A spectacular day of garden tours, musical and spoken word entertainment is in Fonthill House Gardens, near Tisbury, on Sunday, June 9.

Between 12noon and 5pm, visitors can enjoy artisan stalls, live entertainment, tombola, face-painting and refreshments, organised by Diane and Mary who live near the Cranborne Chase beauty spot.

Diane and Mary

“The Fonthill gardens are glorious in early summer,” Diane said, “but we thought it would be great to add entertainment and create something which everyone would enjoy.”

Diane and Mary aim to raise funds for the charity Secondary1st, which funds research into a cure for secondary breast cancer, said to kill 12,000 people in Britain every year.

“Thirty-five per cent of people diagnosed with primary breast cancer will go on to develop metastatic cancer within 10 years – and there’s simply no cure,” Mary said.

Appearing at Fonthill are horticulturist, Guardian columnist and former presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, Alys Fowler, and among others, actor Gerald Dickens, best known for his one-man-shows based on the works of his great-great-grandfather Charles Dickens.

Gerald Dickens

Raffle prizes such as two garden consultations, hot air balloon flights and dreamy getaway breaks in Dorset are up for grabs.

“We’re grateful to have the support of Lord Margadale and the Fonthill Estate staff,” Mary said.

“They, our main sponsors Shearwell Data, and the charity are fully behind us. It’s important we raise awareness of secondary breast cancer, as well as funds to research a cure.”

For more information visit www.secondary1st.org.uk, and Instagram @fonthillgardenparty.


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