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.
The Ilex Bar & BrasserieOpen for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
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.