Culture, Art & Crafts at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in August

Wednesday 6 August 2014

An exciting range of events for all ages

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, Essex is hosting an exciting range of events throughout August from interactive storytelling to a four-day specialist craft & design fair.

Over the Bank Holiday period, 22–25 August, Craft in Focus will be presenting a four-day contemporary craft and design fair with more than 100 professional designer-makers displaying their work. It is an ideal opportunity for the public to view and buy pieces from an exciting range of emerging British talent and more-established artists.

The Association of Essex Photographers will be hosting an exhibition of their work from 15 to 25 August. All artists are professional photographers local to Chelmsford and specialise in landscapes, wildlife, plants and abstract images. Paul Anthony Vine, who recently won the 2014 East Anglian Federation Annual Exhibition with his piece entitled The Rower, The Rider and The River, will take part in the exhibtion.

On Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 August, there is a family-friendly performance by storyteller Rob Pudner of Entertainingly Different, which forms part of the Great Garden Quest summer holiday activities. It’s a magical journey around the garden where guests come face to face with a host of enchanting characters, including a dragon, trolls and pixies, to guide them on their mystical quest. Woven with stories, original songs and live music, it is a fantastical adventure for young and old alike. Younger visitors can make a dragon puppet, magical hat, headband and wand.

All events are free with normal garden admission. Children’s activities vary weekly so check website for further details:

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Notes to editors

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

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Notes to Editors:
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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