The Festival

There really is something for everyone...

TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS

At the Hampshire Country & Garden Festival our aim is to inform and inspire you. Gardening is one of this country’s most popular pastimes and we want to share that passion with you through our selection of talks by experts in their field. We also have a range of free practical workshops and demonstrations that include:

- Fly Fishing
- Massages
- Pottery
- Cookery
- Bee Keeping
- Willow Weaving

So awaken your hidden passions and explore the wide range of fascinating demonstrations and interesting workshops that can be found at the Festival. 

Talks & Demonstations at the Festival are kindly sponsored by the Candover Clinic: www.candoverclinic.com.

GARDENERS' QUESTION TIME

We are thrilled to be welcoming back Stefan Buczacki to the Festival to Chair our very own 'Gardeners' Question Time'. Stefan is well known for being a panelist and Chairman on Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners' Question Time’ as well as writing and presenting ‘The Gardening Quiz’ on Radio 4. One of the most experienced and prolific non-fiction authors in the country, he has written around sixty books, including works of reference such as his classic Guide to the Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Garden Plants and Fauna Britannica which describes the entire wild animal life of Britain, Garden Natural History and most recently, Collins Fungi Guide. Bring your own gardening dilemmas and put them to his panel and join us for what will be a fun, informative and illuminating experience!

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES

There is masses for children to do at this year's festival. We want to encourage children to try new things whilst getting lots of fresh air and spending time with friends and family. All activities below are included in your ticket price:

- Sandy Kidz Sand Art
- Juggling Jake Circus Skills
- Zoo Lab (please note the animals will be on show from 11am until 3.30pm)
- Merry-Go-Round Storytelling
- Art Workshops with renowned Artist Marianne Topham
- Our very own Dog Show - enter your furry friends!
- Garden activities including making bird boxes and painting flower pots

Children's Activities at the Festival are kindly sponsored by Trethowans: www.trethowans.com.

STALLS

We have a fine array of wonderful stalls to browse manned by passionate plants people. Come and explore a feast of horticultural treasures and take home a selection to plant in your garden and remember us by from the following nurseries:

- Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants
- Mrs Mitchell's Kitchen Garden
- Paddock Plants

There will also be a wide range of other stalls selling gifts, food, confectionary, wine and spirits. These include:

- Andrassy Living
- Indigo Boo
- Parsonage Farm Charcuterie
- Rise n Shine Bakehouse
- Winchester Distillery

FOOD & MUSIC

At the Hampshire Country & Garden Festival we have food and tasteful delights for you to enjoy – explore our wide selection of food and drinks stalls taking in the widest of offerings and lip smacking wonders.

Food stalls at the Festival include:

- Aborfield Hog Roasts
- Chilly White Ice Cream
- The Italian Food Truck

Live Music from Head North - Celtic soul from the heart of Hampshire

The seeds of Head North were sown after a chance encounter at a highland wedding. A brace of exiled Scots, Roddy Watt (accordion) and Hamilton Gross (fiddle), met over a dram in Hampshire with Michael Holgate (banjo/mandolin), an Englishman steeped in the Scottish tradition through years of living in the North Isles and Orkney. A lively jamming session ensued and the band was born.

The trio were then joined by Andrew Rose on guitar and Rob Sword on piano and arrangements, as well as three talented singers - siblings Rachel and Simon Thomas, and Rachel Reed - who completed the line-up. With a base in Hampshire but strong Scottish roots, Head North is a quirky mix of old and new/old and young. Their repertoire comprises an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Traditional reels, jigs, airs and songs are complemented with modern additions to the genre and original material. The infectious rhythms and melodious sounds of Head North will enthuse and energise audiences! We hope you will enjoy. www.headnorth.org.uk

Food & Music at the Festival are kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual: www.nfumutual.co.uk.

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