Are You Ready For The Great Garden Quest?

Thursday 10 July 2014

Fantastic fun for all the family this summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor 26 July – 31 August

Create your own family adventures this summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor where a fun-packed summer of activities is planned. Take on the Quest, befriend the dragon and learn new skills along the way.
The Great Garden Quest, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust, encourages everyone to get involved in discovering the garden and taking part in free art and craft workshops.

From Tuesday 1 July the Dragon Quest Trail will get under way. Collect your free trail guide from the Visitor Centre and adventure around Rosemoor collecting runes and solving puzzles and tasks to test your skill. Dodge the spiders, distract the troll and befriend the dragon to claim victory and a prize!

There are free drop-in art and craft activities for families every weekday from Monday 28 July until Friday 29 August. The Great Garden Quest also has a fantastic choice of summer events ranging from puppet shows and outdoor theatre to stage fighting and swordplay workshops, creepy crawlies, archery and falconry.

26 July to 31 August
Summer holidays: The Great Garden Quest – sponsored by Witan Developments
Drop-in art and craft activities for families EVERY WEEKDAY 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.

Mondays – Magical Mapmaking
Tolkien’s books were also famous for his highly illustrated maps. Create your own to guide you through the obstacles and dangers of Rosemoor in search of the Dragon!

Tuesdays – Crowns, Headdresses and Wizard’s Hats
Cut out and decorate the perfect mystical headwear for your summer Great Garden Quest.

Wednesdays – Willow Spiders, Swords and Wands
Make your very own willow Spider of the Woods to take home, or create a wand or sword to help you on your Dragon Quest!

Thursdays – Treasure Boxes
Make your box and then colour it in or stick on gems and treasures. Be sure to draw a secure lock to keep your jewels safe!

Fridays – Potions and Perfumes

Create your own magical potion from petals and leaves. Crush them up and say the magic words.

Tuesday 29 July
Entertainingly Different’s The Quest
11am, 1pm and 3pm
An interactive, family-friendly promenade performance by Rob Pudner and Entertainingly Different. A magical journey, where you’ll come face to face with a host of enchanting characters who will be your guides for this mystical Quest. But the question is: will you and your fellow travellers be able to find all the clues and solve the riddle before the sands of time run out?
Event repeated again on Friday 29 August.

Thursday 31 July
Shadow Puppet Workshop with Armchair Puppet Theatre

11am – 4pm.
Come along and make your very own shadow puppet at our drop-in workshop then return at 2.30pm for a rehearsal before taking part in the afternoon performance at 3pm which is free and open to all.

Tuesday 05 August
Middle Earth Dressing-Up Day

11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Come along and dress yourself up as one of your favourite Middle Earth characters and pose for a picture outside of our Halfling House as you ready yourself for your Journey into Middle Earth.
Special guest appearance by Gandalf – the great wizard himself!

Thursday 07 August
Stage Fighting and Swordplay

11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Take up the sword and join the battle for Middle Earth. Learn to fight with stunt man Mark Ruddick (Captain America, Thor 2, Kick-Ass 2) and create your own clashing sword fight. You will learn how a safe film-set fight is created, and have the chance to practice real stage sword play – with camouflage make-up and free face painting, too.

Monday 11 August
Creepy Crawlies Day
11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Well known across Devon for his weird and wonderful collection of exotic spiders, snakes, insects and lizards, Joe de Witt Vine of Reptobug will have creepy crawlies from all over the world for you to see and touch if you dare. Meet some of Joe’s favourites and learn about where they come from and how they live in the wild.

Wednesday 13 Aug
Small Wonder Puppet Show by Armchair Puppet Theatre

11.30am and 2.30pm
A long time ago (well, today actually), in a colourfully painted wooden puppet theatre, intricately made glove, rod and shadow puppets tell the story of a Mayor’s quest for a ‘wonder never seen before by human eyes’ in order to appease his demanding Queen. Back by popular demand, this performance is a delight for children (young and old)!

Saturday 16 August
Produce Show

11.30am – 3pm
In conjunction with Great Torrington Horticultural Society. Enter your home-grown produce into Rosemoor’s very own local produce show. There are categories both for adults and children, with gift vouchers for The Rosemoor Shop and Plant Centre as prizes. Cookery demonstration and workshops for families, too. Pick up a show schedule from Rosemoor or call 01805 626800. Get growing and join in the fun!

Tuesday 19 August
Peter Pan – Heartbreak Outdoor Theatre for Families
5 – 7.30pm
All aboard the Jolly Roger! Fasten your lifebelts for a fast and frenzied journey back into your childhood… Heartbreak’s amazing adaptation of the iconic classic Peter Pan gives audiences a chance to join the gang – team up with the Lost Boys, Indians or Fairies and let your imagination run wild in a playground full of fun and adventure.
Please contact The Plough Arts Centre for full details of this event.  
**All tickets from The Plough Box Office: 01805 624624.

Thursday 21 August
Archery Day: Arms of Old Archery Centre

10.30am – 4pm
Free archery tuition today! Have a go at the ancient art of archery today in the garden. Professional archers, Arms of Old, will give you an introduction to the ancient art of archery, an essential skill for anyone on a Quest.

Wednesday 27 August
Falconry Display: North Devon Falconry Centre

10.30am – 4pm
A display of Harris's hawks, a range of falcons (including gyrfalcon, lanner falcon and peregrine falcon) plus a magnificent Bengal eagle-owl. There will be flying displays at 11.30am and 2.30pm which will include an element of audience participation! Come along and marvel at the speed and hunting skill of these birds as they are put through their paces.

Friday 29 August
Entertainingly Different’s The Quest
11am, 1pm and 3pm
An interactive, family-friendly promenade performance by Rob Pudner and Entertainingly Different. A magical journey where you’ll come face to face with a host of enchanting characters who will be your guides for this mystical Quest. Woven with stories, original songs and live music, this fantastical adventure is suitable for young and old alike. But the question is: will you and your fellow travellers be able to find all the clues and solve the riddle before the sands of time run out?

For more information on RHS Garden Rosemoor visit

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Notes to editors

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RHS Garden Rosemoor awards include: Silver in Visit Devon’s Best Large Visitor Attraction 2013; North Devon’s Top Day Out 2013; Which? Travel Best UK Garden 2012; Best Café / Tearoom 2013 in Devon’s Food & Drink ‘Love The Flavour’; and also Best Restaurant 2013 and 2012 (Garden Centre’s Association Wales & West Region).

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH 01805 626810

Opening times
The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
April – September Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
October – March Mon – Sun: 10am – 5pm
Last admission is one hour before closing.

2014 Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).

Adults £8.75
Children (5 – 16yrs) £4.40
Children 4yrs & under Free
Family (2 + 2) £23.70
Groups of more than 10 people £6.90pp Group visits must be 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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Witan Investment Trust plc
Established in 1909, Witan is one of the UK's largest investment trusts, managing £1.5bn (source: AIC, as at 31.03.2014) on behalf of over 30,000 investors. Witan operates a multi-manager structure and currently has 11 appointed managers. For further details please visit

Witan Investment Trust has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Royal Horticultural Society and has supported the charity for over fifteen years. Witan’s support has helped the RHS develop key features at the RHS Garden Wisley, including the Walled Garden West, Herb Garden, Witan Street and the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden. Moving forwards, Witan is supporting the development of the new Global Growth Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall as well as the Great Garden Quest, a series of summer holiday activities for children at all four RHS gardens.


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About the RHS

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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