New garden themed festival


A new Garden and Allotment Festival with the local community at its heart will be held on 8 and 9 September in the gardens of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.


10 July 2012

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity which cares for the world famous cottage and gardens where Shakespeare wooed his future wife, is opening the grounds of the cottage for a festival weekend celebrating the best of the local community.    The Trust is offering free stalls to community groups and charities from the Stratford area to get involved in what promises to be a weekend packed with activities.

There will be demonstrations and workshops covering gardening skills from visiting guests and the Trust’s gardeners, and crafts such as quilting, lavender pressing and bee-keeping  together with theatre performances, children’s activities, story telling and yoga. The event even has its own logo created by Megan Charles who won a competition at Shottery St Andrews Primary School to design a new logo for the festival.

Abi Moore, operations manager at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, said, “This is something very different for us. Anne Hathaway’s attracts visitors from far and wide but it is also an intrinsic part of what makes Shottery special, and we wanted to put on an event which is especially for our local community. We are putting the focus on our extensive grounds and developing a programme of garden and allotment inspired activities.  We already have strong support for the festival from Stratford in Bloom, Transition Stratford and the Hathaway Quilters, who are helping to organise the event, and we hope that many more groups will join in.”

Stalls are available to all local not for profit organisations and can be produce or craft related and there is also the opportunity to have information stalls for local community groups and charities. However, there is a limit to how many stalls that can fit on site so anyone interested should register their interest and details of what they would like their stall to contain by emailing: allotmentfestival@shakespeare.org.uk .   All applications must be made by 1 August and stallholders must be able to provide their own stall and have no power or water needs.

Two local charities, Mencap and Springfield Mind, are each developing a new allotment in the Cottage grounds over the course of the summer to promote the forthcoming festival.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has also introduced a summer programme of regular garden talks and demonstrations every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 24 July – 5 September http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/whats-on/garden-tours-and-talks.html.

Festival details can be found on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust web site www.shakespeare.org.uk