Enjoy Summer Days & Nights at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Tuesday 28 June 2016

• Open air Shakespeare plays • Late summer evening openings • RHS Gardening Advice service and special garden tours

Enjoy lazy days and long summer evenings at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire, as the most northerly of the RHS gardens celebrates the summer season in style.

With the garden at its colourful, scented best, visitors can make the most of their summer evenings with a series of special late events – from open-air Shakespeare plays to live music, as well as a host of daytime distractions.

On the first three Fridays in July (1, 8 and 15), our late open evenings are a chance to listen to live music and enjoy the beauty of the summer garden after normal opening hours. Bring a picnic and blanket and settle in for the evening or enjoy refreshments from Bettys Tea House.

If the Bard beckons, book tickets for not one but two Shakespeare plays: Macbeth on 12 and 13 July and Much Ado About Nothing on 25 August. Younger audiences can also experience open-air theatre on 29 July with Once Upon a Time There Were Four Little Rabbits, a chance to follow the scrapes and escapades of your favourite Beatrix Potter characters. On 5 August, the Pantaloons Theatre Company bring Gulliver’s Travels to the garden.

If it’s a literary lift you’re looking for, head to Harlow Carr’s bookshop for the chance to chat to four very different authors about their latest works. On 16 July, A Year of Cake author Lynn Hill and author of Common Ground Rob Cowen will be on hand to sign copies of their books and answer questions. On 17 July, Precarious Fortunes author Ian Townsend and creator of the DI Yates novels Christina James will talk about the inspiration for their novels.

Visitors can bring a picnic and enjoy live music in the garden every Sunday afternoon throughout July and August, and can enjoy a summer garden tour every Tuesday in July and September courtesy of The Friends of Harlow Carr. There’s the added bonus of a Summer Crafts Showcase in the garden’s historic Bath House Gallery from 23 July – 4 September.

If wildlife is your passion, join Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers at Harlow Carr’s apiary every Saturday and enjoy beekeeping demonstrations from the local professionals. RHS members can also speak face-to-face with an advisor from RHS Gardening Advice on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday throughout the summer.

For details of times, prices and booking details, visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details and times.

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 sashajacksonbrown@rhs.org.uk.


Notes to editors

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

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: 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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