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Celebrating a record 2019 season!

THOUSANDS of visitors have played their part in a record-breaking 2019 season at one of the region’s most magnificent stately homes.


The grand gates of Holker Hall have now closed for the winter following the most successful programme of Christmas events and festivities held at the 400-year-old property.


The team behind the scenes are already working on an exciting calendar of events for 2020.


Heather Creasey, Holker Hall and Gardens manager, said she was thrilled so many people had enjoyed a visit to the unique and historic location since March.


“It’s always a little bit sad to see the gates finally close on the season, but we are delighted so many people have been able to experience Holker this year. 


“It truly is a gem that everyone should see.


“Thousands of visitors have paid us a visit with a number of our events proving more popular than ever before.”


The 2019 visitor season began in March with the awakening of thousands of spring tulips in the award-winning gardens.


Glorious early sunshine during the Easter weekend created a perfect setting for an Alice in Wonderland themed immersive theatre experience for children – the first in a series of such events held during the following months.


The annual Spring Fair caught the attention of many visitors keen to browse the selection of stalls from artisans, bespoke makers and craftspeople with the bustling atmosphere of the Winter Fair going on to attract record numbers.


The chance to take a peak behind the scenes of the idyllic Holker Kitchen Garden during a series of summer tours was a soaring success – with green fingered visitors then flocking to sample freshly made, home produced food in The Courtyard Cafe and Ilex Brasserie using ingredients grown just metres away.


Autumn’s Chilli Fest saw the heat turned up with food fans sampling the latest creations from specialist producers based across the UK.


And a brand new winter wonderland theme in the hall this Christmas, along with a festive performance from Ulverston Brass Band, a Christmas concert in the hall, wreath making workshops and a visit from Father Christmas, made for a truly atmospheric time of year.


Heather added: “There was such a variety of events throughout 2019 that there genuinely was something for everyone to enjoy.


“A great many visitors simply want to see Holker Hall and soak up its history however, or to wander through the gardens before sitting in The Courtyard with some beautiful food which is also fantastic.


“Holker is closed now for the season but the team will be working hard behind the scenes to make sure we can all look forward to another spectacular year ahead.”


Holker Hall will re-open for the 2020 season on Friday March 20.