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Back in 2017 a group of Marple gardening enthusiasts got together to discuss organising an "Open Gardens in Marple" event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
After many months of preparations, over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018, twenty-one Marple Gardens will open their gates to the public for the very first time in an event that has been offically endorsed by local MP William Wragg.
As well as opening their gardens, many owners will be carrying out ancilliary activities to raise extra funds, such as plant sales, selling tea and cakes and running games and competitions.
In addition to the gardens, Friends of Marple Memorial Park will be welcoming visitors to our glorious town centre park and Marple Allotment Association will do the same at Seven Stiles Allotments.
If you live in Marple, care about cancer and love flowers, you can be part of Marple’s support for Cancer Research UK with flower power in your front window or front garden! This simply involves displaying a pot, tub or hanging basket planted with flowers in any combination of the charity’s distinctive colours - bright pink, dark blue, light blue, purple and white.
To help with this, we've been selling a variety of professionally-grown bedding plants in the charity colours at local events and have produced colourful flags to spread the word about Flower Power in Marple. The Cancer Research Shop on Market Street recently sold the last of our plants but local outlets Marple Wyevale Garden Centre and Hollins Building Supplies may have stocks of the plants you would need to join in.
Flags and plants of all kinds will be available from many gardens and in Marple Memorial Park during the event.
Saturday only (Pink Ticket): £6 each.
Sunday only (Blue Ticket): £6 each.
Weekend Pass (Purple Ticket): £10 each.
Accompanied Under-16s go FREE!
Available in advance from:
Cancer Research UK Shop on Market Street, Marple Town Centre.
Littlewood's Butchers on Church Lane / Hibbert Lane.
The Salon of Marple - Hair and Beauty Salon at Rose Hill.
Marple Bridge Post Office and General Stores, Town Street.
Available on the days from:
Marple Memorial Park, information points at Rose Hill, the Hollins and individual gardens.
Gardens are open from 11am each day until 5pm.
Marple Memorial Park, Hollins Parade on Stockport Road and opposite the Railway Pub at Rose Hill.
Find your way to Marple using our interactive Main Map.
The gardens are grouped into 4 smaller Zones. Use our Zone Maps to find out more about the gardens that you can visit and the car parking and refreshments available nearby.
No dogs except guide-dogs or assistance dogs in the gardens please.
There are several public car parks in convenient locations, mainly in the Marple Centre Zone.
Most car parks will incur charges on Saturday but all car parks are free on Sunday. The car park at Rose Hill Station is free at all times but may be busy on Saturday.
If you choose to park on streets near to the gardens please do so considerately: do not block pavements, driveways or roads.
There are many available food and drink outlets in Marple Town Centre. Most will be open on Saturday but fewer on Sunday. Participating outlets allowing visitors to use their facilities are:
The Railway Public House (Rose Hill Zone)
Open from 11.45am, food served from 12 noon both days.
Marple Cricket Club (Allotment Zone)
Saturday open from 12 noon until the evening, serving food from 1pm throughout the day.
Sunday open from 9.30am to 4pm, initially selling breakfast and then light lunches.
Coffee and tea is available all day both days.
The Navigation at Lock 13 (Marple Centre Zone)
Open from 11am, food served from 12 noon both days.
The Ring o' Bells Public House (Marple Centre / Marple Ridge Zones)
Open and food served from 12 noon both days;
The Crown Public House (Marple Ridge Zone)
Open and food served from 12 noon both days.
Teas / light refreshments / cakes may be available at gardens marked with this symbol:
Gardens marked with the wheelchair symbol above are partially accessible to wheelchairs. All other gardens are NOT accessible to wheelchairs.
There are no toilets available at individual gardens.
There are public toilets in Marple Memorial Park (and in Marple Library on Saturday only).
There are toilets at the Refreshment Outlets highlighted on our maps and mentioned above.
The Asda Supermarket in the town centre has accessible toilets with disabled facilities.
Costa Coffee (near the Stockport Road entrance to Memorial Park) is part of the council's Community Toilet scheme and has toilets with disabled facilities available without the need to make a purchase. They are open Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm.
Community Toilets at Dressability on Market Street and the Golden Plate on Derby Way are only open on Saturday.