Lilacs in Bloom on the Millennium 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. The Trail is open all year round, and there is never an admission fee, so come visit and enjoy the serenity and natural beauty.
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 allé of jubilee lilacs. The jubilee lilac was introduced to the world here in Warkworth just four years ago in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In 2022 we are showing the Avalanche Lilac in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum 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 25 to June 30 209 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 28 and 29, the Garden Vendor Market will be open for business, offering you a chance to admire and purchase work from our local Artists and Horticultural vendors. Be sure to visit!!
There are lots of other events along the Trail, including music by the Bay City Trio, Saturday 12-3pm, and Earl Park’s Quintet Sunday 12-3pm. You’ll also see the Trobairitz Harp and Wind duo performing at the Victorian Tea at the Gazebo, Saturday 12-3pm and Sunday 11am-2pm. In addition there are dance performances by Firelights and Friends Dance Troupe.
Hungry yet? A food truck will also be present on the trail providing food and refreshments.
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!