Over 200 people invaded Rivington Terraced Gardens at the weekend to take part in the area's first ever Viking March.
Dressed as Vikings, they marched from Liverpool Castle up to Rivington Pike, before heading down to the Great Lawn for a celebration, with music, food and drink and a range of family friendly activities keeping everyone entertained. They were even joined at one point by a newly married couple taking advantage of the stunning views by the Pigeon Tower to provide some memorable wedding photos.
The Gardens, which have previously been featured on BBC1's Countryfile programme, are a much loved local landmark. The march was the first in a series of events planned to raise awareness of the Gardens and encourage more people and families to visit. A number of people made a special effort, travelling from all over the country, to return with their children to the area where they'd spent their childhood and take part in the Viking March.
A project to conserve and revitalise the mystical gardens was recently awarded £3.4Million Heritage Lottery Funding. The project, which is supported by United Utilities and the Country Houses Foundation amongst others, is being managed by the environmental charity, Groundwork.
Today's event has been a huge success. We wanted to pick a theme that would appeal to families and have a link to enjoying being outdoors. It's been amazing to see so many people come along and really get into the spirit of things by dressing up in Viking costume. It just shows how much these Gardens mean to people.
Andrew Suter, Heritage Project Manager, Groundwork.
You can receive regular updates about work being carried out at the Gardens, along with details of future events by visiting the Rivington Terraced Gardens Facebook and Twitter pages.