Bents Home & Garden celebrates 80th anniversary

Bents Garden & Home in Cheshire is celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend.

In 1937, Alfred and Margaret Bent started to sell roses in the front garden of their terraced house on Warrington Road in Glazebury.

The summer weekend’s entertainment centres on Bents’ indoor beach with the addition of a temporary grass area where visitors can take part in giant garden games while enjoying a summer barbecue.

There will also be a celebratory photo booth which will provide the chance to win £80 of Bents’ vouchers. Visitors are invited to post their photos on social media with the hashtag #Bents80th.

There will be face painting, a treasure hunt, balloons, DJ, a caricaturist and a children’s entertainer and the centre is selling 80th anniversary gifts such as cushions, mugs, gloves, fudge and marmalade.

Managing director Matthew Bent, a third generation family member, says he wants "as many people as possible, customers young and old, new visitors and those who have been with us along the way, to join in for a fantastic celebration of Bents 80th year".

He adds that the celebration gives the chance to invite customers, suppliers and supporters in general to the centre and to thank them for their help over the years. 

Bents says a lot of what customers look for now is "trust and experience" and the event will showcase Bents' pedigree as a family-owned company with family values.

The £20m turnover operation, employs 430 staff. A new £700,000 staff facility opened this month. Longer-term, mini golf, a spa and a restaurant revamp are possible developments.
In 2007, Bents launched the UK’s first Open Skies Glass House, and more recent years have seen the opening of a £10m extension, housing a number of new home and leisure departments, including a Food Hall.
Bents now has six dining destinations, adventure play area, landscaped lake and on site nursery,
where it grows 60 per cent of its plants.

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