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Seasonal Event, Sun 22 Oct 2017, free entry

Plant up

Plant up

Plant up - Mass bulb planting event and more.


Come Planting
Lowther Castle to stage a mass volunteer bulb plant.
Are you a gardener? A foodie? A parent? Why not bring your family to Lowther Castle on October 22nd and take part in a mass bulb-plant?
Lowther Castle has a history of mass bulb-plantings – indeed, in 2012, a world record was made there when over 600 volunteers planted 106,652 daffodil bulbs in just under three hours. This half-term, the bulb-plant will involve 28,000 Camassia bulbs to be planted in the long grasses on either side of the south lawns. Volunteers will be assisted by horticultural students from Newton Rigg college. Camassia are native to North America and produce tall spikes of starry blue or white flowers in the spring. In the US, the indigenous Indians traditionally roasted and ate the bulbs, which they called quamash. (Apparently roasted Camassia taste like sweet potatoes.) The bulbs are being supplied by top wholesale nursery, Gee Tee Bulb Company of Spalding in Lincolnshire.
Alongside the bulb-planting, Lowther is hosting a seasonal food and plant fair. Judy Popley, renowned for her fairs throughout the north (Flower Power Fairs), has assembled a crack team of nurseries who will bring bulbs and other plants to sell in the courtyard. Among the nurseries she is presenting are two BBC Gardeners’ World regulars, John Cullen Gardens and Hare Spring Cottage Plants. Hare Spring currently holds the National Collection of Camassia. Pretty Ugly Plants from Scotland will be bringing their collection of carnivorous plants - to delight and fascinate you all.
Food stalls will include chutneys, cheeses and pies; and for the hungry planter, Mansergh Hall Farm hog roast will be selling delicious hot piggy buns. In the gardens, an array of chutney sports and seasonal craft activities will also be on offer (free with admission).
So if you would like to get your half term off to a crackling start, come along to Plant Up at Lowther Castle on October 22nd. Bring your children, your gardening gloves, your shopping baskets and an empty stomach. All ages are welcome. No experience necessary. Equipment provided.
Volunteer planters will be given free entry to Lowther Castle & Gardens.
Please note: Free places should be reserved in advance.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 22 Oct 2017 10:00 to 16:00


Free entry

Suitable for all ages. No experience required. Planters each receive free entry to Lowther Castle and Gardens.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct Half Term Horrors
Sun 22 Oct Plant up
Fri 27 Oct Halloween
Fri 27 Oct - Sun 17 Dec Night At The Castle


Lowther Castle,
CA10 2HG


Signposted from the A6 at Hackthorpe, within 15 minutes of M6 junctions 39 and 40, and the A66 from Penrith.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

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