The Stody Big Gay Out on Saturday 26th May 2018
LGBT+ inclusive day in association with Norwich Pride
On Saturday 26th May 2018, Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk will extend a special welcome and invitation to the LGBT+ community, as well as family and friends, to come and enjoy its 14-acres of colourful rhododendrons and azaleas.
This event has been developed in association with Norwich Pride who will serve delicious rainbow cakes and homemade teas to the garden’s hungry visitors. All proceeds from the tea rooms will go to help fund Norwich’s 10th Anniversary Pride on 28th July 2018.
Richard Hulbert, Head Gardener at Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “As a gay man I am especially proud to be sharing the gardens that I love with everyone in our community. We hope this event will inspire other similar LGBT+ events in rural areas to celebrate diversity in different ways. The annual Norwich Pride parade is a very important annual event for many in our community and we are delighted to help raise funds to make this year’s tenth anniversary Pride a truly wonderful day.”
Julie Bremner, Chair of Norwich Pride 2018, said: "Norwich Pride is delighted to be holding a Big Gay Out LGBT+ inclusive day at Stody Lodge Gardens on 26th May. We will be ready to serve rainbow cakes and teas to people visiting these beautiful and colourful gardens. It is very generous of Stody Lodge Gardens to open its doors to us and donate all monies raised from cake-sales to help us organise another fabulous Norwich Pride event this year. We are jointly planning some surprises for you to discover in the gardens on the day too that will make people's visits extra special."
Kate MacNicol from Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “We are very excited about welcoming in the LGBT+ community, their family and friends, to our gardens for a day of colour and fun. We hope everyone will enjoy themselves and take away some happy memories of a day that will celebrate diversity in all its forms as well as the spectacular display nature puts on for us in our gardens each May.”
All members of the public are welcome to attend The Stody Big Gay Out on Saturday 26th May 2018.
Entrance is £6, children under 12 free. There is good disabled access to most areas of the garden. Accessible toilet and parking available. Dogs on leads welcome.
Anyone interested in donating a cake to Norwich Pride to be served on 26th May 2018 at Stody Lodge Gardens, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stody Classic Vehicles Day on Sunday 13th May 2018
On Sunday 13th May 2018, Stody Lodge Gardens will extend a special welcome to a wide range of classic vehicle lovers for its spectacular May-flowering season. The Stody Classic Vehicles Day will be a great gathering of classic vehicles of all varieties.
This event has been organised following the rising popularity of these magical gardens as a destination for car lovers over recent years. Most recently, on 1st May 2017, Stody Lodge Gardens hosted the 28th Heritage Run of the Broadland MG Owners' Club annual rally. On 22nd May 2016, the Stody Boutique Festival was attended by a fantastic selection of classic and vintage vehicles that was hugely popular with the festival's visitors. It has also been visited by several other classic car clubs who are drawn to its excellent facilities for motor enthusiasts as well as its unusually bright and colourful gardens.
David Johnson, of the Broadland MGOC, said: 'We had a fantastic time visiting Stody Lodge Gardens and all our members felt very welcome. There was ample well-drained parking, lots of space for picnics and everyone really enjoyed visiting these brightly coloured gardens.'
On Sunday 13th May 2018, there will be free entry to the gardens for all drivers of a classic vehicle (passengers not included.) Gates to the gardens open at 1pm and close at 5pm but vehicles are welcome to arrive any time from midday.
Individual vehicle owners are welcome to attend The Stody Classic Vehicles Day without registering their vehicle or completing an application form. If you wish to attend as part of a club, please contact us on email@example.com or on 01263 860572 to let us know numbers so we can reserve appropriate parking for your group.
The fantastic Stody 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day returns on Sunday 6th May 2018!
Stody Lodge Gardens is delighted to announce that its highly popular 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day will return on Sunday 6th May 2017. Open from 1pm to 5pm, entrance is £6 (payable cash or cheque) and children under 12 are free.
A wide range of activities, games and farmyard animals will be available for everyone to enjoy. The highly popular Stody Fun Dog Show will return with fourteen fun and accessible classes for canine lovers, young and old. Children are also invited to feed and play with young goats and kids. They can also admire other farmyard animals such as lambs, calves, adorable miniature donkeys and Stody Lodge’s much-loved Shetland, Mitch the Titch. New for this year will be donkey rides by the wonderful Scratby Donkeys.
In the main gardens around Stody Lodge, you will find face painters, a petting zoo, some dastardly pirates testing you with our famous treasure hunt, lots of ice cream and delicious homemade teas by the Holt Youth Project.
Lastly, an exhibition of the finalists of The Stody ‘Young Talent’ Awards will be on display. Now in its fourth year, this competition invites budding artists from Years 4,5 and 6 at local primary schools to create A3 frameable artwork in any medium along a different theme. This year, the theme is ‘Cake Baking’– which has been inspired by the wonderful homemade teas provided by local charities every May for hungry visitors to the garden. The three winners from each year group will be selected by celebrated local artist, Tracey Weston, who lives in the village of Stody.
Details for the Stody Fun Dog Show:
Classes (£1 per class) will start at 1.30pm and all proceeds from the dog show will go to Stody’s nominated charity for Sunday 7th May, The Holt Youth Project.
Entrance to Stody Lodge Gardens is £6, children under 12 free. All visitors with a dog will receive a voucher for one complimentary dog show class per dog.
Our judge will be Pauline Buxton (Meisterwerk,) and rosettes will be awarded to 4th place. The classes are:
1. CUTEST PUPPY (4 MONTHS TO 12 MONTHS)
2. GOLDEN OLDIE (OVER 6 YEARS)
3. PRETTIEST BITCH
4. HANDSOMEST DOG
5. CHILD'S BEST FRIEND (HANDLED BY A CHILD UNDER 15)
6. BEST CROSSBREED
7. BEST PEDIGREE
8. DOG WITH THE WAGGIEST TAIL
9 BEST TRICK
10. MOST APPEALING EYES
11. FANCY DRESS DOG AND OWNER
12. DOG THE JUDGE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE HOME
13. HAVE A GO AGILITY (£1 A GO)
ALL 1ST PRIZE WINNERS TO COMPETE FOR BEST IN SHOW!
It promises to be a fabulous day out for dog and garden enthusiasts, so we look forward to seeing you all there!
Previous events at Stody Lodge Gardens:
The Stody Boutique Festival (Sunday 22nd May 2016)
Entrance is £9 (cash only) children under 12 free
On 22nd May 2016, Stody Lodge Gardens teamed up with national event organisers, Britain Does Vintage, to host a brand new, exciting boutique festival in the heart of North Norfolk.
Set within Stody’s brightly coloured gardens and surrounding parkland, the festival was home to Norfolk’s finest artisans, delicious food stalls, brilliant live music, demonstrations and tastings, classic cars, children’s activities including farm yard animals and treasure hunt, relaxation zone, prosecco bar – and of course vintage stalls.
There was a fantastic music line-up with Katrina from the grammy-nominated band, Katrina & the Waves, performing on the terrace of Stody Lodge at 4pm. Katrina’s ‘Walking on Sunshine’ was a top ten hit around the globe in 1985 and in 1997 her song ‘Love Shine A Light’ won the Eurovision Song Contest with the largest ever margin.
There was also be live music from the brilliant Norfolk folk band Rattlebox and the most perfect vintage DJ, Major Swing and Kitty, kept toes tapping with his excellent selection of music from the 20s through to the late 40s and his troupe of professional vintage dance instructors. For those who enjoy a singalong, there was 60s and 70s karaoke inside Songstream Studio’s mobile American Airstream. We also had blacksmith and log carving demonstrations throughout the day alongside crafty workshops for all ages and Junk In Love’s fabulous vintage style Photo Booth with lots of fancy dress.
We enjoyed record visitor numbers on this very special, happy day. Many of our visitors took the time to wander through Stody Lodge’s beautiful 14 acre gardens. The rhododendrons and azaleas were fully out just in time for the Festival - the colour and scent were quite amazing and really added to the day.