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Welcome to Holker Hall & Gardens


The heat is on for the 2015 Holker Chilli Fest

The Holker Chilli Fest returns on 12th & 13th September 2015 for its second year after a hugely successful debut in 2014.  Held in the Holker Courtyard overlooked by the magnificent Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, this year’s festival will be hotter than ever with a wide selection of exhibitors from across the country already signed up for the two day event.

The venue will come alive with food, music, dancing, fire performers and chilli mania.  Browse the spice-scented market stalls featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, specialist chilli produce and quirky gifts, including home-made preserves, aromatic oils, curry pastes and powders.  There will be plenty of tasty food to try from Italian Street Food and delicious Spanish Churros, to a good old Jacket Potato!  Meet well known specialist producers and exhibitors including Chilli Pepper Co, Fire Foods, Hot-Headz and Mr Vikkis, as well as businesses that have travelled from Southampton, to Sauchie in Scotland, and Somerset, Middlesex and Wales.


Visitors will be entertained across the whole weekend with fire performers, a magician and live music from Latin funky Salsa band, La Tinto Bros.  Learn to Salsa and Tango with the Tangled Dance Company and their contemporary dancers.  Or, with cookery demonstrations from Made in Cumbria, you could pick up a few tips on how to incorporate chilli flavours into your home-cooking.  Plus, for those with a fiery palate, why not enter the chilli eating competition hosted daily by famous chilli expert Darth Naga.


Come along to the Holker Chilli Fest this September (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015); a fantastic day out for chilli enthusiasts, foodies and families alike.  For more information or to buy advance tickets, visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or call 015395 58328.  Opening times are 10.30am to 5.00pm. Advance discounted tickets are available online.  Entrance on the day is £6.00 for adults and children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.  Holker Hall & Gardens will be open during the Festival, discounted admission charges apply.

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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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

70 exhibitors now confirmed at Cumbria’s newest event!

Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza.

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Upcoming Events
Saturday 5th August 2017

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre

Thursday 24th August 2017

National Gardens Scheme Day

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017

Holker Chilli Fest

Wednesday 18th October 2017

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Holker Food Market