RHS Garden Harlow Carr Summer Events Programme June – September 2017

Tuesday 30 May 2017

This summer the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden at Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire is hosting a programme of events, activities and workshops.

Highlights include the garden’s second flower show, outdoor theatre and cinema screenings and a packed summer holiday programme celebrating Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. For more details visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr.  

June

1 – 30 June: Outdoor Exhibition - Gardeners’ World at 50
RHS Garden Harlow Carr hosts an outdoor exhibition throughout June charting fifty years since Gardeners’ World first broadcast. See images from the BBC archives and the RHS Lindley Library reflecting how gardening has changed over the years and how Gardeners’ World - now Britain’s longest running gardening show - responded to, and sometimes led, the changes. Normal garden admission applies.

RHS Members’ Advisory Service
RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions.

31 May – 25 June: Bath House Gallery - Summer Art & Photography Showcase
Visit the historic Bath House for a summer art and photography showcase with a selection of artwork for sale from new artists and some of our regulars. Normal garden admission applies.

3-4 June: Bee Weekend
Visitors are invited to join the Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association for a weekend of live bee demonstrations, activities and lots of information on wild bees and beekeeping from 11am – 4pm. It’s going to bee a hive of activity! Normal garden admission applies.

10-11 June: Bonsai Weekend
With beautiful displays aplenty, the Bonsai Group will be at RHS Garden Harlow Carr to offer first hand advice, expertise and demonstrations on these special trees from 10am – 4pm. Visitors are invited to bring their own trees along for advice. Normal garden admission applies.

18 June: Father’s Day Orienteering Challenge
Celebrate Father’s Day with an adventurous mini-orienteering course in the garden to get dad’s heart pumping. Bring the family along and discover a different way to explore Harlow Carr. Normal garden admission applies.

23-25 June: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show
Browse, buy, and pick up advice from more than 40 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands at Harlow Carr’s second annual flower show. Visitors can enjoy a full programme of talks and demonstrations then escape the crowds with a relaxing stroll in the stunning surroundings of the garden: don’t miss the summer Streamside spectacle of Harlow Carr’s famous dolly-mixture candelabra primulas. Entrance is included in normal garden entry and the show is open from 10am – 5pm each day. Visit www.rhs.org/harlowcarr for full details including parking.

27 June – 21 July: Bath House Gallery – ‘On your Doorstep’ Art & Craft Showcase
See work by very local artists and makers and enjoy the talent that’s on our doorstep! Normal garden admission applies.

July

RHS Members’ Advisory Service

RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions.

6, 13, 20 & 27 July: Thursday Late Night Opening
Enjoy live music every Thursday evening throughout July. Bring a picnic and settle in for the evening. Last entry 7.30pm; the garden closes at 9pm. Normal garden admission applies

9, 16, 23 & 30 July: Summer Music Sundays
Bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the garden every Sunday throughout July from 1pm – 4pm. Normal garden admission applies.

11 & 12 July: Outdoor Theatre - Romeo & Juliet
High-energy theatre group Oddsocks add a Mods & Rockers twist to Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm performance. Book tickets from Harrogate International Festivals on 01423 562303 or visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

15 - 16 July: Botanical Retail Weekend
Visit the RHS Plant Centre and Gift Shop to learn how plants and botanics can be used in our everyday lives. See demonstrations and talks from selected suppliers from 11am – 4pm.

22 July – 3 September: Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ Summer Holiday Adventures
Visit Harlow Carr throughout the summer for events and activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s very first Famous Five book, ‘Five on a Treasure Island’. Take part in outdoor ‘have a go’ workshops, see birds-of-prey demonstrations, listen to tall tales and make your own Famous Five explorer kit. Don’t forget to visit the willow wigwam camp and take a nostalgic look at the Enid exhibition in the Bath House. Activities vary daily. See website for details. Normal garden admission applies.

28 July: Outdoor Theatre - Wind In The Willows
Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad for an adventure that promises to capture the imagination of the youngest audience members and take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane. Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm performance. Book tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

August

1 Aug: Five go on a Yorkshire Day Adventure
Celebrate Yorkshire Day with a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10am – 3pm. Take part in the ‘Adventure Games’ at 1pm with flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding & spoon race and a Yorkshire Tea relay race. Bring a picnic, take part in the races and maybe win a prize or two. Normal garden admission applies.

RHS Members’ Advisory Service
RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions.

5–6 Aug: Orchid Weekend
Join Harrogate Orchid Society and experience the beauty and glamour of these magnificent plants with striking orchid displays, demonstrations and tips on growing at home from 10am – 4pm. Normal garden admission applies.

6, 13, 20 & 27 August: Summer Music Sundays
Bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the garden every Sunday throughout August from 1pm – 4pm. Normal garden admission applies.

10 – 12 & 17 – 19 August: Outdoor Theatre - Enid Blyton’s ‘Five On A Treasure Island’
See Enid Blyton’s treasured story brought to life in an interactive live performance where the audience becomes part of the show. There will be six chances to see this fresh and exciting performance by Gobbledigook Theatre Company throughout the summer. Doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm performance. Places must be booked through Harrogate Theatre Box Office Tel: 01423 502116 or visit www.harroagtetheatre.co.uk

11 Aug: Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Picnic Party
Bring along your picnic blankets – together with heaps of tomatoes and lashings of ginger beer - and join us as we celebrate the 120th birthday of this much-loved children’s author with a mass picnic party from 12pm – 3pm. There will be face painting, storytelling, live music and a chance to meet the Famous Five characters from 2pm. Normal garden admission applies.

12 – 13 Aug: Carnivorous Plant Weekend
Discover all there is to know about these unusual plants with a weekend of displays and advice from the carnivorous plant experts from 11am – 4 pm. Enjoy talks and demonstrations, get your questions answered, learn how to repot and split plants and take free seeds home with you. Normal garden admission applies.

23 August: Outdoor Theatre - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Pantaloons are back to give Shakespeare's timeless comedy a fresh twist. Guests can experience this new and exciting performance as the sun sets over the garden. Doors open at 6pm for 7pm performance. Tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk 

25 August: Outdoor Theatre - A Comedy of Errors
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them for Shakespeare’s hilarious farce. This riotous rollercoaster of a comedy performed by an all-male cast in Elizabethan costumes will keep you guessing and laughing until its joyous conclusion. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm performance. Tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

September

1 September– 31 October: Autumn Sculpture Trail - The Wildlife of Harlow Carr
Follow a sculpture trail around the garden in autumn and discover a selection of beautiful handmade sculptures – all made by Yorkshire artists – depicting the wildlife that calls Harlow Carr its home, from birds and bees to herons and hedgehogs. Normal garden admission.

2 – 3 September: Autumn Plant Festival
Celebrate the best of autumn gardening at the Autumn Plant Festival with Plant Heritage. This two-day event which runs from 10am – 4pm will welcome a range of specialist nurseries to the garden with a wealth of seasonal advice and information for autumn and winter planting as well as a Tender Plant Show. Normal garden admission.

RHS Members’ Advisory Service
RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from an RHS advisor from 11am – 3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory with your questions.

5, 12, 19 & 26 September: Garden Tours with the Friends of Harlow Carr
Join the Friends of Harlow Carr at 11am each Tuesday in September for a tour of the garden. Suggested £2 donation.

9 – 10 September: Real Ale & Food Festival
Try a range of interesting Yorkshire ales, wines and ciders and a food market showcasing a range of products from cheese to sausages. With live music, street food vendors selling local delights and undercover seating available in case of inclement weather, it’s a day out for all the family. Stalls open from 10am – 6pm and the bar opens at 12noon. Normal garden admission.

15 September: Open Air Cinema - Dirty Dancing
Have the time of your life watching this open air screening of this 80’s classic in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Doors 6.30pm for 7.45pm start. Tickets from Derby Quad Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit www.derbyquad.co.uk

16 September: Open Air Cinema - Top Gun
See Tom Cruise take to the skies in the popular 80’s blockbuster as he endures dogfights, bar fights and volleyball! Featuring a raft of acting talent including Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan. Doors 6.30pm for 7.45pm start. Tickets from Derby Quad Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit www.derbyquad.co.uk

20 September – 22 October: Bath House Gallery – Wood Showcase
The beauty of wood will be showcased with driftwood, turned wood, reclaimed wood and furniture all on display. Artist David Starley returns with his popular tree paintings, many of them depicting scenes at Harlow Carr. Normal garden admission applies.

29 September - 1 October: Festival of Trees & Wood
Discover the beauty and tranquillity of Harlow Carr’s Woodland at our three-day festival of trees and wood. Seek out the hidden glades, rare trees and Arboretum collections and find out about the best options for your own garden during a talk and walk with the experts. Power tool manufacturers STIHL will offer a range of demos including chainsaw sculpting and there’s a chance to learn traditional wood crafts such as whittling, willow weaving and hurdle making. Normal garden admission.

Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details.
 

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
SatNav: HG3 1UE
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

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 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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