Burnby Hall is raring to go

Burnby Hall gardens
Burnby Hall gardens

BURNBY Hall and Gardens is gearing up for the summer season with a bumper programme of events and some exciting additions to the estate.

One new attraction is the introduction of Simply Books at Burnby Hall which takes residence in the gift shop area following its departure from Market Street.

Sara Waddington, who ran the bookshop in Pocklington town centre for six years before its closure, said that she hoped its new home would appeal to Simply Books’ previous loyal customers.

“We felt that it was really important for Pocklington to continue to have an independent bookshop,” said Sara, who is also the new communications, retail and marketing manager for Burnby Hall and Gardens.

“We still run all the services we did in the old shop, including ordering books and sourcing books that are out of print, and we wanted to create a lovely environment for people to come and shop in.

“There has been a complete overhaul of the gift shop area and I think that people who haven’t been here for a while will be nicely surprised by all the work we have done.”

Another new attraction for this year is the creation of a ‘stumpery’ and ‘hobbit house’.

The tiny endearing ‘house’ has been moulded out of the earth and is sure to delight children and adults alike, while the stumpery is a collection of huge tree stumps brought in from across Yorkshire which will be planted out with wild flowers.

Estate manager Ian Murphy said: “Some of the stumps are 70 years old, and we hope that they will last at least another 30 or more.

“We always try to produce something new every year, and this is going to be an ongoing project for the next three years or so.

“We hope that our visitors will enjoy it.”

There is plenty going on at the gardens throughout the summer, with an emphasis on more family-orientated events, as Sara explains: “We really want the people of Pocklington to bring their families along and enjoy our events.

“The gardens are a beautiful, tranquil place, so our children’s activities will always take place on Wednesdays.”

Among the special events planned for this year are a May Day celebration with Maypole dancing and traditional crafts and a garden party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 4 June followed by an evening of music and celebration for ticket holders.

Richard Haynes, chairman of the Burnby Hall and Gardens trust, is looking forward to the season.“We are very excited about what Sara is bringing to the trust, and the shop in particular, and we are hoping for a great summer,” he said.