Newby Hall near Ripon is primed to open its gardens for the new season.
A total of 20 special events are planned as part of the late 17th Century house’s programme for 2014.
Some old favourites return, including the Spring Plant Fair, Tractor Fest and the Globe Theatre’s touring company, along with new additions, such as the Newby Food Festival and a First World War concert – part of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
Newby will continue its programme of triathlon events in partnership with Functional Fitness Events, while for those who prefer to spectate, the National Duathlon Championships will be a big draw.
The hall is opening a designated camping and park and ride site for the Tour de France in July.
A Hall spokesperson said: “The mild winter has led to a glorious showing of early colour in the gardens, with the gardening team’s winter precautions largely not needed. “The only winter casualties are some of the early flowering magnolias, caught by this week’s frosts, but many other magnolias, camellias and fruit trees will be awash with delicate blooms for weeks to come.
“This summer will also give garden lovers their first chance to see the new planting scheme in the famous double herbaceous border.
“The first four beds have been replanted in an updated style, with the full renovation due for completion in spring 2015.”
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