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A chilli start at Holker this weekend, but the heat came through on Sunday

The Holker Chilli Fest attracted almost 5,000 visitors through its gates last weekend.  Visitors enjoyed fiery food and entertainment across the two days with exhibitors from across the country.

Along with the high visitor numbers, highlights included the appearance of Tony Ainsworth, better known in the chilli world as Darth Naga, who oversaw the popular chilli eating competitions held each day and commented that they were two of the best chilli competitions he had ever done.  The competitors went an impressive 15 rounds, working their way up to 2 million scovilles.  Saturday’s winner was Peter Weir of Preston and Sunday saw joint winners, Damien Nagle of Fleetwood and Dominic Moore of Dalton. 


The rain on Saturday certainly didn’t dampen the heat of this year’s show.  Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services commented, “Sunday was a glorious day and we were thrilled to see so many people enjoying themselves.  We are delighted that in only its second year, the Holker Chilli Fest has become so popular and we look forward to developing the show over the next few years.”


Other highlights included music by La Tinto Brothers from Manchester, professional dancers The Tangled Dance Company, magician Chris Cook, and fire performer Andy Jester who all proved to be real crowd pleasers.  Entertaining cookery demonstrations from Made in Cumbria’s Ambassador for Cumbrian food, Gary McClure also attracted large crowds.

2017 Winter Opening

The Cafe, Food Hall and Gift Shop will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd November to 17th December 10.30am - 4.00pm. 


Holker Celebrates Christmas

Visit the beautifully decorated Hall.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00am - 4.00pm

1st - 3rd, 8th - 10th and 15th - 17th December

£8.50 per adult, children free.


The Gardens are now closed for Winter.

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Upcoming Events
From Friday 1st December 2017

Holker Celebrates Christmas

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Christmas Circus Fun

Thursday 7th December 2017, 6pm-7.30pm

Hall Evening Opening

Saturday 9th December 2017

Christmas Art Market

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December 2017

Breakfast with Santa