If you've ever wondered what this 18th century house looks like inside, now is your chance. On 15th and 16th September the grand doors of Aske Hall will be open to the public. Situated just outside Richmond, Aske Hall is surrounded by extensive woodlands and parkland designed by Capability Brown. The guided tours begin at 10 am, 11am and noon. Booking is advisable : 01748 822000
Richmond, DL10 5HJ
An 18th century walled garden, with fabulous views of Richmond Castle and Culloden Tower, will open briefly to the public on Sunday 29 August.
The garden was built by John Yorke, who lived in a mansion by the River Swale. The mansion was demolished in the early 19th century, and the Walled Garden became a market garden. The owners, Dennis and Marcia McLuckie, have restored the garden over the last nine years or so, adding shrubs, trees, lawns, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and a vegetable garden around the existing trees and pathways. A recent addition is a stream that bubbles between ponds, a reminder of the underground streams that flow under the garden.
Artist Judi Allinson will again be painting the flowers and trees in the garden, and she will have on sale prints and cards of her work.
Admission, from 1 to 5:30 pm, costs £5 (free for under-16s). Teas and cakes will be available for sale. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding Richmond 950.
The garden is on a hill, and while the main grass paths are accessible with a wheelchair, they are quite steep.
Mr Yorke's Walled Garden is at 1a Cravengate, Richmond DL10 4RE; park in Newbiggin, or the Market Place, or Nun's Close Car Park.
Photo by Moira Cosgrove.