Deep in the leafy cheshire countryside lies ancient Arley Hall- one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West.
Of course the best time to visit is during the weekend of the annual Arley Garden Festival in June when the beautiful grounds are brought to life with buzz of horticultural conversation and the chinkling of champagne glasses and china as the crowds take tea on the lawns.
Once again there will be a large Floral Marquee and all manner of plant nurseries.
There's lots of horticultural accessories, a Creative Crafts marquee, a food fair in the historic Cruck Barn, delicious catering outlets, brass and jazz band entertainment as well as an art exhibition in Olympia Barn.
In the Countryside Marquee you will be able to enjoy Stick Making, Coppice Fencing and Dry Stone Wall demonstrations.
The Schools Flowerbed Challenge, which runs all weekend, will be judged on the Saturday morning by the Floral Marquee judges with a public vote taking place over the weekend, enabling all visitors to vote for their favourite flowerbed.
No visit to a grand country home would be complete without 'taking tea' so we've arranged a splendid afternoon tea to be served to our group in a beautiful Victorian Barn which has been painstakingly converted into a smart venue for social gatherings.
We've arranged a special day trip from your area to include coach travel, entrance to the Grand Hall and entrance to the Garden Festival itself and classic afternoon tea.