Chadkirk Festival – the last Sunday in July – is one of those relatively rare days in the year. It’s a day when there’s an opportunity to relax and mingle, in a lovely space, with other folk, smiling, laughing, enjoying themselves.
While the Chadkirk Festival is not free, it is priced so that it is excellent value, and many of the pleasures have a very affordable price tag.
Once you’ve paid the small admission charge, there’s the beautiful Walled Garden and Chadkirk Chapel to enjoy and a flow of entertainments. On the lawned area: a performance space where visitors are entertained by a range of local groups – dancers, martial arts, birds of prey. In Chadkirk Chapel: many and varied craft stalls which are a delight to see and the Tin’stle bells, a delight to hear.
For many of the attractions, fees are kept to the minimum, so that as many visitors as possible have the chance to enjoy them – whether this involves making your own balloon sculpture or holding a bird of prey. Donkeys, spiders and ferrets will all be there to get to know a little better!
At Chadkirk, a little spending money goes a long way. There will be many delicious treats, though can there be a better bargain than the cream scones at the Friends of Chadkirk tent?
Service with a smile by volunteers. £1-50 for a delicious freshly baked scone, strawberries and a generous portion of cream. Only while stocks last! And, by the way, all proceeds from this stall go into the Friends of Chadkirk fund to develop and enhance Chadkirk, the gardens, chapel and country park. So by making any extra donations when you buy your cream tea, you can rest assured that every penny will be spent on this beautiful place.
A thumbs up from some of last year’s visitors!