New Alnwick courtyard festival takes its inspiration from Spain

A new festival with a distinctly Spanish influence is being organised in Alnwick this summer.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 6:00 am
A Spanish patio/courtyard.
A Spanish patio/courtyard.

A four-day patio and courtyard festival is being held from July 18-21 with local residents and tourists encouraged to visit as many as possible.

There will also be a competition for the best courtyard/patio entry with a £100 prize and shield for the winner.

The event is being organised by the Alnwick Garden Town Trust together with partners including Loving Alnwick, Investing in Alnwick, Visit Alnwick and Alnwick in Bloom.

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A patio/courtyard festival is being held in Alnwick.

David Taylor, one of the organisers, said: “I took my inspiration the Spanish city of Cordoba which has run this kind of festival for many years.

“The courtyard/patio must be exclusively decorated with real flowers that can be supported by architectural props and water features.

“Most houses have a suitable area that can be planted up and it relies more on enthusiasm than gardening skill. You do not need to be Monty Don!”

Entry to the public is free although donations can be taken in aid of local charities.

Refreshments and music will also be available at some locations.

It is planned to produce a leaflet including a map of locations.

The competition will seek the best entries across three categories: private courtyard/patio; communal courtyard/patio; and pub, restaurant, hotel, B&B.

An entry fee of £20 is sought from participants towards the cost of putting on the event.

For more information or for an entry form, email David Taylor at alnwickguesthouses.co.uk.