7th July 2018
POPULAR tourist attraction and historic landmark, Alton Castle, will be opening it's doors as part of an annual Garden Party and Castle Open Day.
The spectacular setting will once again become the magnificent backdrop for one of the longest-established fundraising events in the historic Staffordshire village of Alton.
All proceeds from this annual family event go towards St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and to Alton Castle, which last year celebrated its 20th year as a Catholic Youth Retreat Centre in the village.
The entertainment starts at 2pm on Saturday, July 7 with maypole dancing by pupils from St Thomas’ Catholic School in Tean, a performance by Painsley Catholic College Musicians and a display by pupils from Faber Catholic Primary School in Cotton.
The Cheadle Community Band will be performing once again this year at different times during the afternoon.
There will be lots of other activities during the afternoon, including a World Cup football challenge, crate climbing, archery, an adventure course and led cycle rides through the grounds of Alton Castle.
The JCB digger experience is always very popular and, for children who are no more than 8 years old, a bouncy castle will form part of the excitement on what promises to be a fun-filled afternoon.
There will be a chance to get a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse of Alton Caste with guided tours of the Gothic-style castle during the afternoon. Tours of St. John the Baptist Church will also be available.
A regular feature of the Garden Party is the interesting range of stalls in the Castle grounds, including tombola, bottle and book stalls, as well as craft and decorative displays.
A fundraising garage sale will also take place will also take place during the afternoon.
Refreshments will be served all afternoon and hot barbecue food will also be on sale. The action-packed afternoon will end at 4.15pm with a fundraising Duck Race.
Admission to the Garden Party is excellent value at just £1 for adults and free entry for children. Dogs are not permitted at the grounds.
Later in the evening, there will be an outdoor concert with musical entertainment provided by local band, Hot Dinosaurs.
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic in time for a 8pm start. Tickets will be available on the gate at £3 for adults and free entry for children.
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