Friday 20 July 2018
Blue Peter Badge holders can now take advantage of free entry at four of the UK’s most beautiful gardens – just in time for the summer holidays.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey have all signed up to become Blue Peter Badge Attractions, adding new outdoor adventures to hundreds of great days out around the UK that lucky holders of the coveted Badges can enjoy for free.
Children can gain free entry to any RHS Garden with a paying adult by showing their Blue Peter Badge and accompanying Badge Card at the entrance. Coming just as schools break up for the holidays, the announcement will be welcome news for parents looking to entertain their children and get out and about in some of the country’s most beautiful green spaces this summer.
An exciting programme of events is planned to keep kids of all ages busy, as all four RHS Gardens a step back in time for Jurassic Discovery summer holiday fun. Throughout the holidays, visitors can unearth the secrets of the land that time forgot and learn about the plants that have survived for more than 350 million years as they take a trail around the gardens, looking out for the likes of dinosaur sculptures and gigantic footprints on the way.
During the first week of the holidays (21–27 July), children can help build a willow dinosaur sculpture at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, and take part in an interactive trail and fossil digs every day until 3 September. Meanwhile, at RHS Garden Wisley from 21–23 July, youngsters will have the chance to make their mark on a giant mural of dinosaurs and Jurassic plants, as well as arts and crafts fun and sow and grow activities throughout the holidays.
Adults and children alike will want to take selfies with a climb-in dinosaur egg and the seven-foot willow stegosaurus at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, and birds of prey displays on selected days will aim to demonstrate the link between these magnificent hunters and their ancient lizard ancestors. Down in Devon at RHS Garden Rosemoor, families can dig for dinosaurs in the sand pit and paint their finds, make hats, masks and dinosaur models and hunt down Jurassic plants around the garden.
Notes to editors
For more information and images please contact Caroline Jones in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.
About RHS Gardens
The RHS has four gardens across the UK:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
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 £15 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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