After a hard and poor 2012 harvest, this year has been rewarding (a rare thing growers will admit), with bumper crops of potatoes, tomatoes, lots of others and … squash. To celebrate the Harvest and the splendor of the crop, we decided to invite the public to our grounds and share what we are proud with.
So 27 October has become a milestone date in our Harvest Year and with a successful first-time event, we hope it will become an annual tradition. This year the Festival has been supported by the Chilterns AONB and Vegan Organic Network.
We will be showcasing our best squashes (8 varieties), both for shopping and for tasting on-site and Halloween fans will be able to buy organic pumpkins for the scary night.
To make it an enjoyable day out for the family, we have organised lots of fun activities and entertainment, free kids show, bouncy castle, treasure hunt, craft and arts workshops, pumpkin rolling and carved pumpkins competitions.
Adults should not feel left out, as farmers’ market, live music, licensed bar, catering outlets and chill out areas will be at their use.
Historic Hardwick House will host guided tours, a rare occasion for special guests.
Keen gardeners and allotment holders are invited to enter the Giant Pumpkins and Best in Show Squash competitions!
Everybody – wear autumnal colours to walk in our “Squash-fashion Parade” and wear wellies.
The weather has been challenging our imagination, and we are doing our best to accommodate stall holders and parking, however be prepared to walk to the site, so bring baggies and pushchairs where appropriate.
Walled Market Garden, Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames, RG8 7RA
27 October 2013, 11am – 5pm