Chichele Garden Fair

our annual event for garden lovers

celebrating the Town Charters of Higham Ferrers

This year's Fair provides something for all the family with children’s activities, art and heritage as well as much for the garden lover to enjoy, of course.

We are delighted to launch the Charter Exhibition to promote their importance to the town’s heritage. Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership have been working in partnership with the Town Council to restore and conserve our precious Charters and raise awareness of their existence and significance to the development of Higham Ferrers. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding this is happening with the Charters currently undergoing restoration by professional conservators, and lots of exciting educational and celebratory events taking place in the town.

Don’t miss the art work by local children and young people. You can see wonderful models, drawings and paintings of castles on display in the college. And once again Year 6 pupils are creating Scarecrows; this year representing characters named in the 1251 Charter and you are invited to choose a winner.

'Our Heritage' was the theme for 2018

As well as many plants and garden items for sale, the Garden Fair offered:

  • craft demonstration by Colemans Craft Warehouse
  • children’s activity – Pot decorating and planting seeds by Wyevale Garden Centre
  • display of Higham Ferrers through the Ages from Roman to Victorian Scarecrows by Higham Ferrers Junior School, sponsored by Waitrose.

In the College building we were delighted to:

  • launch the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust Humphry Repton Exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of this great landscape gardener, who produced Red Books for Finedon Hall and Barton Hall
  • display art by local children – the Art Competitions were sponsored by Colemans; for younger children the theme was The Buildings of Higham Ferrers and for the Ferrers School students, A Flavour of Higham Ferrers.

Another successful day – see more >>

By Charlotte Mantle, Higham Ferrers Junior School

Garden Fair May 2017

The theme last year was walled kitchen gardens and we were proud to launch Northamptonshire Gardens Trust Walled Kitchen Garden Exhibition to be on display throughout the summer at Podington Wyevale Garden Centre.

As well as many plants and garden items for sale, the Garden Fair offered:

  • cookery demonstration by a MasterChef semi-finalist, Mary Hendry
  • craft demonstration by Colemans Craft Warehouse
  • display of Celebrity Chef Scarecrows by Higham Ferrers Junior School.

In the College building we were delighted to display tray gardens created by local children and art by students of the Ferrers School.

The day was a huge success – Look what you missed!

Second prize winner in art competion

In 2016 our theme was Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

Many hundreds of people enjoyed a truly community focused event, learning a little more about garden history, buying plants and produce or simply relaxing in the special atmosphere of the Chichele College Garden and savouring Capabili-Teas.

See more …

Scarecrow competition by local school

Interested in taking part in 2019?

To take part, please email us, or call 01933 314006.