All things Dahlia at Kelmarsh Hall’s Annual Festival

Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire will soon be celebrating the beautiful dahlias that fill the historic gardens with their annual Dahlia Festival.

Celebrate the late summer season with spectacular colours when this popular event returns to the Northamptonshire country house this year. In recognition of the impressive collection of dahlias at Kelmarsh Hall, a programme of specially-themed activities will take place on Sunday 2nd September and Sunday 16th September.

The Festival will hold a series of events allowing visitors to experience the gardens, learn more about the magnificent flowers and also have entry to the Grade I listed Hall.

The historic walled garden is home to a wonderful, varied display of dahlias, with over 100 varieties planted throughout the uniquely shaped heart of the gardens. There will be garden tours led by Kelmarsh's Craft Gardener and garden volunteers, flower arranging demonstrations and a chutney tasting to enjoy the produce from their vegetable garden.

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.

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 11.00am to 4.00pm. Visitors will be able to learn about Nancy Lancaster, whose ‘shabby chic’ design vision is still felt throughout the hall and gardens, by exploring the rooms she decorated and listening to a talk on her influence in the gardens.

The opening times are 11.00am to 5.00pm and there will be a single entry fee to the hall, gardens and all the events during the Dahlia Festival which will be £10.00 for adults, £5.50 for children aged 5-14, with free entry for under-fives.


Kelmarsh Hall is located on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border, just off Junction 2 of the A14.

For more details visit their website here  or telephone them on 01604 686543.

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