Wirksworth is known as the ‘Gem of the Peak District’ and Wirksworth’s Hidden Courtyards and Gardens Weekend gives visitors an opportunity to see this intriguing and quirky town. Visitors can enjoy the plants, flowers and vistas offered by the thirty gardens which are opening to the public on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June from 12 noon to 5pm. Jane Aitman, one of the organisers, said, “thirty gardens is probably the highest number of gardens that any town has ever opened”. They range from pretty courtyards and small hidden gems to well-established large gardens.
Throughout the weekend there will be cakes and refreshments available both in the town and in several gardens and plants will be on sale at Wirksworth’s Secret Orchard Nursery and walled garden. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway will be operating all weekend and visitors have a chance to experience a journey along the Ecclesbourne Valley and enjoy the flower and plant displays at the stations en route.
Tickets for the gardens can be used on both days and cost £5, £4 concessions, and are free for under 16 year olds. Visitors will be given a wonderful trail guide with brief descriptions of the gardens. All proceeds go to charity and to support local groups so visitors will be enjoying the delights of Wirksworth and supporting good causes at the same time.
Further information can be found at wirksworthopen gardens.co.uk or by telephoning 01629 822539.