Explore Lilacs in Bloom

May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM

Millennium Lilac Trail

Meander the 2.6K Millennium Lilac Trail from the Main Street to highway 29 and back.   It is a romantic walk by the Creek, a time to enjoy nature, and an opportunity to marvel at our amazing array of lilacs.

You may enter the trail from either the south end of Main Street or Highway 29, just two minutes east of Main Street. Be sure to visit the trails that run off of the main trail. The Jubilee Trail is just one of those trails where we have planted an allee of jubilee lilacs. The jubilee lilac was introduced to the world here in Warkworth just three years ago in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Along the Trail you’ll find over three hundred plantings representing over sixty varieties of lilacs.  As lilacs vary in bloom times from: early – mid and late, you will be sure to find a range of colours and scents to enjoy at any time from May 27 to June 30 2017 during our Thirty Days of Lilacs.

Take a rest along the way at a park bench or at the garden Gazebo at the half way point of the trail, closest to the Highway 29 entry.

Opening Weekend Events

During the Festival’s Opening Weekend on May 27 and 28, 2017 there are a huge variety of events along the Trail.  For more about our individual artists, look to the end of this page.

From 10AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday there will a variety of displays, artists, musicians along the Trail. The Celtic Knot, harpers from Ottawa and West Quebec will entertain you, and to keep you off-balance, there will be a unicyclist along the Trail and on Main Street.  How do they do that!?
Kathy Beckford will demonstrate Rug Making.  You will see the process of knitting beginning with Daniel Gagnon, spinning and dyeing the fibre to make yarn. Diane Cichon will display Knit and Sew items, and the Spirit of the Hills Writer’s Group will host a booth featuring books for adults and children, including poetry, novels, non-fiction and more.   At 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM there will be a demonstration of Tai Chi. Chris of Empire Hard Cider will be there too!

As you wander the trail following the gently flowing Mill Creek, be sure you bring your camera. There are lots of photo opportunities around every bend. And don’t forget to enter your photographs in the Festival Photo Show next year!


More about our Artists

The Celtic Knot is a group of four amateur Celtic Harpists from Ottawa.  Their name is taken from the interlaced traditional Irish knot design, the four corners of which represent the four members of the harp quartet. Celtic Knot entertains with toe-tapping folk songs, relaxing classical music and favourite pop songs.

Karen Richens has been a textile enthusiast for over 30 years and is a passionate wool spinner raising colourful Shetland Sheep for 20 years. She enjoys the self-sufficiency of growing her own fibre and food. She teaches a variety of textile related lessons and workshops, especially topics pertaining to wool spinning, dyeing, felting and Shetland sheep. She teaches private lessons,  Art and Craft Guilds workshops, and Haliburton College of Art and Design fibre courses. Karen’s natural coloured yarn come exclusively from her Shetlands.

Spirit of the Hills is a group of artists, artisans, performing artists, photographers, writers and patrons. Spirit of the Hills embraces all art forms and traditions including the performing and visual arts, media, design, and literature. Their goal is to build and sustain the Arts and Artists in Northumberland County.   More information at spiritofthehills.org

Daniel Gagnon is a knitter and organic soil rejuvenator.  More information at mineraflora.ca

More about Empire Hard Cider at empirecider.ca