Diary Dates


March

Viola & Pansy Festival

Saturday 17th - Sunday 25th March 2018


Viola and pansies are very important plants in our gardens. During the long frosty months of winter and early spring, they are among the hardiest, longest flowering and most colourful plants we have. Violas are also uniquely able to fill that colour gap between our spring flowering plants and the summer bedding plants.
Meadow Croft has held Viola and Pansy Festivals every March since 2004.
It is the public face of the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in Great Britain, with seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world.
Each year new and experimental varieties are displayed for the first time. All the plants for the festival are grown by W D Smith & Son, owners of Meadow Croft Garden Centre in their own glasshouses nearby, and then moved to the Garden Centre for the Festival.
The past fourteen years have seen surprising changes in the cultivars on display, not just new colours or larger flowers, but very significant developments in the shape and habit of some new varieties. We now have plants that really do trail and spread, making them much more suitable for containers and hanging baskets.
Each year visitors to the festival play an important part, by voting for their favourite varieties from amongst those displayed. The votes are counted and the ‘Top Ten’ Festival Favourites published in the gardening and trade press. 




*NEW FOR 2018* Flower Power Weekends

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March

Join us for a groovy weekend, vote for your favourite flowers whilst listening to some live music and enjoying our indoor BBQ.  More details to follow shortly.

BBQ - 11.30am-2.30pm each day.

Live singers from 12.30pm-2.00pm each day.









April

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Tuesday 4th April, 3pm-5pm

Step into the surreal world of the Mad Hatter.  Meet Alice, Tweedle-Dum, Tweedle-Dee, the Mad March Hare and the Mad Hatter himself as you enjoy an afternoon tea fit for a Queen.  Eat me? Drink me? What could be curiouser?

Adults £15.00 and children £7.50

SOLD OUT









July

The Schools in Bloom competition winners are announced. Every year, schools from the local district are invited to take part in the competition, which involves growing a variety of plug plants provided by us in their school grounds. 











November

The German Market opens in November and will be open daily throughout the festive season. 

However, if you’d like to attend one of the German Market evenings that we host, read on for more information. Parking tickets are required for the evening events and details of how to book will be posted here.

Daytime Opening 2018

The German Market will be open daily from  November (date to be confirmed)  until Christmas Eve during our opening hours:

Monday - Saturday 9am-5.30pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

We serve hot food in the German Market from 10am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am - 4pm on Sunday.  Our restaurant is also open as usual.






German Market Evening

Thursday 8th November, 6pm - 9pm

Entry is free but car parking tickets must be booked in advance. 

Come and join us for an evening of festive shopping.  Enjoy over 20 stalls festooned with authentic German products whilst savouring a German beer, Gluhwein or Bratwurst from our German food stall.


German Market Evening

Thursday 22nd November, 6pm-9pm

Entry is free but car parking tickets must be booked in advance. 

Come and join us for an evening of festive shopping.  Enjoy over 20 stalls festooned with authentic German products whilst savouring a German beer, Gluhwein or Bratwurst from our German food stall.


December




Breakfast Workshop with the Elves 2018


Sunday 2nd, Sunday 9th, Sunday 16th, Sunday 23rd December 9am-10.15am
£12.99 per ticket
Tickets are limited and go on sale Friday 5th October at 9am.

Go on a magical journey with the Elves and St Nicholas in our German Market inspired workshop.  Where you'll learn how to make a real fir table centre for Christmas, make and decorate special elf boots for St Nicholas to fill with chocolate and listen to the story of St Nicholas. When St Nic comes to say hello, we'll learn who made the nice list and then enjoy a lovely breakfast of sausage hot-dogs or hand-made waffles topped with treats or an afternoon light tea of the same.  All led by the mischevious Meadow Croft Elves.