Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire will open its gates for the first ever Belvoir Flower & Garden Festival on 14th & 15th July 2018.
Set within the beautiful castle grounds & being officially opened by Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland on the Saturday morning at 9:00am.
Event organiser Andy Tudbury says: “We are very excited to welcome visitors to the first ever Belvoir Flower & Garden Festival, with the spectacular backdrop of Belvoir Castle & its estate, this is set to be a great day out for all the family”.
Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to looking after all those who work in horticulture, is the show’s beneficiary charity. Laura Garnett, Senior Development Manager at Perennial, says: “We are delighted to be involved with this new event that is set to become a highlight of the calendar for garden lovers. It is great to have the opportunity to raise the profile of Perennial among the garden loving public in the Midlands and beyond”.
The event will be a fantastic day out for all the family with a fabulous line up of around sixty exhibitors, nine show gardens, along with a wide range of popular nurseries, trade stands and much more offering plenty of gardening inspiration & ideas to take home. As well as plenty of opportunities for shopping with a wide range of trade stands brimming with garden products, sculptures, gifts and more.
Highlights include the Perennial Garden, designed by Chris Gutteridge, which represents a calming place of sanctuary and a show garden for Rainbows Hospice by Karen Gimson and David Greaves. There will also be a host of well-known nursery and floral exhibitors in the grand Lakeside Pavilion such as Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Peter Beales Roses, Brooklands Nurseries, Coopers Nursery, Flowers from the Farm, The Hardy Plant Society, Thompson & Morgan and NAFAS, as well as Barcham Trees and CED Stone. Military charity Highground, which provides horticultural therapy for injured service personnel, will also be there and local schools will be competing in the ‘sow and grow’ competition, encouraging young people to get into gardening.
There will be a Gardeners’ Q&A panel headed by John Stirland of BBC Radio Nottingham, with Mark Smith of BBC Radio Derby, Sean Murray, winner of the Great Chelsea Garden Challenge, Nick Hamilton of Barnsdale Gardens, son of the late Geoff Hamilton, garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin and more.
Visitors will explore the show’s different zones including an educational area and a craft and floral marquee. Enjoy a varied programme of live music from local performers will entertain the crowds in the music zone and a wide choice of food and refreshments will be on offer in the food zone, everything from prosecco, quality coffee and artisan cakes to burgers from a master butcher.
On Saturday 14th July the entrance gate for vehicles will open at 8:30am with the event gate opening at 9:00am. Last entry to the event is at 4:00pm.
The event gate will close at 5:00pm & the vehicle exit at 6:00pm.
On Sunday 15th July the entrance gate for vehicles will open at 9:00am with the event gate opening at 9:30am. Last entry to the event is at 3:00pm.
The event gate will close at 4:00pm & the vehicle exit at 5:00pm.
Tickets are available to purchase either online at https://www.belvoircastle.com/the-belvoir-flower-and-garden-festival/ or on the day at the entrance gate
Adult £15.00 / Child (aged 4-16 years) £5.00 / Children aged under 4 are free / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £35.00.
Visitors to the event are welcome to bring their four legged friends with them, we just ask for them to be kept on a lead at all times & any dog mess to be picked up.
On both days the Castle is open to visitors from 11:00am to 5:00pm, with last admission to the castle at 4:00pm.
All visitors attending The Belvoir Flower & Garden Festival who wish to visit the castle as well, will receive a 40% discount on an admission ticket when they show a valid Flower & Garden Festival ticket at our ticket office.