By Maureen Panchen
THE MINTERNE SPRING FAIR
Details At A Glance:
Sunday 14th May 2017
11.00am to 4.30pm
Entrance £5 for adults
Minterne House in the Cerne Valley this year’s is the stunning backdrop for this year’s Spring Fair will be held on Sunday 14th May. With one of the best shrub gardens in England and 100-year old Rhododendrons & Azaleas at their peak splendor, this promises to be a popular day out for keen gardeners and their families.
As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World and voted One of the Ten Prettiest Gardens in England by The Times, there are wonderful walks in 27 acres of woodland garden through towering rhododendrons in full bloom collected since the 1840’s.
Head Gardener, Mark Bobin will be on hand during the day for all those Horticultural skill-testing questions!
Craft stands, Plant Stalls, Bouncy Castle, R.N.L.I. Souvenirs, Food, Cakes & Cream Teas will be some of the attractions on offer; alongside demonstrations from the Longbow Champion and a Classic Car Display.
We are hosting the Spring Fair in collaboration with the R.N.L.I, again this year and the day starts at 11.00am and ends at 4.30pm. Entrance is £5 with accompanied children free.
On the A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road, 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas.
Gardens open daily 10am – 6pm, Entrance £5 (Season tickets available here)
Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm * 11th February to 11th November * Admission Price £6.00 (Children under 12 Free)
Season Tickets Available Here
Dogs welcome on leads * Parking is FREE for visitors in the car park opposite St Andrews Church * Minterne currently offers a selection of cream teas (weather permitting - please phone ahead to confirm) * Please note: Unfortunately, Minterne Gardens feature many uneven surfaces and are therefore NOT SUITABLE for wheelchairs * Minterne House itself is a private residence and therefore not open to the public without prior consent.