Willow Wood’s annual Summer Fete takes place this Saturday, 14 July and with it comes the popular Butterfly Memory Release where hundreds of beautiful living butterflies will fly free into the heavens before coming to rest in the hospice gardens.

Marie Hodgkinson with her handcrafted cards at a previous Summer Fete

The Summer Fete has some lovely stalls, and as event organiser Elaine McConnell said “We have more stalls than ever before with a great mix of accessories, delicious cakes and chocolates, ladies’ clothes, toys, cushions and more.  There are handcrafted gifts and cards, so if you are looking for something a bit different for a present you may well find it here.  And if you just want to treat yourself to some stylish earrings or a statement necklace there’ll be some lovely costume jewellery.”

Doors open at 11am, and refreshments will be available all day.  You’ll be able to sip Pimms in the garden, enjoy lunch in our restaurant, have a burger from the barbie, or just relax over a coffee and cake.

The Willow Wood Summer Fete is a great day out with admission just £2, although if you have dedicated butterflies in memory of loved ones you will receive complimentary entrance.  Elaine said, “Our Butterfly Memory Release really is one of the highlights of our year, and this year we have 700 beautiful butterflies to set free in our gardens.  If you wish to remember someone in this way there is still time to dedicate your butterfly online, and you will receive a lovely printed memento of the day inscribed with their name.  We do know that most of you prefer to come along to see your butterfly take flight, however, please be assured that if you are unable to attend one of Willow Wood’s team of staff and volunteers will respectfully release them on your behalf.”

Online booking is still available by going to the Willow Wood website,, until 12 noon on Friday 13 July.  If any butterflies are still available you will be able to dedicate them in memory of your loved ones at the Fete, although we do advise that you book beforehand in order to avoid disappointment.


Photo: Marie Hodgkinson with her handcrafted cards at a previous Summer Fete

Photo: Two lovely butterflies in the Willow Wood garden.