One of the best times of year to visit; the part woodland and part formal gardens come to life from February onwards with plenty of opportunities to while away the hours with family and friends. Enjoy both the glorious spring planting of this fine historic estate and the fabulous selection of seasonal fairs and festivals taking place in the bustling Holker Courtyard….
9 – 11, 16 – 18 , 23-25 February 2018
Make the most of this rare opportunity to see the Holker Gardens during late winter - enjoy a gentle stroll and see the trails of delicate snowdrops and bulbs 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. Beyond the formal Gardens you will find the vast, rolling expanses of the Parkland. The Holker Courtyard Café, Food Hall & Gift Shop will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday (10.30 – 4.00) from 9 February until 18 March.
Holker Hall & Gardens opens for the main 2018 season on Friday 23rd March to Sunday 28th Oct 2018. Discover a glorious mix of long walks, spectacular floral displays and the magnificent family home, Holker Hall. Highlights include the cascade and Burlington Fountain, The Sunken Garden, Pagan Grove and the 400 year old Great Holker Lime. (Hall & Gardens: Wed – Sun (+ Bank Holiday Mons) Café, Food Hall, Gift Shop & Park: Mon – Sun, 10.30am – 5.00pm (Hall 11 – 4).
One of the highlights of the season is the annual Holker Spring Fair open to the public on 19th & 20th May 2018.
Set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza, visitors flock to this spring showcase for a chance to discover delicious artisanal food, glorious flowers and plants and beautiful handmade gifts alongside lively entertainment. Gates open at 10.30am – 5.00pm. Entry is £3.00 per adult, accompanied children free of charge, and includes parking and entry to the Café, Food Hall and Gift Shop.
This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga. A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition. Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage. Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.
Do you know your Jalapeños from your Scotch Bonnets? Whether you’re a fiery food fanatic or a chilli newbie, the new trend for specialist chilli events across the country gives everyone the chance to experience the delights of the Capsicum.
Now in its 4th year, the Holker Chilli Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria is an entertaining combination of chilli plants and produce, speciality food and good old family fun. Taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 and staged in the bustling Holker Courtyard, this lively event is growing fast with over 4,000 visitors last year.