Gardens open their gates to visitors

Longhorst Open Gardens.'All aboard - Chris Lediard with his train at Croft House and passengers Grace and Lauren Hanson.
Longhorst Open Gardens.'All aboard - Chris Lediard with his train at Croft House and passengers Grace and Lauren Hanson.
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THE picturesque private gardens of Longhirst will be opened up to the public this weekend.

The Longhirst Open Gardens event is held every other year, allowing visitors to the village to explore its residents’ gardens and also take a closer look at St John’s Church.

This year will be the fourth time the event has taken place and eight gardens will be opened up. They are of various styles, but flowers and displays will be in abundance.

In addition to the attraction of the gardens, there will be lots more for the whole family to enjoy, including choral presentations in the church, a vintage coach ride and a miniature steam railway.

The Village Hall will host a crafts exhibition, plant sales, a raffle and tombola, as well as morning coffee, lunches and teas.

Profits will be split between a fund at St John’s Church to restore the north windows and the Village Hall to contribute to its running expenses.

The event takes place on Saturday, from 11am to 5pm, and on Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, after which the floral arrangements in the church will be auctioned.

Entry costs £5 per day, or £8 for the weekend. Accompanied children free.