Mount Folly Day 2013


This year we have decided to do something new and a bit different.  On June the 16th (that's Fathers Day) we will be hosting a special event.  We have teamed up with Portsdown Hill, AboutMyArea, Igloo Music & Portsmouth Music Festival to organize what we expect will be a very interesting day of live music, arts & crafts, hot tub wet tests, massage, yoga, business networking, a mobile tea house, photography exhibition, display plants auctions and raffles for charities such as Naomi House and The Rowans.  We have a lot more in the pipeline and many meetings yet to take place, but the list of confirmed appearances is steadily growing and we can assure you it will be well worth a visit with the family as part of your Fathers Day Sunday experience this year.

Mount Folly Day?

Well, we weren't sure what to call it.  Really, this will be several events all rolled in to one, and to be more specific these events would be:

Igloo Music Festival (With appearances from Portsmouth Music Festival)

Did you know, Mount Folly Nurseries is also the home of Igloo Music, a very professional musical tuition company?  Igloo are largely involved in the running of the annual Portsmouth Music Festival and organise countless events, clubs and group activities throughout the year in the local vicinity.  As such they have an army of skilled musicians who will be dotted around and entertaining you throughout the day.  If you are interested in learning how to sing or playing an instrument, or want to improve your skills, why not pop along and have a chat?

Local Arts & Craft Showcase Day

We are currently taking enquiries from local artists and rapidly building a list of talented creators of beautiful things who can demonstrate their art form on the day, and perhaps give you a try.  Space is limited so we will be announcing the people and businesses involved in due course, but if you are interested in showcasing your crafts please contact us.

Perfect Photo, a very professional local company, will also be showing off lots of local and otherwise interesting photography. Perfect Photo specializes in a wide range of advanced photographic techniques, and will be on hand to answer any questions.

Local Business & Charity Showcase Day

We wanted to raise some money for our two favourite charities.  Naomi House and possibly The Rowans Hospice will be present on the day, and we will be conducting various activities where some or all of the proceeds will be donated. 

We will also be inviting various local businesses to be involved, for example, Miss Molly's Tea, a traditional travelling tea shop.  Wickham Beer Festival may also make an appearance, but we are just waiting to find out if we are allowed to drink the beer! More coming soon!

Mount Folly Display Plant Exhibition

The event has been timed to coincide with when our nursery is most likely to be looking at it's most bright and colourful.  Our display plants should be at their best at about this time, this season's weather permitting!  There will be various promotions and special offers for the day, but we are also hoping to have a raffle and perhaps auction of a few of the best baskets to contribute towards the charitable donations made at the end of the day.  We will be attempting to get our local Magician involved to show you tricks and tempt you into buying tickets!

Softub Hot Tub Taster & Discount Day (With Massage & Yoga)

As regular visitors to the nursery will know, the first span in our multi-tunnel structure is host to the Softub Pool & Spa Store showroom.  Softub plan to advertise "silly discounts" which will be available for one day only.  On the day itself, visitors to the show will be able to access a changing room and have a "wet test" hot tub experience. But be warned, once you've been inside a Softub you will never want to get out! 

In the same isle, there will also be the opportunity to try out a local masseur and even participate in Yoga! 

Business Corner with AboutMyArea (B2B Networking Event)

Mount Folly has teamed up with local business networking expert, Haley Storey from   Haley runs the Portsmouth section of this valuable news and business directory resources, as well as being the organiser for multiple business to business networking events throughout the year.  In the short time we have been working together, we have already felt the benefit of a steady stream of enquiries from businesses within her circle, as well as being mentioned on the radio. 

More details to follow, but Haley will be hosting one of her B2B events at "Business Corner" by Miss Molly's Tea shop here at Mount Folly on June 16th.  So if you have a local business and want to join the most effective local business circle we know, pop along and say hello!

And much more...

So it's early days, this is just what we have so far.  We will be releasing updates to this article as plans develop.  But we have ideas to make it even more enjoyable on the day.  After all, it is Fathers Day and we wish you a good one old chap!