Celebrate the late summer season with spectacular colours when Kelmarsh Hall hosts its annual Dahlia Festival.
In recognition of the impressive collection of dahlias at the Northamptonshire country house, which is located on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border just off Junction 2 of the A14, a programme of specially-themed activities will take place on Sunday 3rd September and Sunday 17th September.
The historic walled kitchen garden is home to a wonderful, varied display of dahlias and in recent years, new American-bred varieties have been added to the collection as a nod to former resident Nancy Lancaster's American roots. Varieties that can be found at Kelmarsh Hall include Crazy Legs, Sassafras, Lucky Ducky and Junkyard Dog.
For those wishing to find out more about how to grow and care for these magnificent flowers, there will be special dahlia clinic so that you too can enjoy a vibrant display in your own garden.
There will also be garden tours led by Kelmarsh's Garden consultant and volunteers, flower arranging demonstrations and a chutney tasting to enjoy the produce from their vegetable garden!
With all these events and more, make sure Dahlia Festival is in your diary this September! In addition to exploring the spectacular dahlia flowerbeds and all these events, the beautiful Grade I listed Hall will be open for visitors to view at their leisure from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on a free-flow basis.
A full schedule of the events is published on the Kelmarsh Hall website, with the Festival's opening times being 11.00am to 5.00pm. There will be a single entry fee to the hall, gardens and all the events during the Dahlia Festival: £8.60 for adults, £4.50 for children aged 5-14, free entry for under-fives.
Due to this being a special event, other membership cards cannot be used, including the Kelmarsh garden season ticket. Those planning on visiting the tea room only will be required to pay the full admission fee.
Address: Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, The Estate Office, Kelmarsh, Northampton, NN6 9LY.