To celebrate the start of British Flowers Week, Askham Hall near Penrith will be staging a special garden spectacular. The 13th century hideaway’s 12 acre gardens will be the setting for the celebrations, which also co-incide with the 90th anniversary of The National Garden Scheme (NGS). Charles Lowther, owner of Askham Hall says, “Gardens are a particular personal passion for my mother Caroline, Countess of Lonsdale who lived at Askham Hall for nearly 40 years and planned much of the gardens' current design. We have recently expanded our Kitchen Garden and an array of colourful summer flowers will be in full bloom, including the striking purple allium which is the official emblem of Askham Hall. With all the stallholder, garden entry fees and concert tickets going to The National Garden Scheme, what better time to open up Askham Hall gardens to raise money for some fantastic charitable causes.”
Visitors can enjoy a variety of stalls during the day (11am-5pm), including local food and produce, crafts, seasonal gifts and plants. There will also be garden tours and workshops, a flower-arranging demonstration, a treasure hunt, face-painting in the garden pavilion, animal trails and garden games including croquet and a coconut shy.
The Kitchen Garden café will be open for lunch, including Askham’s famous wood-fired pizzas, which use seasonal ingredients direct from the gardens outside. There will be a barbecue with Pimms and cider in the courtyard (until 7pm), as well as an hour long music concert at 5pm, just over the road at St Peter’s Church in Askham with The Herdwyck Consort.
PRICE: Free entry to fete. Garden entry £5 per adult, children free. Concert tickets (sold on the door) £10 per adult, students and children £5. There will also be free parking. For more info about this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01931 712 350.