York Gate FestivalIf you live in the North York Gate Summer Festival will be the top attraction. Toby Buckland will be there on Monday to open the week and there is an interesting array of events all week, including a poetry evening. York Gate Garden, Adel, Leeds and Perennial – the horticulturists’ charity that owns it – are celebrating summer ’09 with a summer festival. York Gate Garden is widely recognised as one of Britain’s most inspirational small gardens and an outstanding example of 20th century garden design.

Other events follow in the week culminating on Saturday 18th July with a Family Fun Day from 11 am to 5 pm. There will be lots to do and see, including a specially designed and created willow labyrinth by one of the garden volunteers, an opportunity for children to work with a professional artist, traditional and more unusual fete games, gardening activities, juggler and balloon artist, jazz band and a chance to meet and learn about reptiles. There will be prizes for the Kid’s Assemble a Compost Bin competition. Competitors usually find that it is so easy they can do it in under 2 minutes. Entry for children is free accompanied by an adult at £3.50, which includes entry to the garden and an opportunity to view and purchase exhibits by local artists. Pay at the gate. In the evening there is a Ceilidh and Hog Roast at 7pm priced £10.

 For tickets and details of the other events, phone 0845 6760636 or online at www.perennial.org.uk. Sunday 19th July, Mini Plant Fair 11am to 3 pm. Normal garden admission £3.50 adult, accompanied children free. Talk by Joe Maiden of BBC Radio Leeds 2.30pm £5 including garden admission.
The Garden is located: Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, LS16 8PW