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Bumper Crowds Celebrate Summer Solstice At Rivington

Over 400 people attended the recent Summer Solstice Celebration event at Rivington Terraced Gardens.

People of all ages and families enjoyed an evening of fine weather, fantastic food and fabulous music. There was also the opportunity to do arts and crafts and take part in axe throwing.

The celebration was the latest in a series of events organised by the Groundwork Heritage team and local volunteers to encourage more people to visit and enjoy this beautiful and mystical heritage site.

The atmosphere was fantastic. There were people of all ages and families coming together and having a great time. Lots of people brought picnic blankets and sat out in what was lovely weather, having a great time listening to music and enjoying the BBQ. Parents were dancing with their kids, which was great to see. Many also brought their dogs. It was a brilliant night in a magical place.
Andrew Suter, Heritage Manager, Groundwork.

Improvement works are currently being carried out at the Gardens as part of a £4million programme largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work will restore and conserve elements of the original 1905-25 Lever/Mawson design, whilst keeping the historic, rural and ruined character of the Gardens.

The repairs will restore many of the structures, including Lever's Bridge, the Pigeon Tower and the five summer houses making them accessible for the first time in almost thirty years. This will ensure that the Gardens can be maintained by its fantastic team of volunteers long in to the future. The work to be carried out includes repairing flaws and cracks in structures and ensuring that all footpaths and steps are level and safe.