2022 Plant Fairs

Always check event status before travelling:

Sat 28 May Carsington Water, Derbyshire Free Entry (P&D Parking)

Sun 29 May Pottertons Nursery & Garden, Lincs Pay on Gate

Sun 5 June Arley Arboretum, Worcs Free Entry to Fair

Sat - Sun 11 - 12 June Hodnet Hall, Shrops Buy Tickets

Sat 18 June Thoresby Park, Notts Free Entry (P&D Parking)

Sun 26 June Middleton Hall, N. Warks Buy Tickets

Sun 3 July Whittington Castle, Shrops Free Entry (P&D Parking)

Wed 13 July Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire Buy Tickets

Sun 31 July 1620s House Donington Le Heath, Leics Buy Tickets

Sun 7 August Southwell Minster, Notts Pay on Gate

Sat 13 August Carsington Water, Derbyshire Free Entry (P&D Parking)

Sun 14 August Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire Pay on Gate

Sun 21 August Middleton Hall, N. Warks Tickets coming

Sun - Mon 28 - 29 August Dorothy Clive Garden, Staffs Buy Tickets

Sat 3 September Bodenham Arboretum, Worcs Free Entry to Fair

Sun 4 September Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral Pay on Gate

Sun 11 September Weston Park, Staffs Buy Tickets

Past fairs 2022

Sun 20 March Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral

Sun 27 March Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire

Sat 2 April Sugnall Walled Garden, Staffs

Sun 3 April Middleton Hall, N. Warks

Sat 9 April Bodenham Arboretum, Worcs

Sun 10 April Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

Fri 15 April Whittington Castle, Shrops

Sun - Mon 17 - 18 April Dorothy Clive Garden, Staffs

Sun 24 April Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire

Sun - Mon 1 - 2 May Weston Park, Staffs

Sun 8 May Adlington Hall, Cheshire

Sun 15 May 1620s House Donington Le Heath, Leics

Sun 22 May Norton Priory, Cheshire

Norton Priory

Runcorn WA7 1SX

Sunday 22 May 2022

Please check event status before travelling

Times: 9am - 4pm

£1.00 to enter the fair

Free parking

Dogs on leads welcome in the fair (not in gardens - sorry)

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.

A separate charge applies if you want to enter the garden. Whole site entry (gardens and museum) tickets are also available.

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.

Nurseries confirmed:

A Love Blossoms from Manchester: Garden accessories: stakes, planters, garden wall decorations etc NEW TO EVENT

Bridge Farm Plants from Derbyshire: a wide range of hardy, herbaceous perennials: Unusual varieties as well as cottage garden favourites, a small election of shrubs and other plants.

Conquest Plants Nursery from Cheshire: Specialist growers of variegated and coloured foliage, hardy plants

DJA Plants from Cheshire: Cacti, succulents, house and garden plants NEW TO EVENT

Hall Farm Nursery from Shropshire: garden plants, perennials, woodland plants, herbs and many other plants which are not widely available. RHS Gold medallists. RHS Partnership Nursery.

Hooksgreen Herbs from Staffordshire: Culinary, Medicinal and Aromatic Herb Plants and Seeds. RHS Gold medallists.

Jurassicplants Nurseries from Denbighshire: Starter plants of rare woody edibles and other hard to find trees and shrubs

Mayfields Plants from Cheshire: bee and butterfly-friendly cottage garden perennials

Ox Eye Daisy from Cheshire: Country style plants and quirky garden gifts NEW TO EVENT

Penmere Plants from Cheshire: Hardy and Species fuchsia

Pottertons Nursery from Lincolnshire: Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland Plants. RHS Gold medallists including Chelsea Gold

SpecialPerennials from Cheshire: Perennials all grown in our bee and butterfly friendly garden

Stonyford Cottage Nursery from Cheshire: Wide range of plants

The Gobbett Nursery from Worcestershire: Shrubs, perennials inc Iris, Cornus, Syringa RHS Medallists

Tissington Nursery from Derbyshire: Wide range of perennials. RHS medallists NEW TO EVENT

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

website: www.nortonpriory.org

Articles:

Norton Priory: The Quince-Essential Garden (from our 2016 newsletter)

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