Over 25 private gardens to view in this lovely historic town, for just £7.50 for one day or £10 for the two days.
From very small beginnings, visitor numbers now exceed the town's population. The Usk in Bloom volunteers have won Wales in Bloom's Large Village category for over 30 years, and on this particular weekend everything comes together, with hanging-baskets, pots, planters & tubs wherever you turn throughout the town. The atmosphere is akin to the continental flower festivals. One of the most spectacular gardens surrounds the medieval Usk Castle - an absolute must to visit at any time of year.
There are lots of places to eat and drink, with fare ranging from traditional pub grub, locally caught trout and salmon, or authentic Italian cuisine, all within striking distance of the town square, which itself looks like something from the children's Trumpton series. Visitors can also browse in a number of antique and craft outlets. The Victorian Courthouse and Rural Life Museum will also throw their doors open to the public and there is a Gardener's Market, with lots of plants and other gardening products to buy and take home, all at very reasonable prices.
We are not aware of any other place in Britain where an event of this nature has become a whole town experience with many individuals and groups including Guides, Scouts, and children's sports team members taking part. Well over £180,000 has been raised to date for local charities and good causes.