21st Holker Garden Festival - photo special

PUBLISHED: 00:22 30 July 2013

Olivia Hutton (12) and Amelia Entwistle (11) keeping their cool in the fountain of Sharp Paving's Wheel Water Garden

Olivia Hutton (12) and Amelia Entwistle (11) keeping their cool in the fountain of Sharp Paving's Wheel Water Garden

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More than 20,000 visitors attended the 21st Holker Garden Festival, near Cartmel, drawn by blue skies and sunshine. A spectacular show all round, with highlights including a record number of Gold awards in the Horticultural Marquee, six sensational show gardens, a craft tent and Victorian fairground for children, the Shire Horses and foodie heaven in the Cartmel Pop-Up Village. Food historian Ivan Day gave demonstrations and Tom Longton from Shepherds Barn, Quernmore, entertained young and old with his sheepdogs, Bruce and Meg, and a flock of 13 mischievous Indian Running Ducks.

Lord and Lady Cavendish were thrilled with this year’s festival, saying: ‘We were struck throughout by the happy atmosphere on the show ground. It gives us all at Holker a sense of satisfaction when we see people enjoying themselves - all the work and planning that goes into an event becomes worthwhile.’

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