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Congratulations to the winners of our February Jamie Oliver Competition

Donna Sadler wins the Bruschetta Serving Board

Joanna Krakowiak wins the Antipasti Serving Board

Anthony Mark Burndred wins the Pasta Machine

Elle Wong wins the Denim Placemats Set

Judy Park wins the Coolbox

Louise Connor wins the Salad Server Set

Eleanor Beavan, Melamine Serving Bowl Set

Congratulations to the winners of our February Cotswold Garden Tips Competition

Sue Walsh

Carl Brewster

Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to Cotswold Outdoors for partnering us for this competition.

Hayes Real Christmas Tree Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of these top quality, UK grown, real Christmas Trees - you are in for a real treat!!

You will each receive a 180-210cm (6-7ft) Nordman Fir Real Christmas Tree

Alexandra McGahey (I would really love a real Christmas tree as I got talked into getting a skinny artificial one 5 years ago)

James Gordon (Every year we have arguments in our house about whether to get a real or fake tree.)

Sharna Walker-smith (id like a real tree to put in the hospital so everyone can enjoy!)

Sharon Roberts (The fresh smell - makes the smell of Christmas)

Rebecca Sharp (I love a real Christmas tree as you can't beat the smell!)

Please get in touch with your addresses as soon as possible so that we can deliver later this week.

Christmas Wishes With Lakeland Radio

This Christmas, Lakeland Radio is teaming up with Hayes Garden World to let your little ones record a very special messaage...

Join us on Friday 16th November from 10am as Lakeland Radio’s very own Dan Beale will be broadcasting live and the Radio elves will be on hand to record your child’s Christmas Wish for Santa.

It’s free to take part, so come and create some Christmas magic…. And stay tuned throughout December as we broadcast your Christmas Wishes to Santa!

Christmas Wishes – with Hayes Garden World, special messages from special people - recording for free 10am till 2pm Friday 16th November - only at Hayes with Your Station Lakeland Radio.

“Herbie” Rides into Ambleside in aid of Alzheimer’s Research

Visitors to the spectacular Christmas Displays at Hayes Garden World can now say hello to “Herbie”, a vintage VW Beetle lovingly restored in the image of the star of those  much-loved Disney films. Herbie will be on display from now until Christmas, where he will be collecting any monies donated in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society.  Visitors to the garden centre are welcome to take their own photos of Herbie in return for a donation to Alzheimer’s Society funds. 

Herbie’s owner, Chris Ritchie from Barrow, explains:

“We have restored our “Herbie” to look as close to the Disney original as we can and he is now very much part of the family.   Herbie shares his registration initials, “EMY 683 J”, with my daughter, Emily Jayne and when we saw that we just knew we had to have him. He now works hard to raise funds on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Vincent Hall, my father-in-law, whom we sadly lost to this awful disease in January 2010.   Herbie has helped us to raise several thousand pounds through his support at various sponsored events. Recently, he supported me in my 50-mile “Tour-de-Furness” cycling challenge where we raised £700. People of all ages seem to love him and we hope that having him on display in such a prominent location in the run-up to Christmas will help us to raise lots of money for this very worthy cause”. 

Herbie will be on duty at Hayes Garden World, Ambleside seven days a week from now until Christmas Eve. Hayes Christmas Displays are open daily between 9am and 6pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm.

Jamie Oliver Prize Give Away

Thanks to all of you that are following Hayes Garden World on Facebook & Twitter & have entered our great free Jamie Oliver Prize Give Away!!

As announced on Facebook we have started drawing 3 prizes each week, in reverse order, because of the overwhelming response.

Special Congratulations go to the top 3 winners & thank you all for entering this Give Away Prize Draw. Keep checking the website for our next competition!

Weber Barbecue Prize Draw

Thanks to everyone who entered our Facebook competition for the free Weber One-Touch Premium 57cm Charcoal Barbecue With Starter Pack. We had 463 entries & it was great to see what you are all up to this Jubilee Bank Holiday.

The winner was 'Jellie Bellie.3' who is going to her mum and dads with the kids for a little garden party!

We will contact the winner shortly to get details on where to send the prize.

Congrats & keep following us on Facebook!

Hayes x

Winners of our FIX Jamie Mini Quiz

Thank you all for entering our mini quiz. We had 237 entries and we are delighted. Well done to everyone who managed to FIX Jamie. Please let us know on Facebook if you would like us to use the Puzzle again in the future?

Stacey Gahan wins the Jamie Oliver Pasta Machine

Jennifer Baker wins the Jamie Oliver Wooden Spice Rack

Matt Greenaway wins the Jamie Oliver Chalk and Cheese Set

We will contact the winners shortly to get details on where to send their prize.

Thank you for all your support

Love Hayes x

Latest news on our range of Jamie Oliver products

If you are not already aware, we have a great Jamie Oliver Give Away going on at the moment. There are 24 fabulous prizes up for grabs ranging from Jamie Oliver Kitchenware products to full sets of Jamie Oliver Garden Furniture. All you have to do is like us on Facebook & Twitter then share it with your friends, giving you two entries.

We have also run a separate mini draw competition to celebrate reaching 500 Facebook fans. The winners & prizes were:

Jane Middleton - Jamie Oliver Chalk & Cheese Set

Deborah Bird - Jamie Oliver Striped Apron

Rachel Griffin - Jamie Oliver Striped Oven Glove

Helen Keene - Jamie Oliver Pie Dish & Accessories

Don't forget our mini quiz for more prizes & we are going to run another mini draw when we have reached 1500 fans so see our Jamie Oliver page for details on how to enter!

Gardeners Question Time


Our very own plant expert, Paul Crossland, is starting his regular slot on Lakeland Radio this week. On the first Thursday of each month he will be giving gardening advice & answering listeners questions between 3 & 4pm on this popular local radio station. Paul has worked at Hayes Garden World for 32 years so has a wealth of information on gardening & garden plants which will be invaluable for novice & experienced gardeners alike. Each month he will be telling you which jobs need to be done in the garden & which plants are looking good, so tune in to Lakeland Radio & get great advice to keep your garden looking at its best!

Lakes Classic Car Show

Hayes Garden World is proud to be sponsoring this Windermere & Ambleside Lions Club charity event. It is being held at the sports ground in Grasmere on 24th June & is a chance to see a collection of veteran, vintage & club cars & bikes. It promises to be a great day out for all the family whilst raising money for charity too!

Camellia japonica 'Volunteer'

This beautiful Camellia from John Wood's Nurseries is an exclusive for 2012 at Hayes Garden World & the Tillington group, of which they are a part. It is a peony form Camellia with a gorgeous colour that fades towards the edges of the petals. It has open upright growth, flowers early and is in stock from the beginning of February.

Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Care

On Friday 30th September we hosted our annual coffee morning in support of MacMillan Cancer Care. All the proceeds from any coffee's and delicious, specially baked cakes, were donated to this very worthy cause. In addition to the coffee morning, we also held a charity raffle with some great prizes on offer.

To our delight, a record £775 was raised this year. Our Terrace Café Manager, Julie Wray, commented: “Last year, our coffee morning raised almost £550, so it was a tough target to beat. Thanks to the efforts of our customers and staff and the fabulous autumn weather, we have been able to smash last year's target in aid of this very worthy cause.”

42nd Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival

This year's event is on Friday 9th September & after their 2010 success, winning Best Float for a Commercial Organisation, the staff at Hayes Garden World are throwing themselves into this year's theme of 'Kendal's Got talent', with great enthusiasm. The title of the float for 2011 is 'Blooming Talented' & once again we will get the chance to see the staff dressed in some fabulous, if not outrageous, costumes! Sources tell me that the display is going to bigger & better than before and it will be accompanied once again by Ulpha590. This woodworking 4 piece band describe themselves as an Indie/Rock band that will 'get your event going'. They will be playing a range of songs that you will all recognise including hits from The Rolling Stones & The Police. So come along on Friday evening to watch this 2 mile procession wind through the historic town centre streets & over the bridges of Kendal & support our staff & the local charities that will be collecting during the evening.

Windermere Schools Initiative Bears Fruit

Hayes Garden World hosted a prize-giving session for children from Windermere Primary Schools at 11am on Monday, 11th July. The awards ceremony was  the culmination of the “Fruity Schools” initiative, developed by local community organisation, Windermere Food Group, established with the aim of encouraging more fruit growing in the Windermere area, under the umbrella of local volunteer group, *TACT. Those pictured are Thomas Gudgeon & Eiran Reynolds (St Marys Infant & Nursery),  Milosz Budzynski & Beth Backhouse (St Cuthberts) Jordan Mitchinson, Lucy Hill & Hannah Griffiths (Goodly Dale) with Yvonne Gregory and Mrs Elizabeth Hayes from Hayes Garden World.

Hayes Garden World was asked to lend its support to this local community initiative and was delighted to oblige. The company donated strawberry plants and planters to all the local Windermere schools, and provided two staff members to go into schools and get the project rolling. Children at the various schools have spent the past few months tending their strawberry plants and colourfully decorating their pots and planters. Other activities have included artwork projects and diaries,  all on the theme of fruit growing and gardening.  

Leanne Coulson, Project Coordinator for Hayes Garden World, commented:

“We were delighted to support this local schools initiative as it combines support for more local fruit growing with our own aim of encouraging a love for growing and gardening through our “Budding Young Gardeners” initiative.  My colleague, Yvonne Gregory, and I visited all the participating schools earlier this year, where we worked with the children and helped them to plant their strawberries.  We visited all the schools again recently to judge their progress, and are delighted to have been able to host the prize-giving when each participating school was awarded  a fruit tree, courtesy of Hayes Garden World, to be planted for posterity in the grounds of their school”.

* TACT - Towards a Community Transition in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere & Troutbeck Bridge in Cumbria is a volunteer group formed in February 2010. Windermere Food Group is a sub-group of TACT and is aiming to have fruit growing in every household in the Windermere/Bowness area. It is made up of community members wanting to work with sustainability issues & green awareness in the local community following the Transition Towns model.
Encouraged and supported by SLACC, and working with diverse groups such as the Windermere Town Council, Sustainable Carlisle and others. TACT has been working to create events throughout 2010 & 2011, gathering together creative, like-minded and enthusiastic people - with a view to having fun and working together towards greater community resilience.

The UK's only BBQ Experience Roadshow comes to Ambleside!

For the first time, Weber -the world's most popular barbecue brand- is taking its unrivalled barbecuing expertise on the road and educating the nation about how to barbecue the Weber way.

Travelling the length and breadth of the country, the Weber Experience BBQ Roadshow will be rolling into Hayes Garden World, Ambleside, on the weekend of 16th and 17th April. 

Chef Dan Cooper will be at the helm of the specially designed, state of the art Airstream Land-Yacht trailer, holding barbecuing demonstrations that are sure to tantalize everyone's taste buds!

‘Barbecue Bill' will show the audience how to perfect Weber's ‘roast', ‘grill' and ‘bake' techniques, as well as providing recipe cards so dishes can easily be re-created at home.  There'll also be tasters available for visitors to the BBQ Experience Roadshow, to help inspire barbecue buffs to try out something a bit more adventurous.

Barbecuing the Weber way isn't just about burgers and sausages, and so there'll be the chance to learn how to barbecue a more exciting and varied menu.

The latest gas and charcoal Weber barbecues will be on show, along with the striking new colourful cookware accessories.

The Weber BBQ Experience Roadshow will fire up from 11.30am - 2.30pm.

Join in the Easter Holiday Fun

As part of their Budding Young Gardeners programme of events and activities, children and families are invited to visit Hayes Garden World over the Easter Holidays and join in the fun!

Between  11th and 15th April children can "Create their own Spring Garden" using seed trays, materials, seeds and plants all provided by the garden centre and guided by enthusiastic staff members.
Sessions take place at 10.30, 12.30 and 14.30 each day, priced at just £2.50 for members of the Hayes Budding Young Gardeners Club, or £4.50 for non-members. Booking is strongly advised as places are strictly limited.

Then, between 16th and 23rd April Hayes Garden World will be hosting daily Easter Egg Hunts with some tasty prizes, including a daily prize of £15 of Lindt chocolate.

Event organiser Leanne Coulson, commented: "We have had such a great reaction to our Budding Young Gardeners Club that we are looking forward to welcoming lots of existing and new members this Easter. Membership of the Club is free and we regularly run events throughout the year to encourage our Budding Young Gardeners to develop their love of gardening and experience all the fun it can provide, for little or no outlay.  Our new Pets & Aquatics Centre will also be open throughout the Easter holidays and is already proving very popular with our younger clientele".    

Children can join Budding Young Gardeners free of charge when they visit Hayes Garden World, or enrol your child here and book online here.

Antiques Valuation Day raises record amount in aid of The Great North Air Ambulance Appeal

The Antiques Valuation Day held on Tuesday 5th April at Hayes Garden World in Ambleside raised over £800, which will be donated in full to the Great North Air Ambulance Appeal.

Members of the public were invited to bring in any items for expert assessment and valuation by a team of experts from Tennant's Auctioneers, in return for a £2 "valuation fee" in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance appeal.

Tennant's  Auctioneers were delighted with the event, not only in respect of the money raised for this worthy cause, but also due to fact that a record number of items have been put  forward to be sold at one of their future specialist antiques auctions.

Tennant's spokesperson, Alison Tennant, commented:

"Our team of experts always enjoy coming to Hayes at Ambleside as we have unearthed some really interesting finds in the past, including a very rare tinplate model toy which we later sold at auction for an astounding £38,000! We hope that with further investigation we may find some more real treasures among the items put forward for auction today". 

Hayes Garden World event organiser, Julie Wray added:

" We are all delighted with the total we have raised today, particularly as the Great North Air Ambulance receives no government funding at all.  Every drug, paramedics' wages, fuel supplies and all associated costs have to be raised and paid for directly by charity itself".

Hayes World of Pets & Aquatics

In our NEW Pets & Aquatics centre, we carry one of the largest collections of freshwater, tropical and marine fish in the North, including a fantastic range of tanks and accessories. Our new centre is also home to some adorable furry mammals - and a few more exotic species for the more adventurous pet owner! Open 7 Days.