Get Hot for Annual Chilli Pepper Weekend at RHS Garden Hyde Hall 27 – 28 September 2014

Friday 19 September 2014

Will you take the Chilli Challenge?





The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, is asking people if they are brave enough to take the Chilli Challenge at its annual Chilli Pepper Weekend on 27 – 28 September. Not for the faint-hearted, this challenge is ideal for chilli fanatics and will be a crowd pleaser for those watching. Together with an RHS Garden Hyde Hall chilli plant display of more than 40 Capsicum cultivars, all grown by the RHS garden team, the weekend is sure to keep things hot.

New for this year, the Chilli Challenge, organised by Battlesbridge Mills Garden Centre, invites visitors to sample six special chillies ranging from mild jalapeno to the hot fatalii. A seventh, extra-hot naga chilli, recognised as one of the world’s hottest, will be available for those brave enough. Keeping a careful eye on proceedings will be Joy and Michael Michaud who are well known for developing Capsicum chinense ‘Dorset Naga’. The Michauds will also give talks on how to how to grow and cook with chillies.

Another new addition for this year is a cookery demonstration by BBC MasterChef 2013 semi-finalist Saira Hamilton who will create a range of chilli-inspired cocktails, starters and side dishes. Saira made the journey from enthusiastic amateur to professional chef following her MasterChef success and now regularly appears at festivals serving up spicy concoctions.

Coupled with artisan food producers selling a range of tempting food and drink such as delicious chilli pastes, chutneys, oils, sausages, and sauces alongside spicy cheese, beer and chocolate cake, it will be a true feast for your senses. Mexican and Latin American music and tasty street food will add to add to the party atmosphere, and chilli seeds and plants will also be available to buy all weekend.

Normal garden admission applies. Please check online for further details:

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For more information, please contact:
Sue Carter, RHS Garden Hyde Hall: on 01245 402006 or email

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071

Opening times
The garden is open daily, except for Christmas Day
Mar – Oct Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nov – Feb Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm

The plant centre, gift & bookshop and café are open daily from 9.30am.

Last admission is one hour before closing.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).

Adults £8.75 (£7.95 without Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £4.40 (£3.95 without Gift Aid)
Children 4 & under Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children £23.70 (£21.50 without Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £6.20pp (booked in advance)

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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