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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.

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

Open for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
and Friday and Saturday evenings. Click for more information.
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Full house for popular chilli eating competition

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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Wednesday 18th October 2017

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener

Sunday 22nd October 2017

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Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October 2017

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Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017

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Friday 1st December to Sunday 3rd December 2017

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Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December 2017

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Saturday 9th December 2017

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