I’m not especially a fan of the Royal Family, but I do admire the Queen and for her Platinum Jubilee last weekend, I wanted to mark the occasion by doing something special, as I won’t see the like of it again in my lifetime. So I treated myself and my sister in law Julie to a day out at Hillsborough Castle Gardens where they were holding 4 days of celebrations to mark the event. Hillsborough Castle is the only royal residence in N Ireland and the perfect venue therefore for a 1950s style festival, complete with jive dancing lessons, vintage stalls, plant and flower stalls and a number of food and drink outlets catering for all tastes.
It was a beautiful day to wander round the gardens, browse the stalls and sit down on the steps of the castle for tea and cupcakes.
But amongst the hubbub of the event, the real jewel in the crown was the wildflower meadow at the top of the walled garden. For as far as the eye could see, all you could see were huge swathes of soft yellow buttercups, giant oxeye daisies and other wildflowers. It was truly breathtaking and like many others, we wandered around the meadow for quite some time, taking in the full spectacle.
I highly recommend a visit before it disappears for another year
Wishing you a lovely Sunday,