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 gardens and delicious homemade tea and cake served by our charity. We’re delighted to be invited back to Stody Lodge by the MacNicol family to have this opportunity to raise money to support our work and have been pleased to work with them to develop the event, which takes place during our 25th anniversary year.

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 earlier April opening date for the Where’s Wally event has been chosen specifically to capture the flowering period of the garden’s 40 different varieties of daffodils, bluebells and early-flowering azaleas and rhododendrons.

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 where all the costumed visitors in the gardens are invited to congregate in the orchard where there are over 4,000 daffodils in one location. The orchard was planted with 11 tonnes of daffodils in 2012 and these bulbs have now spread creating an incredible carpet of yellow each spring.

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: “Our annual daffodil display is really special and we are excited about making the most of it with this fun and light-hearted event. Dressing up is not compulsory and all are welcome to attend but we’re hoping for a great turn out of Wally’s 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 Daffodils event. 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.

Thank you once again to the MacNicol family for their continued support of The Benjamin Foundation. For more information about Stody Lodge Gardens, please visit their website.

The family-friendly event takes place on Sunday 28th April 2019 1pm – 5pm at Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt 

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