Norfolk Lavender Festival supports Norfolk Hospice

Billy Winter at Norfolk Lavendar in Heacham. Picture: Ian Burt

Billy Winter at Norfolk Lavendar in Heacham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT


Norfolk Lavender will be celebrating the first harvest of their crop with their annual festival this weekend.

The summer event which is on Saturday and Sunday at Norfolk Lavender in Heacham, will be raising funds for The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House in Snettisham.

Festival organisers hope to top the £6,500 they have previously raised in recent years for the hospice.

Norfolk Lavender manager Julie Winter said: 'I think it's very good how much we have raised so far and hopefully this year we will add to that amount.

'We like to raise money for the hospice as it is a local charity and have done since just before 2009.

Mrs Winter added: 'We have two bands this year, the Hilgay Silver Band and the Hilgay All Stars jazz band and we also have a bouncy castle for the children which is free.'

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The festival is open from 9am until 5pm both days and it has something for everyone and promises to be a fun day out for the whole family.

Children can see miniature ponies in the animal farm, have their faces painted and also have a play at in the Farmer Freds indoor adventure barn.

Adults will be able to enjoy a glass of Pimm's, browse the craft stalls and gain plant knowledge from the head gardener.

The Norfolk Falconry and a beekeeper will also be there and visitors can experience the lavender being distilled.

Mark Shea, The Norfolk Hospice's commercial director, thanked Norfolk Lavender for their continuing support.

He said: 'The hospice could not function without businesses like Norfolk Lavender raising funds for the charity.

'We are striving to raise additional funds to support the provision of new services when we open the new hospice facility in Hillington later this year.

'The Norfolk Lavender festival has contributed greatly to our fundraising in the past and I hope this year will do the same, while providing as ever, a tremendously enjoyable day out for the whole family.'