by Greta Yeoman
A well-kept secret on Timaru’s doorstep will open its doors to the public this weekend.
Claremont Homestead in Mt Horrible Rd will hold a throwback to the district-wide picnics of yesteryear in the form of a garden party.
Owner Robert Young said he encountered many long-term Timaru residents who had little idea the sprawling homestead existed, so he had decided to open up his home to the public.
He was inviting residents to pack a picnic – though a wide variety of stallholders will also be onsite – don a fancy hat and come out to Claremont on Saturday (February 9).
Mr Young would be hosting tours around the circa 1884 building. Other activities include browsing 35 stalls of local produce, getting rides on Clydesdale horses around the grounds and listening to live music.
He invited residents to dress up in the style of the early 1900s, when the then-owners would hire cooks to conjure up a feast and invite the entire district to the homestead.
While this was more of a bring-your-own picnic, it was a good chance to dress up” , he said.
The Claremont Garden Party will be held at Claremont Homestead, 222 Mt Horrible Rd, Taiko, from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, February 9. Entry is $10 adults, $5 children or $25 for two adults and two children. Proceeds to Make-A-Wish New Zealand.