On of Cumbria’s most historic properties is set to welcome crowds of visitors to its bank holiday celebration of spring.

Holker Hall and Gardens will host its three day spring fair from Saturday, May 4 to bring together food and craft exhibitors from across the North West with lively, family-friendly entertainment set against the backdrop of a magnificent stately home.

The event has been timed to perfectly coincide with thousands of majestic spring bulbs in the grounds hitting peak colour.

Holker Hall and Gardens general manager Heather Creasey said the weekend would have something for the whole family to enjoy.

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“This is another lovely, long bank holiday weekend and we’re looking forward to welcoming people through the gates for each of its three days.

“We had a record number of visitors over Easter so we’re hoping many will come back to see what we’ve got in store for them at our spring celebration.”

Heather added: “The timing of the fair is also perfect as the spring planting in the gardens is also just about to reach its very best before the summer displays edge their way towards centre stage.”

The May Day weekend is set to offer something different everyday – beginning with a bustling spring market on Saturday followed by the Holker barbecue feast from 5pm.

Sunday, May 5 will offer a further opportunity to browse the stalls in The Courtyard and Piazza with visitors also having the chance to visit the 400-year-old hall and its award-winning gardens with bank holiday Monday, May 6 boasting a vintage-style singer to add to the relaxed atmosphere of the day.

The spring market will feature artisan food producers, flowers, plants and handmade gifts.

Younger visitors will be kept busy with a mini farm and circus workshops.

The Holker spring fair will be open from 11am until 5pm Saturday and 10.30am to 5pm Sunday and Monday and will cost £3 per adult. Accompanied children go free.

Entry to the hall on Saturday will be until 1pm with the gardens closing at 3pm for a wedding – reopening as usual on Sunday and Monday.