Gardens gears up for new season of events

The new season at Burnby Hall Gardens gets underway on Saturday.
The new season at Burnby Hall Gardens gets underway on Saturday.

This year promises to be another exciting year at Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum where staff and trustees have been getting ready for their new season which begins on Saturday (19 March).

Pocklington’s award-winning Gardens are home to a national collection of more than 100 varieties of Nymphaea (Hardy Water Lilies), one of only two in the United Kingdom, which are in bloom on the lakes from June to August.

The attraction begins its events with the fourth annual Tulip Festival, featuring in excess of 14,000 tulips with more than 30 varieties on display throughout the Gardens between 23 April and 7 May. This event is expected to draw many thousands of visitors. The tulips can be seen formally displayed in tubs throughout the Gardens and in the numerous flower beds throughout the site, providing a cascade of colour and beauty for the spring.

The festival is once again being run in conjunction with the award-winning Bloms Bulbs, who achieved Gold for their own tulip display at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.

The Gardens’ very popular children’s events are held during the spring and summer holidays and this year include a Circus Day, a Great Wizards’ Gathering, and the return of the ever-popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic where children are asked to bring a favourite cuddly toy along with them to take part in themed activities.

June sees a free evening event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday when Market Weighton band ‘The Good Old Boys’ will be performing.

Lincoln-based Chapterhouse Theatre Company return in July and August to perform ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ and traditional Sunday brass band concerts begin again on 24 April, and run every fortnight throughout the summer.

From April until July, amateur photographers are being invited to submit entries for a photographic competition on a theme of ‘Burnby Hall Gardens through the seasons’, with the twelve winning pictures being featured in a special 2017 Burnby Hall Gardens Calendar.

A spokesperson for the Gardens said: “We’re really looking forward to what we know will be another fantastic season at Burnby Hall Gardens.

“Everyone has been working really hard over the winter to ensure that the Gardens continue to look beautiful and we’ve put together a programme which has something for everyone in it.”

The Gardens open between 10am and 5.30pm daily from Saturday. Full details of the 2016 programme can also be found at or via Facebook.