2024 Upcoming Fairs

Events are pay on gate unless otherwise stated

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Sat 25 May Carsington Water Ashbourne DE6 1ST

Mon 27 May Arley Arboretum Upper Arley Worcs DY12 1SQ

Sat - Sun 8 - 9 June Hodnet Hall Gardens Market Drayton TF9 3NN

Sat 15 June Sugnall Walled Garden Eccleshall ST21 6NF

Sun 23 June Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE Tickets On Sale

Sun 30 June Whittington Castle Oswestry SY11 4DF

Sat 6 July Thoresby Park Newark NG22 9EP

Sun 28 July 1620s House Donington Le Heath LE67 2FW (Tickets coming soon)

Wed 31 July Cholmondeley Castle Gardens Malpas SY14 8ET

Sun 4 August Southwell Minster NG25 0HD

Sun 11 August Capesthorne Hall Macclesfield SK11 9JY

Sun 18 August Carsington Water Ashbourne DE6 1ST

Sun - Mon 25 - 26 August Dorothy Clive Garden Market Drayton TF9 4EU

Sat 31 August Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster DY11 5TB

Sun 1 September Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral CH64 4AY

Sun 8 September Weston Park Shifnal TF11 8LE Tickets On Sale

Past Events

Sun 17 March Southwell Minster NG25 0HD

Sat 23 March Sugnall Walled Garden Eccleshall ST21 6NF

Sun 24 March Arley Hall and Gardens Northwich CW9 6NA

Fri 29 March Whittington Castle Oswestry SY11 4DF

Sun - Mon 31 March - 1 April Dorothy Clive Garden Market Drayton TF9 4EU

Sat 6 April Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster DY11 5TB

Sun 7 April Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral CH64 4AY

Sun 14 April Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE

Wednesday 17 April Bramall Hall Bramhall SK7 3NX

Sun 21 April 1620s House Donington Le Heath LE67 2FW

NEW Sat 27 April Chasewater Country Park WS8 7NL

Sun 28 April Cholmondeley Castle Gardens Malpas SY14 8ET

Sun - Mon 5 - 6 May Weston Park Shifnal TF11 8LE

Sat 11 May Battlefield 1403 Shrewsbury SY4 3DB

Sun 12 May Capesthorne Hall Macclesfield SK11 9JY

Sun 19 May Norton Priory Runcorn WA7 1SX

Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster

Nottinghamshire NG25 0HD

Sunday 4 August 2024

Times: 11am - 4pm

Admission:Plant Fair: suggested donation £2.00

Parking: Please use public car parks. Details from: Southwell Town Council website.

Refreshments:The will be a refreshments kiosk in the heart of the fair and also the Minster Refectory will be open

The fair and garden are wheelchair accessible.

Dogs on leads welcome in the fair and garden

We also have a spring plant fair here - see details

Please note the 11am start time for this venue.

"We discovered the Southwell plant fair this year and we are so happy that we did!! We bought some beautiful unique plants you don't find anywhere else. The growers have brilliant knoweledge, it was lovely talking to them. The plants we bought are very popular with the bees and butterflies. We can't wait for the next one, see you next year" - Charlotte on Facebook.

The fair is in the Palace Garden with the atmospheric backdrop of the ruins of the Archbishop's Palace.

The Palace Garden is a fantastic place to explore and discover the history of the site through living plants. The features of the enclosed garden are inspired by medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian gardens, reflecting the timeline of the Palace. With wide open lawns, it is full of herbs, shrubs and flowering plants chosen not only for their historical relevance, but also for their shape and beauty. Special areas of the grounds have been set aside to encourage wildlife. The woodland area provides links to the famous “Leaves of Southwell” – the thirteenth century carved stone leaves in Southwell Minster’s Chapter House.

The Garden brings to life time periods important to the history of The Archbishop’s Palace. The design has four distinct parts to it: a Medieval herb parterre; a Tudor knot garden; a border planted in the style of Edwardian plants-woman Gertrude Jekyll; and Wildlife areas including a winter border and woodland and wild meadow. The garden also encourages wildlife through the inclusion of bird boxes, insect hotels and log piles. Portions of the gardens have been designed as native wild flower areas for birds and insects.

Line-up for Sun 4 August Southwell Minster

A Love Blossoms Garden accessories, stakes, planters, garden wall decorations etc.

Amorosa Enterprises Up-cycled and recylced garden ornaments and stakes

Bridge Farm Plants Interesting and unusual herbaceous perennials

Cliff Bank Nursery Grass, woodland plants, hardy annuals and other unusual plants

Conquest Plants Nursery Variegated and coloured foliage hardy plants

Cotswold Garden Flowers Unusual hardy and tender perennials

Cottage Memories Roses NEW

Dibleys The Houseplant Specialists: over 150 RHS Gold medals including 33 Chelsea Golds NEW

Fayrefield Plant Nursery Willow Weaving and cottage plants NEW

Freckles & Flora Unusual hardy herbaceous perennials and choice annuals NEW

Green's Leaves Choice shrubs, perennials, grasses, foliage plants.

Hillview Hardy Plants Perennials and auriculas. National Collection Holders, RHS Gold Medalists NEW

John Cullen Gardens Herbs, plants for pollinators, National Collection of Achillea, RHS Medalists

Jurassicplants Nurseries Rare trees, shrubs, exotic fruits and living fossils. RHS Gold Medalists

Linda Scott Hardy Plants Unusual perennials particularly hardy geraniums

Malcolm Allison Plants Hardy perennials

Meadowmakers Wildflower and native tree plants and plugs

Morton Nurseries Unusual and hard to find shrubs and perennials

Piecemeal Plants Unusual hardy herbaceous perennials, bulbs, half-hardy and tender plants

Plant Lovers Garden Clematis, perennials and shrubs

Pottertons Nursery Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland Plants RHS Gold Medalists

Primrose Bank Wide range of perennial plants. RHS Gold Medalists

Priorswood Clematis Clematis. RHS Medalists NEW

Prized Perennials Wide range of perennials NEW

SpecialPerennials Perennials for a nature friendly garden.

Stuart Marsh Sculptures Copper and Brass Sculptures

The Gobbett Nursery Shrubs, perennials inc Iris, Cornus, Syringa in season. RHS Medalists

Contact Details for Southwell Minster

Address: Southwell Minster, Church Street, Southwell, Notts. NG25 0HD

Facebook @SouthwellMinster, Twitter @SouthwMinster

Website: www.southwellminster.org

Tree-linged Palace Garden at Southwell with plant stalls ruins of Archbishop's palace at Southwell is the backdrop for the plant fair

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