SION HILL HALL – Sunday 16 June 2019

June country garden summer
H.W. Mawer Trust, Design Michael Mallaby
Sion Hill Hall, Yorkshire
Marcus Harpur


A brand new venue and what a wonderful venue this is. Described as “a masterpiece in the Neo-Georgian style” Sion Hill is one of the last pre-eminent country houses to be built in Yorkshire prior to the Great War.  The Arts & Crafts house was designed in 1912 by the renowned York architect, Walter H Brierley. It has an extraordinary garden, created over the past 17 years due to the dedication of its current Trustee, Michael Mallaby.

It’s a joy to wander through with reaching views across the River Wiske and features topiary, parterres, the Long walk and traditional kitchen garden and a centenary Rose Garden.  Michael and his gardeners have been busy planting up new areas within the garden and since my visit in the autumn, several new large topiary shapes have arrived.  They look tremendous.

The fair will be held beside the Stable Block and café and as you would expect, we shall have an amazing array of quality plants on sale from well respected plant growers and nurseries.  We have a full complement of plant nurseries attending and these include Dark Star Plants, John Cullen Gardens, Hare Spring Hardy Plants, Garden Blooms, Gatekeeper Nursery, Roanne Nursery, Summerfield Nursery, Plantazia and Through the Garden Gate.

Alfresco Design and Gardening with Wildlife offer you some interesting garden additions including hedgehog homes, bat boxes, barn owl boxes, metal sculptures and obelisks.

The gardens are rarely open to the public and the house only for specialist groups, so why not come along on Sunday 17 June and enjoy this beautiful place.


Entries to the plant fair are now closed.

Home made refreshments will be served from the Stable Kitchens and proceeds will go towards Kirby Wiske’s delightful church.

Admission to the gardens, grounds and plant fair £5.00.

  • Children under 14 free.  No dogs allowed on the premises.
  • Proceeds go to the H W Mawer Charitable Trust and the local parish church.
  • Open 11am – 4pm
  • Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske, Thirsk YO7 4ET

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