In my previous post it was all about West Cumbria and what is happening during the Bank Holiday weekend and through half term. This post I am going deep, deep, down into the south of the county.
These next two weekends it’s all about Cartmel in South Cumbria, well Cartmel and Cark-in-Cartmel to be exact. Firstly Saturday sees the first day and first racing of the season at the absolutely stunning Cartmel Race Course. Building year on year and attracting huge name jockeys, trainers and horses, there is racing to be enjoyed on Saturday 24th, Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th. Each day has a different theme and vibe but the main feeling is that there is something at Cartmel Races for everyone, young and old and no matter how much you’re in to horse racing, enthusiast to complete novice.
The following weekend it is the annual Holker Garden Festival. With the Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom, gardening enthusiasts are surely to be in apoplexy. In its 22nd year, the Holker Garden Festival is renowned as being one of the most highly regarded garden festivals in the UK and this year Christine Walkden, the resident gardener on BBC’s The One Show will be attending and taking part in Q & A sessions on the Saturday (31st May). As with Cartmel Races, Holker Garden festival is well worth a visit even if you’re not into gardening. I’ve not got green fingers (apart from growing the odd tomato and carrot) but having been on a couple of occasions, the buzz and particularly the food stalls and crafts are enough of a reason to go for me. The food producers stalls have grown as you’d imagine at such festivals and it’s all about local produce to Cumbria and North Lancashire. For the gardener then there are plenty of trade stands for the purchasing of plants etc. If you haven’t been to Holker Hall then the estate, gardens and house are just a lovely way to spend an afternoon walking around.
Each festival brings visitors from far and wide with places to stay booking up weeks if not months in advance. There are however still a few b&b’s, hotels and self catering accommodation providers with the odd bit of availability. There are a couple of self catering cottages available still in the Cartmel area and then in Grange-over-Sands Bay Villa B&B have 2 rooms available for the Holker Garden Festival Sunday. Any lucky peeps of you that have managed to get the whole week off then you could actually attend both events, jealous, me no……….not!