The official opening of Rosebourne, the new purpose-built garden and leisure destination in Weyhill near Thruxton on the Hampshire and Wiltshire border, will take place on Saturday 22 October, 2016. The doors will open at 8.30am and visitors can expect a host of special attractions, activities and exclusive opening offers, the retailer has announced.
TV celebrity gardener David Domoney (pictured), who presents ITV’s Love your Garden and is a regular face on ITV’s This Morning, will officially ‘cut the ribbon’ at 11am. He will also be holding a series of talks (at midday and 2.30pm) offering visitors top tips and garden advice.
Rosebourne will be a champion of locally sourced fresh produce within its Food Hall and table-service restaurant; one of the key suppliers to both the Food Hall and restaurant will be Owton’s Butchers, a wholesale butcher and farm shop, and now Rosebourne’s in-house butchery.
At the opening, a number of regional suppliers will also be offering food and drink tastings to whet the appetite, including cakes from Fatherson Bakery, savoury pies from Hambletons, beers from Andwell Brewery, cordials from Yarty’s, juices from Hill Valley Juices and fish cakes from Catch.
For car enthusiasts, Thruxton Motorsport Centre will be showcasing a variety of cars at Rosebourne’s opening, from single-seater racers and off-road vehicles to karts specifically geared for younger petrol heads. A one-off competition will be run, giving Rosebourne visitors the chance to win a track day experience at Thruxton Circuit.
Rosebourne will be running a special opening offer – all customers who spend £25 or more in-store will receive a £5 Rosebourne voucher which can be redeemed in the garden nursery, Food Hall, restaurant and gift section.
Rosebourne managing director Neville Prest commented: “With the final touches being made to Rosebourne, we are delighted to finally announce the official opening date. We’re really looking forward to showcasing the Rosebourne experience in just a couple of weeks’ time so be sure to come along with family and friends, sample the region’s best food and drink, and take advantage of our opening offer.
“We would like to thank all the teams of people who have helped to realise our vision for Rosebourne and, of course, the suppliers and staff members who will make Rosebourne a fantastic destination for locals and visitors to the area for many years to come.”