Horticulture is the star of the show once again at the Holker Garden Festival as organisers welcome The Kitchen Garden Roadshow in to its Garden Theatre for the very first time. Sponsored by Kitchen Garden Magazine, the Roadshow will host a full line up of gardening experts including Saturday’s special Festival guest, Charlie Dimmock.
Visitors are invited to take a seat and enjoy listening to the team of experts who will offer practical gardening advice, talks, and demonstrations, and answer your questions on all kinds of gardening subjects. Fruit, flowers, veg, lawns, houseplants - whatever the question the team will come up with an answer!
Host for the three days is Martin Fish, well known garden writer, BBC broadcaster and Garden Advisor to RHS Harlow Carr. He will be joined by the editor of Kitchen Garden, Steve Ott who has a wealth of gardening knowledge and Rob Smith, allotment gardener and winner of BBC Two’s Big Allotment Challenge.
TV gardener Charlie Dimmock will be Holker’s special guest on Saturday 4th June and will join the Roadshow team to answer all your gardening questions. See Charlie at 11.30am for ‘An Audience with Charlie Dimmock’ and again at 2.30pm as she joins the gardening panel for a fun and lively Q&A session with compere, Martin Fish.
Advance tickets to the Holker Garden Festival are on sale now, with great early bird discounts available, PLUS, children under 16 go FREE!
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.
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.
Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed.
From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and the general public. “We’re thrilled to see that this event is thriving and that businesses are booking stalls as it’s a really popular date on our event calendar for visitors. We always find there’s a lovely atmosphere across the weekend as people are getting in that Christmas spirit and want to find something a little more unusual for gifts and stocking fillers,” comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services.