THE owners of a historic country estate will once again open their idyllic gardens to the public for a day of fun this Bank Holiday Monday.
For the sixth year running, Katie and Robin Neilson, owners of Catton Hall, near Walton on Trent, are hosting a bank holiday garden party.
The event is held to raise money for the four local churches of Walton, Rosliston, Linton with Castle Gresley and Croxall.
This year the garden party will also raise funds for another good cause.
The organisers have joined forces with St Giles Hospice to help celebrate its 30th Anniversary.
Peter Holiday, St Giles chief executive, said: “We now have to raise £5 million per year to support our services.
“Events such as this are fundamental to the ability of the hospice to provide its services free of charge to the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Youngsters from Burton Venture Trust will again abseil from the roof of Catton Hall to signal the start of the event.
They will also offer the opportunity for visitors to have a try at caving and abseiling under their expert tuition.
An exciting addition for the 2013 event will see keen cooks getting the chance to pick up tips from Brendan Lynch, finalist in BBC’s 2012 Great British Bake Off.
He will be doing demonstrations at Seasoned Cookery School, based in the old stables at Catton.
Other attractions include a bouncy castle, dog show, face painting, balloon modelling, sheep-handling demonstrations, go-karts and a rifle range.
There will be more stalls than ever selling a wide range of crafts and gifts, home-made cakes, plants, and books.
Cream teas will be in the capable hands of the Catton tea ladies and there will also be a barbecue, sandwich stall, a fully licensed bar, a specialist coffee stand and of course ice cream.
The garden party will be held from 11am to 4pm on Monday. Entrance is £3, with under 5s free and a family ticket is £10.
Further information is available at www.catton-garden-party.com or by calling 01283 712222.