Go on a Famous Five-inspired Summer Adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Tuesday 30 May 2017

• Enjoy a summer garden adventure from 22 July – 3 September 2017 • Take part in the Yorkshire Day Adventure Games: flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding & spoon race and Yorkshire Tea relay race • Bring lashings of ginger beer and join in a mass picnic party in the garden

Children can go on a garden adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr throughout the summer months as the most northerly RHS garden hosts a season of family fun inspired by The Famous Five, Enid Blyton’s best-loved series, from 22 July – 3 September 2017.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate has teamed up with Enid Blyton Entertainment and Hodder Children’s Books to offer a fun-packed summer of events and activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of ‘Five on a Treasure Island’, the very first book in The Famous Five series.

For children across the generations, Enid Blyton has inspired a love for flowers, plants, gardens and the outdoors through her descriptive powers, and particularly through the adventures of her five famous characters, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog. From camping on hillsides to exploring streams, enjoying tasty picnics and discovering caves, many of The Famous Five’s adventures are firmly rooted in the great outdoors.

Liz Thwaite, Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: “People’s love of gardens and gardening often starts when they are children – running, laughing and playing in them, exploring winding paths, going for country walks and discovering the wonders of plants and wildlife. We hope that this summer will create many new happy memories for children, inspired by our garden and Enid Blyton’s wonderful adventure books.”

Youngsters can take part in a series of outdoor ‘have a go’ workshops – from potion-making and den-building to tightrope walking – see birds of prey demonstrations, listen to tall tales, make a Famous Five explorer kit and go on a daily trail to help find Uncle Quentin. There will be a willow wigwam camp to explore and mums and dads can take a nostalgic look at the life and works of Enid Blyton at an exhibition in the garden’s historic Bath House featuring a timeline of the author’s books.

Six outdoor performances of ‘Five on a Treasure Island’ by Gobbledigook Theatre Company will bring Enid Blyton’s treasured story to life in an interactive performance where the audience becomes part of the show. Visit www.harroagtetheatre.co.uk to book.

On 1 August, families can take part in the ‘Adventure Games’ to celebrate Yorkshire Day with flat cap throwing, a Yorkshire pudding & spoon race and a Yorkshire Tea relay race.

Meanwhile, visitors are encouraged to pack their picnic blankets on 11 August – together with heaps of tomatoes and lashings of ginger beer – and join a mass picnic party to celebrate the 120th birthday of the much-loved children’s author.

Activities vary daily so please visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details.


Notes to editors

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.

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 £11.00
Family (2 plus 2) £28.00
Children 5 – 16yrs £5.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £9.00

About Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton is one of the world’s best-selling children’s authors. Sales of her books are in excess of 500 million copies, and they have been translated into over 40 languages. Enid Blyton began her career as a school teacher before becoming a bestselling children's book author, writing over 800 books. In the UK she still sells more than one book a minute and many of her books have been adapted into films and TV series. As well as being regularly voted the UK’s best-loved author, Enid Blyton is the most translated children’s author in the world, according to UNESCO. Her most popular works include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Naughtiest Girl, The Adventure Series, The Faraway Tree, Twins at St Clare’s and Malory Towers. In 2012, Hachette acquired the intellectual property of the whole of Enid Blyton’s estate (excluding Noddy). In April 2016 Enid Blyton Entertainment was created to represent the fully immersive Entertainment entity. Enid Blyton is also a chosen author in Visit England's 'Year of Literary Heroes', which recognises and celebrates some of the publishing phenomena that have helped to put England on the map.

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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