Downham Hall gardens open with First World War theme

The gardens at Downham Hall which are open to the public this weekend. (s)
The gardens at Downham Hall which are open to the public this weekend. (s)

Downham Hall opens its gardens to the public this weekend – Saturday July 12th and Sunday July 13th – this year in aid of Downham Village Hall and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, there will be a special display of WWI artefacts and memorabilia, while Egypt Company of the Lancashire Army Cadet Force will be organising a climbing wall for visitors to try out.

A bed in the garden has been planted with poppies to mark the occasion, and all veterans and serving soldiers will be admitted to the event free of charge on production of ID.

The weekend will feature music from Clitheroe Town Band, the Barnoldswick Brass Band and the Lancashire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums, as well as performances by the Clitheroe Grand Choir, the Ardenettes and a jazz ensemble.

A multitude of stalls and attractions add to the festive atmosphere, including WI Cakes, Mouse Enterprises’ pickles, cordials and jams, pies from the Cumbrian Pig Company, a plant stall run by Stanley Grange and books. There will also be children’s activities including a coconut shy and key game, plus a tombola, raffles, human fruit machine, ice creams and delicious cream teas.

Sunday additionally sees a special display of classic Alvis cars outside the front of the house.

Ribble Valley Breast Friends will be manning an information stand at the event and there is also the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Soldiers’ Charity and joining the Army Cadet Force.

ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity was established in 1944 and, since then, has been providing vital financial assistance to all soldiers, veterans and their families when in need.

Entry is £5 and children under 12 will be admitted free. Opening hours are 2 to 4 pm on each day.

Downham Hall’s gardens. (s)