind the 23rd Holker Garden Festival are delighted to also confirm that Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor;  semi -finalists on series one of BBC Two’s The Big Allotment Challenge, will be attending this year’s show!]]> Gary and Pete will be bringing their refreshingly laid back attitude to gardening in to the Holker Garden Theatre, where they will share stories of their amazing TV show experience, as well as life as allotment gardeners. 

 

Best friends and IT specialists, the pair became familiar faces on our TV screens as they reached the semi-finals in the first series of the popular grow your own show.  With the ethos - maximum yield for minimum effort, the bearded duo share an allotment in Hove, East Sussex, along with a passion for home grown produce.  On their patch of land they aim to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, and by popular demand, they are now cooking and selling their pickles and preserves which featured on the show!

 

They can also occasionally be found donning a hat and veil; tending to their bees, and many posts on their blog - www.garyandpete.com showcase their homemade honey, bees wax furniture polish and even mead!   Quite fitting, as the Holker Garden Festival also welcomes the Furness Beekeepers Association who will be attending to promote the craft of bee-keeping, and give help and advice to people interested in keeping bees.

 

Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16’s go free when accompanied by an adult.  For tickets and more information visit www.holkerfestival.co.uk.]]>
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23 is the lucky number for the Holker Garden Festival! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/233/267/23-is-the-lucky-number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:47:26 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/233/267/23-is-the-lucky-number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Keen gardening enthusiasts of the North West will be poised ready to plan their annual pilgrimage to South Cumbria’s annual horticultural celebration, as advance tickets for the 23rd Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Monday 23rd February.]]> With TV gardening presenter James Wong already announced as a guest on Saturday 30th May,  the team behind the successful event is also welcoming new sponsors to the 23rd show.  Jillian Rouse, Festival manager comments, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with some new Lake District companies.  We are excited to say that Lake District Audi will be involved in a first for the show; staging a magnificent, Horticultural Marquee centre-piece – it will be quite a show-stopper!” 

 

“Our 23rd festival will also welcome Biopharmaceutical Company, GlaxoSmithKline Ulverston who will be sowing the seeds for science in our Holker Tipis; getting children involved in educational and fun activities complete with mini scientist white coats and glasses. “

 

“After the success of their show garden at last year’s festival, landscape and paving specialists, Marshalls return in 2015 as an official festival sponsor, and show garden exhibitor.  A further first for the show will be the attendance of The National Vegetable Society exhibiting in the Display Marquee.  We are also delighted to see the return of Stollers, Burlington Stone and Ellis Quads; companies that continue to support the festival and bring a fresh and inspiring element to the event; representing fantastic Lake District businesses.”

 

With tickets on sale online from Monday, right up to the festival, great discounts are available for those early birds with special advance ticket prices of: Adults £12.50 and Senior/Students £11.00, up to 31st March. Thereafter:  Adults: £13.00 and Senior/Students: £11.50, up to 27th May.  Tickets purchased on the day of the event – Adults: £15.50 and Senior/Students: £14.00.  Children under 16 go FREE when accompanied by an adult.  To buy tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk, or call 015395 58838.

 

Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.

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23 is the lucky number for the Holker Garden Festival! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/232/267/23-is-the-lucky-number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Keen gardening enthusiasts of the North West will be poised ready to plan their annual pilgrimage to South Cumbria’s annual horticultural celebration, as advance tickets for the 23 rd Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Monday 23 rd February... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:46:03 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/232/267/23-is-the-lucky-number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Keen gardening enthusiasts of the North West will be poised ready to plan their annual pilgrimage to South Cumbria’s annual horticultural celebration, as advance tickets for the 23rd Holker Garden Festival go on sale on Monday 23rd February.

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With TV gardening presenter James Wong already announced as a guest on Saturday 30th May,  the team behind the successful event is also welcoming new sponsors to the 23rd show.  Jillian Rouse, Festival manager comments, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with some new Lake District companies.  We are excited to say that Lake District Audi will be involved in a first for the show; staging a magnificent, Horticultural Marquee centre-piece – it will be quite a show-stopper!” 

 

“Our 23rd festival will also welcome Biopharmaceutical Company, GlaxoSmithKline Ulverston who will be sowing the seeds for science in our Holker Tipis; getting children involved in educational and fun activities complete with mini scientist white coats and glasses. “

 

“After the success of their show garden at last year’s festival, landscape and paving specialists, Marshalls return in 2015 as an official festival sponsor, and show garden exhibitor.  A further first for the show will be the attendance of The National Vegetable Society exhibiting in the Display Marquee.  We are also delighted to see the return of Stollers, Burlington Stone and Ellis Quads; companies that continue to support the festival and bring a fresh and inspiring element to the event; representing fantastic Lake District businesses.”

 

With tickets on sale online from Monday, right up to the festival, great discounts are available for those early birds with special advance ticket prices of: Adults £12.50 and Senior/Students £11.00, up to 31st March. Thereafter:  Adults: £13.00 and Senior/Students: £11.50, up to 27th May.  Tickets purchased on the day of the event – Adults: £15.50 and Senior/Students: £14.00.  Children under 16 go FREE when accompanied by an adult.  To buy tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk, or call 015395 58838.

 

Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.]]>
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Holker Garden Festival welcomes familiar gardening faces to the 23rd show http://www.holker.co.uk/news/231/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-familiar-gardening-faces-to-the-23rd-show/ South Cumbria’s annual summer horticultural celebration, The Holker Garden Festival, is this year marking its 23 rd show with the attendance of ethnobotanist and TV gardening personality James Wong.  James will be the festivals special guest on Saturday 30 th... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:18:28 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/231/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-familiar-gardening-faces-to-the-23rd-show/ South Cumbria’s annual summer horticultural celebration, The Holker Garden Festival, is this year marking its 23rd show with the attendance of ethnobotanist and TV gardening personality James Wong.  James will be the festivals special guest on Saturday 30th May 2015; taking part in Q & A sessions in the Holker Garden Theatre, signing copies of his new book ‘Grow for Flavour’ and offering expert advice, and top tips to amateur gardeners and visitors.

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From incredible edibles to medicinal marvels, James sees plants as much more than greenery for your garden. Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and with regular appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Countryfile, The Chelsea Flower Show, and as a panellist on BBC Radio 4 - Gardeners’ Question Time; James is a unique blend of explorer, anthropologist, gardener, and ethnobotanical adventurer.

Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  

The 23rd show is a celebration of all things ‘grow your own’ and ‘allotment gardening’ with a series of special appearances in the Garden Theatre including BBC Allotment Challenge 2014 contestants Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor who will be giving visitors an insight in to life as allotment gardeners.  The festival will also be welcoming Eric Robson, as he shares his experiences of life as the Chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.

Sample some of the finest artisan produce from Cumbria and beyond, plus the chance to indulge in some of the famous foodie hero’s from the neighbouring Cartmel Village.  Highlights include Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery.  Wander the festival with a pot of fresh strawberries and cream, sit back and relax with afternoon tea, or feast on hearty hog roasts; your taste buds will be spoilt for choice.

Bring out the mini scientists in your little ones with a visit to the Holker Tipi’s, where they can take part in fun and educational ‘sowing the seed for science’ activities.  Good old fashioned family fun can be had down on the showground (don’t forget children under 16 go free!) with the return of the glorious, 50ft traditional Victorian Helter Skelter.  Live, action packed arena shows including the daring, world famous Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team and their Wild West show. 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.]]>
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Holker Garden Festival welcomes familiar gardening faces to the 23rd show http://www.holker.co.uk/news/230/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-familiar-gardening-faces-to-the-23rd-show/ South Cumbria’s annual summer horticultural celebration, The Holker Garden Festival, is this year marking its 23 rd show with the attendance of ethnobotanist and TV gardening personality James Wong.  James will be the festivals special guest on Saturday 30 th... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:10:28 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/230/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-familiar-gardening-faces-to-the-23rd-show/ South Cumbria’s annual summer horticultural celebration, The Holker Garden Festival, is this year marking its 23rd show with the attendance of ethnobotanist and TV gardening personality James Wong.  James will be the festivals special guest on Saturday 30th May 2015; taking part in Q & A sessions in the Holker Garden Theatre, signing copies of his new book ‘Grow for Flavour’ and offering expert advice, and top tips to amateur gardeners and visitors.

 

From incredible edibles to medicinal marvels, James sees plants as much more than greenery for your garden. Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and with regular appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Countryfile, The Chelsea Flower Show, and as a panellist on BBC Radio 4 - Gardeners’ Question Time; James is a unique blend of explorer, anthropologist, gardener, and ethnobotanical adventurer.]]>
Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  

 

The 23rd show is a celebration of all things ‘grow your own’ and ‘allotment gardening’ with a series of special appearances in the Garden Theatre including BBC Allotment Challenge 2014 contestants Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor who will be giving visitors an insight in to life as allotment gardeners.  The festival will also be welcoming Eric Robson, as he shares his experiences of life as the Chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.

 

Sample some of the finest artisan produce from Cumbria and beyond, plus the chance to indulge in some of the famous foodie hero’s from the neighbouring Cartmel Village.  Highlights include Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery.  Wander the festival with a pot of fresh strawberries and cream, sit back and relax with afternoon tea, or feast on hearty hog roasts; your taste buds will be spoilt for choice.

 

Bring out the mini scientists in your little ones with a visit to the Holker Tipi’s, where they can take part in fun and educational ‘sowing the seed for science’ activities.  Good old fashioned family fun can be had down on the showground (don’t forget children under 16 go free!) with the return of the glorious, 50ft traditional Victorian Helter Skelter.  Live, action packed arena shows including the daring, world famous Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team and their Wild West show. 

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.]]>
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Holker Garden Festival welcomes familiar gardening faces to the 23rd show http://www.holker.co.uk/news/229/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-familiar-gardening-faces-to-the-23rd-show/ South Cumbria’s annual summer horticultural celebration, The Holker Garden Festival, is this year marking its 23 rd show with the attendance of ethnobotanist and TV gardening personality James Wong.  James will be the festivals special guest on Saturday 30 th... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:07:30 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/229/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-welcomes-familiar-gardening-faces-to-the-23rd-show/ South Cumbria’s annual summer horticultural celebration, The Holker Garden Festival, is this year marking its 23rd show with the attendance of ethnobotanist and TV gardening personality James Wong.  James will be the festivals special guest on Saturday 30th May 2015; taking part in Q & A sessions in the Holker Garden Theatre, signing copies of his new book ‘Grow for Flavour’ and offering expert advice, and top tips to amateur gardeners and visitors.

 

From incredible edibles to medicinal marvels, James sees plants as much more than greenery for your garden. Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and with regular appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Countryfile, The Chelsea Flower Show, and as a panellist on BBC Radio 4 - Gardeners’ Question Time; James is a unique blend of explorer, anthropologist, gardener, and ethnobotanical adventurer.]]>
Hosted by the Cavendish family in the grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel, the Holker Garden Festival is a three day event taking place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  The festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, with a vibrant mix of horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, striking show gardens, country crafts and artisan produce.  

 

The 23rd show is a celebration of all things ‘grow your own’ and ‘allotment gardening’ with a series of special appearances in the Garden Theatre including BBC Allotment Challenge 2014 contestants Gary Murdock and Pete Taylor who will be giving visitors an insight in to life as allotment gardeners.  The festival will also be welcoming Eric Robson, as he shares his experiences of life as the Chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.

 

Sample some of the finest artisan produce from Cumbria and beyond, plus the chance to indulge in some of the famous foodie hero’s from the neighbouring Cartmel Village.  Highlights include Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery.  Wander the festival with a pot of fresh strawberries and cream, sit back and relax with afternoon tea, or feast on hearty hog roasts; your taste buds will be spoilt for choice.

 

Bring out the mini scientists in your little ones with a visit to the Holker Tipi’s, where they can take part in fun and educational ‘sowing the seed for science’ activities.  Good old fashioned family fun can be had down on the showground (don’t forget children under 16 go free!) with the return of the glorious, 50ft traditional Victorian Helter Skelter.  Live, action packed arena shows including the daring, world famous Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team and their Wild West show. 

 

Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The festival takes place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.]]>
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Festive Food & Fun at Holker http://www.holker.co.uk/news/228/267/Festive-Food-Fun-at-Holker/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:22:24 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/228/267/Festive-Food-Fun-at-Holker/ A popular Producers’ Market held at one of Cumbria’s best loved family attractions returns next month with a festive theme and a special guest appearance from everyone’s favourite Christmas visitor. 

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The Christmas Producers’ Market takes place at Holker Hall & Gardens at Cark-in-Cartmel on Sunday 14th December. 

Along with the chance to sample the very best in local artisan produce, families and younger visitors will have the opportunity to visit Santa in his cabin in the courtyard and take part in Christmas crafts.

Up to fifteen local and regional producers including fine meats and cheese, beer and sweets will be sampling their tasty treats and offering visitors the chance to pick up some Christmas recipe tips.

Jillian Rouse, Visitor Services Manager said “Our popular Producers Market showcases some of the regions best artisan food and drink and at the December Market we will also host children’s craft sessions and the chance to meet Santa.   This special one day event will offer something the whole family can enjoy”.

With free entry and parking the Producers’ Market is open from 10.30am until mid afternoon.  The Courtyard Café, Holker Gift Shop and Food Hall will be open from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

Christmas craft activities cost £2.50 per child and will run in the Burlington Room between 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 3pm. 

A visit to Santa in his cabin in the courtyard is available between 10.30am – 11.15am, 11.45am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 2pm and costs £2.50 per child which includes a small gift.

 For more information please call 015395 58328 or e-mail info@holker.co.uk. 

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HOLKER GROUP ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHAIRMAN http://www.holker.co.uk/news/227/267/HOLKER-GROUP-ANNOUNCES-THE-APPOINTMENT-OF-NEW-CHAIRMAN/ Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:26:13 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/227/267/HOLKER-GROUP-ANNOUNCES-THE-APPOINTMENT-OF-NEW-CHAIRMAN/ The Holker Group, which owns a number of diverse businesses across South Cumbria, announces the appointment of Lucy Cavendish as its new Chairman effective from the 1st November 2014.

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Lucy follows in the footsteps of her father, Lord Cavendish of Furness DL, who has been the Chairman of Holker Group for the past forty two years.  Lucy became Chairman of Burlington Slate Ltd two years ago and has led the company’s international sales growth and quarrying operations.

The Group’s portfolio also includes Holker Hall & Gardens, Cartmel Racecourse, Devonshire Buildings and Holbeck Homes in Barrow, Longlands and Old Park Wood Holiday Parks and enjoys a successful joint venture with leading regional estate agent Corrie and Co.

Led by Lord and Lady Cavendish the Holker Group has, over the past forty two years, continually and consciously invested in the local economy with consequential benefits to the community.  This investment will continue under Lucy’s stewardship.

Proud to continue building upon the achievements of her predecessors, Lucy comments, “My vision is to create a sustainable business that will benefit the wider community, whilst upholding the traditions that my family have valued for generations.  This will involve investment in all areas to maintain a dynamic business that can react and adapt to ever-changing economic conditions.”

Lord and Lady Cavendish remain on the Board of the Holker Group of companies.]]>
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Eerie Events and Magical Market http://www.holker.co.uk/news/224/267/Eerie-Events-and-Magical-Market/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:51:33 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/224/267/Eerie-Events-and-Magical-Market/ Halloween Fun takes place at Holker Hall & Gardens at Cark-in-Cartmel over the October half term holiday closely followed by the return of the popular Winter Market which runs over the weekend of 8th and 9th November 2014.

Halloween Fun

From Monday 27th October through to Friday 31st October 2014 visitors will be able to take part in a number of Halloween themed activities including guided Wicked Walks within the award-winning gardens.  Dare to wander amongst the trees and glades, through the Pagan Grove and Labyrinth to the witches’ cottage deep in the magical garden. Wicked Walks take place daily at 2pm and cost £3.50 per person with pre-booking recommended. 

Alternatively, pick up a special quiz sheet for just £1 and follow the Halloween trail through the gardens at your leisure – but beware of the spooky shadows!  Garden admission costs £8 per adult, children free.    

Bring your own carved lantern to enter the Loathsome Lantern competition to be held daily at 12.15pm and 3.15pm. And don’t miss the drop-in craft sessions (also daily) from 10.30am – 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3pm – £3.50 per child - just turn up!

The grand finale Halloween Party takes place on Thursday 30th October from 3pm-5pm for children aged 3-10years at a cost of £10 per child – booking essential.


Winter Market

Now firmly established on Holker’s list of annual events, the Winter Market returns on the second weekend in November.   With over 45 stalls showcasing some of the area’s best local produce and artisan gifts just in time for Christmas.   Festive music and children’s entertainment will add to the atmosphere and of course the Courtyard Café will be open serving seasonal, local and speciality food and drink.

Entry to the winter market is free – car parking £4.00.

Jillian Rouse, Visitor Services Manager said “Autumn at Holker Hall is always a popular season for visitors – the gardens and grounds are simply stunning at this time of year.  Our Halloween events and Winter Market offer yet more reasons to visit, with something for everyone to enjoy”.

Holker Hall will be open to visitors throughout both events from 11am to 4pm.  The gardens are open from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the Courtyard Café, Holker Gift Shop and Food Hall from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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Holker Chilli Fest promises Heat, Fun & Flavour.... http://www.holker.co.uk/news/222/267/Holker-Chilli-Fest-promises-Heat-Fun-Flavour/ Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:48:34 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/222/267/Holker-Chilli-Fest-promises-Heat-Fun-Flavour/ This hotly anticipated two day festival is all about celebrating the heat, fun and flavour of one of the world’s best loved ingredients - the MIGHTY chilli pepper.

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Framed by the Lakeland fells, the beautiful grounds of the venue, Holker Hall, are set to come alive with music, dancing, stalls, magic and chillies…

Visitors can learn the Salsa with our Salsa Spirit Dancers, or sit back and enjoy the sounds of musicians playing the Spanish guitar.  Keen cooks can pick up tips on how to incorporate chilli flavours into home-cooking with demonstrations from our Chefs in the Courtyard Café.  In addition to this, die-hard chilli lovers can enter a chilli eating competition hosted daily by famous chilli expert ‘Darth Naga’. Magic displays and face painting activities will take place throughout the weekend to keep children entertained.

Browse the spice-scented Market stalls, featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, specialist chilli produce and quirky gifts, including home-made preserves, aromatic oils, curry pastes and powders, and handmade solid hardwood chopping boards.

Plus there’ll be plenty to eat from every cuisine; Chilli Chicken Burgers, Chilli Beef & Merguez Sausages from Lakeland Picnic, a traditional Hog Roast and BBQ from Bowland Pork, Chicken & Beef Curry from Mr Vikki’s, salt & pepper & chilli chips and sweet chilli chicken noodles from Che Ooy and Sugar and Cinnamon Churros from Deli Churros to name just a few!

 For more information or to buy advance tickets click here.

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Things are hotting up for the first Holker Chilli Fest… http://www.holker.co.uk/news/220/267/Things-are-hotting-up-for-the-first-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:47:59 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/220/267/Things-are-hotting-up-for-the-first-Holker-Chilli-Fest/ Bringing the fiery world of chillies to the beautiful Holker Estate for the first time, Holker Chilli Fest is the newest event on the Holker calendar.

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With vibrant entertainment artists, food from around the world, and a wide range of stalls selling chilli-inspired produce, the two day festival is guaranteed to get temperatures rising.  


At the centre of the chilli-mania each day will be the much anticipated chilli eating competition hosted by famous chilli expert ‘Darth Naga’, known for his numerous TV appearances talking about his favourite subject, Chillies!  For the less brave, there will be a feast of culinary delights on offer to tempt your taste buds, with everything from curries to crepes and churros.   


Chilli enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with over 30 stalls selling specialist chilli produce from sauces and seeds, to pickles and popcorn, as well as local artisan food producers and a variety of quirky gifts.  Throughout the day there will be live music and street performances, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities to keep the whole family entertained.  


Jillian Rouse, Visitor Services Manager at Holker Hall & Gardens said, “We’re delighted to be adding the Holker Chilli Fest to our calendar of events here at Holker Hall this year.  It will offer our visitors a completely different experience and promises to be a fun and lively weekend with some fantastic food and entertainment”. 

Join us this September at Holker Chilli Fest - a fantastic day out for chilli enthusiasts, foodies and families alike. 

For more information or to buy advance tickets click here.

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Plants Galore at Holker Hall on 31 August http://www.holker.co.uk/news/219/267/Plants-Galore-at-Holker-Hall-on-31-August/ Holker Hall is well known for its annual Garden Festival which was an outstanding success this June.  Flower Power Fairs will be bringing a huge selection of quality plants grown by some of the very best Northern plant specialists and... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:27:47 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/219/267/Plants-Galore-at-Holker-Hall-on-31-August/ Holker Hall is well known for its annual Garden Festival which was an outstanding success this June.  Flower Power Fairs will be bringing a huge selection of quality plants grown by some of the very best Northern plant specialists and growers to this wonderful setting. The fair takes place on Sunday 31 August near to the Courtyard Café Restaurant and Holker Shop and will be open from 11am-4pm.

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Flower Power Fairs, established over the past 7 years, and acknowledged as bringing together a superb collection of top plant specialists, nurseries and growers to the fairs, will be bringing her fair to the magnificent Holker Hall.  

“All the nurseries grow their own plants and bring you a huge diversity of plants, always of the best quality and I hand pick each participant for their high standards, selection of plants on sale and presentation and plant knowledge.”  Says organiser, Judy Popley. 

“Autumn is the ideal time to be planning your gardens, and there will be plants for all seasons from late summer colour, autumn tints, winter foliage and structure plants through to the promise of Spring with spring bulbs and early flowering plants.”  As with last year Flower Power has been promoting bee, butterfly and insect friendly plants as well as encouraging gardeners to Buy British, Buy Local.  “We need to support these local nurseries or we shall lose them.”

Admission to the plant fair will be free and there will also be a Producers' Market within the Courtyard.

Sunday 31st August  11am-4pm

Free admission.

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Sun shines on the 22nd Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/216/267/Sun-shines-on-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ It was a weekend of flowers, fun and gold awards at the Holker Garden Festival as thousands flocked to this year’s show to see the very best of gardening, countryside food and crafts.  With a forecast of cloudy skies the... Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:46:51 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/216/267/Sun-shines-on-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The show got off to a flying start on the Friday with special guest Christine Walkden delighting visitors in the Garden Theatre with her gardening expertise and book signing session.  With advance festival ticket sales up on last year, 22,000 visitors had flooded through the gates by Sunday afternoon.

 

Exhibitors were going for gold with a record number of large gold awards presented on Friday.  All five festival show gardens won large gold, with judges commenting; “Rarely do we see a full offering of equally high entries, built to extremely high quality.  It was an absolute joy and privilege to select the best from the best.” – Chris Arnold, official judge.

 

Best in Show was awarded to Sharp Paving Ltd for their garden ‘It’s All Water Under the Bridge’.  Judges commented on the incredible thought and consideration that had gone in to planting and innovation of all designs.  

 

St Mary’s Hospice worked round the clock to prepare their first ever show garden at the festival and were delighted to be presented with a large gold award.  Their ‘Garden of Reflection’ marks their 25th anniversary and was created with the help of local landscape gardener, Fiona Thomas from Askam in Furness, to help raise awareness of the important work done by the charity in South Cumbria.  £1000 was raised when Lord Cavendish had a go on the festival helter skelter, all in aid of St Mary’s Hospice!

 

Eleven large golds were awarded in the Horticultural Marquee with Charlie Clarke from Westdale Nursery winning The Lady Cavendish award.  Best in Show (up to 15’ length) went to Philip Tivey & Son and Best in Show (over 15’ length) was awarded to Chrysanthemums Direct.

 

Jillian Rouse, festival manager comments; “The high praise from the judges was lovely to hear and we’re absolutely delighted with how magnificent the show gardens and Horticultural Marquee looked.  It’s the first time all of the show gardens have all won large gold together here at Holker!  Well done to all of the exhibitors and designers involved. “

                                                             

Jillian continues “What a fantastic weekend it’s been.  There was a wonderful atmosphere on the showground with smiles all round. The sun came out with glorious blue skies.  Show gardens and exhibitor stands looked fantastic, and a record number of large gold awards were presented.  Christine Walkden was a wonderful addition to Friday’s show and incredibly popular with the crowds.  So many visitors commented on how lovely she is and such a great success in the Garden Theatre with every seat taken for her talk!  After months of preparation it’s wonderful to see everyone having fun down on the showground.  It’s definitely been a festival to remember!”]]>
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Sun shines on the 22nd Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/215/267/Sun-shines-on-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ It was a weekend of flowers, fun and gold awards at the Holker Garden Festival as thousands flocked to this year’s show to see the very best of gardening, countryside food and crafts.  With a forecast of cloudy skies the... Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:45:26 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/215/267/Sun-shines-on-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The show got off to a flying start on the Friday with special guest Christine Walkden delighting visitors in the Garden Theatre with her gardening expertise and book signing session.  With advance festival ticket sales up on last year, 22,000 visitors had flooded through the gates by Sunday afternoon.

 

Exhibitors were going for gold with a record number of large gold awards presented on Friday.  All five festival show gardens won large gold, with judges commenting; “Rarely do we see a full offering of equally high entries, built to extremely high quality.  It was an absolute joy and privilege to select the best from the best.” – Chris Arnold, official judge.

 

Best in Show was awarded to Sharp Paving Ltd for their garden ‘It’s All Water Under the Bridge’.  Judges commented on the incredible thought and consideration that had gone in to planting and innovation of all designs.  

 

St Mary’s Hospice worked round the clock to prepare their first ever show garden at the festival and were delighted to be presented with a large gold award.  Their ‘Garden of Reflection’ marks their 25th anniversary and was created with the help of local landscape gardener, Fiona Thomas from Askam in Furness, to help raise awareness of the important work done by the charity in South Cumbria.  £1000 was raised when Lord Cavendish had a go on the festival helter skelter, all in aid of St Mary’s Hospice!

 

Eleven large golds were awarded in the Horticultural Marquee with Charlie Clarke from Westdale Nursery winning The Lady Cavendish award.  Best in Show (up to 15’ length) went to Philip Tivey & Son and Best in Show (over 15’ length) was awarded to Chrysanthemums Direct.

 

Jillian Rouse, festival manager comments; “The high praise from the judges was lovely to hear and we’re absolutely delighted with how magnificent the show gardens and Horticultural Marquee looked.  It’s the first time all of the show gardens have all won large gold together here at Holker!  Well done to all of the exhibitors and designers involved. “

                                                             

Jillian continues “What a fantastic weekend it’s been.  There was a wonderful atmosphere on the showground with smiles all round. The sun came out with glorious blue skies.  Show gardens and exhibitor stands looked fantastic, and a record number of large gold awards were presented.  Christine Walkden was a wonderful addition to Friday’s show and incredibly popular with the crowds.  So many visitors commented on how lovely she is and such a great success in the Garden Theatre with every seat taken for her talk!  After months of preparation it’s wonderful to see everyone having fun down on the showground.  It’s definitely been a festival to remember!”]]>
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Collaboration paves road to bygone era http://www.holker.co.uk/news/214/267/Collaboration-paves-road-to-bygone-era/ An exciting collaboration between the UK’s leading manufacturer of British natural stone, Burlington Stone, and one of Cumbria’s newest visitor attractions, Old Hall Farm, Bouth will be showcased at this year’s Holker Garden Festival.  The two businesses have been working... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:40:29 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/214/267/Collaboration-paves-road-to-bygone-era/ An exciting collaboration between the UK’s leading manufacturer of British natural stone, Burlington Stone, and one of Cumbria’s newest visitor attractions, Old Hall Farm, Bouth will be showcased at this year’s Holker Garden Festival.  The two businesses have been working together for the past 3 months to plan what will be an impressive Victorian quarry scene display leading in to Burlington’s 2014 festival show garden.]]> Nick Williams, commercial director at Burlington Stone comments “Collaborating with Old Hall Farm creates a really unusual and unique way to not only stage our show garden, but to also showcase our stone from its natural form to a finished product.”

 

Side by side, Old Hall Farm and Burlington Stone will stage a quarry scene from the Victorian ages which will also be the back drop to Burlington’s 2014 show garden.  Looking at how stone was quarried and used in the production of roads; Old Hall Farm will demonstrate road laying from the olden days, using stone quarried from Burlington’s Baycliff limestone quarry. 

 

This scene will naturally lead into the garden to show how the quarried stone can be used in a formal context, creating a stunning and enjoyable garden, in keeping with Victorian times.  Re-creating a bygone era, the Victorian inspired garden will join together formal planting, living area and a water pool.  Burlington’s garden, named ‘Oasis’ will incorporate a limestone paving area allowing for outdoor living and dining, whilst overlooking the tranquillity of a gently flowing water feature and the beauty of planting reminiscent of the Victorian period. A dining table and worktop made from 450 million year old Broughton Moor slate, will impressively define the living and eating space.

 

Old Hall Farm and its owners Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse were a big hit at last year’s show, giving visitors to the festival a glimpse of 19th century, working farm life. This year’s quarrying scene aims to make just as much impact, with traditional machinery including a Ruston Bucyrus face shovel digging a lime stone quarry face. Whilst the 20 tonne steam roller works to compact a traditional stone road. An authentic workman’s living van would have been on-site accommodation for the men as they work away from home.

 

Alex Sharphouse comments “We had great feedback from last year’s show and we’re really looking forward to our second festival.  We hope to show visitors something a little different with our display and showcase just a small part of Old Hall Farm’s historic collection.”

 

The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts.  A three day summer spectacle taking place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014.  Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and celebrating its 22nd year, the Festival welcomes a very special guest; horticulturist and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden on Friday 30th May. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

For more information on Burlington Stone visit the website at www.burlingtonstone.co.uk. For further information on Old Hall Farm visit www.oldhallfarmbouth.com.

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Meet the exhibitor: Burlington Stone and Old Hall Farm http://www.holker.co.uk/news/213/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Burlington-Stone-and-Old-Hall-Farm/ Mon, 19 May 2014 13:38:34 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/213/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Burlington-Stone-and-Old-Hall-Farm/ As the Holker Garden Festival gets ready to celebrate its 22nd year, we meet some of the people that are preparing to make this year’s show the best yet.

 

 

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An exciting collaboration between the UK’s leading manufacturer of British natural stone, Burlington Stone, and one of Cumbria’s newest visitor attractions, Old Hall Farm, Bouth will be showcased at this year’s event.  The two businesses have been working together for the past 3 months to plan an impressive Victorian quarry scene display leading in to Burlington’s 2014 festival show garden.

Nick Williams, commercial director at Burlington Stone comments “Collaborating with Old Hall Farm creates a really unusual and unique way to not only stage our show garden, but to also showcase our stone from its natural form to a finished product.”

 

Looking at how stone was quarried and used in the production of roads; Old Hall Farm will demonstrate road laying from the olden days, using stone quarried from Burlington’s Baycliff limestone quarry.  This scene will naturally lead into the garden to show how the quarried stone can be used in a formal context, creating a stunning and enjoyable garden.

 

Old Hall Farm and its owners Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse were a big hit at last year’s show. This year they will showcase traditional machinery including a Ruston Bucyrus face shovel digging a lime stone quarry face. Whilst the 20 tonne steam roller works to compact a traditional stone road.

 

Alex Sharphouse comments “We’re really looking forward to our second festival.  We hope to show visitors something a little different with our display and showcase just a small part of Old Hall Farm’s historic collection.”

 

For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

 

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Meet the exhibitor: Matthew Smith of Brighter Blooms http://www.holker.co.uk/news/212/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Matthew-Smith-of-Brighter-Blooms/ As the Holker Garden Festival gets ready to celebrate its 22 nd year, we meet some of the exhibitors that are preparing to make this year’s show the best yet.   The festival team are delighted to welcome back Matthew... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:33:11 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/212/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Matthew-Smith-of-Brighter-Blooms/ As the Holker Garden Festival gets ready to celebrate its 22nd year, we meet some of the exhibitors that are preparing to make this year’s show the best yet.

 

The festival team are delighted to welcome back Matthew Smith of Brighter Blooms as he exhibits for his 5th year.  At 33, Matthew is part of a younger generation of horticulturists and having launched in 2010 in Preston, Lancashire, Brighter Blooms has grown from strength to strength.  “Back in 2010 the Holker Garden Festival was my very first show. Whilst it has been a lot of very hard work, it has also been very rewarding.”

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Brighter Blooms will have two stands at the festival. Stand one will feature Zantedeschia in a single genus island display with around ten varieties on show and sales plants of each variety. The display will be laid out in a patio style with the Zantedeschia planted in containers.  This is the best way to grow them and Matthew says it will show the public a great way to brighten their patio for the summer.  The second stand is a display of salad and vegetables grown in containers and Matthew hopes to have around twenty different salads and salad mixes on display.

 

Matthew will be fresh from Chelsea as he exhibits there for the very first time but he says that Holker is one of his favourite events. “Location plays a major part, the surrounding countryside is idyllic, combine that with the very friendly nature of the show organisers and it’s very difficult to get stressed whilst setting up at Holker.” 

 

For more information on Brighter Blooms visit www.brighterblooms.co.uk. The Holker Garden Festival takes place in Cark-in-Cartmel from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and celebrating its 22nd year, a show-stopping line up awaits as the Festival welcomes a very special guest; horticulturist and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden on Friday 30th May. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.

 

 

 

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Grand Opening of St. James's Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/208/267/Grand-Opening-of-St-James-s-Gardens/ Bank Holiday Monday 5th May sees a spectacular home buyers’ event in Barrow. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Colin Thompson and Mrs Brenda Thompson start proceedings at 10.30am with unveiling two new show homes at the St James’s Gardens... Fri, 02 May 2014 12:07:37 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/208/267/Grand-Opening-of-St-James-s-Gardens/

Bank Holiday Monday 5th May sees a spectacular home buyers’ event in Barrow. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Colin Thompson and Mrs Brenda Thompson start proceedings at 10.30am with unveiling two new show homes at the St James’s Gardens development on Holker Street in the heart of Barrow.  A joint venture between Brookhouse Homes, Modlar Homes and the Holker Group.

 

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The event marks the release of a new phase at this exciting development with a desirable central location. On offer are spacious two-bedroom bungalows and a choice of two or three bedroom family homes. The high specification includes contemporary kitchens complete with oven, hob and extractor, double glazing, economical gas central heating and private parking. Most of the three bedroom homes boast an en-suite master bedroom to complement the family bathroom.

 

Get ready to be wowed…

The house builders interior designers in conjunction with Stollers furniture superstore have created a wow factor with the new show homes, a spacious two bedroom ‘Teal’ bungalow and the three bedroom ‘Chaffinch’ family home. They show just how good the St. James’s Gardens lifestyle can be!

 

Besides the Government backed Help to Buy scheme being available, visitors can get the latest mortgage news from an Independent Financial Adviser and will be offered a free home buyers status check to help find their way to owning a brand new home at St James’s Gardens.

 

Carolyn Walsh, Group Sales Manager of Brookhouse Homes explains: “We find that many people are unaware of their true home buying potential and the incentives that are readily available. For example, with Help to Buy and just a 5% deposit a new home at St James’s Gardens could cost as little as £99,920 now. The free home buyers status check aims to help house hunters find their best and most affordable way to get on to or move up the property ladder at St James’s Gardens."

 

More…

There will be a hog roast at the event and a chance to win a bottle of champagne just for being there! Bay radio will be broadcasting live from St James’s Gardens between 10am to 2pm and The Bay Bear character will be making a personal appearance to meet, greet and entertain.

 

The house hunters event not to be missed…  

From 10.30am on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May, at St James’s Gardens, Holker Street, Barrow LA14 5SP. Full details of the event and new homes are available from Corrie & Co, Independent Estate Agents on 01229 825 333.

www.stjamesgardens.com

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Meet the exhibitor: Oubas Knitwear http://www.holker.co.uk/news/211/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Oubas-Knitwear/ As we prepare to celebrate the 22 nd Holker Garden Festival, we’d like to introduce you to some of the exhibitors that will be attending this year’s show.   We are delighted to welcome Oubas Knitwear to their very first... Thu, 01 May 2014 12:51:55 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/211/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Oubas-Knitwear/ As we prepare to celebrate the 22nd Holker Garden Festival, we’d like to introduce you to some of the exhibitors that will be attending this year’s show.  

We are delighted to welcome Oubas Knitwear to their very first Holker Garden Festival.  Kate Wilson is the lady behind this artisan knitwear brand; creating luxurious accessories ranging from scarves, wraps, jumpers, cardigans, and homewares.

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All pieces are lovingly handmade by Kate in a small studio in Ulverston using yarns from carefully sourced British and Italian spinners, and an old knitting machine once used in the Borders.

 

Kate graduated in 2010 from Winchester School of Art with a BA(hons) in Fashion Knitwear. Gaining valuable experience whilst working for lifestyle brand Toast, she then moved back to Cumbria to found Oubas, and she’s still only 25!!  In fact the name 'Oubas' is derived from 'Oubas Hill', the area where all pieces are designed and created in Ulverston, Cumbria. Kate takes inspiration from the rich landscape to create her unique accessories, combining traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary eye.

 

Take a look at the full product range online at www.oubasknitwear.co.uk. The Holker Garden Festival takes place in Cark-in-Cartmel from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.]]>
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Meet the exhibitor: Oubas Knitwear http://www.holker.co.uk/news/210/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Oubas-Knitwear/ As we prepare to celebrate the 22 nd Holker Garden Festival, we’d like to introduce you to some of the exhibitors that will be attending this year’s show.   We are delighted to welcome Oubas Knitwear to their very first... Thu, 01 May 2014 12:49:36 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/210/267/Meet-the-exhibitor-Oubas-Knitwear/ As we prepare to celebrate the 22nd Holker Garden Festival, we’d like to introduce you to some of the exhibitors that will be attending this year’s show.  

We are delighted to welcome Oubas Knitwear to their very first Holker Garden Festival.  Kate Wilson is the lady behind this artisan knitwear brand; creating luxurious accessories ranging from scarves, wraps, jumpers, cardigans, and homewares.

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All pieces are lovingly handmade by Kate in a small studio in Ulverston using yarns from carefully sourced British and Italian spinners, and an old knitting machine once used in the Borders.

 

Kate graduated in 2010 from Winchester School of Art with a BA(hons) in Fashion Knitwear. Gaining valuable experience whilst working for lifestyle brand Toast, she then moved back to Cumbria to found Oubas, and she’s still only 25!!  In fact the name 'Oubas' is derived from 'Oubas Hill', the area where all pieces are designed and created in Ulverston, Cumbria. Kate takes inspiration from the rich landscape to create her unique accessories, combining traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary eye.

 

Take a look at the full product range online at www.oubasknitwear.co.uk. The Holker Garden Festival takes place in Cark-in-Cartmel from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.

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Meet The Rusland Movement http://www.holker.co.uk/news/209/267/Meet-The-Rusland-Movement/ As the Holker Garden Festival gets ready to celebrate its 22 nd year, we meet some of the exhibitors that are preparing to make this year’s show the best yet.   The arts and crafts tradition comes to Holker as... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:05 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/209/267/Meet-The-Rusland-Movement/ As the Holker Garden Festival gets ready to celebrate its 22nd year, we meet some of the exhibitors that are preparing to make this year’s show the best yet.  

The arts and crafts tradition comes to Holker as The Rusland Movement exhibit at the Garden Festival for the very first time. To mark their first appearance at the show, the team of artisan makers are planning to create a large, bespoke piece of furniture especially for the event, alongside which they will exhibit a short film documenting its creation.

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Dan Critchley comments “We are actually bringing our entire showroom with us, which we hope will make a real impression on visitors. We also really wanted to do something special for the festival and by filming the processes we go through to hand make our furniture, we hope to give people a glimpse of the time, care and attention to detail that goes in to all of our work. As for what the bespoke creation will be, well that’s a surprise!”

 

For more information on The Rusland Movement and their showroom in Greenodd, Ulverston visit www.theruslandmovement.co.uk. The Holker Garden Festival takes place in Cark-in-Cartmel from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.

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Blue Himalayan Poppy inspires a new look for the Holker Garden Festival! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/207/267/Blue-Himalayan-Poppy-inspires-a-new-look-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Surely there can be no better place to take creative inspiration than from your very own garden?  As the Holker Garden Festival reaches its 22 nd year an unusual and striking variety of poppy, found within the festival’s horticultural setting,... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:04:00 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/207/267/Blue-Himalayan-Poppy-inspires-a-new-look-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ nd year an unusual and striking variety of poppy, found within the festival’s horticultural setting, has inspired a new look for this year’s event.]]> Meconopsis betonicifolia, otherwise known as the Blue Himalayan Poppy is a deciduous herbaceous perennial; a delight of beautiful sky blue poppies which emerge over six weeks from late spring to early summer.  This short lived, almost magical plant has been personally chosen by the Cavendish family to take pride of place across the new festival branding.  Lord Cavendish comments ‘There is a wonderful simplicity about the Blue Himalayan Poppy.  It is a brilliant addition to any garden, large or small.’

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments “It’s very important to us to keep the garden festival fresh, new and inviting for exhibitors and visitors year on year.  We are a garden festival through and through; celebrating and showcasing the delights of horticulture in every way we can.  The new look branding allows us to shout this loud and clear, as well as ensuring we stand out from the crowd across a busy summer calendar of Cumbrian events.  As the festival is surrounded by 25 acres of part woodland and part formal gardens, it seems only fitting that the new festival logo should showcase a flower from within the grounds of Holker.”

 

The Holker Gardens are open to the public during the festival, which takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014, and both the Cavendish family and the festival team encourage visitors to take some time out of their day at the show to explore for themselves.  Jillian Rouse adds “During all the hustle and bustle of the festival, it’s quite nice to take some time out with a walk around the gardens.  You may even spot our Himalayan Poppies on your travels.”

 

The Holker Garden Festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts.  A three day summer spectacle taking place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014 in the grounds of Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria.  For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Blue Himalayan Poppy inspires a new look for the Holker Garden Festival! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/205/267/Blue-Himalayan-Poppy-inspires-a-new-look-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Surely there can be no better place to take creative inspiration than from your very own garden?  As the Holker Garden Festival reaches its 22 nd year an unusual and striking variety of poppy, found within the festival’s horticultural setting,... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:56:41 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/205/267/Blue-Himalayan-Poppy-inspires-a-new-look-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ nd year an unusual and striking variety of poppy, found within the festival’s horticultural setting, has inspired a new look for this year’s event.]]> Meconopsis betonicifolia, otherwise known as the Blue Himalayan Poppy is a deciduous herbaceous perennial; a delight of beautiful sky blue poppies which emerge over six weeks from late spring to early summer.  This short lived, almost magical plant has been personally chosen by the Cavendish family to take pride of place across the new festival branding.  Lord Cavendish comments ‘There is a wonderful simplicity about the Blue Himalayan Poppy.  It is a brilliant addition to any garden, large or small.’

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments “It’s very important to us to keep the garden festival fresh, new and inviting for exhibitors and visitors year on year.  We are a garden festival through and through; celebrating and showcasing the delights of horticulture in every way we can.  The new look branding allows us to shout this loud and clear, as well as ensuring we stand out from the crowd across a busy summer calendar of Cumbrian events.  As the festival is surrounded by 25 acres of part woodland and part formal gardens, it seems only fitting that the new festival logo should showcase a flower from within the grounds of Holker.”

 

The Holker Gardens are open to the public during the festival, which takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014, and both the Cavendish family and the festival team encourage visitors to take some time out of their day at the show to explore for themselves.  Jillian Rouse adds “During all the hustle and bustle of the festival, it’s quite nice to take some time out with a walk around the gardens.  You may even spot our Himalayan Poppies on your travels.”

 

The Holker Garden Festival showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts.  A three day summer spectacle taking place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014 in the grounds of Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria.  For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Time is running out! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/139/267/Time-is-running-out/ Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:47:33 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/139/267/Time-is-running-out/ Book your group in before the 31st March and take advantage of our spectacular early bird rate and you will receive access to the Festival on the 30th May, 31st May or 1st of June for only £8pp.  This includes FREE coach parking and a FREE ticket for the group organiser and driver.  

There is no deposit to pay and we don’t need to know your final numbers until the week before the Festival. As long as you have ten or more people arriving by coach or minibus you will qualify for the special rate. All you have to do is give us a call on 015395 58838, email us at groups@holker.co.uk or download a booking form by clicking here and you can start planning for this fantastic day out!

Hopefully we will see you there.

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Tickets for the 22nd Holker Garden Festival are now on sale! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/204/267/Tickets-for-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival-are-now-on-sale/ Summer is getting closer…..we promise! It must be, because advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are now on sale! Great discounts are available for those early birds and don’t forget… children under 16 go free when accompanied by an... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:08:50 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/204/267/Tickets-for-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival-are-now-on-sale/ Summer is getting closer…..we promise! It must be, because advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are now on sale! Great discounts are available for those early birds and don’t forget… children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult!]]> Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and celebrating its 22nd year, a show-stopping line up awaits as the Festival welcomes a very special guest; horticulturist and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden on Friday 30th May.

 

Bursting with magnificent horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, inspiring show gardens, live garden theatre, action packed arena shows and magnificent crafts and artisan produce; visitors will be spoilt for choice.

 

For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.

 

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Tickets for the 22nd Holker Garden Festival are now on sale! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/203/267/Tickets-for-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival-are-now-on-sale/ Summer is getting closer…..we promise! It must be, because advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are now on sale! Great discounts are available for those early birds and don’t forget… children under 16 go free when accompanied by an... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:05:43 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/203/267/Tickets-for-the-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival-are-now-on-sale/ Summer is getting closer…..we promise! It must be, because advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are now on sale! Great discounts are available for those early birds and don’t forget… children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult!]]> Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and celebrating its 22nd year, a show-stopping line up awaits as the Festival welcomes a very special guest; horticulturist and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden on Friday 30th May.

 

Bursting with magnificent horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, inspiring show gardens, live garden theatre, action packed arena shows and magnificent crafts and artisan produce; visitors will be spoilt for choice.

 

For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.

 

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Christine Walkden attends 22nd Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/186/267/Christine-Walkden-attends-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to welcome horticulturist, plantswoman and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden to this year’s event. On Friday 30 th May 2014 , Christine will be the Festival’s special guest, taking part... Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:09:46 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/186/267/Christine-Walkden-attends-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to welcome horticulturist, plantswoman and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden to this year’s event. On Friday 30th May 2014, Christine will be the Festival’s special guest, taking part in Q & A sessions in the Holker Garden Theatre, signing copies of her new book ‘No Nonsense Container Gardening’ and offering expert advice and top tips to amateur gardeners and visitors to the 22nd Festival.

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Christine is no stranger to the North West; born in Rishton, trained at the Lancashire College of Agriculture, and a regular visitor to the region with the popular HF Holiday garden tours. Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments, “We’re all delighted that Christine will be attending the event this year. She’s a familiar face here at Holker and we look forward to welcoming her back to the south lakes this summer.”

Christine comments, “I am looking forward tremendously to joining all the keen gardeners at Holker Hall, for their wonderful Garden Festival. Set in superb gardens and parkland, with the most amazing plant collection, this is an event that should not be missed. Sitting in the Southern Lakes; what a great introduction to the region, its beauty and heritage. I look forward to welcoming you all.” – Christine Walkden.

Presenting the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, the Holker Garden Festival takes centre stage once again, for a three day summer extravaganza in the grounds of Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014.

Bursting with magnificent horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, inspiring show gardens, live garden theatre and rare and unusual plants; green fingered visitors will be spoilt for choice.

There will be plenty of good old fashioned family fun on the agenda (don’t forget children under 16 go free!) with a glorious, 50ft traditional Victorian Helter Skelter set in the very centre of the Festival for all to enjoy. Live, action packed shows held regularly in the Festival arena including the daring, world famous Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team, as well as Lamb National and sheepdog displays by Bob Hogg and terrier racing. Or, experience 19th century farm life as Old Hall Farm return with their 18hh Shire horses Ben & Troy, as well as traditional farming tools and machinery, steam driven engines and vintage tractors. 

Foodies will find a veritable feast of delights to tempt their taste buds with a variety of Artisan and local produce available from delicious afternoon teas with fresh strawberries and cream to hearty hog roasts. Or why not step in to the Cartmel ‘pop-up’ Village and taste some of its well-known delicacies from businesses such as Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery.

 Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Christine Walkden attends 22nd Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/185/267/Christine-Walkden-attends-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:07:12 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/185/267/Christine-Walkden-attends-22nd-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival is delighted to welcome horticulturist, plantswoman and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden to this year’s event.]]> On Friday 30th May 2014, Christine will be the Festival’s special guest, taking part in Q & A sessions in the Holker Garden Theatre, signing copies of her new book ‘No Nonsense Container Gardening’ and offering expert advice and top tips to amateur gardeners and visitors to the 22nd Festival.
Christine is no stranger to the North West; born in Rishton, trained at the Lancashire College of Agriculture, and a regular visitor to the region with the popular HF Holiday garden tours. Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments, “We’re all delighted that Christine will be attending the event this year. She’s a familiar face here at Holker and we look forward to welcoming her back to the south lakes this summer.”
 
Christine comments, “I am looking forward tremendously to joining all the keen gardeners at Holker Hall, for their wonderful Garden Festival. Set in superb gardens and parkland, with the most amazing plant collection, this is an event that should not be missed. Sitting in the Southern Lakes; what a great introduction to the region, its beauty and heritage. I look forward to welcoming you all.” – Christine Walkden.
 
Presenting the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts, the Holker Garden Festival takes centre stage once again, for a three day summer extravaganza in the grounds of Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014.
  
Bursting with magnificent horticultural displays, fragrance filled marquees, inspiring show gardens, live garden theatre and rare and unusual plants; green fingered visitors will be spoilt for choice.
 
There will be plenty of good old fashioned family fun on the agenda (don’t forget children under 16 go free!) with a glorious, 50ft traditional Victorian Helter Skelter set in the very centre of the Festival for all to enjoy. Live, action packed shows held regularly in the Festival arena including the daring, world famous Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team, as well as Lamb National and sheepdog displays by Bob Hogg and terrier racing. Or, experience 19th century farm life as Old Hall Farm return with their 18hh Shire horses Ben & Troy, as well as traditional farming tools and machinery, steam driven engines and vintage tractors. 
 
Foodies will find a veritable feast of delights to tempt their taste buds with a variety of Artisan and local produce available from delicious afternoon teas with fresh strawberries and cream to hearty hog roasts. Or why not step in to the Cartmel ‘pop-up’ Village and taste some of its well-known delicacies from businesses such as Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery.
 
Whether you’re looking for gardening, rural life, artisan produce, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

 

Photograph of Christine Walkden courtesy of 'HTA'.

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Wicked Walks, Loathsome Lanterns, Fantastic Food and Gorgeous Gifts http://www.holker.co.uk/news/175/267/Wicked-Walks-Loathsome-Lanterns-Fantastic-Food-and-Gorgeous-Gifts/ Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:37:59 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/175/267/Wicked-Walks-Loathsome-Lanterns-Fantastic-Food-and-Gorgeous-Gifts/ Wicked Walks, Loathsome Lanterns, Fantastic Food and Gorgeous Gifts at Holker Hall & Gardens this Autumn.

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Wicked Walks in the Holker Garden: Children can follow the Holker guide on a Halloween walk full of mystery and spooky shadows. Wander through the trees and glades, through the Pagan Grove and Labyrinth to the witches’ cottage deep in the magical garden.

Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress.

Guided walks take place on Sunday 27th, Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st at 11.00am and 2.00 pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per person.  Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended.  Children must be accompanied and the walks are suitable for 3 years upwards.  (Maximum of 2 adults per child)

Self Guided -Halloween Garden trail

If you would prefer to tour the gardens at your leisure, but with an extra dimension to interest our younger visitors, why not purchase a Halloween Quiz sheet?  You’ll need to be keep you wits about you as you try and spot our pumpkin clues dangling in the spooky shadows. (Available during garden opening hours – Sunday to Thursday).  Sheets cost £1.  Garden admission is charged – Adults £7.50 and children free.

Loathsome Lanterns: Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin competition!  The best one will win a prize.  Judging will take place at 12.15pm and 3.15pm daily.

Creepy Crafts: Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the activity room. Drop-in sessions, in both the morning and afternoon, will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm priced £3.50 per child. No need to book.

Cauldron Café: The Holker Courtyard Café will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.

 

Holker Winter Market -Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 10.30am – 4pm

Fabulous Food and Gorgeous Gifts

Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with 45 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season.  Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some exquisite decorations for Christmas.

Discover perfect foodie gifts at the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers.  Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods, warm up with some mulled wine and indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.   Enjoy the live music & street entertainment along with children’s activities.

To find out more information or book tickets for the winter events at Holker Hall please call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

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Half Term Halloween Fun at Holker.  Sunday 27th October to Thursday  31st October 2013.

Wicked Walks in the Holker Garden: Children can follow the Holker guide on a Halloween walk full of mystery and spooky shadows. Wander through the trees and glades, through the Pagan Grove and Labyrinth to the witches’ cottage deep in the magical garden.

Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress.

Guided walks take place on Sunday 27th, Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st at 11.00am and 2.00 pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per person.  Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended.  Children must be accompanied and the walks are suitable for 3 years upwards.  (Maximum of 2 adults per child)

Self Guided -Halloween Garden trail

If you would prefer to tour the gardens at your leisure, but with an extra dimension to interest our younger visitors, why not purchase a Halloween Quiz sheet?  You’ll need to be keep you wits about you as you try and spot our pumpkin clues dangling in the spooky shadows. (Available during garden opening hours – Sunday to Thursday).  Sheets cost £1.  Garden admission is charged – Adults £7.50 and children free.

Loathsome Lanterns: Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin competition!  The best one will win a prize.  Judging will take place at 12.15pm and 3.15pm daily.

Creepy Crafts: Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the activity room. Drop-in sessions, in both the morning and afternoon, will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm priced £3.50 per child. No need to book.

Cauldron Café: The Holker Courtyard Café will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.

  

Holker Winter Market -Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 10.30am – 4pm

 Fabulous Food and Gorgeous Gifts

Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with 45 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season.  Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some exquisite decorations for Christmas.

 Discover perfect foodie gifts at the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers.  Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods, warm up with some mulled wine and indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.   Enjoy the live music & street entertainment along with children’s activities.

To find out more information or book tickets for the winter events at Holker Hall please call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

  

 

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For more information contact Jillian Rouse, Visitor Services Manager, Holker Hall, Cark in Cartmel, Grange over Sands, Cumbria  LA11 7PL       

jillian@holker.co.uk

 

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New Event at Holker Hall http://www.holker.co.uk/news/171/267/New-Event-at-Holker-Hall/ Holker Hall is well known for its annual Garden Festival but this September there will be a new gardening event to look forward to.  Flower Power Fairs will be bringing a huge selection of quality plants grown by some of... Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:25:41 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/171/267/New-Event-at-Holker-Hall/ Holker Hall is well known for its annual Garden Festival but this September there will be a new gardening event to look forward to.  Flower Power Fairs will be bringing a huge selection of quality plants grown by some of the very best Northern plant specialists and growers to this wonderful setting. The fair takes place on Sunday 1 September near to the Courtyard Café Restaurant and Holker Gift Shop and will be open from 11am-4pm.

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Flower Power Fairs, established over the past 6 years, and acknowledged as bringing together a superb collection of top plant specialists, nurseries and growers to the fairs, will be bringing her fair to the magnificent Holker Hall.  Following on from her successful May event at Kirklington Hall, near Carlisle, Judy will be holding her event beside the Café/Restaurant near the Gardens.  

“All the nurseries grow their own plants and bring you a huge diversity of plants, always of the best quality and I hand pick each participant for their high standards, selection of plants on sale and presentation.”  Says organiser, Judy Popley.  “Autumn is the ideal time to be planning your gardens, and there will be plants for all seasons from late summer colour, autumn tints, winter foliage and structure plants through to the promise of Spring with spring bulbs and early flowering plants.”  This year Flower Power is promoting bee, butterfly and insect friendly plants as well as encouraging gardeners to Buy British, Buy Local.  “We need to support these local nurseries or we shall lose them.”

Admission to the plant fair will be free and there will also be a Local Producers' Market within the Courtyard.

 

HOLKER HALL PLANT FAIR

Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7PL

Sunday 1 September  11am-4pm

Free admission.

Flower Power Fairs:  Judy Popley

Arley View Farm, Hobbs Hill Lane, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 0QZ

Mobile: 0773 085 9441

Email: judy@flowerpowerfairs.co.uk

www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk

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South Lakes FreeRider to call at Holker Again This Summer http://www.holker.co.uk/news/170/267/South-Lakes-FreeRider-to-call-at-Holker-Again-This-Summer/ Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:00:12 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/170/267/South-Lakes-FreeRider-to-call-at-Holker-Again-This-Summer/ Now in it's third year, the South Lakes FreeRider is ready to transport visitors to some of the areas most prominent attractions and destinations.

With almost 7,000 people using the free service in 2012, it's set to be even more popular this year, with the introduction of the Grizedale FreeRider.

The free service will run Monday to Friday from the 22nd July to 30th August.

For more information visit www.freerider.org.uk

 

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Record Award Wins at the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/160/267/Record-Award-Wins-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:25:39 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/160/267/Record-Award-Wins-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Exhibitors at this year’s Holker Garden Festival are celebrating as 15 Large Gold’s were awarded by judges in the Horticultural Marquee, meaning over 50% of exhibitors in the Marquee won a Large Gold award; a first for the Festival.

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Judges commented on the 'very high standards' and 'very good variety of exhibits' in the Marquee. As well as the 15 Large Golds, the award for 'Best Large Stand' (over 15ft) went to Abi & Tom Attwood from Halecat Nursery and 'Best Smaller Stand' (up to 15ft) went to Brownthwaite Hardy Plants Ltd.

 

The Lady Cavendish award was won by Hippopottering Nursery for their organically grown Japanese Maples in peat free compost and Best Festival Show Garden went to Burlington Stone’s Metamorphosis garden, which also won a Large Gold. Nick Williams, Commercial Director says; “We are delighted to have won Best Festival Show Garden at this year’s Holker Garden Festival for the first time.  Following on from our success at Chelsea Flower Show the previous week, this year’s garden showcased how our British natural stone can change and create high quality and unique landscaping products. Complemented by beautiful planting, the use of stone creates spaces to enjoy within the garden.”

 

Over 20,000 visitors attended this year’s event, which saw sunshine and blue skies across all three days. Highlights included the hugely popular Cartmel ‘Pop-up’ Village showcasing businesses including, Cartmel Village Shop – home of Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel Cheeses and Unsworth Brewery. Attending the Festival for the first time was Old Hall Farm, who staged a scene from their historic working farm along with Shire Horses, Ben & Troy.

 

Festival manager Jillian Rouse was delighted to see so many people enjoying themselves at this year’s event; “I think everyone was ready for a bit of sunshine after such a cold spring and it was lovely to see the crowds of people really enjoying being outside and having some fun. We try to make small changes each year and the addition of Ivan Day, the Cartmel ‘pop-up’ Village and Old Hall Farm for our 21st show was a real treat. All were incredibly popular with visitors and the feedback was really positive.”

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Cumbrian Basketmakers and Seatweavers will be attending this years Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/155/267/Cumbrian-Basketmakers-and-Seatweavers-will-be-attending-this-years-Festival/ They are a recently formed local group of the Basketmakers' Association, all weavers of baskets or seating, working together to keep the traditional crafts alive.   During the Holker Garden Festival they will be demonstrating their craft at... Thu, 16 May 2013 17:05:36 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/155/267/Cumbrian-Basketmakers-and-Seatweavers-will-be-attending-this-years-Festival/ They are a recently formed local group of the Basketmakers' Association, all weavers of baskets or seating, working together to keep the traditional crafts alive.

 

During the Holker Garden Festival they will be demonstrating their craft at their stall in the Made in Cumbria Craft Hall AND running children's workshops in the Holker Tipi’s.

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Look out for the boards by the stalls and outside the Holker Tipi’s for times of demonstrations.

Baskets makers will be making baskets, plant supports, sculptures- watch the progress and find out all about the materials used. See the range of items they can weave in willow and get a lovely basket to use in the garden. Come and find out about getting that old chair re-seated.

Commissions taken for bespoke items, just pop along and have a chat with them.

Have a go in the craft tent on Friday using cane and weave an animal with willow on the Saturday and Sunday.

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Holker Garden Festival Stages Cartmel ‘Pop Up’ Village http://www.holker.co.uk/news/153/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-Stages-Cartmel-Pop-Up-Village/ Fri, 10 May 2013 14:45:42 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/153/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-Stages-Cartmel-Pop-Up-Village/ Visitors to this year’s Festival are invited to step in to a mini Cartmel Village down on the Festival showground and discover some of the well known businesses and attractions that have put Cartmel on the map, including; Cartmel Cheeses, Cartmel Village Shop; the home of Sticky Toffee Pudding, The Bread Shed, Unsworth Brewery, Yew Tree Barn, Cartmel Racecourse, The Cartmel Priory Church and the Cartmel in Bloom Committee. 

 

Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager explains the decision to create the pop up village, “Holker is situated in incredibly unique surroundings and we wanted to celebrate that fact. The Cartmel peninsula and the historic village of Cartmel are renowned, not just locally but nationally, for its incredible history, produce, scenery and attractions. The Holker Garden Festival has always been proud to support the many successful businesses of Cumbria and we have been working closely with the villages businesses, as well as The Cartmel Priory Church, Cartmel Village Traders and the Cartmel Village Society, to stage a pop up village where visitors could explore this wonderful destination, all in the unique setting of the Festival.” 

 

The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel is a three day summer spectacle taking place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts and making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar. Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and set in the beautiful Holker Parkland in Cark in Cartmel, the 21st Holker Garden Festival promises to be an exciting blend of new attractions and the return of some familiar and much loved sights. Highlights this year include talks and demonstrations by Clarissa Dickson-Wright and food historian Ivan Day in the Holker Garden Theatre.   

 

Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. In 2013, the Cartmel community will be joining together to celebrate 825 years since Cartmel Priory Church was founded by the Augustinian canons. For more information on the village of Cartmel visit www.cartmelvillage.com.

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Great May Discounts on Holker Garden Festival Tickets! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/151/267/Great-May-Discounts-on-Holker-Garden-Festival-Tickets/ We are counting down the days to the Festival now and if you’re looking ahead to the summer holidays and planning what to do with the children, then why not take advantage of the early bird savings on Holker Garden... Thu, 02 May 2013 15:24:29 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/151/267/Great-May-Discounts-on-Holker-Garden-Festival-Tickets/ We are counting down the days to the Festival now and if you’re looking ahead to the summer holidays and planning what to do with the children, then why not take advantage of the early bird savings on Holker Garden Festival tickets this month.

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Throughout May, advance tickets will be available to buy on the Holker Garden Festival website – www.holkerfestival.co.uk.

 

This year’s Festival takes place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts and making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar.

 

Any One Day ticket: Adults: £12.95

Senior Citizen: £11.45

 

Saturday /Sunday ticket: £12.70

Senior Citizen: £11.20

 

Friday Only ticket: £12.45

Senior Citizen: £10.95

Don’t forget, children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.

 

Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival on the day is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

 

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It’s All Grow for the 21st Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/150/267/It-s-All-Grow-for-the-21st-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, south Cumbria, celebrates its 21 st anniversary this June, with a three day summer spectacle from Friday 31 st May to Sunday 2 nd June 2013 , showcasing only the very best of gardening,... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:39:10 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/150/267/It-s-All-Grow-for-the-21st-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, south Cumbria, celebrates its 21st anniversary this June, with a three day summer spectacle from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts.

Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and set in the beautiful Holker Parkland, the 21st Holker Garden Festival promises to be an exciting blend of new attractions and the return of some familiar and much loved sights.

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Show Stopping Gardens
Each year, Holker are proud to showcase some of the very best of gardening and horticulture. Be inspired by spectacular show gardens, wander through the fragrance filled Horticultural Marquee, spot some unusual and rare plants and admire beautiful floral art exhibits.

Family Fun
An exciting schedule of events and activities await in the Holker Tipi Village, plus plenty of family fun at the Traditional Victorian Fairground. Or, take a step back in time and experience traditional, 19th century farm life, as Old Hall Farm attend the 21st show. Enjoy a ride around the Holker Parkland in a horse and cart, pulled by magnificent, 18hh shire horses.



 

The Holker Garden Theatre
Live and inspiring demonstrations and Q&A sessions will take place every day in the Holker Garden Theatre, with some well known faces, including Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Ivan Day. Sit back and listen to the experts, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Scrumptious Food
A mouth watering selection of artisan food, drink and North West produce will be on offer in the ‘Made in Cumbria Food Hall’ to tempt those taste buds. From delightful afternoon teas to hearty hog roasts and gourmet pies to a refreshing glass of Pimms, whatever you fancy, you’ll be sure to find a satisfying bite to eat! 

Country Crafts
There will be a variety of handmade gifts and wares in the Craft Hall and numerous local businesses demonstrating traditional skills such as dry stone walling and wicker craft, all ready to inspire the creative in you.  

The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

 

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Meet the Festival Exhibitors: Halecat Nursery http://www.holker.co.uk/news/149/267/Meet-the-Festival-Exhibitors-Halecat-Nursery/ Halecat Nursery Mark Third Anniversary with Special Display at Holker Garden Festival! We are delighted to welcome back our good friends Abi and Tom Attwood, of Halecat Nursery, to this year’s Festival. This will be their third consecutive year... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:28:41 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/149/267/Meet-the-Festival-Exhibitors-Halecat-Nursery/ Halecat Nursery Mark Third Anniversary with Special Display at Holker Garden Festival!

We are delighted to welcome back our good friends Abi and Tom Attwood, of Halecat Nursery, to this year’s Festival. This will be their third consecutive year exhibiting in the Horticultural Marquee and as preparations are now well underway, they give us an insight in to their plans for the 2013 show and how a late spring means the pressure is definitely on!

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Tom comments; “Our display at Holker Garden Festival is very important to us. It’s not only a chance to be judged by our peers and let everyone know what we do but it’s also the first success we had as a business when we opened in March 2011.”

 

Discussing the couple’s pre-show nerves, Tom added: “This is our third display garden for Holker and we’ve never had the plants so far behind in terms of their growth. Because of the exceptionally cold winter spring is about five weeks late this year.”

 

“So our greatest challenge is making sure our show plants catch up as best they can. We rely on very basic technology, partly due to budget, but mostly because we want to produce plants that grow in normal gardening conditions. It means they are strong and healthy and will do well for customers here. Whilst we have unheated polytunnels and a cramped greenhouse which helps speed up growth, its sunshine that does the most good and that’s out of our hands.”

 

However Tom is undaunted by this as he explains:

 

“Normally we grow more plants than we need for the display garden. Some are just out-trumped by the sheer flower power of others. I have a feeling this year that we will look for different qualities in our selection and go for those that are strong on structure. Plants like Angelica, Rheum and Rodgersias, that rarely flower in time are often the space fillers in a display. This year they may be stars of the show.”

 

In the last two years Tom and Abi scooped the ‘large gold’ medal, with Carol Klein presenting them with their first award in 2011. The pressure is on to repeat a similar performance with their third display at the 21st anniversary event.

 

The couple is also celebrating their plant nursery’s third summer of opening at Halecat, Cumbria. It follows extensive work to breathe new life into the previously popular, but then disused, nursery. This is a rare ray of sunlight for an industry that’s been affected by the triple dip recession and as many successive wet summers.

 

The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, south Cumbria celebrates is a three day summer spectacle taking place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts and making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar.

 

Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

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Take a look at Spaghetti Scarves, who are attending this year’s show. Owner Pam Summersall will be selling her beautiful, hand crafted scarves and accessories and showcasing a brand new range of designs especially for the Festival. Make sure you pop along to her stand and say hello!

Spaghetti Scarves are available to buy online at www.spaghettiscarves.co.uk, why not take a look!

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The Holker Garden Festival Takes a Step Back in Time! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/142/267/The-Holker-Garden-Festival-Takes-a-Step-Back-in-Time/ Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:22:37 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/142/267/The-Holker-Garden-Festival-Takes-a-Step-Back-in-Time/ Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival can take a step back in time and experience traditional,19th century farm life, as Old Hall Farm attend the 21st show this summer.

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Catch a glimpse of this bygone era and get a taste of all things Victoriana, including traditional, steam powered farming machinery. Enjoy a special opportunity to take a ride around the Holker Parkland in a horse and cart, pulled by magnificent, 18hh shire horses and see authentic props and displays, all a part of Victorian life, as Old Hall Farm showcase a rural country scene.

 Old Hall Farm in Bouth, is a historic 19th century working farm, nestled in the magnificent Cumbrian hills. Owned and worked by Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse, using traditional methods to grow its crops and harvest the land; horse power, alongside steam and early vintage tractors is the way the farm is operated. Manual labour, old techniques and hard work is the key to this traditional farm. All animal feed and bedding is made and harvested on the farm and historic buildings house a herd of Hereford beef cattle and a dairy herd to produce a new range of Old Hall Farm dairy products.

 The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013 and Alex Sharphouse and Old Hall Farm will be attending the Festival on all three days. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

As well as attending this year’s Holker Garden Festival, Old Hall Farm will be officially opening for the summer season on Saturday 25th May 2013. Watch Victorian life unfold in front of you with exciting exhibits and activities including, rare steam and horse ploughing, special guests and a traditional tea room offering freshly baked cakes and refreshments; the farm offers a unique day out with timeless appeal for the whole family. For more information visit the website at www.oldhallfarmbouth.com.  

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The Holker Garden Festival Welcomes Ivan Day http://www.holker.co.uk/news/141/267/The-Holker-Garden-Festival-Welcomes-Ivan-Day/ Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:42:38 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/141/267/The-Holker-Garden-Festival-Welcomes-Ivan-Day/ The Holker Garden Festival in Cumbria is delighted to announce that world renowned, historical food expert Ivan Day will be attending this year’s event and presenting a series of captivating, live demonstrations on Saturday 1st June 2013.

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In keeping with the Festival’s magnificent period setting and horticultural roots, Ivan will be delighting audiences with floral themed demonstrations, including a fascinating look at 18th and 19th century delicacies such as a Tudor salad using edible flowers and a beautiful ‘basket of flowers’ ice cream mould. Ivan will also be signing copies of his book, Ice Cream: A History, at the Festival and copies will be on sale for visitors to buy.

 

Ivan comments; “I’ve travelled all over the world with my demonstrations but I’m delighted to have been asked to attend the Holker Garden Festival in my home of Cumbria. Holker Hall & Gardens is one of the great period houses in the Lake District; in fact, in 2010 I had the pleasure of re-creating a precise replica of the great, Cavendish Banquet in the Hall, so it will be wonderful to return this summer to a live audience.”  

 

The Holker Garden Festival in south Cumbria celebrates its 21st anniversary this June, with a three day summer spectacle from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts and making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

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Caribbean Celebrations http://www.holker.co.uk/news/140/267/Caribbean-Celebrations/ Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:58:50 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/140/267/Caribbean-Celebrations/ Bookings are now being taken for our Caribbean Celebration evening on Friday 29th March.

Join us from 7.00pm where you will be greeted with a welcome cocktail and live music from well known local band 'Deatbeats'.

The menu will be a typically tropical caribbean banquet.

Caribbean dress is optional and loud shirts welcome!

To avoid disappointment booking is essential.  Please contact the Courtyard Cafe on 015395 53907 or email cafe@holker.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you.

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Calling All Floral Artists http://www.holker.co.uk/news/138/267/Calling-All-Floral-Artists/ Are you passionate about floral art? Do you have a decorative and creative flair for all things botanical? The Holker Garden Festival is now taking bookings for spaces in the Floral Art Marquee, at the 21 st show in June... Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:59:56 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/138/267/Calling-All-Floral-Artists/ Are you passionate about floral art? Do you have a decorative and creative flair for all things botanical? The Holker Garden Festival is now taking bookings for spaces in the Floral Art Marquee, at the 21st show in June and is asking all independent, floral artists and floral design clubs to get in touch.

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Whether you’re an expert in floristry and horticulture or a novice in flower arranging and arts and crafts, the Holker Garden Festival presents the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and enter professionally judged competitions. All exhibitor information is now available on the Festival website with further details about categories, judging, themes and prizes:

This year’s themes and categories are:

Individual Exhibitors:

Class 2 ‘Inspired by…….’  

Class 3 ‘The Garden – A Landscape Design’

Class 4 ‘Weaving Threads of Beauty’

Class 5 ‘Layered’

Class 6 ‘Colour & Texture in Nature’

Class 7 ‘Twisted, Tangled & Tied’

Class 8 ‘Hidden Away’

Class 9 ‘The Night Garden’

Prize money ranges from £20 to £100. Exhibitors will receive 2 entrance tickets to the Festival, refreshments will be provided during the set-up period, with award certificates for winners and prize money up for grabs!

 

Competitive Club Classes:

Overall Theme: ‘Festival of the Garden’

Class 1

‘Hidden Treasures of the Garden’

First Prize £350, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100.

A trophy will be given for the Best Exhibit in the Show, to be held for one year, with the winner invited back to exhibit a special display at the Festival the following year and a contribution given towards the cost of exhibiting. Entry to the competition is free and club members will receive 8 entrance tickets to the Festival for fellow Club members. Refreshments provided during the set-up period and award certificate for winners.

 

The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013. For further information and booking forms visit the Media Centre section of the Festival website and download the exhibitor packs http://www.holkerfestival.co.uk/media-centre/downloads/ or telephone 015395 58328.

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21 is the Magic Number for the 21st Holker Garden Festival! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/115/267/21-is-the-Magic-Number-for-the-21st-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:51:16 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/115/267/21-is-the-Magic-Number-for-the-21st-Holker-Garden-Festival/ It’s ‘all grow’ for the 21st Holker Garden Festival with advance tickets officially on sale from today! With great discounts for those early birds out there.

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This year’s Festival takes place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts and making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar. Special advance ticket offers are now available via the website: www.holkerfestival.co.uk:

 

Any One Day ticket: Adults: £11.45

Senior Citizen: £9.95

 

Saturday /Sunday ticket: £10.95

Senior Citizen: £9.45

 

Friday Only ticket: £10.45

Senior Citizen: £9.20

Don’t forget, children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.

 

In true Festival style, Holker brings together magnificent show gardens, glorious horticulture, delicious artisan produce and fine craftsmanship to entertain and delight visitors of all ages, plus brand new attractions still to be announced, so watch this space!

 

Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and set in the beautiful Holker Parkland, the 21st Holker Garden Festival promises to be an exciting blend of new attractions and the return of some familiar and much loved sights; over 200 hundred exhibitors will leave you spoilt for choice.

 

Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival on the day is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

 

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Exciting Plans at the Courtyard Cafe http://www.holker.co.uk/news/113/267/Exciting-Plans-at-the-Courtyard-Cafe/ Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:43:34 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/113/267/Exciting-Plans-at-the-Courtyard-Cafe/ With the Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop due to open on the 11th February, the Café has been busy planning some new and exciting menus and events for the forthcoming season.

The first event will be our Romantic Valentine Dinner on Thursday 14th February at 7.30pm.  Enjoy a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival followed by dinner at 8pm.  Tickets cost £17.95 per person for a 3 course meal and each ticket will entered into a prize draw.  There are other prizes to be won for best Love Poem, Ode or Ditty and a bottle of champagne for anyone making a genuine proposal, whether successful or not!  For more information please visit the events pages of our website or telephone the Café on 015395 53907.

The next event will be on Sunday 10th March for Mothering Sunday.  More details to follow.  Keep checking the website for further information.

Following the success of our Senior Citizens Special Lunches, these will be continuing this year; £8.95 per person for a set 2 course menu every Thursday.

New for this year: Full Holker Buffet Breakfast served every Saturday from 10.30am – 12.30pm. £6.95 per person including tea, coffee or juice.  Sunday Carvery, 1 course for £6.95 per person.

For more information on any of the above keep checking the website or phone the Café directly on 015395 53907.

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Holker Garden Festival Tickets http://www.holker.co.uk/news/109/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-Tickets/ Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:00:16 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/109/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-Tickets/ Why not treat yourself or someone special to tickets for the Holker Garden Festival 2013.

The 2013 Festival takes place on Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June from 10am - 5.30pm each day.

Tickets are priced at £13.00 for Adults and £11.50 for Senior Citizens (+£1 P&P) including a Holker Christmas Card.  Tickets are valid for any one day of the Festival.

To ensure delivery for Christmas, orders must be placed by Monday 17th December.

To book tickets or for more information contact us on 015395 58328.

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Saturday 27th October to Wednesday 31st October 2012
 
Wicked Walks in the Holker Garden
Children can follow the Holker guide on a Halloween walk full of mystery and spooky shadows.  Wander through the trees and glades, through Pagan Grove and Labyrinth to the witches' cottage deep in the magical garden. Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress.  Guided walks take place on Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Tuesday 30th at 11.00am and 2.00pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per person.  Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended.  Children must be accompanied and the walks are suitable for 3 years upwards.
 
Self Guided Halloween Garden Trail
If you would prefer to tour the gardens at your leisure, but with an extra dimension to interest our younger visitors, why not purchase a Halloween Garden Trail sheet?  You'll need to keep your wits about you as you try and spot our pumpkin clues dangling in the spooky shadows.  (Available during garden opening hours - Sunday to Wednesday).  Sheets cost £1.  Garden admission is charged at £7.50 for adults and children free.
 
Loathsome Lanterns
Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin parade!  The best ones will win a prize.  Judging will take place at 12.15pm and 3.15pm daily.
 
Creepy Crafts
Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the education room.  Drop-in sessions in both the morning and afternoon will run from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.00pm - 3.00pm priced at £3.50 per child.  No need to book.
 
Cafe Cauldron
The Holker Courtyard Cafe will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.
 
Holker Winter Market
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2012 10.30am - 4.00pm
Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 40 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season.  Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some exquisite decorations.  
 
End of season Garden Tours are a great way to see our gardens at this very magical time, as nature offers beautiful colours, shapes and smells before hibernating fully for Winter.
 
Discover perfect foodie gifts at the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers.  Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Cafe and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods or indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.
 
To find out more information or book tickets for the Winter events please call 015395 58328 or email info@holker.co.uk
 
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Home Call Out - Default http://www.holker.co.uk/news/12/267/Home-Call-Out---Default/ Sun, 07 Oct 2012 20:49:50 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/12/267/Home-Call-Out---Default/ 2017 Main Season Opening Dates

Hall & Gardens, Cafe, Food Hall and Gift Shop

Saturday 25th March to Sunday 29th October

Wednesday to Sunday (& Bank Holiday Mondays) 10.30am-5pm  (Hall 11am-4pm)


The Ilex Bar & Brasserie

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The Big Draw comes to Holker - participating artists announced http://www.holker.co.uk/news/14/267/The-Big-Draw-comes-to-Holker---participating-artists-announced/ Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:11:32 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/14/267/The-Big-Draw-comes-to-Holker---participating-artists-announced/ Final details have just been announced of the artists in action at Holker Big Draw event on Thursday 1st November.

 
They will include: Frances Winder, Zoe Baker and Diane Rowlinson.  Tania Jany Brown will lead the activities planned which start at 11.00am for the morning session.  The planned activities will use the beautiful natural resources of the Holker Gardens and Grounds to complete different cooperative projects all based around the theme of Fantastical Creatures.
 
Tania commented "across all activities I am aiming to show that drawing is as much about observing as it is about making marks to express a scene, idea or mood. These are short taster sessions to help stimulate people to try and make things fun and not intimidating".
 
Activity times:  11.00am - 12.30pm morning session, 12.30pm - 1.00pm troll trek - brief guided walk to take inspiration from the Holker Gardens (please gather outside the Gift Shop), 1.30pm - 2.30pm afternoon session, 2.30pm - 3.00pm activities completed.
 
All activities are free and suitable for school age children and adults.

 

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Hidden Pumpkins, Fairy Glens and Sizzling Sausages! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/2/267/Hidden-Pumpkins-Fairy-Glens-and-Sizzling-Sausages/ Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:54:47 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/2/267/Hidden-Pumpkins-Fairy-Glens-and-Sizzling-Sausages/ Half Term Halloween Fun at Holker

Saturday 27th October to Wednesday 31st October 2012

 Wicked Walks in the Holker Garden: Children can follow the Holker guide on a Halloween walk full of mystery and spooky shadows. Wander through the trees and glades, through the Pagan Grove and Labyrinth to the witches’ cottage deep in the magical garden.

Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress.

Guided walks take place on Saturday (27th) , Sunday (28th) and Tuesday (30th)  at 11.00am and 2.00pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per person. Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended. Children must be accompanied and the walks are suitable for 3 years upwards.

 Self Guided - Halloween Garden trail

If you would prefer to tour the gardens at your leisure, but with an extra dimension to interest our younger visitors why not purchase a Halloween Quiz sheet? You’ll need to be keep your wits about you as you try and spot our pumpkin clues dangling in the spooky shadows. (Available during garden opening hours – Sunday to Wednesday). Sheets cost £1. Garden admission is charged – Adults £7.50 and children free.

 Loathsome Lanterns: Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin parade! The best one will win a prize. Judging will take place at 12.15pm and 3.15pm daily.

 Creepy Crafts: Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the education room. Drop-in sessions in both the morning and afternoon will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm priced £3.50 per child. No need to book.

 Cauldron Café: The Holker Courtyard Café will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.

 Halloween Hunters! Family night-time wildlife safari

Join us for a spooky walk through Roudsea's ancient woodland and experience a truly wild place at night-time onWednesday 31st October, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

 There will be lots of fun activities along the way as we hunt out the nocturnal wildlife living in the woods. And there may even be a few spooky surprises. The walk itself will be easy-going and no more than 1 mile long. The walk and activities are suitable for children aged 4 years and over.

 Transportation to and from the nature reserve will be provided from Holker Hall. Guests can park at Holker Hall for free and will be returned to Holker at the end of the walk. Please wear supportive footwear and warm, waterproof clothing. Bring a torch. Fancy dress is optional!

 Pre-booking is required as numbers are limited. £3.50pp

 Holker Winter Market

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 10.30am – 4pm

Fabulous Food and Gorgeous Gifts

Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 40 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season. Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some of exquisite decorations for Christmas. End of season Garden Tours are a great way to see our gardens at this very magical time, as nature offers beautiful colours, shapes and smells before hibernating fully for Winter.

 Discover perfect foodie gifts at the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers. Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods or indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.

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Peer-fect Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/6/267/Peer-fect-Gardens/ Wed, 05 Sep 2012 02:21:08 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/6/267/Peer-fect-Gardens/ holker-hall latest-news http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id6/A-Time-to-Plant.jpg Holker proves a real draw for FreeRider passengers http://www.holker.co.uk/news/17/267/Holker-proves-a-real-draw-for-FreeRider-passengers/ Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:24:15 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/17/267/Holker-proves-a-real-draw-for-FreeRider-passengers/ The South Lakes FreeRider, a free bus service linking some of the Southern Lake District's most prominent attractions, has welcomed almost 7,000 passengers during just 30 days.  That compares to 3,000 passengers during the same period in 2011.

 
The service is the result of an innovative collaboration between prominent local tourism businesses, who joined together to fund and implement this great new way to get around. Holker was a founding partner in the group formed to fill in the gaps in the local transport offer for tourists.
 
The 2012 FreeRider launched in July and ran until the end of last week, carrying an average of 230 people during each day of operation.
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Late August in the Holker Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/8/267/Late-August-in-the-Holker-Gardens/ Wed, 22 Aug 2012 02:37:28 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/8/267/Late-August-in-the-Holker-Gardens/
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Last few days of Wild Holker Programme http://www.holker.co.uk/news/19/267/Last-few-days-of-Wild-Holker-Programme/ Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:30:48 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/19/267/Last-few-days-of-Wild-Holker-Programme/ holker-hall latest-news South Lakes FreeRider to call at Holker again this season http://www.holker.co.uk/news/18/267/South-Lakes-FreeRider-to-call-at-Holker-again-this-season/ Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:28:28 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/18/267/South-Lakes-FreeRider-to-call-at-Holker-again-this-season/
The South Lakes FreeRider will run Monday to Friday from the 23rd of July to the 31st August and is available to all. 

The service is the result of a collaboration between Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeland Motor Museum, Holker Hall, Ducky’s Farm Park, Cartmel Traders, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Haven Holiday Park and Cartmel Village Stores, Rusland Pool Hotel, Lakeside Hotel and the Ulverston traders association who have joined together to implement and fund a great way to get around. 

South Lakes FreeRider will offer shuttles each day from 9.15 am onwards, each stopping to collect and drop off visitors at  participating businesses. 

Sarah Ross, Head of Visitor Services for Holker Hall said: 

“The public sector can no longer afford to subsidise services such as these so we have taken matters into our own hands to implement something which is going to be highly beneficial for the whole South Lakes area. In the first year of its operation last year we carried over 3,000 passengers on this service – reducing independent journeys of course and hopefully giving visitors to the area the chance to sample a variety of great locations. 

“Accommodation providers are working with attractions, competitors with competitors and the result is a creative solution to increase our visitor numbers and support the tourism industry which is so vital to the Lake District. We’re much stronger when we work together.”

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A Time to Plant Reviewed in Country Life Magazine! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/16/267/A-Time-to-Plant-Reviewed-in-Country-Life-Magazine/ We were delighted to read the review of Lord Cavendish’s book, A Time to Plant in this month’s issue of Country Life magazine. In the July 18th issue, on sale now, Leslie Geddes-Brown gives a wonderful review of the book... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:20:20 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/16/267/A-Time-to-Plant-Reviewed-in-Country-Life-Magazine/ A Time to Plant is available to buy at the Holker Gift Shop priced £25. An entertaining and thought provoking read, A Time to Plant is the story of a family, of a life, of a community, of continuity with the past and adaption to the modern age. Hugh Cavendish writes about the history of Holker which dates back to the 16th Century and has never been bought or sold but has passed by inheritance through the family line. He describes his own life, as a child at Holker (“when I look back I allow myself the indulgence of believing I was not quite as stupid as my schoolmasters held me to be; nor quite as lazy”) and later as the owner of Holker, finding a way of managing huge resources and responsibilities and also immense debt. And, of course, he writes about the garden.

 

A Time to Plant; Life and Gardening at Holker is published by Frances Lincoln, photography by Grania Cavendish. For more information visit the website www.holker.co.uk.

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Holker Gardens in Full Bloom http://www.holker.co.uk/news/22/267/Holker-Gardens-in-Full-Bloom/ Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:37:06 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/22/267/Holker-Gardens-in-Full-Bloom/ holker-hall latest-news http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id22/Gardens.jpg Date for the Diary: Holker Producers' Market! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/21/267/Date-for-the-Diary-Holker-Producers-Market/ Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:35:08 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/21/267/Date-for-the-Diary-Holker-Producers-Market/ Pop along for fresh local produce at its very best from a variety of artisan producers, all in the beautiful setting of Holker Hall.

 

Whilst here pop in to the Food Hall for exceptional, Estate raised meat, such as the famous Saltmarsh Lamb, prime steaks from the Shorthorn Beef herd and Venison.

 

The Food Hall also features an excellent range of traditionally made cheeses, including the seasonally available St James’ ewe’s milk cheese made here on the Estate.

 

We are proud of our selection of chutneys, jams and honey, much of which is made locally by small producers who take an enormous pride in the quality of their produce. We have a delicious selection of cakes and bakes to try too.

 

With free parking you are free to spend the day and linger a while in our Courtyard Cafe or sample some of the local treats in both our Gift Shop and Food Hall.

 

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Holker Goes Wild for the Summer Holidays! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/20/267/Holker-Goes-Wild-for-the-Summer-Holidays/ Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:33:10 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/20/267/Holker-Goes-Wild-for-the-Summer-Holidays/
Guided Discovery Walks every Wednesday at 2pm with a Holker ranger. See if you can spot the deer in the Parkland and discover the amazing icehouse. £3.50 per person.

Wild and wonderful craft activities every Thursday and Sunday, 11.30am and 1.30pm (1 hour sessions) £5 per child.

Make your own fun with a Wild Holker Little Explorers Kit. Follow the clues to discover some of Holker's wild secrets. Available to buy at the Holker Gift Shop - £4.75.
Or test your navigational skills with a Geocaching kit. Decode the clues and follow coordinates around the Holker Parkland. £4.75 from the Holker Gift Shop.

Go Wild in the Woods with wildlife safaris with Natural England on 22 August from 12.30pm to 3pm. Set out from Holker and head for Roudsea Woods and Mosses National Nature Reserve on a search for bugs, beasties and rare species. £3.50 per person.

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Holker Goes Wild for the Summer Holidays! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/3/267/Holker-Goes-Wild-for-the-Summer-Holidays/ Thu, 02 Aug 2012 09:57:33 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/3/267/Holker-Goes-Wild-for-the-Summer-Holidays/
Guided Discovery Walks every Wednesday at 2pm with a Holker ranger. See if you can spot the deer in the Parkland and discover the amazing icehouse. £3.50 per person. 

Wild and wonderful craft activities every Thursday and Sunday, 11.30am and 1.30pm (1 hour sessions) £5 per child.

Make your own fun with a Wild Holker Little Explorers Kit. Follow the clues to discover some of Holker's wild secrets. Available to buy at the Holker Gift Shop - £4.75.
Or test your navigational skills with a Geocaching kit. Decode the clues and follow coordinates around the Holker Parkland. £4.75 from the Holker Gift Shop.

Go Wild in the Woods with wildlife safaris with Natural England on 22 August from 12.30pm to 3pm. Set out from Holker and head for Roudsea Woods and Mosses National Nature Reserve on a search for bugs, beasties and rare species. £3.50 per person.

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South Lakes FreeRider to call at Holker again this season http://www.holker.co.uk/news/4/267/South-Lakes-FreeRider-to-call-at-Holker-again-this-season/ Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:08:51 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/4/267/South-Lakes-FreeRider-to-call-at-Holker-again-this-season/
The South Lakes FreeRider will run Monday to Friday from the 23rd of July to the 31st August and is available to all. 

The service is the result of a collaboration between Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeland Motor Museum, Holker Hall, Ducky’s Farm Park, Cartmel Traders, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Haven Holiday Park and Cartmel Village Stores, Rusland Pool Hotel, Lakeside Hotel and the Ulverston traders association who have joined together to implement and fund a great way to get around. 

South Lakes FreeRider will offer shuttles each day from 9.15 am onwards, each stopping to collect and drop off visitors at  participating businesses. 


Sarah Ross, Head of Visitor Services for Holker Hall said: 
“The public sector can no longer afford to subsidise services such as these so we have taken matters into our own hands to implement something which is going to be highly beneficial for the whole South Lakes area. In the first year of its operation last year we carried over 3,000 passengers on this service – reducing independent journeys of course and hopefully giving visitors to the area the chance to sample a variety of great locations. 

“Accommodation providers are working with attractions, competitors with competitors and the result is a creative solution to increase our visitor numbers and support the tourism industry which is so vital to the Lake District. We’re much stronger when we work together.”]]>
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So Much More to Discover in the Beautiful Holker Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/23/267/So-Much-More-to-Discover-in-the-Beautiful-Holker-Gardens/ Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:40:06 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/23/267/So-Much-More-to-Discover-in-the-Beautiful-Holker-Gardens/ There’s so much to discover at this year’s Holker Garden Festival and don’t forget that your Festival ticket entitles you to free access to 25 acres of Holker’s award winning gardens and parkland.
The Holker Gardens are in full, summer bloom, so why not take the opportunity to discover the beautiful Neptune Cascade, walk the Wild Flower Meadow and see the Holker Labyrinth or wander through Pagan Grove; a completely new feature in the Gardens.


For an additional small charge of £3.50 you can visit Holker Hall, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. Open 2-5pm.

 


 

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/5/267/20-Things-You-Didn-t-Know-About-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ As the Holker Garden Festival reaches its 20th year, the Festival team takes a nostalgic look back at two decades of one of the north’s premier gardening events and shares 20 forgotten facts that have made the Festival a must... Wed, 06 Jun 2012 02:11:58 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/5/267/20-Things-You-Didn-t-Know-About-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/  

As the Holker Garden Festival reaches its 20th year, the Festival team takes a nostalgic look back at two decades of one of the north’s premier gardening events and shares 20 forgotten facts that have made the Festival a must see event in the summer calendar.

 

 

 1.      The first Festival was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at 11am on Friday 5th June 1992.

2.      The original title of the event was The Great Garden and Countryside Festival.

 3.      The very first Garden Festival took 18 months to organise.

 4.      11,557 people visited in 1992 compared with over 23,000 visitors last year.

 5.      Approximately 80 exhibitors attended the first Festival but it now attracts over 300.

 6.      Last year’s ‘Stallions of Substance’ arena act also appeared onBritain’s Got Talent later in the year.

 7.      Around 9,000 cars are expected to be parked up during the event this year.

8.      The nearest Festival exhibitor comes from Cark- in-Cartmel 1 mile away, with the furthest travelling over 300 miles from Cornwall.

 9.      During all the previous shows only one (in 2000) has been seriously affected by wet weather resulting in the final day being cancelled.

 10.   Work on the Festival starts 10 months in advance.

 11.   Set-up on the Park takes place from the first week in May (with the marking out, arrival of the marquees and then the construction of the Show Gardens.)

 12.   Sheep are kept in the Holker Parkland for as long as possible before the Festival to keep the grass short.

13.   Several of our exhibitors also exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show held at the end of May.

 14.   Over 60 stewards are brought in to assist with the smooth running of the event.

 15.   Over the years, the Festival has been attended by many well known celebrities including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Clarissa Dickson Wright, Johnny Scott, Clive Hornby and Matt James.

 16.   There is a donkey grave complete with headstone, in a wooded area in the car park, this is known as Donkey Grave Wood.

 17.   Last year just under £6,000 was raised during the weekend for St Mary’s Hospice.

 18.   At the 2011 Festival C & K Jones launched a rose called ‘Always Remember Me’ as a tribute to PC Barker who died during theCumbria floods of 2009.

 19.   The event is regularly referred to as the ‘Chelsea of the North’.

 20.   Barrow Round Table has assisted with admissions since the very first Festival.
 

This spectacular three day event takes place from Friday 8th June to Sunday 10th June 2012 and offers something for all the family. Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast looking for a rare plant or a family wanting a fun packed day out, the Festival brings together the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts.

 Opening times for the 2012 Holker Garden Festival are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Holker Garden Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website atwww.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.

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Festival Faces - did you attend the Holker Garden Festival in 1994? http://www.holker.co.uk/news/24/267/Festival-Faces---did-you-attend-the-Holker-Garden-Festival-in-1994/ Tue, 15 May 2012 21:43:21 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/24/267/Festival-Faces---did-you-attend-the-Holker-Garden-Festival-in-1994/ holker-hall latest-news http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id24/Festival%20faces%201994.jpg Lord Cavendish to Launch ‘A Time to Plant’ at the 20th Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/25/267/Lord-Cavendish-to-Launch-A-Time-to-Plant-at-the-20th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ On the weekend of the 20th Holker Garden Festival, taking place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June, Lord Cavendish will officially launch his book, A Time to Plant: Life and Gardening at Holker, with a book signing session on... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:47:53 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/25/267/Lord-Cavendish-to-Launch-A-Time-to-Plant-at-the-20th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ At 11.30am in the Holker Festival Garden Theatre, visitors will have the opportunity to hear Lord Cavendish share extracts from his new book, describe the challenges of writing it and reveal the history of Holker and its magnificent gardens. This will be followed by a half an hour book signing session with the chance to purchase your own copy of the book.

 

An entertaining and thought provoking read, A Time to Plant is the story of a family, of a life, of a community, of continuity with the past and adaption to the modern age. Hugh Cavendish writes about the history of Holker which dates back to the 16th Century and has never been bought or sold but has passed by inheritance through the family line. He describes his own life, as a child at Holker (“when I look back I allow myself the indulgence of believing I was not quite as stupid as my schoolmasters held me to be; nor quite as lazy”) and later as the owner of Holker, finding a way of managing huge resources and responsibilities and also immense debt. And, of course, he writes about the garden.

 

A Time to Plant; Life and Gardening at Holker is published by Frances Lincoln, photography by Grania Cavendish. For more information visit the website www.holker.co.uk. Advance copies available from the Holker Gift Shop.
Read more online at Westmorland Gazette News Article

Opening times for the 2012 Holker Garden Festival are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  Advance tickets are available to buy online at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Holker Garden Festival Revealed as Finalist in 10th Cumbria Tourism Awards http://www.holker.co.uk/news/26/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-Revealed-as-Finalist-in-10th-Cumbria-Tourism-Awards/ Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:50:08 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/26/267/Holker-Garden-Festival-Revealed-as-Finalist-in-10th-Cumbria-Tourism-Awards/ We are celebrating here at Holker Hall & Gardens as the Holker Garden Festival has been shortlisted in the prestigious, Cumbria Tourism Awards.

 

Finalists were revealed on Friday and the Festival is competing in the category of ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ alongside Woolfest and

C-ART (Eden Arts.)

 

Sarah Ross, Festival Director says; “It’s a huge honour to be shortlisted in the awards and it is a great boost for the profile of the Holker Garden Festival and testament to all the hard work that goes in to staging such a large event. The awards highlight the very best that Cumbria has to offer and to be a part of that is a privilege.”  

The winners will be named at a ceremony held at Rheged in Penrith on May 24.

The Holker Garden Festival takes place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June. For further information or to book tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or telephone call 015395 58838.

 

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The German Connection http://www.holker.co.uk/news/27/267/The-German-Connection/ Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:52:45 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/27/267/The-German-Connection/ Published on the 11th April 2012, the new edition of Frau im Spiegel ROYAL has a lovely feature on Holker Hall & The Cavendish Family.



FRAU IM SPIEGEL is a weekly magazine for Ladies, has been publishing since 1945 and is one of the best established magazines for Ladies in Germany (comparable to Hello!).



It covers Affluent Lifestyle, Celebrities, Domestic Lifestyle, Health and Wellness, Travel, Women's Interest and has around1.5m readers.



Frau im Spiegel ROYAL is a new development reporting about Royalty worldwide and high aristocracy and works with Royal Courts and aristocratic families.



So brush up on your German and download a copy of the article!

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A Fabulous Foodie Feast http://www.holker.co.uk/news/28/267/A-Fabulous-Foodie-Feast/ Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:54:47 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/28/267/A-Fabulous-Foodie-Feast/
We are so impressed we have put a copy on our Food Hall page.

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20 Reasons to Visit the 20th Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/65/267/20-Reasons-to-Visit-the-20th-Holker-Garden-Festival/ The Holker Garden Festival in Cumbria celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a feast for all the senses; bringing together the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts. The 2012 Festival looks to be the most exciting one... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:23:13 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/65/267/20-Reasons-to-Visit-the-20th-Holker-Garden-Festival/  

 This spectacular three day event takes place from Friday 8th June to Sunday 10th June 2012 and offers something for all the family. Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast looking for a rare plant or a family wanting a fun packed day out, here are 20 reasons to come and enjoy the north’s premier gardening event this summer:

 

  1. Garden enthusiasts can delight in award winning show gardens and take home inspiration for their own gardens
  2. Children can get creative with a wide selection of country crafts from games and activities to outdoor crafts
  3. Expert horticulturists can browse the horticultural and floral art marquees taking in magnificent, award winning displays of rare and unusual plants
  4. Sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of live music from the traditional bandstand
  5. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of artisan produce in the Made in Cumbria Food Hall
  6. Visit the Holker Festival Garden Theatre to hear garden experts share their experiences, with lots of opportunities to ask questions
  7. Experience all the fun of the fair at the traditional Victorian fairground, with various attractions including hoopla, balls in a jar, tin can alley and coconut shies
  8. For a taste of the country, the countryside crafts provide an authentic rural experience
  9. Become a Festival VIP for the day on Friday 8th June with exclusive tickets available, allowing you to enjoy morning coffee, a delicious lunchtime Cumbrian platter and afternoon tea as well as priority parking
  10. Tours of the Holker Gardens will take place daily with Head Gardener Yvonne Cannon sharing the secrets of these magnificent formal Gardens
  11. Watch traditional craftsman at work, including demonstrations of rural skills such as dry stone walling
  12. Shopaholics will be able to browse over 200 exhibitors at the Festival, with the opportunity to buy wonderful unique gifts such as handmade jewellery, clothing and artwork
  13. Enjoy the magnificent views across 200 acres of natural parkland
  14. Talks and demonstrations on everything from outdoor skills and planting edible foods to country crafts suitable for all the family
  15. From barbeques to afternoon tea and paella to strawberries and cream, whatever your tastes, choose from a wonderful selection of food to enjoy whilst you browse the Festival
  16. Take part in the charity auction for St Mary’s Hospice with wonderful gifts and experiences on offer
  17. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Holker Hall and learn more about this picturesque mansion which is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish
  18. Enjoy a variety of live and exciting attractions including the Drakes of Hazard and Terrier Racing
  19. Visit the Holker Courtyard Café for a delicious variety of homemade dishes and the chance to unwind in the period setting of Holker Hall
  20. Don’t forget to stop off at the Holker Food Hall before you leave for the chance to take home delicious Estate produce

 

Opening times for the 2012 Holker Garden Festival are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Holker Garden Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

 


For further press information please contact Marie Saunders at Apples & Pears Marketing on marie@applespears.co.uk or telephone 0115 931 3454

 

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Fantastic Spring Frolics http://www.holker.co.uk/news/29/267/Fantastic-Spring-Frolics/ Sun, 01 Apr 2012 21:57:22 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/29/267/Fantastic-Spring-Frolics/
Explore the gardens with our Easter trail and pick up letters as you go. Unscramble the word correctly and you will even get a prize! (Trails £2 from the Kiosk)

Head to the Courtyard Cafe and pick up a Daffodil Windmil kit along with your lunch. Keeps the kids occupied plus a great momento of the day. (Kits £2 from the Courtyard Cafe)

On the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th join us in the School room for Easter activities. Decorate eggs, make Easter cards and plant your own edible garden! (Sessions at 11.30 and 1.30 daily, £5 per child)

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Holker Hall Producers' Markets Showcase the Best in Cumbria http://www.holker.co.uk/news/96/267/Holker-Hall-Producers-Markets-Showcase-the-Best-in-Cumbria/ Sat, 24 Mar 2012 00:44:05 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/96/267/Holker-Hall-Producers-Markets-Showcase-the-Best-in-Cumbria/ Holker Hall has long been a support of local food and producers and the Producers' Markets at Holker were an initiative that followed as a natural step from the set up of the Holker Food Hall almost six years ago.  Cumbria has many artisan producers and the Holker Producers' Markets aim to offer visitors an opportunity to come and see them all within the grounds of one of Cumbria's best loved stately homes.  Due to the growing popularity of the Producers' Markets Holker has added extra dates to the calendar for 2010.  In total nine markets will take place on Sunday's throughout the year, with producers attending from Cumbria and Lancashire the markets offer a great opportunity to meet with some of the producers personally and find out more about them and their products.

Some of the best bakers in the region will be attending the markets including More the Artisan Bakery, based in Staveley near Kendal.  From simple morning rolls to complex specialities such as More's sourdough miche or full grain rye there is something to suit every taste.  Local chef Patrick Moore set up the bakery in 2006 and uses only the finest quality, natural ingredients in his breads and patisseries.  As a true artisan, he believes in hand crafting honest products and reviving traditional baking techniques.

Those with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice with a range of treats.  Award winning Country Fare will be bringing their mouth watering hand made cakes and biscuits all prepared using local ingredients.  Or for something a little more indulgent the Pudding Room of Coniston will be offering traditional homemade puddings include Rich Chocolate Brownie Pudding and Rum 'n' Raisin Sticky Date Pudding.

Family run business Kendal Cordials will be quenching thirsts with a range of delicious hand made cordials with classics such as ginger beer and lime cordial as well as something for the more adventurous with Strawberry and Crushed Black Pepper.

Kendal based family run farm, Savin Hill, aims to preserve England's traditional native breeds and will be showcasing some of its finest meats at the market.  The farm breeds and rears Middle White Pigs, British Saddleback Pigs and British White Cattle.

There will also be a chance to try and buy some of the produce that comes out of the Holker Estate Farms including Holker Dairy Farm cheeses.  Martin Gott has been a tenant farmer on the Holker Estate for four years.  He set up the Holker Farm Dairy in 2006 and now produces some nationally recognised signature cheese including two raw milk cheeses named St James and Swallet both made from the milk of their flock of ewes.

Other Holker produce includes Shorthorn Cattle, Herdwick Lamb and Saltmarsh Lamb and venison seasonally sold through the Food Hall at Holker and can be tasted on the Courtyard barbeque during the Producers' Markets.  The Holker Cafe produces a fantastic range of cakes and excellent traditional home cooked food.   The Producers' Markets will be open on each of the following Sundays from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm within the Cafe Courtyard at Holker Hall:

  • Sunday 4th April 2010 - Easter weekend
  • Sunday 2nd May 2010 - Bank Holiday weekend
  • Sunday 4th July 2010 - Independence Day theme
  • Sunday 8th August 2010
  • Sunday 5th September 2010
  • Saturday & Sunday 6th/7th November 2010 - Winter Market
  • Sunday 5th December 2010
  • Sunday 12th December 2010
  • Sunday 19th December 2010

For further information please telephone the Food Hall on 015395 59084.

 

Additional Information:


Contact Information:
Marie Saunders
E: marie@applespears.co.uk
T: 0115 925 5999

Notes:
Holker Hall is open from 11.00am-4.00pm and the gardens and retail outlets from 10.30am-5.30pm. Both the hall and gardens are closed on Saturdays. Entrance to the hall & gardens is £10.00 for adults, £9.00 for concessions and £5.50 for children (aged 6-15 years). A family ticket is £27.50. Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates. To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book a group visit call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

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Name the New Holker Beer and Win a Case to Enjoy http://www.holker.co.uk/news/30/267/Name-the-New-Holker-Beer-and-Win-a-Case-to-Enjoy/ Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:01:16 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/30/267/Name-the-New-Holker-Beer-and-Win-a-Case-to-Enjoy/ Here at the Holker Food Hall we are having a lovely new beer brewed especially for us by the Ulverston Brewing Company. We are awaiting the first delivery of this delicious, pale golden, hoppy beer which will have soft fruit flavours and can be enjoyed all year round. We just have one problem...we don't have a name for it!

So here is your chance to name the new Holker beer, see your concept in print and win a case of 12 bottles from the first brew.

Your name must be:

  • Family friendly
  • Refer to some aspect of the Cavendish coat of arms (such as the serpent)
  • Ideally alliterative

To enter click the link below and send us your suggestions.

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Promenade Performance in the Park http://www.holker.co.uk/news/31/267/Promenade-Performance-in-the-Park/ Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:02:49 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/31/267/Promenade-Performance-in-the-Park/
Holker Hall & Peel Heritage bring the classic novel Black Beauty to life this summer in a stylish and contemporary open-air theatre production.

The performance roams around the Hall's stunning grounds creating a truly immersive experience.

Suitable for ages 6+, the production tackles some of the more gritty aspects of this well loved tale. Think "Warhorse" meets "The Railway Children".

Performances at 2pm and 7pm.

Adults: £18.95 Concessions: £15.75 Children £10.50
Family Ticket (two adults and two children) : £55
Additional children on a family ticket: £9.50

Purchase your tickets using the link below.

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Making Headlines Again! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/32/267/Making-Headlines-Again/ Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:04:33 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/32/267/Making-Headlines-Again/
The whole event has received a lot of local media coverage. Find out some more background to the event in the Westmoreland Gazette's article or view it for yourself on BBC I Player.]]>
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Catch us on Masterchef! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/33/267/Catch-us-on-Masterchef/ Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:06:21 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/33/267/Catch-us-on-Masterchef/ Masterchef, BBC1, 9pm

Don’t forget to tune in to Masterchef tomorrow night (Wednesday 15th February) to see the competitors use Holker venison, partridge and Saltmarsh lamb in the latest round of this exciting series. The episode was filmed just a few miles from here at Bouth. We had great fun with the crew. If you feel like recreating any of the dishes shown in the show our Food Hall staff would be happy to advise.....

 

An extract from the BBC website....www.bbc.co.uk 


The remaining six travel to the Cumbrian countryside for a lesson in just how exciting British ingredients can be. Expert forager and Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan has made his name using foraged and locally-sourced produce at his Cartmel restaurant, L'Enclume. The contestants are taken out to the fields, shoreline and hedgerows of the local area to find the edible treats that are on offer, before working in their most challenging conditions yet - a temporary kitchen set up in a local farmer's barn. They must create a delicious lunch for Simon's 25 guests, including the local food producers and farmers that he works with. With a range of locally-sourced and foraged ingredients to choose from, the contestants must impress with dishes that showcase the wonderful produce
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20 is the Magic Number for the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/66/267/20-is-the-Magic-Number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:25:39 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/66/267/20-is-the-Magic-Number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/
Special advance ticket offers will be available for those who want to book early, with over 20% savings available and a maximum saving of £3.55 on a single, any one day ticket. The 2012 Festival looks to be the most exciting one yet, with many brand new attractions, events and exhibitors. This spectacular three day event offers something for all; garden enthusiasts can delight in stunning show gardens and horticultural and floral art marquees. Children can get creative with country craft activities and experience all the fun of the fair with a traditional fairground. Foodie’s will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of artisan produce. For a taste of the country, the countryside crafts provide an authentic rural experience and for the first time this year, visitors can extend their stay and dance under the stars at an evening soiree in atmospheric teepee’s.

Opening times for the 2012 Holker Garden Festival are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Advance tickets are available to buy online at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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20 is the Magic Number for the Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/34/267/20-is-the-Magic-Number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:08:13 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/34/267/20-is-the-Magic-Number-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival/
Special advance ticket offers will be available for those who want to book early, with over 20% savings available and a maximum saving of £3.55 on a single, any one day ticket. The 2012 Festival looks to be the most exciting one yet, with many brand new attractions, events and exhibitors. This spectacular three day event offers something for all; garden enthusiasts can delight in stunning show gardens and horticultural and floral art marquees. Children can get creative with country craft activities and experience all the fun of the fair with a traditional fairground. Foodie’s will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of artisan produce. For a taste of the country, the countryside crafts provide an authentic rural experience and for the first time this year, visitors can extend their stay and dance under the stars at an evening soiree in atmospheric teepee’s.

Opening times for the 2012 Holker Garden Festival are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Advance tickets are available to buy online at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.]]>
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Great Estates http://www.holker.co.uk/news/35/267/Great-Estates/ Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:10:36 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/35/267/Great-Estates/
An extract from the programme summary......
Ellie Harrison explores some of Britain's finest country estates. She visits the Ernest Cook estate in Gloucestershire, looking at the legacy left by the philanthropist and recluse. She also delves into the Countryfile archives and re-visits Matt Baker's visit to the historic Holker estate in Cumbria.
Julia Bradbury is at the Goodwood estate in West Sussex exploring its racing heritage, whilst Adam Henson is at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire meeting the tenant farmers who have been working on the estate for the last four generations.

Watch now on i-player
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A Multitude of Mince Pies http://www.holker.co.uk/news/37/267/A-Multitude-of-Mince-Pies/ Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:13:04 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/37/267/A-Multitude-of-Mince-Pies/
So spare a thought for Lynne as she hangs up her apron on 24th December ..... we suspect that mince pies will not feature on the menu in the Hornby household this Christmas!]]>
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Stay Calm and Get to the Food Hall! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/36/267/Stay-Calm-and-Get-to-the-Food-Hall/ Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:11:47 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/36/267/Stay-Calm-and-Get-to-the-Food-Hall/ It’s nearly Christmas....but it’s not yet too late for those last minute stocking fillers. Here are a few of our favourite things.

We’ve got puddings for steaming and goose fat for roasties
Jams for teatime and marmalade for toasties.
Venison and sausage plus smoked salmon for a treat,
bottles of wine for when you’re feeling the heat.
Flying saucers and fizzers in big kid sized jars,
mince pies, meringues and Christmas pud bars.
We’ll even do package s tied up with string,
full to the brim of your favourite things!

...............stay calm and get to the Food Hall.

RING US TO CHECK WE’VE GOT WHAT YOU WANT
015395 59084

 

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Christmas at Holker, Last Three Days http://www.holker.co.uk/news/38/267/Christmas-at-Holker-Last-Three-Days/ Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:14:50 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/38/267/Christmas-at-Holker-Last-Three-Days/
Sarah Ross, Head of Visitor Services commented " After last year's extensive snow falls disrupted our programme of events for Christmas, it has been a real joy to look back on the last few weeks and reflect on a series of successful events. The highlight for me was undoubtedly our evening candlelight opening in the hall. A huge team of people worked so hard on all the decorations this year and to see them in the beautiful, soft candlelight was a real privilege."

The last event of Christmas at Holker is on Wednesday 21st December - Winter Walk and Tea With Santa. The Food Hall, Gift Shop and Cafe remain open until midday on 24th December.]]>
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The Secrets of Holker's Festive Fayre Revealed http://www.holker.co.uk/news/39/267/The-Secrets-of-Holker-s-Festive-Fayre-Revealed/ Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:16:30 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/39/267/The-Secrets-of-Holker-s-Festive-Fayre-Revealed/ On Thursday the 8th of December at 3pm the secrets of some of Holker's top festive fayre will be revealed at an exclusive cookery demonstration. 

Holker's very own master baker Lynne Hornby (responsible for Holker’s delicious cakes & bakes) & our resident “foodie” Judith Wren (of Holker Food Hall fame) will be sharing their secrets for the perfect Christmas feast. Watch the masters at work then tuck in!

Lynne will make and bake a range of Christmas Fayre, using seasonal ingredients, some you will know and some you may not! They will guide you through all the steps and answer all those questions you’ve been meaning to ask. Amongst the goodies being produced are:

  • Light as a feather Cranberry Scones – a seasonal take on an old favourite Mince Pies – containing a secret ingredient – all will be revealed
  • Toffee, Apple and Pecan swirls – new at Holker this season
  • Cup Cakes – topping the popularity charts at the moment and we’ll provide ideas for our toppings
  • Christmas Cake masterclass – tips and secrets on how everyone can bake a better cake
  • Brandy soaked Christmas Puddings – the finale to everyone’s fantastic festive meal
Tips and secrets plus recipes will be provided to take away and try at home. For those who want to take it easy, Lynne’s baking will be available to buy in the Food Hall. It’s Nigella without the satin and Mary Berry without the pearls!

Book tickets and find out more on the Holker Hall page of our website.

 

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Explosive Fun at Holker http://www.holker.co.uk/news/40/267/Explosive-Fun-at-Holker/ Tue, 08 Nov 2011 22:18:09 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/40/267/Explosive-Fun-at-Holker/
The clear and still moonlit night was a great backdrop for the dramatic display.

The Fireworks were ‘sandwiched’ between two full days of Winter Market on the main Holker Hall concourse. Record crowds enjoyed the wide variety of stalls and entertainment.]]>
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One of the UK's Best Fireworks Displays? http://www.holker.co.uk/news/42/267/One-of-the-UK-s-Best-Fireworks-Displays/ Wed, 02 Nov 2011 22:28:15 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/42/267/One-of-the-UK-s-Best-Fireworks-Displays/
To read the full article click here.

Last year saw the first bonfire at Holker Hall for nearly 15 years.  Due to Holker's fantastic reputation attendance was overwhelming.  This year the event will be improved with additional exits and entrances for ease of access, a licensed bar, outside catering and a fire artist.

Tickets £10 per car. To be purchased on arrival.]]>
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Are You Brave Enough to Discover the Wild Woods of Roudsea This Halloween? http://www.holker.co.uk/news/47/267/Are-You-Brave-Enough-to-Discover-the-Wild-Woods-of-Roudsea-This-Halloween/ Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:38:29 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/47/267/Are-You-Brave-Enough-to-Discover-the-Wild-Woods-of-Roudsea-This-Halloween/
On Saturday the 29th of October from 5:00-7:30pm join Holker Hall & Natural England for a spooky walk through Roudsea’s ancient woodland and experience a truly wild place at night-time!

There will be lots of fun activities along the way as you hunt out the nocturnal wildlife living in the woods. And, there may even be a few spooky surprises!

The walk itself is easy-going and no more than 1 mile long. The walk and activities are suitable for adults and children aged 4 years and over.

Supportive footwear, warm, waterproof clothing and a torch will be necessary. Fancy dress is optional!

Pre-booking is required as numbers are limited. Tickets are £3.00 per person. Please book your place by calling Holker Hall on 015395 58328.

This event is part of Holker Hall & Gardens Haunted Holker-Halloween Fun! Activities. Discover more at www.Holker.co.uk.

Please note that there are no public rights of way across Roudsea Nature Reserve and access is by permission only. To request a permit, please contact Rob Petley-Jones, email rob.petley-jones@naturalengland.org.uk Tel: 07747 852905 providing the address to which you would like the permit to be posted.]]>
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Picture Perfect for Holker’s Photography Competition http://www.holker.co.uk/news/43/267/Picture-Perfect-for-Holker-s-Photography-Competition/ Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria is delighted to announce that budding amateur photographer, nine year old Heather North from Kendal, is the winner of their ‘Days You’ll Remember’ photography competition. Her winning photograph is of her little sister Zoe... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:30:36 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/43/267/Picture-Perfect-for-Holker-s-Photography-Competition/
Heather began taking photographs with her very own digital camera from the age of three, guided by her dad who is a keen photographer and who also entered the Holker competition. Heather says “I really like taking photographs and when dad told me about the competition I knew I wanted to enter it. I’m really pleased that I beat my dad too!”

Heather’s image will be included in the 2012 ‘Days You’ll Remember’ Holker visitors leaflet with 120,000 copies printed and distributed across the North West region.]]>
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Holker's Fabulous Concoctions http://www.holker.co.uk/news/44/267/Holker-s-Fabulous-Concoctions/ Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:33:44 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/44/267/Holker-s-Fabulous-Concoctions/ The Holker brand has long been recognised as a mark of quality and this has now been extended to a new range of toiletries, locally made for us by Fanny and Claude’s Fabulous Concoctions.]]> The Holker brand has long been recognised as a mark of quality and this has now been extended to a new range of Holker toiletries, locally made for us by Fanny and Claude’s Fabulous Concoctions. The range includes:

  • Rich Hand Cream with Beeswax, Lemon & May Chang... very good for dry or problem skin, as well as being a great ‘everyday’ cream. £6.50
  • Rich Body Butter with Beeswax, Lemon & May Chang... as above! £8.50
  • Creamy Hand Made Soap with Sweet Honey & Lemon... smells lovely. £4.50
  • Bath Tea Bags with Honeyed Oats, Lemon & Ginger... no bits floating in the bath! £11.50
  • From (but not made by) Fanny & Claude’s - Candle in a Tin with Lemon & Ginger. £6.00

These have arrived just in time to be stocked alongside our new range of Holker stationery. So if you are looking to spend some pocket money this half term or do some early Christmas present shopping drop in.

 

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A Birds Eye View of Pagan Grove http://www.holker.co.uk/news/45/267/A-Birds-Eye-View-of-Pagan-Grove/ Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:35:03 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/45/267/A-Birds-Eye-View-of-Pagan-Grove/
Our Head Gardener Yvonne Cannon is very excited about the project and says

"I am planting around 105, 000 spring and autumn bulbs. As the turfing rolls across the site I scatter the bulbs in the topsoil. The turf is then laid over them. It’s a fast and efficient way of planting this amount of bulbs and instantly protects them from the hungry squirrels.

Rarely does a Head Gardener have the opportunity to work on such a creative project. "

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Spooks, Sparks and Sizzling Sausages at Holker Hall & Gardens this winter http://www.holker.co.uk/news/72/267/Spooks-Sparks-and-Sizzling-Sausages-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens-this-winter/ Sat, 01 Oct 2011 23:41:55 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/72/267/Spooks-Sparks-and-Sizzling-Sausages-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens-this-winter/ The winter season at Holker Hall & Gardens is packed full of special seasonal events to add some warmth and sparkle to even the coldest November night.

 

Haunted Halloween Fun, Wednesday 26th October to Friday 28th October

Wicked Walks: Children can follow the Holker guide on a ghostly Halloween walk. Go hunting for pumpkins through the Holker Park and Woodland and try to find the witches lair, but be careful if she is at home! Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress. Guided walks take place daily at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per child. One adult goes free per child and extra accompanying adults pay £3.50 per person. Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended.

 

Loathsome Lanterns: Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin parade! The best ones will win a prize. Judging will take place at 11.45am and 2.45pm daily.

 

Creepy Crafts: Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place each day in the education room. Drop-in sessions in both the morning and afternoon will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm priced £3.50 per child.

 

Cauldron Café: The Holker Courtyard Café will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.

 

Holker Winter Market, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, 10.30am

Fabulous Food and Gorgeous Gifts

Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 40 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season. Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some of the exquisite decorations which will be on display in the Hall itself this Christmas.

 

 

Discover the perfect foodie gifts amongst in the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers. Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods or indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.

 

Bonfire Night, Saturday 5th November, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Join in with all the entertainment and a sparkling evening event as Holker hosts a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display. Gather round and warm your hands by the giant bonfire set in the magnificent surroundings of the Holker parkland.

 

Be tempted by the selection of traditional bonfire treats and enjoy the display from the performing fire artist. There will be a charge for parking only of £10 per car.

 

To find out more information or book tickets for the winter events at Holker Hall please call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

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For press information contact Marie at Apples & Pears Marketing on 0115 9255999 or marie@applespears.co.uk.

 

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The Holker Hall All Rover Lakes Rally 2011 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/48/267/The-Holker-Hall-All-Rover-Lakes-Rally-2011/ Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:40:51 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/48/267/The-Holker-Hall-All-Rover-Lakes-Rally-2011/
Over the 40 Classic cars made their way to Holker Hall to be shown off in all their glory prior to the awards at 4pm.

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A Chocoholic's Delight http://www.holker.co.uk/news/49/267/A-Chocoholic-s-Delight/ Fri, 16 Sep 2011 22:42:35 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/49/267/A-Chocoholic-s-Delight/
And if that is not chocolaty enough for you head across to the Courtyard Cafe and experience a warming chocolate delight with a hot chocolate swizzle stick. Let the quality chocolate melt down in the warm milk for that molten chocolate taste. You can even nip back to the food hall and pick some of the swizzle sticks up to take home with you!]]>
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Holker Meats & Treats Go Online http://www.holker.co.uk/news/50/267/Holker-Meats-Treats-Go-Online/ Mon, 05 Sep 2011 22:45:12 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/50/267/Holker-Meats-Treats-Go-Online/ If you don't have time to nip down to our food hall for our tasty meats and treats don't panic. You can now order them online.]]> www.cumbrianartisan.co.uk. The website has been set up to promote high quality food and drink from a range of local, artisan producers.

If you have a real hankering for some Salt Marsh Lamb or want to treat your friends and family to some of our Lemon Drizzle Cake and can't make it to the Holker Food Hall, don't panic!  Simply log online, place your order and get it delivered direct to your door. There is even free delivery to some areas of the South Lakes and Lancashire.

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Picture Perfect for Holker’s Photography Competition http://www.holker.co.uk/news/73/267/Picture-Perfect-for-Holker-s-Photography-Competition/ Thu, 01 Sep 2011 23:44:31 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/73/267/Picture-Perfect-for-Holker-s-Photography-Competition/ Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria is delighted to announce that budding amateur photographer, nine year old Heather North from Kendal, is the winner of their ‘Days You’ll Remember’ photography competition. Her winning photograph is of her little sister Zoe and was taken in Holker’s wild flower meadow on a sunny day in August.

Amateur photographers were invited into the Holker Gardens on four dedicated days in August to photograph any part of the formal gardens, parkland and exterior of the Hall and asked to submit their favourite shot. Holker enlisted the expert help of professional photographer, Val Corbett to pick one winner from a shortlist of seven. Val comments; “I was very impressed with all the images submitted but for me Heather’s photograph really captured the beauty of Holker’s gardens in the summer time and is a worthy winner.”

 

Heather began taking photographs with her very own digital camera from the age of three, guided by her dad who is a keen photographer and who also entered the Holker competition. Heather says “I really like taking photographs and when dad told me about the competition I knew I wanted to enter it. I’m really pleased that I beat my dad too!”

Heather’s image will be included in the 2012 ‘Days You’ll Remember’ Holker visitors leaflet with 120,000 copies printed and distributed across the North West region.

 

For more information on Holker Hall & Gardens call 015395 58328 or visit the website at www.holker.co.uk. For more information on Val Corbett, to request commission work, articles or talks, e-mail val@valcorbettphotography.com, telephone 01931 712293 or visit the website at www.valcorbettphotography.com.

 

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For further press information please contact Marie Saunders on 0115 9255999 or email marie@applespears.co.uk.

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Holker's Very Own Cordial http://www.holker.co.uk/news/51/267/Holker-s-Very-Own-Cordial/ Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:46:49 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/51/267/Holker-s-Very-Own-Cordial/
Kendal Cordials have used the classic combination of blackcurrents and apples to produce this rich and fruity thirst quencher. The traditional, fruity flavours and enticing aroma really put you in mind of a warm, late-summer day at Holker.

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Holker Hall Goes Wild at Roudsea Nature Reserve http://www.holker.co.uk/news/52/267/Holker-Hall-Goes-Wild-at-Roudsea-Nature-Reserve/ Sat, 27 Aug 2011 22:47:48 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/52/267/Holker-Hall-Goes-Wild-at-Roudsea-Nature-Reserve/
The Go Wild in the Woods! family wildlife safaris set off from Holker and take families down to the nature reserve at Hatherthwaite to hunt for bugs and beasties.

Knowledgeable staff from Natural England are on hand to guide families around the nature reserve, and there are plenty of wild activities to get involved with. Have a go at making a smelly cocktail, play ‘Bog-bingo’, listen for dormice snoring and get close to some of our countries most ancient and magical trees!

Transport to and from the nature reserve is provided from Holker Hall. The walk itself is easy-going and no more than 1 mile long, with plenty of stops to take in the scenery and wildlife.

The final Safari this summer will depart from Holker Hall at 12.30pm on Thursday the 1st of September and drop off back at Holker at around 3.30pm. Safaris cost £1.50 per person, payable on the day at the ticket kiosk. Pre-booking is recommended (015395 58328). Find out more in our events section.]]>
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Free Entry to Holker's Gardens for One Day Only! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/53/267/Free-Entry-to-Holker-s-Gardens-for-One-Day-Only/ Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:48:55 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/53/267/Free-Entry-to-Holker-s-Gardens-for-One-Day-Only/ For one day, on the 23rd of August we will be opening up the gardens at Holker free of charge so that visitors can get a sneak preview of our exciting new project, Pagan Grove.]]> There will be a lot of work taking place in the gardens today as part of our exciting new project, Pagan Grove.

Due to this we are offering free entry to Holker’s extensive gardens. Visit the display in the entrance of the hall to find out more about the project and take the opportunity to get a sneak preview of Pagan Grove in its construction phase.

We look forward to seeing you next season to see Pagan Grove in its full glory.

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The Evolution of Pagan Grove at Holker Hall & Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/54/267/The-Evolution-of-Pagan-Grove-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ If you were to ask Lord and Lady Cavendish their secret for keeping the public coming back to the gardens at Holker Hall in Cumbria year after year, their answer would be simple: constant evolution. As part of this continual... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:50:06 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/54/267/The-Evolution-of-Pagan-Grove-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ If you were to ask Lord and Lady Cavendish their secret for keeping the public coming back to the gardens at Holker Hall in Cumbria year after year, their answer would be simple: constant evolution. During their time at Holker Hall their aim has been to constantly question every aspect of the garden, working closely with their gardening team to ensure that the visitor experience continues to be both engaging and inspiring.

As part of this continual process an exciting new project, which has been in the planning stages for some time, is about to take shape. Pagan Grove has been designed by the renowned landscape architect, Kim Wilkie, and comprises the remodelling of part of this historic garden to form an oval amphitheatre bowl descending into the ground. The project, which is the largest scale earthworks project at Holker Hall since the construction of the Neptune Cascade in 1988 will begin in early August and is due to take three months to complete.

As a rule Lord and Lady Cavendish do not use designers, but will consider making an exception if they feel that someone challenges them or they come across particularly knowledgeable people who can offer something unique. Lord Cavendish explains; “Kim Wilkie asked us if we had ever considered why we have a motorway running through our garden. His comments were strong but very true and in no way meant to cause any offense. Kim simply challenged us to look at an area in the heart of the gardens that he feels has the potential to become a strong focal point. The long wide straight path, that Kim had referred to as a motorway, runs north through the garden has over time developed a rather arterial road feel to it which jars with the landscaping, and the area itself is lacking a focus. This was the beginning of the creative process for us.”

Lord Cavendish continues; “The development of the design has been a collaborative process. Only by being in the gardens can we appreciate and understand the space. By considering the wider picture, how the sun falls in different seasons, the changing directions of the wind, could we then develop a design that will not only add a new element to the landscape but will also complement the existing surroundings. The gardens work around near views, intermediate views and distant views and we are keen that Pagan Grove continues to deliver this. I envisage the amphitheatre design providing a natural seating area for reflection which can be used and enjoyed by our visitors.”

“Pagan Grove is a big idea; it will create a marvellous landform. Kim Wilkie has a reputation for using the heritage of a place to make something of our own time and this is something that resonates with us and our style of gardening. Kim once commented that he liked the paganism of our gardening. Paganism in this context is an ancient concept of growing and it seemed an appropriate inspiration for the name.”

“We see ourselves as custodians of the landscape. We have a duty to not only conserve what is here that needs protecting but to also keep inspiring new generations to come and enjoy the space. I once said to a group of young children; “My grandmother planted this tree, knowing that it would take 60 years to grow and that she would never see it fully grown.” They were astonished by this.”

There are restraints and considerations in the planning and implementation of a project within a garden of this age and a natural responsibility that comes with managing an estate like Holker. The biggest challenge is to protect the rare trees. A tree specialist has been involved and in conjunction with the local planning authority protective measures will be agreed upon and put in place before any work starts on site.

The engineering works are being managed by a local family practice of chartered quantity surveyors, Bushell Raven. During the three month project the contractors will be moving over 3000 tonnes of earth and over 2000 tonnes of stone. The engineering project will take around eight weeks to complete and the path will also be re-routed as part of the project to provide a more naturalistic route through the garden. The landscaping work which will by carried out under the supervision of Holker’s Head Gardener, Yvonne Cannon, will take a further month and will be completed by the end of October. The gardens will reopen to the public for the spring season in March 2012 when Pagan Grove will be open for viewing.

 

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The Evolution of Pagan Grove at Holker Hall & Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/74/267/The-Evolution-of-Pagan-Grove-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ If you were to ask Lord and Lady Cavendish their secret for keeping the public coming back to the gardens at Holker Hall in Cumbria year after year, their answer would be simple: constant evolution. As part of this continual... Mon, 08 Aug 2011 23:46:40 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/74/267/The-Evolution-of-Pagan-Grove-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ If you were to ask Lord and Lady Cavendish their secret for keeping the public coming back to the gardens at Holker Hall in Cumbria year after year, their answer would be simple: constant evolution. During their time at Holker Hall their aim has been to constantly question every aspect of the garden, working closely with their gardening team to ensure that the visitor experience continues to be both engaging and inspiring.

As part of this continual process an exciting new project, which has been in the planning stages for some time, is about to take shape. Pagan Grove has been designed by the renowned landscape architect, Kim Wilkie, and comprises the remodelling of part of this historic garden to form an oval amphitheatre bowl descending into the ground. The project, which is the largest scale earthworks project at Holker Hall since the construction of the Neptune Cascade in 1988 will begin in early August and is due to take three months to complete.

As a rule Lord and Lady Cavendish do not use designers, but will consider making an exception if they feel that someone challenges them or they come across particularly knowledgeable people who can offer something unique. Lord Cavendish explains; “Kim Wilkie asked us if we had ever considered why we have a motorway running through our garden. His comments were strong but very true and in no way meant to cause any offense. Kim simply challenged us to look at an area in the heart of the gardens that he feels has the potential to become a strong focal point. The long wide straight path, that Kim had referred to as a motorway, runs north through the garden has over time developed a rather arterial road feel to it which jars with the landscaping, and the area itself is lacking a focus. This was the beginning of the creative process for us.”

Lord Cavendish continues; “The development of the design has been a collaborative process. Only by being in the gardens can we appreciate and understand the space. By considering the wider picture, how the sun falls in different seasons, the changing directions of the wind, could we then develop a design that will not only add a new element to the landscape but will also complement the existing surroundings. The gardens work around near views, intermediate views and distant views and we are keen that Pagan Grove continues to deliver this. I envisage the amphitheatre design providing a natural seating area for reflection which can be used and enjoyed by our visitors.”

“Pagan Grove is a big idea; it will create a marvellous landform. Kim Wilkie has a reputation for using the heritage of a place to make something of our own time and this is something that resonates with us and our style of gardening. Kim once commented that he liked the paganism of our gardening. Paganism in this context is an ancient concept of growing and it seemed an appropriate inspiration for the name.”

“We see ourselves as custodians of the landscape. We have a duty to not only conserve what is here that needs protecting but to also keep inspiring new generations to come and enjoy the space. I once said to a group of young children; “My grandmother planted this tree, knowing that it would take 60 years to grow and that she would never see it fully grown.” They were astonished by this.”

There are restraints and considerations in the planning and implementation of a project within a garden of this age and a natural responsibility that comes with managing an estate like Holker. The biggest challenge is to protect the rare trees. A tree specialist has been involved and in conjunction with the local planning authority protective measures will be agreed upon and put in place before any work starts on site.

The engineering works are being managed by a local family practice of chartered quantity surveyors, Bushell Raven. During the three month project the contractors will be moving over 3000 tonnes of earth and over 2000 tonnes of stone. The engineering project will take around eight weeks to complete and the path will also be re-routed as part of the project to provide a more naturalistic route through the garden. The landscaping work which will by carried out under the supervision of Holker’s Head Gardener, Yvonne Cannon, will take a further month and will be completed by the end of October. The gardens will reopen to the public for the spring season in March 2012 when Pagan Grove will be open for viewing.

Additional Information:

Contact Information:
Marie Saunders
E: Marie@applespears.co.uk
T: 0115 9255999

Notes:
To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.]]>
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The Loss of an Ancient Friend from Holker’s Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/55/267/The-Loss-of-an-Ancient-Friend-from-Holker-s-Gardens/ Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:51:31 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/55/267/The-Loss-of-an-Ancient-Friend-from-Holker-s-Gardens/
It was thought initially that these were due to the trunk resettling after the removal of a very heavy, breeze-torqued limb, earlier this year. Unfortunately internal scans have revealed a large area of decay within a section of the trunk. Further tests are being carried out to assess the extent of the damage.

The removal of a tree this significant is no mean feat and the potential impact on the surrounding area has to carefully considered as the Beech provides wind shelter for other important trees.

It is possible that the Beech trunk may remain in situ for up to three years, minus all the heavy wood within it’s canopy. This would leave some wind shelter and give the surrounding trees some time to grow reaction wood in response to their new exposure.

Due to it’s enclosed position, felling the Beech, or removing many hundreds of tonnes of lumber from the canopy, at nearly 80m high, is a highly specialist operation involving purpose built equipment. The work will commence on Monday 1st August and will see the Gardening Team here at Holker working closely with specialist consultants and contractors.]]>
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Jean Christophe Novelli is mad about our bangers! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/56/267/Jean-Christophe-Novelli-is-mad-about-our-bangers/ Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:54:27 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/56/267/Jean-Christophe-Novelli-is-mad-about-our-bangers/ This week, super suave chef JC Novelli has described Holker Estate venison sausages as “top notch”. Despite having a cookery school hundreds of miles away in Hertfordshire he recommended our sausages as a vital ingredient for the best bangers and mash – alongside freshly dug Charlotte or Desiree potatoes!

Download the full article below.

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Brand new service offers FreeRides to and from the Lake District’s best attractions http://www.holker.co.uk/news/75/267/Brand-new-service-offers-FreeRides-to-and-from-the-Lake-District-s-best-attractions/ Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:49:13 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/75/267/Brand-new-service-offers-FreeRides-to-and-from-the-Lake-District-s-best-attractions/
The South Lakes FreeRider is a must for any visitor to Cumbria and will run Monday to Friday from the 25th of July to the 2nd of September 2011, providing hassle-free travel to and from some of Cumbria’s most renowned attractions including Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeland Motor Museum, Holker Hall, Ducky’s Farm Park, Cartmel Traders, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Haven Holiday Park and Cartmel Village Stores, Rusland Pool Hotel and Lakeside Hotel.

The service will offer eight shuttles each day from 9.15am onwards, each stopping to collect and drop off visitors at all ten attractions or accommodation providers.

It’s the perfect solution for all who wish to explore Cumbria’s great attractions without having to worry about fuel costs, busy roads, directions or parking. Passengers can relax and take in the sights as they travel and the service will reduce their carbon footprint too!

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Notes to Editors:

1: For additional information and images please contact Nici Hewitson on 01539 825019 or email nhewitson@cumbriatourism.org.

2: For more information on breaks in the Lake District, Cumbria visit www.golakes.co.uk.

3: For further information on tourism in Cumbria visit www.cumbriatourism.org.]]>
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Holker Hall & Gardens Launches ‘Days You’ll Remember’ Photography Competition http://www.holker.co.uk/news/76/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-Launches-Days-You-ll-Remember-Photography-Competition/ Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:51:22 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/76/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-Launches-Days-You-ll-Remember-Photography-Competition/ Holker Hall & Gardens is launching its first ever photography competition to find the perfect shot for the 2012 Holker Hall & Gardens ‘Days You’ll Remember’ visitor leaflet. Amateur photographers will be invited into the Gardens at Holker on four dedicated days during August to photograph any area of the public Gardens, exterior of the Hall or open parkland which covers over 20 acres and will be asked to submit their favourite Holker photograph by the end of August.


The competition is open to amateur photographers and the winner will be selected by Holker Hall and professional photographer, Val Corbett. The winning photograph will be featured along with a credit to the winner, in the 2012 Holker Hall & Gardens ‘Days You’ll Remember’ leaflet with 120,000 copies printed and distributed across the North West region.

 
Val Corbett lives on the eastern fringes of the Lake District and has worked as a freelance photographer for the past 25 years. Taking inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Cumbria, Val is recognised for her garden photography, which is regularly featured in national publications. Val has photographed the Holker Gardens many times and believes it will provide the perfect setting for a photography competition. Val comments, “The Gardens and Parklands at Holker are a real hidden treasure, a mixture of formal gardens and the wide open spaces of the parkland, there’s a photograph around every corner. I’m looking forward to seeing the entries for the Holker photography competition.”

 
The photography dates will be Wednesday 3rd, Sunday 14th, Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th of August. To enter simply visit the website www.holker.co.uk to download an entry form. This form will include a voucher for one person to enter the Gardens on one of the four dedicated days. A postal entry form can also be requested by calling 015395 58328.

 
Entries can be submitted in jpeg format no larger than 2mb by email to info@holker.co.uk or via post as a 7x5 inch print. Please be sure to include your name, address and a contact telephone number. Please be aware that all photography is none returnable and that by submitting your entry you are agreeing for it to be used in publicity surrounding the competition and the Hall & Gardens. Holker reserves the right to not use photography deemed unsuitable for the Holker brand.

Additional Information:


Notes:
For more information on Holker Hall & Gardens call 015395 58328 or visit the website at www.holker.co.uk. For more information on Val Corbett, to request commission work, articles or talks e-mail val@valcorbettphotography.com or telephone 01931 712293. For further press information please contact Marie Saunders on 0115 9255999 or email marie@applespears.co.uk.

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Holker Hall & Gardens Launches "Days You'll Remember" Photography Competition http://www.holker.co.uk/news/57/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-Launches-Days-You-ll-Remember-Photography-Competition/ Fri, 08 Jul 2011 22:56:32 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/57/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-Launches-Days-You-ll-Remember-Photography-Competition/ Holker Hall & Gardens is launching its first ever photography competition to find the perfect shot for the 2012 Holker Hall & Gardens ‘Days You’ll Remember’ visitor leaflet. Amateur photographers are invited into the Gardens at Holker on four dedicated days during August to photograph any area of the public Gardens, exterior of the Hall or open parkland which covers over 20 acres and will be asked to submit their favourite Holker photograph by Friday 2nd September 2011. We would really love to see some shots of people enjoying the gardens and parkland. Please ask people for permission to submit any photographs where they are the main subject of the image.

The competition is open to amateur photographers and the winner will be selected by Holker Hall and professional photographer, Val Corbett. The winning photograph will be featured along with a credit to the winner, in the 2012 Holker Hall & Gardens ‘Days You’ll Remember’ leaflet with 120,000 copies printed and distributed across the North West region.

The photography dates will be Wednesday 3rd, Sunday 14th, Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th of August. To enter simply download an entry form below, Fill it in and present it on arrival. This form will act as a voucher for one person to enter the Gardens free of charge on one of the four dedicated days. A postal entry form can also be requested by calling 015395 58328.

Deadline for entries is Friday 2nd September 2011.

Entries can be submitted in jpeg format no larger than 2mb by email to info@holker.co.uk or via post as a 7x5 inch print. Please be sure to include your name, address and a contact telephone number. Please be aware that all photography is none returnable and that by submitting your entry you are agreeing for it to be used in publicity surrounding the competition and the Hall & Gardens. Holker reserves the right to not use photography deemed unsuitable for the Holker brand.

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High summer in the Holker Gardens! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/77/267/High-summer-in-the-Holker-Gardens/ Enjoy a quintessentially English summer day at Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria. There’s plenty to discover on a gentle walk around the gardens, including the beautiful Neptune Cascade and the stone Labyrinth. Then finish off your day with a... Fri, 01 Jul 2011 23:56:17 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/77/267/High-summer-in-the-Holker-Gardens/ Enjoy a quintessentially English summer day at Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria. There’s plenty to discover on a gentle walk around the gardens, including the beautiful Neptune Cascade and the stone Labyrinth. Then finish off your day with a delicious, cream tea in the Holker Courtyard Café.

 

Holker Hall & Gardens is open Sunday to Friday from 11.00-4.00pm and the gardens from 10.30am-5.30pm. Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for concessions and  £6.00 for children (6-15.) A family ticket is £29.50.  To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

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For further press information please contact Marie Saunders or Kate Hall at Apples & Pears Marketing on 0115 9255999 or email marie@applespears.co.uk.

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Geocashing at Holker http://www.holker.co.uk/news/78/267/Geocashing-at-Holker/ Wed, 01 Jun 2011 23:58:16 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/78/267/Geocashing-at-Holker/ Looking for something a little different to do with the family during the summer holidays? Why not test your navigation skills at Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria, with one of their new Geocaching packs?

 

From Sunday 24th July to Sunday 4th September families can take part in a selection of outdoor activities including Geocaching in the Holker Parkland.  Available everyday (except on special event days), packs will include a compass and a beginners guide for those who don’t have a GPS to bring along with them. Follow the clues and coordinates that will lead you to a series of check points and collect special letters. Rearrange the letters to create a word and present it at the Holker kiosk to receive a prize. Don’t forget to leave your own special message at the final checkpoint for future Geocachers to find!

Geocaching Kit: £4.75 from the gift shop

 

The Hall will be open from 11.00am-4.00pm and the gardens from 10.30am-5.30pm. (Hall & Gardens closed on Saturdays. Holker Courtyard including Gift Shop, Restaurant and Food Hall open daily) Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for concessions and £6.00 for children (6-15). A family ticket is £29.50. Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates. To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

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For further press information please contact Marie Saunders or Kate Hall at Apples & Pears Marketing on 0115 9255999 or email marie@applespears.co.uk.

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Holker Hall & Gardens chosen as Venue for Top Fashion Photographer http://www.holker.co.uk/news/58/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-chosen-as-Venue-for-Top-Fashion-Photographer/ Wed, 01 Jun 2011 22:59:20 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/58/267/Holker-Hall-Gardens-chosen-as-Venue-for-Top-Fashion-Photographer/ Glamour Comes to Holker

Holker Hall was recently the location for a major fashion shoot.  The cascade, drawing room and cantilever staircase proved to be the perfect backdrop. Five different models created quite an impact on visitors to the Hall and Gardens on a quiet Spring afternoon.

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Schedule released for the Holker Garden Festival Garden Theatre http://www.holker.co.uk/news/59/267/Schedule-released-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival-Garden-Theatre/ Fri, 27 May 2011 23:01:30 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/59/267/Schedule-released-for-the-Holker-Garden-Festival-Garden-Theatre/
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Leading Author Kate Morton to visit Holker Hall - 16th June 2011 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/60/267/Leading-Author-Kate-Morton-to-visit-Holker-Hall---16th-June-2011/ Mon, 23 May 2011 23:03:28 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/60/267/Leading-Author-Kate-Morton-to-visit-Holker-Hall---16th-June-2011/ Holker Hall is Front Page Material for Leading Author Kate Morton

Holker Hall & Gardens is delighted to be welcoming leading author Kate Morton to a special "meet the author" evening at Holker at 7 pm on Thursday 16th June.

Kate lives in Brisbane, Australia, but will be travelling to the UK and touring to launch the paperback version of her number one best seller The Distant Hours, Kate is keen to stop at Holker as the fountain from the gardens is featured as the main image on the book's front cover.

Following a reception and refreshments Kate will be reading passages from The Distant Hours, answering questions about her books.  The Distant Hours will be on sale during the evening, courtesy of Plackitt and Booth booksellers.  There will also be an autograph opportunity at the end of the evening.

Tickets for the event are on sale now price £10 which will include refreshments.  To book call Holker Hall on 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

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Holker Hall is Front Page Material for Leading Author Kate Morton http://www.holker.co.uk/news/79/267/Holker-Hall-is-Front-Page-Material-for-Leading-Author-Kate-Morton/ Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00:17 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/79/267/Holker-Hall-is-Front-Page-Material-for-Leading-Author-Kate-Morton/ Holker Hall & Gardens is delighted to be welcoming leading author Kate Morton to a special "meet the author" evening at Holker at 7 pm on Thursday 16th June.

Kate lives in Brisbane, Australia, but will be travelling to the UK and touring to launch the paperback version of her number one best seller The Distant Hours, Kate is keen to stop at Holker as the fountain from the gardens is featured as the main image on the book's front cover.

Following a reception and refreshments Kate will be reading passages from The Distant Hours, answering questions about her books.  The Distant Hours will be on sale during the evening, courtesy of Plackitt and Booth booksellers.  There will also be an autograph opportunity at the end of the evening.

Tickets for the event are on sale now price £10 which will include refreshments, to book call Holker Hall on 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

Additional Information:


Contact Information:
For more information please contact Kate Hall at Apples & Pears Marketing
E: kate@applespears.co.uk
T: 0115 925 5999

 

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Festival set up well under way http://www.holker.co.uk/news/61/267/Festival-set-up-well-under-way/ Fri, 20 May 2011 23:05:08 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/61/267/Festival-set-up-well-under-way/ holker-hall latest-news http://www.holker.co.uk/uploads/news/id61/festival_under_way.jpg Holker to Welcome Cross Bay Walkers http://www.holker.co.uk/news/62/267/Holker-to-Welcome-Cross-Bay-Walkers/ Wed, 04 May 2011 23:06:47 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/62/267/Holker-to-Welcome-Cross-Bay-Walkers/ Cross Bay Walk

This year walkers taking part in the RNLI Cross Bay Walk will gather at Holker Hall before the event and return to the Hall for refreshments after a long hard day.  The RNLI hopes to raise around £10,000 to support the work of volunteer lifeboat crews from this year's walk and it is hoped that the added incentive of a warm welcome and some much needed refreshment at the Hall after the event will encourage a record number of entrants.  Full details of how to register for the event can be found on www.rnli.org.uk/crossbaywalk.

Lord and Lady Cavendish are delighted to be able to support the event as they have long admired the work of the RNLI in the Morecambe Bay area and further afield.

 

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Over 1,000 attend Royal Celebrations at Holker! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/80/267/Over-1-000-attend-Royal-Celebrations-at-Holker/ Wed, 04 May 2011 00:03:04 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/80/267/Over-1-000-attend-Royal-Celebrations-at-Holker/ After weeks of preparation the big day finally arrived and Royal Wedding fever swept through Holker, with over 1,000 visitors gathering at Holker to celebrate.

Gates opened at 10.30 am and by coach, car, bike and on foot, well wishers filled the grounds of Holker.  Tickets to the special, Courtyard Marquee sold out ahead of the day with a waiting list put in place for any last minute availability.  Sarah Ross, Head of Visitor Services at Holker comments; "We were still taking calls for tickets late on Thursday and were absolutely delighted with attendance on the day.  We knew that Holker would be the perfect setting for such an important event and wanted to give people the chance to celebrate and make the day a memorable one."

Visitors were treated to a patriotic day of fun with champagne brunch and afternoon tea for those with tickets to the Marquee.  After much speculation about the weather, the rain stayed away and many chose to soak up the atmosphere with a picnic in front of the big screen, making sure they got the best spot for when the ceremony began.

Wedding fever continued through to the Holker Food Hall and Gift Shop with the latter virtually 'selling out' of commemorative mugs!

Sarah Ross adds; "The enthusiasm of everyone on the day was wonderful to see, we all had great fun.  People have already shared some of their photos from the day on our Facebook page and I would like to encourage people to continue to do so - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holker-Hall-Gardens/306858485572?ref=ts."

For more information on forthcoming events at Holker Hall & Gardens visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or telephone 015395 58328.

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April Arrives at Holker Hall & Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/82/267/April-Arrives-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:07:59 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/82/267/April-Arrives-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ April at Holker Hall & Gardens is a busy month, with a packed schedule of events for families and children, including Easter inspired activities, Royal wedding celebrations and the Holker Producers' Market.

Easter Eggs-travaganza

From Monday 11th to Monday 25th April 2011, families and children are encouraged to get out and about in the grounds of Holker with a series of Easter egg trails.  Children will follow clues to find eggs in secret hideaways for the chance to win delicious, chocolate prizes.  Children will be encouraged to get creative with spring inspired craft activities including making biscuits, decorating eggs and planting seeds.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Join Holker in celebrating this very special day on Friday 29th April, with a royal inspired menu in the Courtyard Cafe and large screen viewing, it's the perfect period setting to sit back and enjoy the ceremony.

Holker Producers' Market

The Holker Courtyard will be bustling with activity on Sunday 3rd April with the second Producers' Market of 2011.  The perfect way to spend Mother's Day, browsing and tasting some of the delicious local produce.  Meet some of the producers and experience the authentic taste of Cumbria from tasty cheeses to delicious breads, cakes and preserves; it's a great opportunity to purchase a few gifts for friends and family.  This event is free to enter.  10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

Holker Hall & Gardens will open for the 2011 season on Mothering Sunday, 3rd April 2011.  The Hall will be open Sunday to Friday from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm and the Gardens from 10.30 am - 5.30 pm (closed on Saturdays).  Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for concessions and £6.00 for children (6-15).  A family ticket is £29.50.  Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates.

To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58238, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 
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Kate Hall or Marie Saunders at Apples & Pears Marketing
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Discover Holker Hall & Gardens on Mother's Day http://www.holker.co.uk/news/81/267/Discover-Holker-Hall-Gardens-on-Mother-s-Day/ Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:05:12 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/81/267/Discover-Holker-Hall-Gardens-on-Mother-s-Day/ Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria bursts into life on April 3rd 2011 for Mothering Sunday, with spring blooms, woodland walks and delicious, seasonal food.  Take mum away from all the hustle and bustle and treat her to a day of exploring the tranquil and beautiful Holker Gardens.  58,000 bulbs, fresh, spring air and a special Mother's Day lunch in the Courtyard Cafe awaits!

The Hall will be open Sunday to Friday from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm and the gardens from 10.30 am - 5.30 pm.  Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for concessions and £6.00 for children (6-15).  A family ticket is £29.50.  Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates.  For more information about Holker Hall & Gardens call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 
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Frolicking February Fun at Holker Hall in Cumbria http://www.holker.co.uk/news/84/267/Frolicking-February-Fun-at-Holker-Hall-in-Cumbria/ Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:13:20 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/84/267/Frolicking-February-Fun-at-Holker-Hall-in-Cumbria/ For the first time during spring half term, Holker Hall & Gardens will be offering visitors a sneak peek of what the spring season has on offer at one of Cumbria'a finest stately homes.

Opening daily from Saturday 12th until Sunday 27th February, Holker Hall is the perfect location to get out in the fresh air and shake off the winter cob webs with family and friends.

A fun packed week of activities will include spring nature hunts, guided walks around the gardens and parklands and spring inspired craft activities.  Finish off your visit with a trip to the Holker Courtyard Cafe where a special half term menu will be on offer.

This is an exclusive opportunity to visit the Hall & Gardens before Holker opens for the 2011 season on Mothering Sunday.

The Hall will be open from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm and the gardens from 10.30 am - 4.00 pm.  Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for concessions and £6.00 for children (6-15).  A family ticket is £29.50.  Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates.  To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 
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Celebrate Spring at Holker Hall & Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/83/267/Celebrate-Spring-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:10:03 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/83/267/Celebrate-Spring-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ Each year at Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria a new explosion of flora awaits the visiting public and 2011 will be no different.  The planting schemes are always incredibly ambitious and this year will be no exception, 58,000 bulbs have already been planted in preparation for next season, 50% more than last year.  The team of gardeners have been working tirelessly through the cold days of late autumn and winter to lift the old borders and replant the new season's floral schemes.

For 2011 the formal border scheme will be made up of wallflowers and ornamental brassicas, offering some early spring burst of colour.  Snowdrops and crocuses will appear in the woodland gardens and wildflower meadow in early spring.  There will be a spread of hyacinths along with 13,000 mixed tulip varieties adding height to the borders, with early, mid and late spring flowering bulbs lasting through to late May.

One of Lady Cavendish's special projects for next season is the planting of 8,000 polyanthus which if successful will spread like waves through the wildflower meadow in seasons to come.

The Gardens at Holker Hall in Cumbria are the product of many generations of the Cavendish family, with each leaving their own lasting mark.  Lord and Lady Cavendish devote a lot of time and effort to developing the Gardens along with the head gardener Yvonne Cannon.

Yvonne sees her role in the garden as a facilitator of ideas; she spends many an afternoon walking around the various parts of the gardens with Lord and Lady Cavendish talking along the way about possible planting schemes, changes to garden walks and maintenance work that may need undertaking.  Lord and Lady Cavendish have a very personal involvement in both the planning and development of the Gardens and as such Yvonne has come to look upon it as a private garden that just happens to be open to the public.

While the gardens are closed during the winter, the Neptune Cascade and Fountain will be refurbished, taking them back to the original condition and making the most of the local slate so that it glistens in the spring sunshine.

Holker Hall & Gardens will open for spring half term from Saturday 12th until Sunday 27th February offering a sneak preview of the gardens before they open for the 2011 season on Mothering Sunday, 3rd April 2011.  The Hall will be open Sunday to Friday from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm and the gardens from 10.30 am - 5.30 pm.  Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for concessions and £6.00 for children (6-15).  A family ticket is £29.50.  Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates.

To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

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New Retail Manager for Holker Hall http://www.holker.co.uk/news/86/267/New-Retail-Manager-for-Holker-Hall/ Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:17:23 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/86/267/New-Retail-Manager-for-Holker-Hall/ Holker Hall & Gardens has appointed a new retail manager to oversee the day to day running of the retail operations at Holker.

Judith Wren joins Holker Hall following 30 years with The Furness Building Society and is looking forward to working with the teams in the Holker Food Hall and Gift Shop, both of which serve local customers as well as attracting a healthy level of custom from the tourist market.

The Gift Shop offers a high quality selection of toys, books, garden products, seasonal plants and toiletries both from local suppliers and international products from ethical sources.  The Food Hall which was set up five years ago after the foot and mouth crisis continues to showcase regional food and drink as well as specialities from further a field.

Judith joined Holker Hall on 1st November on one of the busiest weeks of the year, with the Holker Fireworks attracting almost 3,000 people on Friday 5th November and an impressive turnout for the Winter Market the following day.

Judith comments; "Being local I have had a lifelong connection at various levels with Holker.  As well as the obvious commercial need to operate a successful business I understand that there is also a need to preserve the quality and heritage for future generations and I believe the retail outlets at Holker can play a role in that."

"The employee and customer relation skills I have developed during my previous role will undoubtedly be invaluable to me as Retail Manager at Holker.  I believe business excellence comes through building strong relationships with staff, customers and suppliers.  I am keen to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standard of product and service to our customers and to assist in driving the business forward for all stakeholders."

 

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Holker Celebrates its 60th Season with 38,000 Spring Bulbs! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/97/267/Holker-Celebrates-its-60th-Season-with-38-000-Spring-Bulbs/ Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:46:54 +0100 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/97/267/Holker-Celebrates-its-60th-Season-with-38-000-Spring-Bulbs/ Holker Hall & Gardens, which re-opens to the public on 14th March 2010, Mothering Sunday, celebrates its 60th season this year.  To start the season off with a flourish, the gardens are showcasing a magnificent spring floral display.

Head Gardener, Yvonne Cannon and her gardeners, have put in over 1500 hours of work, planting over 38,000 bulbs, using over 120 tonnes of compost and tending to 25 acres of public gardens.  Over 40 tonnes of compost have been hand made by Yvonne herself including leaf mould and garden compost.  Additionally, 80 tonnes of mushroom compost is used on the box hedging and kitchen garden.  All of this work and more goes on behind the scenes to prepare a magnificent spring display for everyone to enjoy.

The Holker Gardens will awaken with an array of spring flowering bulbs, including early, mid and late-flowering tulips and 7,500 thickly-planted primulas and primroses, through which the tulips appear, all designed to begin the season with style!  Carpets of daffodils add a burst of colour in the woodland garden and on the main lawn.  In addition to the traditional planting the gardens are also home to a number of unusual, exotic and in some instances rare plants, which although sourced from warmer climates are surprisingly at home at Holker.  Seasonal walks and immaculately kept gardens have been designed for visitors of all ages.  Even Holker Hall itself receives a splash of spring colour with 3000 bulbs grown by Yvonne and her gardeners for display in the house, from hyacinths to highly fragrant, paper-white narcissus.

Make the most of the arrival of spring and experience a day with friends and family at Holker Hall & Gardens, which open daily from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, with the gardens opening from 10.30 am - 5.30 pm.  There is something for everyone including the magnificent Holker Hall and surrounding countryside.  Then afterwards relax and visit the courtyard cafe and enjoy a variety of delicious, locally produced food or explore the Holker Food Hall for the opportunity to buy food from the Holker Estate.  Complete the day with a browse around the Holker Gift Shop, which has a wonderful selection of gifts for the home and garden.

Entrance to the Hall & Gardens is £10.00 for adults, £9.00 for concessions and £5.50 for children (6-15).  A family ticket is £27.50.  Groups of 10 or more people will benefit from reduced rates.  To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

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Kate Hall at Apples & Pears Marketing
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Frightful Family Fun at Holker Hall & Gardens http://www.holker.co.uk/news/87/267/Frightful-Family-Fun-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:23:17 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/87/267/Frightful-Family-Fun-at-Holker-Hall-Gardens/ Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria will be treating families to a whole host of special Halloween activities during the half term holidays!  From Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th October, from 10.30 am, bring your little monsters along for some frightful, family fun including, spooky walls, ghoulish crafts and ghostly competitions!

Wizard Walks

Families can enjoy guided walks along spooky trails through the Holker park and woodland at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm daily.  Children are invited to come along in fancy dress for some fiendish family fun!  £3 per child.  Booking recommended.

Loathsome Lanterns

There will be plenty of creepy competitions including a prize for the best lantern, so get creative with pumpkins, turnips and marrows and the scariest will win a prize!  Judging will take place at 11.45 am and 2.45 pm daily.

Creepy Crafts

Children will be able to take part in a selection of craft activities making ghoulish face masks, decorating biscuits, making badges and egg carton spiders.  From 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.  £2 per child.

Frightful Food

Visit the cafe cauldron and enjoy a selection of frightful food including, batwings with blood dip, swamp soup and worm burgers!

Cafe, Gift Shop and Food Hall open 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.  Holker Hall open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Gardens open from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.  Free parking.  To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens call 015395 58328, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 
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Children's TV Star Performs at Holker Hall http://www.holker.co.uk/news/90/267/Children-s-TV-Star-Performs-at-Holker-Hall/ Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:31:02 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/90/267/Children-s-TV-Star-Performs-at-Holker-Hall/ Holker Hall & Gardens in Cumbria is the setting for two outdoor theatre performances this August, one of which will star actress Georgina Sherrington, best known for playing the accident prone Mildred Hubble in the children's TV series, The Worst Witch.

On Tuesday 24th August at 2.30 pm, Georgina will play the lead role in the open air, Chapterhouse production of Beauty and the Beast, set in the beautiful grounds of Holker Hall.

Enjoy an afternoon of fun and family entertainment and watch this heart-warming story of friendship.  Laura Turner's inspired twist on this classic fairytale will delight children of all ages, as the character of Louisa and her friends transform their ordinary 1940's garden into a magical setting for the fairytale, Beauty and the Beast.  Children are invited to attend in fancy dress for the opportunity to join the cast in a fairytale parade during the interval.

Georgina comments; "I am incredibly excited to be joining Chapterhouse for their summer tour of 'Beauty and the Beast'.  This was one of my favourite stories when I was young and this new adaptation is sure to capture all the magic of the classic fairytale."

During your visit to Holker, sit back and relax with a family picnic or why not treat yourself to a delicious hamper or children's picnic box full of homemade goodies, all available to pre-order from the Holker Courtyard Cafe.

On Sunday 15th August at 6 pm, you can also enjoy Jane Austen's timeless classic, Pride & Prejudice in the authentic and romantic setting of Holker.

To book tickets, pre-order a hamper or for further information call Holker Hall Visitors Services on 015395 58328, email: info@holker.co.uk, website www.holker.co.uk.  Tickets are also available at Grange-over-Sands Tourist Information Centre on 015395 34026.

Beauty and the Beast:  Adults £11, Students & Children £7 and families (2 adults & 2 children) £32. Children under 3 go free.

10% discount for groups of 10 or more (not including family tickets).  Grounds open for picnics.  Please bring your own rugs and low-backed seating.  Picnics can be pre-ordered from the Courtyard Cafe.  Partial cover and some seating will be available in case of wet weather.

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All the Fun of the Festival at Holker! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/91/267/All-the-Fun-of-the-Festival-at-Holker/ Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:33:02 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/91/267/All-the-Fun-of-the-Festival-at-Holker/ The 2010 Holker Garden Festival took place from 4th-6th June with three days of bustling crowds totalling approximately 23,000.  For the most part the weather was glorious as visitors explored the marquees and watched the many attractions in the arena.

Sarah Ross, Festival Manager comments; "The Holker Garden Festival is a tremendous annual event and not only offers a great day out for people of all ages but also brings in valuable revenue to the local area as it attracts visitors from across the North West.  Attendance was up and we are delighted with the overall numbers which is in part due to the E-ticketing we have implemented this year through the Holker website, which has definitely helped to boost the turnout.  We also had our celebrity gardening expert Carol Klein at the Festival on Saturday who proved very popular and was a draw for many gardening enthusiasts who flocked to the Horticultural Marquee to ask her expert advice."

In the 'Made in Cumbria' Marquee, Carol awarded first prize to Haverigg Prison Smokery as the Best Stand and runners up prize went to Manocia Shatwell of Manocia Bags, both prizes were provided by English Lakes Hotels.

The centre piece of this year's Festival was the seven show gardens, with Sharp Paving Ltd taking the award for Best in Show.  Their garden, entitled Trinity, has been designed in recognition of the number three, referencing its significance within the meaning of Life (past, present and future) many cultures and also properties of magic from Celtic times.

In the Horticultural Marquee Dibley's Nurseries won Large Gold and Best in Show with a display of Streptocarpus, foliage begonias and other unusual houseplants.  The judges were impressed with the high standards set by the exhibitors commenting that the quality demonstrated by some of the show gardens would have achieved gold awards at Chelsea.

Lord and Lady Cavendish have been hosting the Festival now for 18 years and invest a great amount of time and effort in ensuring it is a success.  Lord Cavendish explains: "This is the best show yet, both in terms of weather, exhibitors and atmosphere.  We are always striving to improve on the previous year so that we can ensure a high standard throughout the show.  The Festival was initially conceived as we wanted to do something for the local economy which as with all rural economies can be fragile.  We believe that the Holker Garden Festival is not only a flagship event for the estate but also the whole community."

To find out more information about Holker Hall & Gardens call 015395 58838, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 
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BBC CountryFile Take Tea with Lord Cavendish http://www.holker.co.uk/news/92/267/BBC-CountryFile-Take-Tea-with-Lord-Cavendish/ Thu, 13 May 2010 00:35:45 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/92/267/BBC-CountryFile-Take-Tea-with-Lord-Cavendish/ Holker Hall & Gardens was to welcome BBC CountryFile who spent a wonderful afternoon filming in the gardens as part of a feature on the Holker Estate.

Matt Baker and the CountryFile team had two full days filming in the area including time in Morecambe Bay, the final afternoon of which was spent strolling around the blooming gardens filming an interview with Lord Cavendish.

After refuelling on afternoon tea in the Holker Cafe, they talked about the Estate and its tenant farmers, having spent time earlier in the day with Holker Saltmarsh Lamb farmer Harry Wilson.

They then moved onto the Holker Food Hall where Matt was able to sample some of the local and Estate produce.

The coverage will air as part of the show due to broadcast on Sunday 23rd May at 7 pm on BBC1.

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Park, Picnic and Play at Holker Hall http://www.holker.co.uk/news/93/267/Park-Picnic-and-Play-at-Holker-Hall/ Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:38:46 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/93/267/Park-Picnic-and-Play-at-Holker-Hall/ Holker Hall has completed a project to improve and enhance the existing play area, and to create a lovely new undercover picnic area, enabling families to literally "park, picnic and play" for no extra cost.

To create more space, Holker's woodsman cleared away untidy undergrowth, leaving a lovely open area with an authentic woodland character.  To create the impression of a forest den, Holker commissioned a local joiner to design and build a woodland platform nestled between the trees, perfect for firing up young imaginations.

The Day family from Preston (pictured) were lucky winners of a recent competition in BBC CountryFile Magazine to win a VIP day out at Holker Hall and were amongst the first to try out the new playground.

For younger children new equipment was ordered and installed including the new balance beams, stepping stones, rocking boat and play sand planter.  Together with a fresh carpet of bark chippings expertly laid by Holker's grounds men and some woodland friends hiding in the bushes, the playground is now a welcoming area combining natural features with fun equipment, suitable for children aged up to 12 years.

To complement the play area, the adjacent old undercover floor maze has been transformed into an undercover picnic area for families to enjoy.  With additional seating near the playground there is a picnic area to suit all weather conditions!

The play and picnic areas are open daily throughout the season from 10.30am - 5.30pm.  Parking is free.  For more information on Holker Hall call 015395 58328 or visit www.holker.co.uk.

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Blooming Spectacular Displays Planned for Holker Garden Festival http://www.holker.co.uk/news/95/267/Blooming-Spectacular-Displays-Planned-for-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:42:12 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/95/267/Blooming-Spectacular-Displays-Planned-for-Holker-Garden-Festival/ Always a key date in the garden diary, the 2010 Holker Garden Festival may still be two months away but behind the scenes this year's exhibitors are busy planning to guarantee a blooming show.  As well as beautiful displays from top horticulturalists, stunning show gardens and floral marquees this year's special guest will be celebrity gardener Carol Klein.

The 18th annual Garden Festival will take place at Holker Hall & Gardens in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, 4th to 6th June and has attracted several first time exhibitors this year offering specialist plants and rare species, all guaranteed to delight even the most discerning horticulturalist.

Slack Top Nurseries chose to grow alpine plants because they seemed a perfect fit with the rather extreme climate endured at the nursery which is situated at 900ft in the Pennines.  With over 25 years experience of cultivating Alpines, Slack Top Nurseries is one of the UK's top ten specialist growers, with a case of medals to prove it.  Coming to Holker for the first time this year Slack Top will be presenting a new way of displaying alpines in contemporary containers that are easy to move around the garden for a different look, with plants that don't require masses of water and can provide a long season of interest.

Sue and Richard Proctor have been Hosta enthusiasts for many years but the opportunity to turn their enthusiasm into a business did not occur until their retirement five years ago.  They now run Sue Proctor Plants, a small garden nursery and have grown their catalogue of Hostas to around 250 different varieties including many new and hard to obtain plants.  As well as specialising in Hostas they also grow a range of complimentary perennial plants and grasses.  Sue and Richard will be bringing a wide selection of popular Hostas to Holker as well as some of their favourite rare varieties.

Mandy Plants specialise in Mandevilla, sometimes called Dipladenia, a tropical climbing plant from Brazil which comes in pretty shades of red pink and white with large trumpet-shaped flowers and glossy green foliage.

Liz Panton opened Mandy Plants in 2009 following a change of career.  Having always loved Mandevilla, Liz found that they were not widely available in the UK.  A year on, with some encouragement from her husband who has a strong horticultural background, Liz has a greenhouse facility in Cheshire where she grows the many varieties of Mandevilla.  Having attended ten flower shows in 2009 around the country, with their first attempt in Floral Marquees they won two gold medals and one silver gilt at Shrewsbury, Bath and West, and Harrogate shows.  For 2010 Liz has doubled the show attendance including exhibiting at the Holker Garden Festival.

Opening times for the 2010 Holker Garden Festival are from 10am to 5.30 pm.  Advance tickets are available to buy online at www.holker.co.uk.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

To find out more information about the Holker Garden Festival and Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58838, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

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Contact Information:
Marie Saunders at Apples & Pears Marketing
E: marie@applespears.co.uk
T: 0115 925 5999

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A Summer Celebration at the Holker Garden Festival 2010! http://www.holker.co.uk/news/94/267/A-Summer-Celebration-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival-2010/ Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:40:20 +0200 http://www.holker.co.uk/news/94/267/A-Summer-Celebration-at-the-Holker-Garden-Festival-2010/ The Holker Garden Festival is an annual three day event in the middle of summer showcasing all that Cumbria has to offer.  The Festival combines the very best of gardens, food and country life, across 25 acres of beautiful countryside.

The 2010 Festival will take place from 4th - 6th June and will be held in the beautiful grounds of Holker Hall & Gardens, near Grange-over-Sands, in Cumbria.  Lord & Lady Cavendish are delighted to be hosting the Festival for the 18th year and invite visitors to enjoy a weekend exploring this wonderful event and family owned estate.

This year the Festival will also welcome special guest Carol Klein, one of the most familiar gardening experts and regular presenter of BBC Gardeners' World.

The Holker Festival includes an array of spectacular attractions including beautiful displays from top horticulturalists, show gardens, and floral marquees, plus a full arena programme, including medieval jousting and traditional craft demonstrations.  The Festival has something for all tastes and interests with over 400 exhibitors, including arts and crafts, animal display's and children's activities, with the opportunity to buy beautiful hand made gifts such as jewellery, toys and gifts for the home.

A range of delicious foods will be available in the 'Made in Cumbria' tent, with nearly 100 exhibitors of local foods.  From Holker Estate Shorthorn Beef and locally hand-made cheeses to freshly baked breads, puddings and cakes, there is a wonderful array of local, artisan produce to satisfy all culinary tastes.

The Holker Garden Festival is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful day out with friends and family in picturesque surroundings.  Once you have browsed the Festival, why not take advantage of the complimentary shuttle bus service which takes you directly from the show field to Holker Hall & Gardens.  Relax and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea in the Courtyard Cafe or take the opportunity to purchase a few treats and gifts in the Food Hall and Holker Gift Shop.

During the Festival, Holker's Head Gardener, Yvonne Cannon, will be welcoming visitors into the Holker Gardens to experience a special guided tour.  Taking place daily at 1.30 pm, Yvonne will guide visitors on a leisurely walk around the magnificent gardens, taking in features and planting including Lord and Lady Cavendish's ever-expanding collection of rare and exotic plants and beautiful seasonal walks designed for visitors of all ages.  Special Garden tours with Yvonne Cannon are free of charge.

Holker Hall will be open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm daily throughout the Festival for the chance to see one of Britain's best loved stately homes.  Entrance to the Hall during the Festival is £3.00.

Festival opening times for 2010 are from 10am to 5.30pm.  Entrance to the Holker Garden Festival is £13.50 for adults and £12.00 for seniors/students.  Advance purchase price is £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for seniors/students.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

To find out more information about the Holker Garden Festival and Hall & Gardens or to book group tickets call 015395 58838, email info@holker.co.uk or visit www.holker.co.uk.

 

Additional Information:


Contact Information:
Marie Saunders at Apples & Pears Marketing
E: marie@applespears.co.uk
T: 0115 925 5999

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