The autumn sees the annual summer season drawing to a close at Burnby Hall Gardens.
While we remain open all year, and our autumn and winter vistas are always worth seeing, it is the spring and summer seasons which attract the most visitors to our award-winning gardens. 2015 has been a superb year so far with nearly 50,000 visitors coming to see us.
In April, the annual Tulip Festival, run in association with Chelsea Flower Show award winners Bloms Bulbs, was a really popular start to the season, with several thousand visitors coming to see our displays of over 14,000 tulips planted throughout the Gardens. We think this one has been our best festival to date and plans are already underway to build on this for 2016.
Our children’s events were extremely well attended this year, with activities ranging from a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, to Explorer and Pirate days and falconry displays.
Younger really ones enjoyed the opportunity to make mud pies on our Crafty with Nature day, but by far the most popular children’s event was our Fairy and Pixie Day, which saw our largest single number of visitors in a day this year.
We’ve been helped this year by some fantastic people. These have included Helen Steele, who devises themed craft activities linked to the children’s events; Ron Wood, whose excellent Punch and Judy show went down really well in the summer holidays; Eagle Eye Falconry who provided superb displays of their birds of prey; and Rusticus Theatre, whose character actors made our explorer, fairy and pirate days so very special for those who attended. We’re really grateful to all of them and to everyone who has helped us this year.
Spending a relaxing summer afternoon in the gardens with good quality bands is a unique feature of the hall each year. The bands have been superb, and the feedback received extremely positive.
We’re also grateful to Pocklington Town Council who kindly sponsored three of these concerts, and work has already been completed on a band programme for 2016 which sees all of our popular bands returning once again.
So, all in all, it’s been a really busy but very rewarding season for everyone connected with Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, and we’re already looking forward to next year.