Events in May 2017



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Tulip Celebrations at Hever Castle

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 to Sunday 7th of May 2017

Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent will be hosting their first ever Tulip Celebration in April and May 2017. The eleven-strong gardening team at Hever Castle in Kent are gearing up for their inaugural Tulip Celebration. Visitors to the brand new event at the Castle in Kent will be able to enjoy a tulip trail either self-guided or with Hever’s head gardener Neil Miller and marvel at the 7,000 tulips, in 60 varieties planted along the Pergola Walk, Pompeiian Wall, Tudor Garden and Italian Garden.

A Natural Collection

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 to Friday 5th of May 2017

A four day exhibition, open to all, eight artists showing nine disciplines - at Clay Barn - a delightfully informal and welcoming venue, overflowing into the beautiful garden with sculpture on display and demonstrations during the weekend. Enjoy meeting the artists and learning about how they make their work. Find out more here: www.louisedarby.co.uk.

Bonsai Weekend

Saturday 6th of May 2017 to Sunday 7th of May 2017

Visitors can learn the beautiful art and craft of growing bonsai trees from the experts, who are skilled at creating weathered trees, ancient trees with hollow trunks and even small forests in miniature, all in the confines of a pot. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Althorp Food and Drink Festival

Saturday 6th of May 2017 to Sunday 7th of May 2017

The Althorp Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of the best producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and its surrounding counties. Taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of May 2017, it is a festival that promises something for everyone to taste, see and experience, from veteran food lovers to kids both big and small. You can find out more here: www.spencerofalthorp.com/the-althorp-food-and-drink-festival/

Growing Under Glass at Barnsdale

Tuesday 9th of May 2017

Nick Hamilton shows you how to get the most from your greenhouse or tunnel. There are many different types of structure suited to every pocket, so come and find out how to maintain them, what you can grow, how to propagate your plants, what to do about pests and diseases, and finally, how to achieve a bumper harvest! Price £34, including tea/coffee and entry to the Gardens. Find out more here: www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Rhododendron Weekend

Saturday 13th of May 2017 to Sunday 14th of May 2017

The annual Rhododendron Weekend will once again return to celebrate the beautiful collections of Rhododendrons at the garden. The Harlow Carr Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia group will be on site all weekend offering advice and expertise. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

Wildlife Weekend

Saturday 13th of May 2017 to Sunday 14th of May 2017

A day for visitors to learn all about wildlife in their own gardens and beyond. Stands will include the Essex Bat Group, Essex Badger Group and the Essex Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and there will be children’s activities, a bird display, bug hunting and a bird walk. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

Spring Vegetable Weekend at Barnsdale

Saturday 13th of May 2017 to Sunday 14th of May 2017

If you love growing your own food then Barnsdale is the place to be this weekend. We'll be opening up all the productive areas that are normally off-limits to visitors and our expert growers will be available to advise you on your own veggie production and chat about their favourite subject! Visit the Nursery before you leave and stock up on exclusive Barnsdale Gardens organic vegetable plants to get you started at home, and make a note in your diary of our Summer Vegetable Weekend, when you’ll be able to see all our hard work coming to fruition. All for the price of Garden admission: adult £8.50, concession £7.50, child £4.50, family (up to 5) £25. Just want to come for a spot of retail therapy and a great lunch or afternoon tea? Entry to the Barnsdale Gardens Gift Shop, Nursery and Tea Room is FREE. Find out more here: www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Walk the Wight 2017

Sunday 14th of May 2017

Walk the Wight is the Earl Mountbatten Hospice biggest fundraising event of the year, with up to 12,000 people taking part across four different walks. The main walk of 26.5 miles from Bembridge to the Needles at Alum Bay takes in some of the most beautiful sights the Island has to offer. Find out more here: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/

Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 to Wednesday 17th of May 2017

This popular fair offers a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries for sale under the Plant Heritage banner. A must for all keen gardeners and plant collectors. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Watercolour Painting Day: ‘Watercolour Wisteria’

Thursday 18th of May 2017

Join local artist Sandra Peck for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day, watching her detailed demonstrations before having a go at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout the day. Watercolour is an exciting medium, especially when allowed to flow on the wet paper and this course will show you how to paint a beautiful, drippy, wet-into-wet background with little details to suggest foreground flowers. A delicious afternoon cream tea is also included and everyone is welcome, from the more experienced artist to the absolute beginner. Price £65, including tea/coffee, cream tea and entry to the Gardens. Basic materials pack available for an extra £6. Find out more here: www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Devon Chilli Fiesta

Saturday 20th of May 2017 to Sunday 21st of May 2017

Over 30 of the top producers in the UK will be enticing visitors with chilli plants, chilli sauces, chilli chocolate and fudge and chilli preserves to try and buy. There will also be talks, cookery demonstrations, special guests, music and children's activities including free face painting. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Devon Chilli Fiesta

Saturday 20th of May 2017 to Sunday 21st of May 2017

Over 30 of the top producers in the UK will be enticing visitors with chilli plants, chilli sauces, chilli chocolate and fudge and chilli preserves to try and buy. There will also be talks, cookery demonstrations, special guests, music and children's activities including free face painting. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Cactus and Succulent Society Exhibition

Saturday 20th of May 2017 to Sunday 21st of May 2017

Join members from the Chelmsford branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society for advice and help on how these wonderful plants. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

The Alresford Watercress Festival

Sunday 21st of May 2017

The Alresford Watercress Festival is back in Hampshire this year on Sunday 21 May. There will be a foodie delights in 'the World's Capital of Watercress', with the beautigul Georgian town playing host to the annual festival along with a variety of family attractions and mouth-watering watercress treats. The day will kick off at 10 o'clock with live music and many food and craft stalls selling their wares. The event will run between 10am to 4pm - visit www.watercress.co.uk/festival for more information

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders

Friday 26th of May 2017

An evening of live music led by Andy Fairweather Low, in partnership with the Plough Arts Centre. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Leo Sayer – Live in Concert

Saturday 27th of May 2017

British Music Legend Leo Sayer returns to the UK. The Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be open for pre-performance dinners – booking advisable on 01805 626821. For the concert, book at www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Pedal Norfolk

Saturday 27th of May 2017 to Monday 29th of May 2017

Pedal Norfolk will return to Holkham Hall this May half term from Saturday 27th – Monday 29th May 2017, launching a brand new Eastern Counties closed road race and welcoming Sky Sports Cycling Correspondent and Presenter, Orla Chennaoui, who will be returning to tackle some of the routes covering 250 miles of stunning north Norfolk countryside. Guests can book online at: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/158359/Pedal-Norfolk-Closed-Road-Race-powered-by-Fatbirds Early bird Tickets for the Saturday road race can be booked for £25 online with a £1 booking fee or they can be bought on the day for £35.

Malton Food Lover's Festival

Saturday 27th of May 2017 to Sunday 28th of May 2017

Malton, Yorkshire's food capital, is to welcome its 9th annual Malton Food Lovers Festival, attracting thousands of visitors to the picturesque market town of Malton. Yorkshire's most popular food town is to showcase an amazing array of street food vendors, offering dishes from the four corners of the globe. A jam-packed programme of events and activity will ensure there is something for the whole family, from chef demonstrations, talks and tastings, an array of stalls and street food, vintage fun fair and children's zone with pizza making and family fun. You can find out more at www.maltonyorkshire.co.uk

River Cottage Spring Food Fair

Saturday 27th of May 2017 to Monday 29th of May 2017

The River Cottage Spring Food Fair, taking place across the late May bank holiday weekend, 27th – 29th May 2017, is set to be a hit with adults and children alike. The Fair provides the perfect opportunity to get the whole family down to River Cottage, to explore the farm nestled in the stunning East Devon countryside and to celebrate the majesty of the spring season and all it has to offer. Find out more here: www.rivercottage.net/springfoodfair

River Cottage Spring Food Fair

Saturday 27th of May 2017 to Monday 29th of May 2017

Make the most of the late May Bank Holiday weekend, and book your tickets for the River Cottage Spring Food Fair, from Saturday 27th May to Monday 29th May 2017. The Fair provides the perfect opportunity to get the whole family down to River Cottage, to explore the farm nestled in the stunning East Devon countryside and to celebrate the spring season and all it has to offer. For more information and to book tickets online visit www.rivercottage.net/springfoodfair.

Cinema Evening, Star Wars

Sunday 28th of May 2017

Enjoy an evening of outdoor cinema, organised by Essex Outdoor Cinema. The film will start when the sun sets. Tickets from www.essexoutdoorcinema.com

Dartington Food Fair

Sunday 28th of May 2017 to Monday 29th of May 2017

Dartington will be holding its annual Food Fair on the last Bank Holiday weekend in May. Now in its seventh year, the event sees a selection of local star chefs and producers come together on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May to showcase some of Devon's delights. The two-day event sees visitors treated to the county's finest food and drink. You can find out more here: http://www.dartingtonfoodfair.org.

Dartington Food Fair

Sunday 28th of May 2017 to Monday 29th of May 2017

Back for its 7th year, the annual celebration of local food and drink will be two fantastic days filled with foodie fun for all the family. Working alongside Food and Drink Devon, the Food Fair celebrates the very best of Devon’s thriving food and drink community, with an emphasis on local, sustainable produce. All ages are welcome, and entry is free.

Create & Grow

Monday 29th of May 2017 to Friday 2nd of June 2017

What’s an easy and fun way to get your children to eat their greens? Well why not encourage them to plant up their own fruit & vegetable box? Squire’s Garden Centres are running a great activity at May Half Term where children can plant a box with a choice of three tasty plants to grow and take home. Children can also take part in a free Veggie Hunt. There’s no need to book, just come anytime from 10am-4pm. Visit www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk to find out more.