Holker Garden Festival

Us Brits like nothing more than a grand day out in a posh person’s backyard. One such event is the Holker Garden Festival held in the parkland at Holker Hall, near Flookburgh in south Cumbria, just a stone’s throw from Morecambe Bay.

Us Brits like nothing more than a grand day out in a posh person’s backyard. One such event is the Holker Garden Festival held in the parkland at Holker Hall, near Flookburgh in south Cumbria, just a stone’s throw from Morecambe Bay.

The hall is home to Lord and Lady Cavendish. I don’t know them, but I’m sure they’re very nice people as once a year they allow the great unwashed to tramp around their land looking at flower displays, sampling local food and crafts, and buying all manner of goods at the trade stands. There’s music, dry stone walling displays and daft attractions like pig racing to keep them all entertained too. 2007’s celebrity visitor was Monty Don, host of the BBC’s ’Gardener’s World’ television programmed, although he only went for one day, and that wasn’t the Sunday I was there.

The Lord and Lady aren’t averse to public intrusions, the hall and its extensive and beautiful gardens are open for a large part of the year. There’s a motor museum on site too with full-size replicas of some of Donald Campbell’s record breaking machines. The income from all this helps contribute to the modern aristocrat’s need to keep the roof of the hall weather-tight, but I managed to blag free admission by driving the lorry for the local shop-mobility organization who provide assistance scooters so that the less well-able can enjoy events like this. Mrs grim is a volunteer helper. Your personal safety at the festival is assured at all times by the presence of both Cumbria constabulary, and the Bay Rescue team, although I have to say that Baywatch they’re most definitely not. More beards than bikinis. I guess a beard’s more use in Morecambe Bay. My free pass didn’t allow access to the member’s area so I had to make do with freshly squeezed orange juice rather than Pimm’s or champagne. Just as well I suppose, since I had to wind the lorry back to base through narrow lanes afterward.

http://www.holker-hall.co.uk/ http://www.kendalshopmobility.co.uk/

written by grimbyname on 2008-05-09 #places #art #culture #nightlife #location

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