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Walmer Castle stages garden fete celebration of lost Pleasure Grounds

There'll be bees, butterflies, brass bands and beautiful blooms at the celebration of a new garden this weekend.

Walmer Castle will stage the garden fete-style outdoor fun a month after it reopened its lost Pleasure Grounds, which were first laid out by William Pitt the Younger, after a £2.3m transformation.

Head gardener Mark Brent said: “The weekend gives us the opportunity to showcase one of Kent’s finest historical gardens and the recent restoration work we have undertaken. I can promise visitors it will be looking at its peak with the plants in the kitchen garden bursting with fruit and vegetables and the herbaceous borders in the Broadwalk looking at their colourful best.”

The lost Pleasure Grounds at Walmer Castle have been renovated and reopened
The lost Pleasure Grounds at Walmer Castle have been renovated and reopened

The Dover and Deal Beekeeping Society, the Butterfly Conservation Society and Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory will all be represented and there will be clay modelling workshops and plants to buy, including surplus plants from the castle gardens.

The Walmer Castle gardens team will lead guided walks through the newly-restored sunken glen garden and give an insight into the history of the former chalk quarry.

English Heritage has opened new garden areas at Walmer Castle
English Heritage has opened new garden areas at Walmer Castle

Young explorers can enjoy the new natural play trail along the woodland walk, complete with wobbly bridges, climbing nets and a basket swing, which was created in collaboration with George Clarke's Amazing Spaces craftsman William Hardie, or try the activity trail.

Walmer Castle's hidden gardens include a play area created with help from Amazing Spaces' William Hardie
Walmer Castle's hidden gardens include a play area created with help from Amazing Spaces' William Hardie

A marquee will house artworks by local schoolchildren inspired by the gardens.

The activities will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. Admission is £11.30, £6.80 for children between five and 17 or £29.40 for a family ticket.

Go to english-heritage.org.uk/walmercastle for more information.

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