Come along to the Greenway fête
On Saturday 15 September there will be a celebration of the anniversary of Agatha Christie's birthday at her holiday home, Greenway. In the style of 'Dead Man's Folly' the mystery Agatha set at Greenway, there will be a 1950s fête in the Walled Garden from 11am-4pm, complete with traditional games and stalls and even a fun dog show.
Inspired by 'Dead Man's Folly'
Nasse House, the setting for 'Dead Man's Folly' was inspired by Greenway; the house, garden, Boathouse and surrounding countryside feature in the story from the 1950s. The murder mystery centres around a fête being held in the garden, complete with a fortune teller and a staged murder hunt.
Recreating the fête
At the Greenway fête, traditional fête stalls and activities will be in place in honour of the 1950s setting, from a coconut shy to a plant stall, a bird of prey appearance, second-hand book stall, to games like ball in a bucket. A fortune teller will be in residence, and a treasure hunt trail will be paying homage to the story's staged murder hunt. There will even be a fun dog show and a vintage stall.
There will be a small charge at the stalls: the money raised will be helping to care for Greenway for ever, for everyone. Normal admission prices to Greenway apply.
Fun dog show
Throughout the day there will be fun competitions for your four-legged friends to enter. Each competition costs £2, and the winners will be chosen by special guest judges.
11am: scruffiest mutt
12 noon: fastest biscuit catcher in the west
1pm: best dressed (1950s themed)
2pm: waggiest tail
3pm: golden oldies (seven and over) and cutest puppies (under two).
Why not bring your dog along for a bit of light-hearted competition? Please remember to keep dogs on short leads at all times, and to pick up any mess your dog makes and dispose of it in the bins provided. Prizes for the winner of each competition have been kindly donated by Trophy Pet Foods.
Green ways to Greenway
You can travel to Greenway by ferry and steam train, or even walk. If you're planning to travel by car, parking spaces need to be booked in advance online or by phone.