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Gardens: Be inspired (and buy) at Wyken plant fair

A chance to shop for plants and crafts while touring a must-see private garden, Wyken Plants & Crafts Fair also supports a good eco cause

Wyken Plants & Crafts Fair is back after a two-year break (stock image)
Wyken Plants & Crafts Fair is back after a two-year break (stock image)

Back for its fifteenth year following a two-year Covid hiatus, Wyken Plants & Crafts Fair is a chance to browse and buy from dozens of stalls while seeing inside one of Suffolk’s loveliest gardens.

Held in the grounds of Wyken Hall, home to Sir Kenneth and Lady Carlisle and site of the award-winning Leaping Hare restaurant, shop and weekly farmers’ market, the fair raises funds for Stanton Woodland & Wildlife Action Group. Formed in 2006, the group works to boost wildlife in and around the village and is the brains behind in-progress community woodland Sid’s Piece.

Visitors to the fair can take inspiration from the Carlisles’ flower-filled herbaceous borders, productive vegetable beds and swathes of naturalised bulbs, before shopping at more than a dozen plant stalls. Must-visits include Earl Stonham’s Perfect Perennials for cottage garden favourites and Panache Plants of Dereham, which specialises in unusual, including carnivorous, varieties.

Craft stalls will also be selling everything from jewellery to pottery, metalwork and felting, with many of the makers demonstrating their skills live on the day, and refreshments will be served, too, so you can refuel between shopping and garden-gazing.

Wyken Plants & Crafts Fair takes place at Wyken Hall, IP31 2DW, signed from the A143, on Sunday, April 24. Gates open at 10am and admission costs £3.

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