Andover & Villages: Andover’s New Garden Centre Sets to Open
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The much-anticipated official opening of Rosebourne, the stunning new purpose-built garden and leisure destination in Weyhill near Thruxton on the Hampshire and Wiltshire border, took place on Saturday 22 October, 2016. The doors opened at 8.30am and visitors enjoyed a host of special attractions, activities and exclusive opening offers.
TV celebrity gardener David Domoney, who presents ITV’s Love your Garden and is a regular face on ITV’s This Morning officially ‘cut the ribbon’ at 11am. He also held a series of talks (at midday and 2.30pm) offering visitors top tips and garden advice.
Rosebourne is a champion of locally sourced fresh produce within its Food Hall and table-service Restaurant where customers can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the week. One of the key suppliers to both the Food Hall and Restaurant will be Owton’s Butchers, one of the UK’s premier wholesale butchers and farm shops, and now Rosebourne’s in-house butchery.
At the opening, a number of regional suppliers also offered 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!
Rosebourne’s Garden Nursery is packed full with traditional and varied plants which have been sourced from across the country and internationally, while those looking for home and kitchenware, and unusual gifts will be spoilt for choice.
For car enthusiasts, Thruxton Motorsport Centre also showcased 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 was also run, giving Rosebourne visitors the chance to win a track day experience at Thruxton Circuit.
Rosebourne ran a special opening offer – all customers who spent £25 or more in-store received a £5 Rosebourne voucher which was redeemable in the Garden Nursery, Food Hall, Restaurant and Gift section.
Neville Prest, Managing Director at Rosebourne, added: “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.”