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Welcome to Holker Hall & Gardens


Eerie Events and Magical Market

Holker Hall is set to host a number of Autumn and Winter events offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy wicked walks, creepy crafts and sample some of the area’s top food produce.

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.

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)

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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.

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Upcoming Events
Wednesday 18th October 2017

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Holker Food Market

Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October 2017

Halloween Fun!

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017

Holker Winter Market

Friday 1st December to Sunday 3rd December 2017

Holker Celebrates Christmas

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December 2017

Holker Celebrates Christmas

Saturday 9th December 2017

Christmas Art Market