Gastronomic treats in store this autumn at RHS Gardens

Monday 25 July 2016

As crisp and clear days herald the arrival of autumn, foodie fans are in for a smorgasbord of gourmet treats at the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens. From real ale and cider festivals to apple tasting days, the gardens’ packed schedule offers a vibrant chance to enjoy the colours, tastes and scents of autumn at events to suit all tastes.

Visitors will have the chance to browse and buy fresh autumn produce at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire and RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon. From Devon apples to Yorkshire ales, there will be a wide selection of regional food and drink on offer and visitors can celebrate the rich bounty of the autumn harvests as well as take part in a range of events and activities for all the family.

The events will be set against the richly coloured and beautiful backdrop of the gardens in autumn, when they come ablaze with fiery reds, rustic bronzes and vibrant hues of amber and gold. From the reds, russets and browns of ornamental grasses to the abundance of bright autumn berries, the gardens provide an evocative setting for invigorating autumn walks.

The season starts in September with a Real Ale and Cider Festival at RHS Garden Harlow Carr (10-11 Sept), celebrating all things Yorkshire and for the first time featuring Yorkshire wines. RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Real Ale and Cider Weekend (23-25 Sept) will include traditional ‘pub style’ games for children such as Table Skittles and Quoits. RHS Garden Wisley’s Taste of Autumn event (19-23 Oct) offers a platter of delights including cheese, fudge, cakes, liquorice, nuts and garlic, apples and more. The autumn events season draws to a close with RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s Autumn Festival (5-6 Nov) which as well as tasty treats also offers the chance to admire the beauty of crafted wood.

Visit the RHS website for full listings.

RHS Autumn Food Highlights

10-11 Sept: Real Ale and Cider Festival, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A celebration of all things Yorkshire, with a range of unusual ales from across the county, as well as locally produced ciders and, new for 2016, Yorkshire wines! Visitors can bring along their dancing shoes and enjoy live music as well as a choice of ale-inspired street food and gourmet treats.

23-25 Sept: Real Ale and Cider Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
The garden’s fourth Real Ale and Cider Weekend offers a range of interesting, unusual and eminently quaffable real ales and ciders. There will be harvest produce on display from the garden, a barbeque, food stalls and delicious wines from Devon and Cornish vineyards. Food stalls will include cheese from Glastonbury Dairy Company, Jams & Chutneys from Louise’s Larder, sausages from Yetland Farm and Devon Cider from Hancocks.

1-2 Oct: Autumn Food & Wood Festival, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A weekend-long event celebrating the best of autumn, with woodland products and willow demonstrations, a food market specialising in local delights, cookery demonstrations using the best of home grown seasonal produce, and live music from local groups.

2 Oct: Apple Day, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A great day out for all the family, Rosemoor’s Apple Day include apple identification, fantastic apple displays, cookery demonstrations and recipes, tastings and children’s activities. Angle Twitch, a mixed Morris side from Barnstaple, will dance in the Fruit Field.

7-9 Oct: Food Festival, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Perfect for families and foodies alike, visitors can sample the best in fresh regional produce from over 30 stalls and buy delicious food gifts to take home. There will be guest chefs in the demonstration tent and plenty of entertainment for children.

19-23 Oct: Taste of Autumn: RHS Garden Wisley
Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season with 30 exhibitors, featuring Surrey Bees, National Vegetable Society, National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners, St Georges who produce Wisley Jams and the Fruit Group. Plus enjoy delicious produce – including Wisley apple tastings, apple pressing and apple identification, kids’ cookery workshops and a tractor display.

29 Oct-2 Nov: Autumn Apple Display, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
A feast for eyes and noses! Visitors can enjoy a taster or two, get advice on growing apples at home and see the huge variety of apples grown in the north of England, including fantastic displays of more than 200 northern apple cultivars. They include the Yorkshire-bred ‘Ribston Pippin’ – one parent of ‘Cox's Orange Pippin’ which used to be a real favourite, oddly-named apples such as the ‘Bloody Ploughman’ and others with unusual shapes including ‘Catshead’ and ‘Dog's Snout’.

5-6 Nov: Autumn Festival, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
The chance to celebrate the best of autumn with wood-related activity and crafts, including inspiring displays and demonstrations. Visitors can browse and buy seasonal products and tasty treats.
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Notes to editors

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at
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
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH

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

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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

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