The winter season at Holker Hall & Gardens is packed full of special seasonal events to add some warmth and sparkle to even the coldest November night.
Haunted Halloween Fun, Wednesday 26th October to Friday 28th October
Wicked Walks: Children can follow the Holker guide on a ghostly Halloween walk. Go hunting for pumpkins through the Holker Park and Woodland and try to find the witches lair, but be careful if she is at home! Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress. Guided walks take place daily at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per child. One adult goes free per child and extra accompanying adults pay £3.50 per person. Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended.
Loathsome Lanterns: Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin parade! The best ones will win a prize. Judging will take place at 11.45am and 2.45pm daily.
Creepy Crafts: Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place each day in the education room. Drop-in sessions in both the morning and afternoon will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm priced £3.50 per child.
Cauldron Café: The Holker Courtyard Café will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.
Holker Winter Market, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, 10.30am
Fabulous Food and Gorgeous Gifts
Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 40 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season. Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some of the exquisite decorations which will be on display in the Hall itself this Christmas.
Discover the perfect foodie gifts amongst in the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers. Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods or indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.
Bonfire Night, Saturday 5th November, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Join in with all the entertainment and a sparkling evening event as Holker hosts a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display. Gather round and warm your hands by the giant bonfire set in the magnificent surroundings of the Holker parkland.
Be tempted by the selection of traditional bonfire treats and enjoy the display from the performing fire artist. There will be a charge for parking only of £10 per car.
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The Ilex Bar & BrasserieOpen for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
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.