Oakwrights at the Hellens Garden Festival 2015
Today is an absolute scorcher of a day with glorious clear blue skies. I am currently travelling to Much Marcle in Herefordshire for the garden festival, which as a (very) small time vegetable grower myself I am very excited to see all the small holder stalls. I have been preparing for this festival for a little under a month now and have been putting beautiful pictures of previous shows up on social media and connecting with other wonderful exhibitors/ sponsors. The festival is in support of the wonderful charity that is St Michaels Hospice. The people at St Michael's care for people all over Herefordshire with life-limiting illnesses, while also providing care and support for patient’s families.
THE CRUCK FRAME MARQUEE
Pulling up into the field after being directed by some very friendly volunteers we hopped out of the car and joined the crowd walking through the entrance. The first thing I noticed was a mass of excited families all wandering around and chatting happily to the beaming exhibitors. The second thing was our Oakwrights cruck oak frame marquee, smack bang in the middle of the entry field housing the wonderful St Michael’s hospice volunteers!
THE OAKWRIGHTS OAK FRAME
After a quick look around I made my way over to the St Michael’s volunteers and asked them how their day had been going so far, to which they replied: “Has been wonderfully busy, with lots of plant buying and raffle tickets sold”! The ladies very kindly agreed to take a picture with me, showing off all of the beautiful plants they had on offer. Our oak frame looked stunning against the huge trees and lush fields in the sunshine, even if I do say so myself!
After saying goodbye to the St Michaels ladies (who by this point were enjoying a rather large and well-deserved ice cream), I ventured off to have a look around. The venue itself was gorgeous; the grounds of Hellens House are huge! The house itself was magnificent with lots of little-hidden gems tucked away to discover.
I was expecting a large square field full of exhibitors but what I found was a magical secret garden, with little-overgrown trails and giant rolling iron gates leading to pockets of little sections filled with clusters of exhibitors. There was a spectacular authentic reconstruction of costume and dance of the Medieval Renaissance periods taking place in the gardens, a stage full of talented musicians from many different music genres, along with more tasty food than you could possibly eat! (I myself managed a deliciously crammed full pulled pork roll). It would be very easy to spend many hours wandering around chatting to everyone as the crowd were such a friendly bunch in high spirits raising money for such a good cause.
I shall definitely be going again next year! But I will make sure to go much earlier to be able to enjoy the experience for longer and most probably across both days. Most definitely a wonderful day out.