This year Blakemere Village will celebrate 25 years of family entertainment and independent shopping. The team will take a nostalgic look back at the fascinating history of this wonderful Cheshire location with series of commemorative events along with the introduction of a new trail and an official birthday celebration for the local community.
The family-run business was opened in 1994 by pig farmer Gordon Gerrard, who opened it to diversify the business by utilising the authentic Edwardian courtyard and the former stable block. Twenty five years later Blakemere Village is now run by Gordon’s children Ginny White and Tim Gerrard, and is home to a unique collective of independent retail and leisure attractions; creating employment for over 150 people in rural Cheshire.
Ginny White, Director of Blakemere Village said: “We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of Blakemere Village and as a team we are so proud of what we have achieved since our beginnings as a pig farm, to now welcoming weekly coach groups, campers and caravanners and event-goers from across the North as well as our regulars from the local community of Sandiway and Cuddington and Northwich. There are also exciting development plans ahead for the coming years as we continue to grow our numbers and contribute even more towards Cheshire’s thriving visitor economy.”
As a family-friendly destination a large proportion of visitors bring children along to enjoy free activities and explore the play areas but the location is also popular with day trippers, coach tours and young professionals who head to Blakemere for the antiques, the vintage offering and the independent shops.2019 will see the arrival of a new tenant with new shop ‘Farrow House’ opening early this year specialising in quality antiques, up-cycling and vintage interiors, and so further adding to the vintage and independent offering at Blakemere.
Highlights of the Blakemere event calendar include the frequently sold-out ‘Gin & Fizz Festival’ celebrating local and artisan producers and takes place in luxury tipis; the much-loved Countryside Fair and the themed seasonal children’s trails that take place during the school holidays. These include the Polly Pig trail marking the site’s own history as a pig farm, the hugely popular Zombie Pirate trail and the unforgettable outdoor theatre experience that is the sell-out ‘Christmas Woodland’ in December.
The Blakemere Touring Park is also proving extremely popular with families who crave the adventure of the outdoors now offering over 50 pitches year-round for caravans and tents. The site now has planning approval for 14 fantastic glamping pods due to be bookable by 2020.
Blakemere’s chosen charity of the year for this imporpant year will be Joshua Tree which is a small local charity working with families who are affected by childhood cancer. Fundraising efforts throughout the year will be in support of the Joshua Tree and their new support centre which is currently under development in Sandiway.