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Spend a day among the colourful dahlias at Anglesey Abbey




With the summer drawing to a close, there is still a sea of colour to be found within the gardens of Anglesey Abbey.

Anglesey Abbey Dahlias, preparations for the start of the festival on Saturday. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16388160)
Anglesey Abbey Dahlias, preparations for the start of the festival on Saturday. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16388160)

The venue will celebrate the wide variety of dahlias found at Anglesey Abbey this September.

Visitors will have the chance to marvel at the spectacular range of colours at the Dazzling Dahlias event, which takes place over three weeks until September 29.

Eight pop-up installations will be displayed at key areas around the grounds, highlighting the wide range of colours and varieties.

Anglesey Abbey Dahlias, preparations for the start of the festival on Saturday, Chris Ayres son of ex head gardener Richard Ayres at work in one of the garden areas. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16388205)
Anglesey Abbey Dahlias, preparations for the start of the festival on Saturday, Chris Ayres son of ex head gardener Richard Ayres at work in one of the garden areas. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16388205)

One can be found at the house and one at Lode Mill as well as adding a pop of colour to the garden’s silver birches.

There will be some fantastic photo opportunities, which visitors are encouraged to share using the hashtag #AADazzlingDahlias.

There is also the opportunity to get involved with the venue’s displays on Saturdays throughout the Dahlia celebration.

Kayley Wilcockson, visitor experience officer, said: “Every Saturday during the three-week period visitors can help us make our dahlia line by picking up a dahlia, which have all been grown within a few yards of the estate or grown by our gardeners or somebody in the local area, and adding it to our display.”

This weekend (September 14 and 15), Anglesey Abbey will open its doors for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Kayley added: “If you’ve never been to see us before now is your chance, our friendly team looks forward to welcoming you and your families and friends.”

Visitors’ free, timed tickets for Heritage Open Days must be pre-booked online.

For more about Dazzling Dahlias, visit National Trust online.

If you can’t make it for Dazzling Dahlias, the estate will be exploring nocturnal animals at Anglesey Abbey in the October half term.



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