The gates are ready to fling wide…

Advance discounted ticket sales are now closed. On Saturday you can buy tickets at the Village Hall from 9am and on Sunday from 10.30am.

A few highlights to look out for as you wander around the 28 open gardens in Gargrave:

  • Cuddle a friendly hedgehog at garden N, while picking up some tips about hedgehog-friendly gardening and watching videos of nocturnal animal activity in the garden
  • Punctuate your day with tea and cakes at Gargrave Village Hall or at garden E (sorry we forgot to mention this one on the passports), garden G (scones), garden K (sausage baps, cakes and scones) or garden S (2pm onwards)
  • Stop for lunches of pie and peas, quiche or sandwiches at the Village Hall from 12-2pm.
  • Be serenaded by live music, principally at Gargrave Village Hall on Saturday and at garden AA. Performers at the hall on Saturday include Simon Watkins on piano from 11, Pinsuti singing madrigals from 12.30, Harry Hinchcliffe and friends with an accordion group from 1.30 and Sue Watkiss on piano.
  • See how many of the 35 quirky plant containers you can spot on your journey. Some are at gardens that are not opening but you can spot them from the street. Pick up a Quirky Containers trail sheet at the Village Hall.
  • Although the official Gargrave Open Gardens plant sale was a few weeks ago, there is another plant stall on Neville Road which you will pass en route to garden B. It’s raising money for Skipton Academy.

And finally some practical advice:

  • See this earlier blog post for information about cycling and public transport to Gargrave. If you need to drive, you will find free car parks at the Village Hall and opposite it on West Street and North Street. On the street parking is also possible but please be considerate of residents and access routes.
  • If you’re more of an water sipper than a cup and saucer type, how about bringing a refillable water bottle – there is a water bottle top up point outside the public toilets near the bridge, and you can also refill at the Village Hall.

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