Waitrose will hold its Spring Food Festival (formerly The Leckford Festival) for three days in May, when visitors will be able to enjoy a host of exciting events including cooking demonstrations, farm tours and small producers stalls.
The estate covers more than 4,000 acres and includes a farm that produces arable crops, fruit, milk, mushrooms and much more. A large amount of this produce is sold in Waitrose branches around the country.
At this year’s Waitrose Spring Food Festival, guests can enjoy:
TV cook and food writer Katie Bishop will be cooking up a bit of excitement in the cookery zone. With the help of students from the Waitrose-sponsored Specialist Chefs Scholarship course, she’ll be on hand to show you plenty of simple recipe ideas and lead you through tastings and no-nonsense interviews with Waitrose buyers and suppliers.
Meet Waitrose suppliers; try their produce.
Longstock Park Nursery
Our expert nursery staff can help you find inspiration for your garden. The nursery sells a wide range of plants and shrubs, and is home to the national collections of buddleia and Clematis viticella.
Aboretum and Herbaceous Border Tours
Wander the pretty border with its fruit and clematis archway and walk among the many trees found in the park.
Visit this wonderful place of broad vistas and secluded inlets to see the variety of trees and flowers (weather permitting).
Have a look at some of Leckford’s high-quality produce, including the wheat that is used in Leckford flour, as well as milk, apples, pears and mushrooms. Places on the farm tours are limited and time slots must be reserved in advance when purchasing entrance tickets.
Adults and children will enjoy coming to see the animals and speak to the farmers.
Join floral designer Jo Moody in the Flower Marquee as she demonstrates fabulous floral arrangements to try at home.
Why not enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds? Refreshments will be available at normal shop prices.
Tractor and Trailer Ride
Take a trip to the animal area on board a Leckford trailer.
Children will be able to learn about food fresh from the farm and make a delicious dish that they can enjoy in the picnic area or at home.
Youngsters can enjoy a range of flower-based activities, from card-making to herb-potting.
Fun Farm Facts
Pick up an activity sheet to complete during the day.
Car parking will be available at:
Longstock Park Nursery
Waitrose, John Lewis and partnership cardholders advance ticket prices:
Family £20 (two adults, two children)
Non-cardholder advance ticket prices:
Family £22 (two adults, two children)
There is no charge for tickets for the farm tours, but they will not be available for booking on the day, they must be reserved when purchasing entrance tickets. The duration and content of the farm tours are not suitable for young children.
Tickets purchased on the day (limited amount of tickets available; pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment)
child £6 (Child tickets are for children aged between five and 15 years old. Entry is free for children aged four years and under.)
Family £25 (two adults, two children)
Phone 0871 230 5591