Open garden event at Locko Hall

Event date(s): 
Sun, 23/06/2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Event will be held at: 
Locko Hall

The gardens at Locko Hall are being opened for an open garden event in aid of Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre

Visitors to Locko Park can wander through the manicured gardens and woodland path, overlooked by the imposing Grade II-listed Locko Hall, which has been in the hands of the current owners since 1747, as well as see the Hall’s historic chapel.

They will be treated to music from a brass band, enjoy a cream tea or an ice cream from Derby’s ethical ice cream supplier Just Ice. There will also be book and cake stalls, Pimms and Lemonade and even the DCHC coconut shy, which makes a regular appearance at events.

Locko Park is privately-owned and very rarely opens its gardens to the public. The stunning estate parkland surrounding it was laid out in 1792 and is landscaped in the style of Capability Brown.

Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, provides week-long holidays at its Centre in Skegness for the city and county’s disadvantaged youngsters.

Lucy Palmer, the Previous High Sheriff of Derbyshire, who lives in Locko Hall and whose family have owned the estate for generations, said: “I visited the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre during my High Sheriff year. Having looked around the centre, talked with Ali the manager, had lunch and played with the children I saw how caring and conscientious the staff are and as a consequence how happy the children were.

“I am delighted to support such an inspirational charity and I have made Locko available to them for an ‘Open Garden’ to help DCHC to continue providing valuable holiday experiences for the less fortunate children of our County.”

Dave Dent, CEO of Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for the people of Derby and beyond to get a rare look around the beautiful grounds of the Locko Estate, which is steeped in history, while at the same time helping children who might never experience a holiday have a week at the seaside.

“We’d like to thank Lucy for her generosity in making Locko Park available and I’m certain families will spend a lovely afternoon there.”

Entry prices are £3.50 for adults and children 12 and over, children under the age of 12 are free. The gardens are not suitable for wheelchairs as they contain a number of steps.

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Marie Parker at Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre on 01332 345424 or email [email protected]

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