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Spotlight placed on local artists at very first Holker Garden Festival Arts Village

A selection of local artists will be showcasing their work at this year’s Holker Garden Festival in the very first Arts Village to be staged at the show.  Organised by local artist, John Driskel, the Arts Village will allow visitors to get up close to a wonderful selection of art and, weather permitting, there will be demonstrations taking place throughout the three day Festival. “I’m delighted to be able to help bring the Arts Village to Holker this year.  It will be fantastic for these artists to showcase their work to such a large audience and we hope, of course, that visitors will enjoy seeing their artwork, with many pieces inspired by Cumbria and the local landscape.”


Artists exhibiting include:

Lynne Frost - Widely regarded for her moorland landscapes of Lancashire and Cumbria, Lynne works mainly in acrylics and mixed media.



Greg Howard specialises in producing dramatic, impressionistic landscapes and seascapes full of mood and atmosphere.  It is important to him that viewers of his work are able to make an emotional connection with each piece which is why a lot of his work is painted from imagination.  


Cally Lawson likes to paint animals in a variety of media, especially cattle and horses. She has recently been working on a series of horses in motion following her visits to Cartmel Racecourse.


John Driskel is a South African architect who has lived in Cumbria since 2008. He enjoys painting landscapes and cityscapes from the area and further afield.


The Arts Village is just one of the new art and craft elements to be announced at this year’s Holker Garden Festival with a Rural Crafts Pavilion also being staged.  Festival Mananger Jillian Rouse comments, “We’re really pleased that we have been able to expand the art and craft offering at this year’s Festival and delighted that John and the other artists can be involved – we can’t wait to see their work on display.”  


Advance tickets are already on sale, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!  Don’t miss this year’s special guest, gardening expert and TV presenter, Charlie Dimmock who will be attending the show on Saturday 4th June 2016.


Whether you’re looking for gardening, country crafts or family fun this summer, you will be sure to find it at the Holker Garden Festival.  Hosted by The Cavendish Family in the grounds of their home - Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, the three day event takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016.   For more information or to buy advance tickets – on sale now - visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838.  Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm.  On the day entrance prices to the Festival are £15.50 for adults and £14.00 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.


 Image credit: Cally Lawson.

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