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Home and Garden Show gets under way

FROM cooking to gardening; homestyle to antiques – there’s something to suit everyone in Whitehaven this weekend.

By Andrew Clarke

The first Western Lakes Home and Garden Show will see a range of celebrities visit town to meet fans, share tips and give demonstrations.

Expert guests will perform a total of 32 shows on Friday and Saturday (10am to 7pm) in the events taking place on the harbourside and in St Nicholas’ Gardens.

They include wine connoisseur Oz Clarke; Countryfile presenter James Wong; gardeners and TV presenters Toby Buckland and Charlie Dimmock; Anna Ryder-Richardson and Linda Barker, of Changing Rooms fame; Britain’s Best Bakery’s Peter Sidwell; celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former Coronation Street star turned award-winning cheese-maker Sean Wilson.

The iconic BBC Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time, chaired by Eric Robson featuring expert panellists Bob Flowerdew, Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson, will be recorded live on Whitehaven harbour on May 16 (1pm).

In addition, antique expert Philip Serrell, of Bargain Hunt and Flog It! fame, will be joined in town by fellow auctioneers and valuers Hugh Gregory, Steve Lee, Bill Waters and Steve Parkinson to try and uncover a priceless heirloom.

There will be over 100 stalls from local and national stores, while other attractions include a ‘smelly science’ event from the National Nuclear Laboratory, a continental market, street theatre and a CFM stage.

Gerard Richardson, of event organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “Home and garden shows have been a growing success in the UK and we think Whitehaven is the natural place to host one when you consider our success as a festival town.

“In fact, the reputation the town now has for putting on a good show was what made it so easy to get artistes to want to come along to this event.”

Gardeners Theatre: Friday, May 16

Toby Buckland 12.30am £1.50
Charlie Dimmock 1.30pm £1.50
Anna Ryder-Richardson 2.30pm £1.50
James Wong 3.30pm £1.50
Oz Clarke 4.30pm £6
Question Time 5.30pm £1.50

Chefs Theatre: Friday, May 16

Sean Wilson 12.45pm £1.50
Peter Sidwell 1.45pm £1.50
Oz Clarke 2.45pm £6
Jean-Christophe Novelli 4pm £1.50
Sean Wilson 5pm £1.50
Jean-Christophe Novelli 6pm £1.50


Gardeners Theatre: Saturday, May 17

James Wong 10.30am £3
Anna Ryder-Richardson 11.30am £3
Charlie Dimmock 12.30am £3
Toby Buckland 1.30pm £3
James Wong 2.30pm £3
Charlie Dimmock 3.30pm £3


Chefs Theatre: Saturday, May 17

Jean-Christophe Novelli 10.30am £3
Linda Barker 11.45pm £3
Jean-Christophe Novelli 12.45pm £3
Sean Wilson 3pm £3
Linda Barker 4pm £3
Jean-Christophe Novelli 5pm £3


Have your say

The reward for success is more work, a quote which I'm sure Gerard Richardson is well aware of. In spite of that, Gerard continues to work extremely hard for the people and town of Whitehaven, seeking no personal gain or recognition. Perhaps this spirit can rub off onto more citizens of Whitehaven, causing a sea-change of attitude from 'What can the town do for me?' to 'What can I do for the town?' Well done yet again Gerard and co.

Posted by Claire Voyant on 18 May 2014 at 09:19

Well done Gerard and his team in putting on a great event in the town. In previous years I haven't bothered with the festival as it always got too busy and just shut the shop up as no one came in during the weekend. However this year because it is much smaller the crowds are manageable and people are actually coming into the town to use the existing shops. A marked improvement which I hope will be the norm rather that the large event that caused mayhem.

Posted by Bob Carter on 17 May 2014 at 10:42

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