A celebrity is set to visit Baldock for the grand opening of a new retirement community.

Norton Place, on Icknield Way, will welcome famous gardener Alan Titchmarsh on Friday, November 3.

Alan will give a talk and demonstration on winter planting before performing a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the McCarthy Stone development.

Anybody interested in touring the apartments can do so between 1pm and 3pm on the opening day, and they will be able to chat to Alan in the garden too - with sparkling drinks and canapes also on offer.

Ahead of the opening, Alan said: “I’m delighted to be invited to host the Grand Opening at Norton Place.


"I look forward to meeting with all the prospective homeowners and their guests, as well as the McCarthy Stone team who are set on bringing a vibrant community lifestyle to Baldock.”

Norton Place includes 56 retirement properties for the over 70s, made up of one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The development includes a communal lounge, gardens, guest suite, and restaurant.

Properties can be acquired through part-buy or part-rent, while prices for outright purchase start at £299,995 for one-bedroom apartments and £424,995 for two-bedroom apartments.

Sam Watkins, divisional sales director at McCarthy Stone, said: “The Norton Place grand opening is shaping up to be a spectacular day and we are beyond excited to have Alan Titchmarsh joining us.

"We’ve seen a steady wave of interest at this development since construction started so it is with great pleasure that we are inviting retirees from across Baldock and beyond to experience it in person at this showcase event.”