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August 2016

Sun/Mon 28/29 Dorothy Clive Garden (10am)

September 2016

Sat 3 Bodenham Arboretum (11am)

Sun 4 Ness Botanic Gardens (10am)

Sun 11 Weston Park (10am)

Past Events in 2016

March 2016

Sun 20 Dearnford Lake

Sat. 26 Battlefield 1403

Sun/Mon 27 & 28 Dorothy Clive Garden

April 2016

Sat 2 National Memorial Arboretum

Sun 3 Ness Botanic Gardens

Sat 9 Carsington Water

Sun 10 Cholmondeley Castle

Sat 16 Bodenham Arboretum

Sun 17 Consall Gardens

Sat 23 Sugnall Walled Garden

Sun 24 Norton Priory

May 2016

Sun/Mon 1 & 2 Weston Park

Sat 7 Donington Le Heath Manor

Sun 8 Adlington Hall

Sun 15 British Ironwork Centre

Sun 22 Middleton Hall

Sat 28 National Memorial Arboretum

Mon 30 Carsington Water

June 2016

Sat/Sun 4 & 5 Hodnet Hall

Sat 11 Arley Arboretum

Sun 19 Southwell Minster Gardens

Sun 26 Whittington Castle

July 2016

Sun 3 Sugnall Walled Garden

Sat/Sun 16 & 17 Henbury Hall

Sat. 30 Battlefield 1403

Sun 31 Carsington Water

August 2016

Sat 6 National Memorial Arboretum

Sun 7 Donington Le Heath Manor

Sun 21 August Abbeywood Gardens

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Norton Priory Garden

Sunday 24th April 2016

Times: 10am - 4pm

Free entry to fair

Norton Priory Gardens is a fantastic day out, with excavated medieval ruins, the spectacular St Christopher statue, the lovely Walled Garden and the extensive woodland and sculpture trail.

The 2 acre Walled Garden was built between 1757 and 1770 for the Brooke family, the owners of Norton Priory. When the Brookes left Norton Priory, it became neglected and overgrown, until work began in 1980 by Runcorn Development Corporation to reclaim it.

The garden was featured on BBC TV's "Hidden Gardens" series with Chris Beardshaw.

The Walled Garden has been recreated as a typical Georgian Walled Garden. It was essentially a kitchen garden, and would have been the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the mansion house. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk.

Norton Priory is home of the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). These are dotted around the garden and the site and include 20 different varieties. The Walled Garden is also the location of a number of Norton Priory's "hidden gems", including the Ha Ha Wall, the Ice House and the Wildflower Meadow.

The plant fair is held just outside the walled garden

Entry to the plant fair is free. 

Also running on 26th April is a willow workshop, cost £30 per person, please see the Norton Priory website,  www.nortonpriory.org for more details.

The Walled Garden will be open with an admission price of £3.50 (optional).  

A special entry rate of £2.40 is available for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people to the Walled Garden. Contact bookings@nortonpriory.org to arrange.

Please note: the Museum is closed during 2016 for a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

Nurseries confirmed for 24 April 2016 are:

ChickenStreet: with a wide selection of chicken-proof plants for the garden

Conquest Plants Nursery from Cheshire specialising in coloured foliage

Forestart from Shropshire specialising in tree and wildflower seeds NEW for 2016

Hall Farm Nursery from Shropshire specialising in perennials and alpines. RHS Gold Medalists (inc. Chelsea Gold)

Mayfields Plants from Cheshire specialising in cottage flowers

Meadowview Plants from Lancashire with a good range of cottage garden plants

North Staffs Hostas from Staffordshire specialising in Hostas and Ferns

Penmere Plants from Cheshire specialising in Fuchsias & foliage plants

Pottertons Nursery from Lincolnshire specialising in alpines, dwarf bulbs and woodland plants. RHS Gold Medalists (inc. Chelsea Gold).

SpecialPerennials from Cheshire specialising in summer and late flowering perennials. National Collections of Helenium and Centaurea

Studio 8 Pottery from Staffordshire with hand-thrown garden and kitchen Terracotta and Stonewares

The Gobbett from Worcestershire specialising in Syringa (Lilac), flowering dogwoods and beardless Iris

 

Norton Priory is less than 30 minutes by car from Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. From M56, Junction 11, turn for Warrington and follow the Norton Priory signs. From all other directions follow the "All other Runcorn Traffic" and then the Norton Priory signs.

The Norton Priory Museum Trust. 
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, 
Tudor Road, Manor Park, 
Runcorn, 
Cheshire 
WA7 1SX.

For SATNAV please use WA7 1BD

Telephone: 01928 569895. 
Email: info@nortonpriory.org  
website: www.nortonpriory.org

There is free car parking.

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