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Record Saturday for the 23rd Holker Garden Festival!

The Holker Garden Festival experienced its busiest Saturday on record this weekend as thousands of people flooded through the gates to enjoy the show.  Visitors perused the many show gardens, huge Horticultural Marquee, stalls and exhibitors, and filled the Garden Theatre to catch a glimpse of the ethnobotanist, James Wong.  With changing weather on the Friday and Sunday, people from the surrounding area and beyond still attended to enjoy the show, and wonderful sunshine and blue sky covered the showground on the Saturday to everyone’s delight, with 20,000 people attending across the three day event.

Awards were presented by the judges and Cavendish Family on the Friday with Sharp Paving Ltd winning Large Gold and Best in Show for their garden named ‘The Artists Retreat’.  The Lucy Cavendish Award (in the Horticultural Marquee) went to Abi & Tom’s Garden for their magnificent display which also won Best in Show and a Large Gold.


John Laking Gardens won Best Newcomer and a Gold award for his Show Garden ‘Nice ‘n’ Easy’ which is his first at the Holker show.  Judges were full of high praise for both the five Show Gardens and the Horticultural displays commenting on the very high standard overall with some stunning exhibits and a really good variation.


New sponsors GSK Ulverston received an enthusiastic welcome from visiting children, with their hugely popular ‘Sowing the seed for Science’ activities in the Holker Tips.  Similarly, new festival sponsors Lake District Audi also proved popular with their centre-piece display and unusual ‘moss’ passenger drawing plenty of attention in the Horticultural Marquee.


Jillian Rouse, Festival Manager comments “It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying the festival and there was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere on the Saturday.  In particular, we very much appreciate people from the local area coming along and showing their support even when the weather was not at its best.   The Horticultural Marquee was completely full, and our car park attendants said they’d never seen so many vehicles on the parkland.  I think we were breaking records in the Garden Theatre too when James Wong took to the stage, people were standing at the sides, back and even at the entrance just to see the gardening guru.  With another festival now over, it will not be long until we start planning for our 24th event, and we hope to see old and new visitors joining us again next year”.

2018 Season Opening Dates

The Cafe, Food Hall and Gift Shop will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9th February until 18th March 10.30am - 4.00pm. 

Snowdrop Weekends

The Gardens will be open 9th - 11th, 16th - 18th & 23rd - 25th February, 10.30am - 4.00pm.


Main Season

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 28th October

Hall & Gardens: Wednesday - Sunday (& Bank Holiday Mondays)

Cafe, Food Hall, Gift Shop & Park: Monday - Sunday

10.30am - 5.00pm (Hall 11.00am - 4.00pm)

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