Entry to this Plant Hunters’ Fair at Alderford Lake is completely free and offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries at no charge to get your gardening season off to a great start. The plant fair has a brilliant line up of nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Simply something for every plant lover. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. You can choose to take the lakeside walks (50p charge). Full details of nurseries attending at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk Delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea available. The Plant Fair runs from 10am-4pm on Sunday 8th March
Iscoyd Park, the award-winning country house wedding and events venue, looks forward to hosting an exclusive catwalk event featuring Cheshire-based luxury fashion house Abi Fisher’s latest collection on Friday 27th March. Tickets for the event cost £38 per person, which includes a glass of Iscoyd Park Champagne and canapés upon arrival, followed by a two-course sit-down lunch prepared by Iscoyd’s Michelin trained team.
Hosted within the historic grounds of an 18th century Grade II* listed Georgian house, the fashion event will showcase the very best from Abi Fisher’s exclusive Spring/ Summer 2020 collection. Upon arrival guests will be welcomed with a glass of Iscoyd Park Champagne accompanied by an array of freshly prepared canapés, including baked black pepper and blue cheese Gougère and hickory glazed burnt ends, bacon crumbs, soured cream and chives.
Guests will then be escorted to The Coach House where their two-course lunch will be served. Prepared by Iscoyd’s fantastic in-house team lead by Michelin trained Head Chef David Cox and Development Chef Gareth Jones, guests can expect to feast on tapenade crusted cod fillet served with crushed new potatoes, grilled broccoli stems, tomato dressing and crispy anchovy followed by poached rhubarb served with vanilla ice cream, stem ginger, spiced bread and sugar brittle.
After the first course has been served there will be a brief introductory talk by Sarah Hannan from Abi Fisher, who will discuss the company’s background as well as the inspiration behind the collection. Guests will then get to enjoy an exclusive first look catwalk from the comfort of their seats.
After lunch, guests will be given the opportunity to browse Abi Fisher’s Spring/ Summer 2020 collection and purchase any items should they wish to.
Director of Iscoyd Park Phil Godsal comments: “Abi Fisher is extremely talented and we are so excited to collaborate with her on this event. It promises to be a wonderful day filled with luxury fashion, delicious food and of course, a great deal of fun!”
Iscoyd Park, the award-winning country house wedding and events venue, will welcome Joanne Harris (MBE), the highly acclaimed author of Chocolat and other modern classics as the next speaker at their ongoing series of Supper Clubs on Thursday 2nd April. Tickets for the event cost £60 per person, which includes drinks and canapés upon arrival, a wonderful talk by Joanne and a hardback signed copy of her latest novel, The Strawberry Thief, as well as an exciting two-course dinner prepared by Iscoyd’s Michelin trained team which has been inspired by Joanne’s very own recipes and passion for chocolate.
As guests arrive at the historic 18th-century Grade II*-listed Georgian house, they will be welcomed with a selection of chocolate inspired drinks and canapés including a bitter chocolate and orange pudding and milk chocolate and cardamom cones. This will be followed by Joanne’s exciting talk which will take place in the Library. Guests will also have the chance to ask the highly acclaimed author any questions that may have at the end of the talk.
Discussing the inspiration behind her critically acclaimed Chocolat series, Joanne will touch upon themes of enchantment and realism, as she focuses on her own passion for chocolate, France and cookery, all of which are of central importance to much of her work.
Following Joanne’s fascinating talk, guests will head over to The Coach House where they will feast on a number of delicious chocolate themed dishes prepared by Iscoyd Park’s Michelin trained kitchen team. The dinner will include such delights as “Brioche Juliette”, made from 75% chocolate, the recipe for which can be found in Joanne’s The Little Book of Chocolat, as well as a loin of Shropshire venison served with a choux farci, roasted celeriac and cocoa nib.
Whitchurch Walkers in Shropshire will be holding their annual walking festival again , from Friday 8th of May to Sunday 10th , this year will be our 8th . Once again we offer a full range of walks over the weekend varying in distance from local history walks of 1 – 2 miles to our Whitchurch Wheel walk of 15 miles . So named after the towns long association with cheese making. Evenings aren’t left out either , on Friday night we have a film called A Woman at War which tells the story of one woman’s battle against a large Aluminium company in Iceland . There is also a folk session in a local pub , which people can join in with or just listen . Saturday night is our Ceilidh ( or barn dance ) night when we once again have local band Jigsmith to play for us . Sunday is finished off with a get together with free refreshments at our base for the weekend The Archiebald Worthington club . All in all it promises to another great weekend , keep an eye open for full details on our website www.whitchurchwalkers.co.uk & our Facebook page too whitchurch walkers .
Summer Plant fair at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens offering a special BETTER THAN HALF PRICE entry on the day for the gardens and plant fair of just £4.00 (gardens normally £8.50). We know you’ll be bringing your friends and family to make a day of it.
It’s just the right time to pick up some summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your unique garden.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen. The Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees. The gardens provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden, a Rose Garden, with over 350 roses and a 100m long double herbaceous border.
The Plant Fair runs from 10am- 5pm. The plant fair is handily placed right next to the tearooms serving coffee, light lunches, homemade teas, ice creams and snacks. Dogs on leads welcome in the gardens.
There will be a brilliant line up of eighteen nurseries & artisans attending, please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk for nurseries details.