A great day out for all the family – and a major fundraiser for the hospice

The Hospice of St Francis Garden Party
The Hospice of St Francis Garden Party

A heady mix of Pimm’s, cream teas, hot food and fresh salad lunches, fabulous stalls, live jazz and children’s entertainment will be on offer at this year’s Hospice of St Francis Garden Party.

The annual garden party takes place in the beautiful grounds of Ashridge House from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, May 31.

More than 3,000 people flocked to last year’s event, raising a record £30,000 for the Berkhamsted charity, which supports people living with life-limiting illnesses across Herts and Bucks.

The garden party, which is this year sponsored by Churchill Retirement Living, is a chance to show support for the hospice and help it raise the £4.7 million it needs every year to help fund its care.

As ever, a great atmosphere is promised, with live music from popular jazz quartet the Jolly Jazzers and The D’ukes of Ashridge ukulele band.

Refreshments include hot and cold lunches, homemade cream teas and cakes, locally brewed beers and the popular Pimm’s stall on the lawn, sponsored by Berkhamsted solicitors Sumner & Tabor.

This year’s event will include lots of new, quality stalls, with local companies and producers offering speciality food and drink, gifts and handmade craft items, jewellery and fashion accessories, items for the home and garden, summer bedding and herbaceous plants.

This year, classic cruiser motorbikes and cars will be on display for the first time.

There will be lots to entertain the children too, including the popular Circus Skills workshop, Punch and Judy, magic shows, balloon modelling, Beat the Goalie and face painting. And plenty of free parking is available.

Advance tickets cost £5 from the main hospice reception in Spring Garden Lane, any of the charity’s shops or its furniture showroom, Returned to Glory, in Northbridge Road.

Tickets on the day cost £6. Children aged 16 and under get in free.

See www.stfrancis.org.uk/gardenparty