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Fun-packed day at Burnby Hall

The Wolds Wonders will be performing at the Community Event Day.
The Wolds Wonders will be performing at the Community Event Day.

Burnby Hall Gardens is hosting a Community Event Day on Wednesday 25 July between 11am and 4pm.

The event will be celebrating the success of the Golden Jubilee Restoration Project so far with a fun-filled day of family and community activities.

Some of the amazing waterlilies created at Burnby Hall Gardens.

Some of the amazing waterlilies created at Burnby Hall Gardens.

East Riding residents are being invited to go along and enjoy the activities, including:

l A fantastic time travelling performance inspired by The Stewart Family.

‘From Waterlilies to Desert Sands’ is a theatrical performance by Wolds Wonders at 12pm and 2.30pm

The Wolds Wonders members are all adults with learning disabilities and through a mix of original song, drama and dance, they will give visitors an entertaining and humorous glimpse of what life might have been like with the Stewarts, both at home and on their travels to exotic places.

l Family crafts in the bandstand – make your own waterlily to take home or donate to the venue’s Giant Waterlily artwork.

There’s also a treasure hunt around the garden.

l The grand unveiling of the Giant Waterlily created by local artist Martin Waters, using plastics recycled from your donated plastic bottles (unveiling at 3pm).

l Take your own Rock Garden selfie and tours of the Edwardian Potting Shed at 11.30am and 3.30pm.

l Community exhibition in the Learning Zone, available to drop-in and see from 11am to 4pm.

This features a display on the Stewart’s travels by the research volunteers, including the chance to see original objects as well as Pocklington Camera Club canvases on the Project.

Research volunteer Geoff Sidwell will be giving a talk at 11am about the ancestors of Katharine Stewart, the Priestmans – ‘Burnby Hall Gardens, built on coal and the Priestman family fortune’. The talk will be in the Learning Zone.

In 2016 Burnby Hall Gardens was awarded £634,800, funded with thanks to National Lottery Players. This grant is essential for ensuring the famous Hardy Waterlily collection is safeguarded for future generations.