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Welcome to Holker Hall & Gardens


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.

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. 

Winter Interest 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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Friday 16th - Sunday 18th March 2018

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12th & 13th April 2018

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