Town gardens set to open to raise donations

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The town will be buzzing and blooming when the Hidden Gardens and Courtyards of Wirksworth will be open to the public on June 24 and 25.

This has become a major annual attraction for people wishing to explore what is hidden behind the closed gates and high walls in the attractive and historic town.

It is the eighth year for the gardens to open and it promises even more revelations as more than 30 will be open, including several which are open for the first time.

Visitors will be surprised and entranced by small courtyards, historic house gardens and peaceful places as well as wonderful views of the town and countryside. Plant sales from local nurseries, and tea and cakes, and even some tastes of Asian food are on offer along the trail, and local shops and traders will be open for business.

A further again attraction this year is an informal Sunday afternoon concert by the Wirksworth Community Orchestra on offering a selection of light classics.

The gardens are open from 12pm to 5pm on both days and tickets for the weekend cost only £4, £3 concessions and there is no charge for children aged 16 and under.

More the £25,000 has been raised over the past seven years and all profits go to support charities and local organisations.

Everyone is welcome to head along, enjoy the unique beauty and welcoming atmosphere of Wirksworth.

If you are feeling energetic you can visit all 32 gardens on the trail or you can take time to gently meander around a few gardens, enjoy the plants and perhaps taste a few cakes as well.

The Hidden Gardens and Courtyards of Wirksworth event began in 2009. The weekend gives a unique opportunity for visitors to look behind the walls and enjoy the towns own hidden and private spaces, where every size and type of garden and courtyard space is to be found. Further details are available from or by calling 01629 822539.