Gardeners and artists unite at Ringstead

A guided tour of Courtyard Farm and Ringstead Common is one of the highlights of Ringstead's big weekend
A guided tour of Courtyard Farm and Ringstead Common is one of the highlights of Ringstead's big weekend
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Keen gardeners and talented artists are preparing for the 38th annual open garden event at the picturesque village of Ringstead.

It’s being staged on Sunday, June 28 when the gardens will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm.

Lunches (£9 per adult) will be served at Hillside between 12–2pm (to book telephone Melanie on 01485 525494), and teas are available at East End Farm from 11am–5pm as well as stalls including bric-a-brac, cake and tombola. The raffle prizes include a “Flight for Two over Norfolk Countryside”.

Other attractions include various craft stalls and the popular plant stall that is held in the beautiful garden of Apple Tree Cottage, which is a delight in itself to visit.

Also on Sunday and Monday (29th) from 10am–5pm a display of flowers and vestments will be held in St Andrew’s Church.

On the outskirts of the village residents and visitors can experience the beauty and tranquillity that has been created by the Woodland Gardens and Walks Group (a small charity group of volunteers) in the Chalk Pit area of Ringstead Downs.

Last year Lord Melchett led a guided tour round Courtyard Farm and Ringstead Common, which proved very popular and was enjoyed by all; he has kindly offered to lead the tour again which will start at 4.30pm and dogs on leads are welcome for this walk.

In conjunction with the Open Gardens, six artists (Sally Ann Fitter, Bryan Harford, Helga Joergens-Lendrum, David Lendrum, Cass Wedd and Alan Witley) all residents of Ringstead, will be holding an art exhibition in the Village Hall from 2.30–5pm on Friday, June 26, and from 10am–5pm over the following three days.

Free minibus transport round the village is available if required on the Sunday, £3 admits to all locations, and proceeds go to St Andrew’s Church.

For further information on the event ring Cherry on 01485 525223.