Lake District-based Home & Garden Show promises to be Northern Design ‘Powerhouse’

Lake District-based Home & Garden Show promises to be Northern Design ‘Powerhouse’

Some of the North’s best makers and designers are among more than 100 exhibitors who have signed up for the Rheged Home & Garden Show 2020 (13-15 March 2020) – an event that is being billed as the only one of its kind in the UK.

Curated by two industry aficionados – Interior Designer Maureen Whitemore and Garden Designer Liz Newport – the packed three-day event will cover the full ‘A to Z’ of everything a homeowner could need for their new build or extension, restoration or garden project complete with 14 free expert talks and demos, plus a series of 12 hands-on workshops and masterclasses.

Show curators Liz & Maureen

The show is inspired by generations of local crafts people and designers, themselves in turn inspired by the beautiful English Lake District, home to some of the finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. Many of the one hundred plus exhibitors will have a uniquely Cumbrian flavour, with products crafted from authentic local materials such as Herdwick wool, Honister green slate and locally sourced sustainable hardwoods.

And the venue itself is all part of the experience:  the event takes place across five exhibition spaces at Rheged, a characterful venue (of architectural interest in its own right!)nestling on the North East edge of the Lake District. Part of the renowned Westmorland Family group of famously different motorway service areas featuring farm shops and home-cooked food from their kitchens, co-curators Maureen and Liz were drawn to Rheged’s ethos of local, traditional sourcing as an antidote to generic, mass production.

As well as championing heritage crafts and design, Rheged Home & Garden Show will promote new talent, inspire personal innovation and provide expert access to all the latest national trends including eco-friendly home solutions.  Masterclasses and talks cover a range of subjects, from organic gardening, furniture restoration and decorating challenges to willow weaving, botanical eco printing and the ancient art of gilding to name just a few.

There will also be a Gardeners’ Question Time hosted by broadcaster Eric Robson – who famously chaired BBC Radio 4’s Garden Question Time for 25 years – with proceeds going to farm-based mental health charity ‘Growing Well’. This will be complemented by a special ‘Home Build Question Time’, packed with tips and hints for hassle-free homebuilding.

To help celebrate emerging talents, two ‘Rising Stars’ have been named ahead for the show; Fellside Flower Company is a family farm growing seasonal cut flowers in the aptly named Eden Valley, while Patience and Gough thrive on transforming neglected, used and unwanted furniture.

Rheged Home and Garden Show runs from Friday 13 March to Sunday 15 March 2020. Day tickets cost £5 in advance and £7.50 on the day; the very best way to experience the show is with a weekend pass. There are just a limited number available, costing £10 each.

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