Cromer Gardening Festival - 19th May 2018
Crab and Lobster festival fringe in North Lodge Park
For 2018 there is a new fringe festival on Saturday 19th May: a Gardening Festival to be held in North Lodge Park in Cromer. This event will build on the enormous success of the Crab and Lobster Festival, providing the thousands of visitors with additional activities and extending the festival across the town.
During the day there will be numerous gardening themed events for all from experienced gardeners to young gardeners, with a range of gardening related stalls, including plant specialists, selling a range of plants and other products for the garden.
"There will be a plant swap area for gardeners who may have too many Dahlias and want some Delphiniums or want to swap a couple of Asters for some Antirrhinum" said Val McCampling who looks after the Park gardening volunteers. "Most gardeners have an excess of some plants and really want something else. We thought the gardening festival would be a great forum for gardeners to swap plants as well as ideas".
Gardening volunteers are creating a show garden on the Park, like Chelsea Flower Show gardens which happens to open straight after the Cromer festival, highlighting some of the plants that grow well on the north Norfolk Coast. "We've designed the garden to show which plants are suitable for this north facing coastal position" said Jim Bond fromCromer in Bloom who have designed the garden. "We'll be on hand all day to discuss the ideas behind the show garden"
The Bucket List from Overstrand will be at the festival selling their ever-popular hand-cut chips with bespoke toppings; the Park cafe - Crepes and Cakes - will be open all day. For those in need after a long day in Cromer, the Massage Hutwill be at the festival offering holistic massage.
There will be a range of creative activities for children including making a mini-scarecrow or lighthouse. There will also be a sunflower competition, where entrants will help the garden volunteers in the Park by planting a sunflower – the tallest of which in the summer will be awarded a prize.
North Lodge Park is a cliff top park on the eastern edge of the town centre, with a volunteer group helping look after some of the gardens, operate the cafe and organise events across the year. The garden Fringe Festival will be run by the Friends.