RHS Garden Harlow Carr WHATS ON August 2015

Friday 17 July 2015

Enjoy a full programme of events, exhibitions, courses and workshops at Harlow Carr this summer

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate is hosting an exciting programme this August. From Alice in Wonderland-inspired summer holiday activities including storytelling at the Mad Hatter’s tea-party table, flamingo croquet on the lawn and a chance to pet real-life white rabbits, to an orchid show and dry-stone walling workshop, there will be something to interest all the family. For full details visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson


25 July – 31 August, 10am – 4pm: Adventures in Wonderland Summer Family Fun

Head to Harlow Carr during the summer holidays for a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Families can enjoy storytelling sessions at the Mad Hatter’s tea-party table, play flamingo croquet on the lawn, take part in daily garden trails, a host of craft workshops and a choice of outdoor activity sessions - from pond dipping to mud making. Activities vary daily, so please check the website for what’s on when. Sponsored by Witan Investment Trust. Normal garden admission.

2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August: Mad Hatter’s Music Sundays
Every Sunday throughout the summer holidays, live music will be playing at intervals from 12noon to 4pm down by Bettys Tea House in the garden – perfect for a lazy, ambient afternoon with the family. For that added ‘ah factor’, we’ll also have a litter of fluffy white rabbits for youngsters to pet each Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Normal garden admission.

8 – 9 August: Orchid Show
Harrogate Orchid Society and the RHS are jointly hosting this ‘orchids for everyone’ weekend, supported by the North of England Orchid Society and the Darlington and District Orchid Society. Visitors will see large displays of orchids and experience the glamour of these magnificent plants. There will be potting demonstrations and expert advice, and plants can be purchased to take home. Normal garden admission.

15 August: Treasure Island Open Air Theatre
Join the critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for an open-air theatre tale of treasure and treachery on the high seas that will thrill adventure seekers of all ages. X marks the spot, me hearties! Tickets: Adult £12.50, Child: £9.50 available from Harrogate Theatre Box Office: 01423 502116 (all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee). Tickets can also be purchased on the door. Doors open at 6pm.

27 August: Twelfth Night Open Air Theatre
What better way to spend a glorious summer’s evening than watching the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy. Performed in the open air by an all-male cast in full Elizabethan costume, with music and dance, this is one of the hottest tickets around this summer. Tickets: Adult £15.00, Child £10.00 available from Harrogate Theatre Box Office: 01423 502116 (all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee). Tickets can also be purchased on the door. Doors open at 6.30pm.


4 – 31 August, 10am – 4.30pm: Summer Wonderland Exhibition
Step into Harlow Carr’s historic Bath House to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This exhibition will feature beautiful, hand-crafted products inspired to create a wonderland in your own home. Normal garden admission.


Wednesday 12 August 2015, 10am – 4pm: Felt Flowers
Discover the fun of wet felting to make your own felt flowers. A number of techniques will be covered and participants will produce two different flowers, which could be used as a brooch, hair accessory or bag decoration. This course is suitable for beginners. Members £70, non-members £78. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

Saturday 15 August, 10am – 4pm: Growing vegetables in autumn and winter
Make the most of your vegetable plot by learning how to grow vegetables for harvesting throughout winter and spring. Find out when to sow, how to protect your crops, and tried-and-tested ways of storing surplus vegetables. Members £45, Non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

Wednesday 19 August, 10am – 4pm: Growing and cooking edible flowers
Discover the diverse range of flowers that look and taste good on the plate, from crocus to lavender. You will learn how to grow, pick and prepare them, and sample some simple but tasty dishes. Members £45, non-members £53. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August, 10am – 4pm: Dry Stone Walling
Instructors from the Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association will run a two-day training course covering the principles and practice of constructing of a traditional dry-stone wall. Members £130, non-members £146. Call 020 3176 5830 to book.

For more information about RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr or call the garden direct on 01423 565418.


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 on 01423 724651 or sashajackson@rhs.org.uk

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, 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 £8.95
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £7.95

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: (01423) 565418 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join 
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