Enjoy Creepy-Crawly February Half-Term Fun

Friday 22 January 2016

• Discover the secret life of insects from 13 – 21 February • Take part in a daily garden critter trail • Post your photos on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win some ‘bugalicious’ booty


Become an Insect Inspector for the day and delve into the hidden world of creepy crawlies this February half term (13 – 21 February) as the Royal Horticultural Society’s northernmost garden, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, hosts an insect-themed week of family fun.

Discover what is lurking in the undergrowth on a daily garden critter trail, and look out for giant ‘bug eye’ glasses hidden throughout the garden to see the world through the eyes of an insect.

There are a host of indoor activities to entertain the kids whatever the weather. Activities vary daily and include:

• A willow insect workshop on Monday 15 February, which includes the chance to win a special prize for anyone who leaves their design on display in the garden during the week. Places cost £2.50 per person and must be booked in advance by calling 020 3176 5830.

• On Tuesday (16 Feb) and Thursday (18 Feb), children can have their face painted to get them in the mood for their garden adventure and enjoy a bug-themed storytelling session led by Harlow Carr’s chief Insect Inspector.

From Monday to Thursday (15 – 18 Feb), there’s a chance to hold real critters in your hands, including millipedes and giant stick insects. From Monday to Friday (15 – 19 Feb), youngsters can see how insects look under a microscope or through a pair of ’bugnoculars’ in the insect lab, or chart the life cycle of their favourite creepy-crawly during a craft workshop.

On Friday 19 February there’s a chance to plant seeds to encourage creepy-crawlies into the garden at a ‘sow and grow’ workshop, at which kids can create their own minibeast paradise to take home.

Younger visitors can stop off in the plant centre on their way home, pop on a lab coat and insect antennae, or cuddle a giant insect, then post their photos on social media for a chance to win some bugalicious booty.

Normal garden admission applies. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson  or call 01423 565418 for more details.

Please contact Ali Aston, Marketing & PR Executive with any press queries on 01423 724693, email aliaston@rhs.org.uk  or Sasha Jackson-Brown on 01423 724651, email sashajackson@rhs.org.uk .


Notes to editors

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
SatNav: HG3 1UE

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

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

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £10.00
Family (2 plus 2) £25.50
Children 5 – 16yrs £5.00
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £9.00

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

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. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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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 www.rhs.org.uk

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