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Music in the Garden at this year’s Holker Garden Festival

Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival (3-5 June) are encouraged to take some time out and venture up to the main Holker Gardens to see and hear The Ulverston Music Festival playing from 2-4pm on each day of the show.


Experience the very best of classical music played by top artists and professional musicians in the serene setting of the formal Gardens.  A full line up of musicians is planned including:




Catherine Ashcroft, a Uilleann piper and whistle player will be performing on the Friday.  Catherine won All Britain titles on both whistle and pipes in 2007, and formed the duo “Mochara” with Northern Irish singer songwriter, Maurice Dickson, performing in the UK, Ireland and Europe. 


Flautist and Contralto, Anastasia Micklethwaite will perform on the Saturday.  Anastasia was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and at Trinity College, Cambridge. At the age of 12 she held principal positions with the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of GB.  Anastasia moved to Cumbria in 2002 to set up a regional music centre and is the Director of Music at Sedbergh Preparatory School.


On Sunday, visitors can enjoy a violin trio.  Leah Grieves, Macheck Rzepczyk and Nicola Rich will be representing the Furness Music Centre.  FMC is a non-auditioned group of musicians and singers where everyone is welcome from beginners, to those who are experienced, diploma-level performers.


The Ulverston International Music Festival 2016 will run from June 8- 19, opening with the English Touring Opera, Don Giovanni and closing with a community charity day featuring The Haffner


Orchestra & Jess Gillam raising funds for St Mary's Hospice.  Organised by musical director Anthony Hewitt - full brochure of events can be found at www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk.  Box office is open at The Coronation Hall, Ulverston - call 01229 587140.


“Even with so much to see and do on the Festival showground, we’re really keen to let visitors know that the Gardens are very much open, and invite them to take some time out and explore the grounds.  Inviting the musicians to play seems like the perfect way to encourage people in to the Gardens and isn’t it just the perfect setting for some classical music?” Festival Manager, Jillian Rouse.


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.

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)

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Full house for popular chilli eating competition

This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga.  A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition.   Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage.  Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.

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