Advance online tickets for the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2015 have gone on sale – just use the link above to save £1 on the £5 on-the-day entry price. Accompanied children go free, and all tickets will also include a £1 money-off voucher for a hot or cold drink at Rheged during the event, which takes place on Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1. Advance £4 tickets can also be bought by calling the Rheged Box Office on 01768 868000 or in person at the Rheged Box Office.
“We’ve kept the show ticket price down to encourage people to come and find out for themselves what’s on offer,” says Claire Logan-Stephens of The Westmorland Group, which owns Rheged. “There will be some extra costs if people want to see our celebrity guests present in the theatre or a couple of other events within the show, but almost everything is included in the ticket price. That includes a great programme of exhibitor demonstrations and talks that Liz Newport and Maureen Whitemore are working on at the moment.”
Maureen Whitemore, Cumbria’s Life’s regular interiors columnist, has been recognised as an expert in her field for over 40 years. In that time, she has taught interior design across the UK and in the US, Europe and South Africa, published books on soft furnishing and, throughout those four decades, designed and refurbished interiors for private clients and the hospitality sector across the north of England and beyond.
Whitemore & Thwaytes Interior Design is based in Penrith (on Lowther Street in the New Streets area of the town) where Maureen employs seven people in her showroom and workshop. The business offers clients everything from a roll of wallpaper or a few metres of fabric to a full interior design service. Pulling together a team of builders, crafts people and artisans, Maureen and her team specialise in project management, creating something unique without any worry for the client. All the making up and purchasing is run from her Penrith premises.
“We aim to make people feel comfortable and able to share their ideas,” says Maureen. “It is very much about creating the room or home that the client wants, not just our ideas. What I love about this approach is that I can work alongside the client to create a home they will really love – and we can have fun pulling it together too.”
Maureen has had a monthly column in Cumbria Life for a year now and is a brilliant advocate for striking design and beautiful craftsmanship, especially if it comes from in or around Cumbria.
“The Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2015 is an opportunity to mimic that same approach to celebrating the best of modern designers and makers,” says Maureen. “The enthusiasm from businesses is tremendous and we’re creating a wonderful showcase of talent and a great shop window for everyone taking part.”
To buy advance tickets, saving £1 on the £5 normal price, use the link below.
Garden designer, Liz Newport, is one of the partners involved in putting together the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2015. Liz runs her business, known as Buzy Lizzie, from home near Penrith and has clients across Cumbria. She offers “dream gardens by design” and has the expertise to transform any garden from an urban back yard to a patch of wild Cumbrian hillside.
One of Liz’s specialities is designing a garden to reflect the local landscape and geology. Her designs always ensure that as many of the hard landscaping materials as possible are recycled from the previous garden and re-used on site and she also prides herself on creating wildlife-friendly gardens that make the most of the north of England’s native shrubs and plants. Added to all that, Liz has a reputation for designing gardens that look established in their location from the first summer if it is at all possible.
Liz often works with her husband, Phil and his team of landscapers. Trading as Wildroof Landscapes, Phil’s award-winning business specialises in complete garden makeovers for domestic clients and they also build bespoke green roofs too – and he’ll be exhibiting at the Show too!
“There are so many great garden-related businesses in the north of England and I am thoroughly enjoying being a part of bringing them together for the Show,” says Liz.
Further information on many of the garden exhibitors will be posted here by Liz in the weeks to come. To buy advance tickets, saving £1 on the £5 normal price, use the link below.