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Where's Wally in the Gardens

Family-friendly event on Sunday 28th April 2019, 1pm – 5pm. In association with The Benjamin Foundation

On Sunday 28th April 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk will welcome the region’s Where’s Wally lovers for a day of fancy dress, beautiful garden and delicious homemade teas by The Benjamin Foundation. The event has been developed in association with this remarkable East Anglian charity. The Benjamin Foundation was set up in 1994 to help children and adults of all ages deal with many of the challenges that life throws at them and is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Stody Lodge Gardens is renowned for being one of East Anglia’s most dramatic spring gardens with 14-acres of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias and carpets of spring bulbs. . Normally only open to the public in May, the April opening date for the Where’s Wally event has been chosen specifically to capture the stunning combination of magnolias, camellias and late daffodils with early-flowering azaleas and bluebells that are not normally seen by the public

All visitors dressed as Where’s Wally will be invited into the magical gardens at Stody Lodge for free (children under 12 are always welcomed into the garden for free.) Wally outfits must include a hat and top. There will be a group ‘Wally’ photo at 3.30pm

Visitors who wish to come dressed as Wally are encouraged to buy their outfits online or at their local fancy dress store. Their outfit must include a Wally hat and top.

Alongside a walk through Stody’s beautiful gardens, visitors will be welcome to purchase delicious homemade teas and scones by The Benjamin Foundation, from which the charity will take all the proceeds. There will also be a Butterfly Trail through the gardens, a treasure map and games on the lawn for everyone to enjoy. Stody’s favourite Shetland, Mitch the Titch, will also be dressing up as Wally and there will be some goats and their kids to admire too.

Kate MacNicol, owner of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “We can’t wait to share our magnificent magnolias, camellias and early-flowering azaleas and bluebells with lots of Where’s Wally lovers. Dressing up is not compulsory and all are welcome to attend but we’re hoping for a great turn out of Wallys for an excellent group photo.”


Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: “We were delighted to be invited by the team at Stody to help organise the Where’s Wally in the Gardens. As our charity is all about supporting the young and vulnerable of all ages we are really pleased to be fundraising at Stody at this family-friendly event and celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Entrance is £7 for those not dressed as Wally (hat and top), 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 the tea rooms, please contact Jessica.Glover@benjaminfoundation.co.uk.


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The Stody 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day

The treasure hunt at The Stody Kids for Kids Family Fun Day

The treasure hunt at The Stody Kids for Kids Family Fun Day

Norfolk’s youngsters are once agan invited to run riot in Stody Lodge’s magical rhododendron and azalea gardens on Sunday 5th May 2019.

A wide range of activities, games and farmyard animals will be available for everyone to enjoy. There will be donkey rides by the wonderful Scratby Donkeys, a treasure hunt, facepainting and ice creams. Most importantly, children are invited to feed and play with young goats and kids. They can also admire other animals such as lambs, calves, rabbits, chickens and much more. Of course, Stody Lodge’s much-loved Shetland, Mitch the Titch, will be hoping for lots of eager helpers to brush out his thick winter coat.

Delicious homemade teas will be provided by The Holt Youth Centre. Dogs on leads are welcome and there will be a plant stall by Edgefield Nurseries.

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The Stody Classic Vehicles Day

Chris and Hilary King with their 1954 Riley RME, winner of the Stody 2018 ‘Vehicle of the Day’ award Credit: Stody Lodge Gardens

Chris and Hilary King with their 1954 Riley RME, winner of the Stody 2018 ‘Vehicle of the Day’ award Credit: Stody Lodge Gardens

On Sunday 12th May 2019, 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 2019 will be a great gathering of classic vehicles of all varieties.

This event, now in its second year, is back by popular demand after hundreds of classic vehicle owners braved grey skies on 13th May 2018 to enjoy a wonderful day of motors, homemade teas and beautiful gardens.

Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk has become increasingly popular as a destination for car lovers over recent years. On 1st May 2017, Stody 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 in 2017 and 2018 and all our members felt very welcome. There was ample well-drained parking, lots of space for picnics and everyone really enjoyed looking around these brightly coloured gardens.'

On Sunday 12th May 2019, 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.

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The Stody Rainbow Garden Party

The Stody Rainbow Garden Party 2019

LGBT+ community invited to magical gardens at rural Norfolk estate

In association with Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride

Michelle Savage of the Sing with Pride Choir with dog Frank enjoying the Stody Big Gay Out in May 2018

Michelle Savage of the Sing with Pride Choir with dog Frank enjoying the Stody Big Gay Out in May 2018

On Saturday 25th May 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk will once again extend a special welcome and invitation to the LGBT+ community, as well as family and friends, to celebrate diversity in all its forms within 14-acres of colourful rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.

This is the second year running that Stody Lodge Gardens has held an event in support of the rural LGBT+ community. This year it is organised by the owners of Stody Lodge Gardens in close conjunction with Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride.  The Stody Rainbow Garden Party will build on the fantastic response to the inaugural event, The Stody Big Gay Out, which took place on 26th May 2018, but with even more fun, activities and surprises.

Richard Hulbert, Head Gardener at Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “As a gay man I am extremely proud to be sharing the extraordinary gardens at Stody Lodge in Norfolk with the wider LGBT+ community. Through the Stody Rainbow Garden party we want to challenge the stereotype of the LGBT+ community in a rural environment and positively promote diversity and inclusiveness.  It is my hope that this event will encourage tolerance and other similar events across the UK. I was amazed at how successful The Stody big Gay Out was and surprised at how supportive our local community were. I am really pleased to have this second opportunity to invite the LGBT+ community back to Stody Lodge Gardens.”

Kate MacNicol, owner of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “Our rainbow-coloured gardens provide the perfect backdrop to a true celebration of the LGBT+ community. We were blown away by the feedback on last year’s event and couldn’t wait to start planning for next year. With a new name and additional partners on board there will be a huge amount of fun activities and surprises for you all to enjoy.”

Julie Bremner, a Trustee of Norwich Pride, said: “The team at Stody have been incredibly supportive and generous towards our community and we are very excited about plans for The Stody Rainbow Garden Party in May 2019. It is important that all of us show our support for those living in a rural environment and I can’t wait to once again bring some of the joy of Pride to the countryside.”

Jo Rust of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride, said: “We heard about the brilliant event that took place at Stody Lodge Gardens last year and were delighted to be invited to join the team. We know how challenging it can be for someone identifying as LGBT+ who lives in the countryside. This is a fantastic initiative that has our full support.”

Joanna Jane B. a member of the transgender support group OASIS Norfolk, said: "Last year’s event was such a beautiful day in all respects, so many superlatives. The gardens were magnificent - the colour and scents from the azaleas and the colour of the rhododendrons was so spectacular, just superb. A credit to everyone for their hard work and dedication, not least the wonderful performance by the Sing with Pride choir. My companions for the day, Beccie, Petra and I felt so welcome, happy smiling faces everywhere and good conversation at the refreshment area. We left with an overwhelming sense of happiness and wellbeing. A lot of Oasis ladies are looking forward to returning again next year.”

Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride 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 11th Anniversary Pride on 27th July 2019 and the second Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride on Saturday 17th August 2019.


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