Press Release - Holker Hall

Holker prepares for its popular Winter Market

Holker Hall is busy making final preparations for what is fast becoming one of the most popular dates in its seasonal events calendar.  The Winter Market, taking place on the 4th & 5th November, has grown from a small selection of local producers to a bustling winter market attracting some of the best artisan producers in the North West.

This year’s event has attracted more exhibitors than 2016 and visitors can expect a fine selection of food, drink, home wares and craft.  “We had a record number of enquiries this year for stand space and we’re finding that many of these are recommendations from previous exhibitors which is really good to hear – the event is building a great reputation”, comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services. 


Visitors will find a wide variety of producers and businesses attending, and timing couldn’t be better with Christmas not far away – the perfect excuse to stock up for the festive season.


Cumbria’s smallest gin company, Ulverston based, Shed 1 Distillery (recently featured in The Guardian), will be attending for the very first time with their small batch, big flavour gins.  Kin Vodka, Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and Hebridean Liqueurs will all also be ready to showcase their tasty products.  Westmorland Sheepskins are also exhibiting for the first time – the place to visit for sheepskin slippers, gloves, hats, rugs and cushions, plus Kirkby Lonsdale based, Ellis & Eliza with their beautiful handmade and embroidered cards, stationery and gifts.


There will be plenty of lively entertainment for the crowds with Garry Gifford as Pete Moss, Andy Jester stilt walking and holding fun Circus Workshops, plus fire performances from Juggling Inferno and music from the Palladium Jazz Trio.


Holker Winter Market – 4th & 5th November. 10.30am – 4pm.  £3pp.  FREE parking.  For more information on all of Holker’s autumn and winter events visit the website at or telephone 015395 58328.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

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.
Monday, June 6, 2016

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.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Holker Garden Festival named in Top 10 Flower shows to rival Chelsea by TripAdvisor UK Company

The Holker Garden Festival has been featured in’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.
Monday, May 16, 2016

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.