Rocket Science Summer Holiday Family Fun at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Saturday 23 July – Sunday 4 September 2016 • See how many ‘Tiny Tim Peakes’ you can find • Go on a space mission to Mars & enjoy stratospheric storytelling • Take part in cosmic welly wanging for Yorkshire Day

The countdown is on to six weeks of summer fun at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

Families can embark on an out-of-this-world adventure this summer in Harrogate as the northernmost RHS Garden goes intergalactic.

Youngsters can take part in their very own space mission to Mars on a space-themed garden trail, enjoy stratospheric storytelling with the Garden Detectives, create cosmic crafts, and discover how our feathered friends have influenced flight and space exploration during spectacular birds-of-prey flying displays.

The garden’s Treehouse is being transformed into a woodland space station, children can test their knowledge of the planets as they wander through a solar system, or let their imaginations run wild in a specially-created 6ft RHS space rocket. There’s also a chance to put their counting skills to the test and see how many ‘Tiny Tim Peakes’ they can find in the Alpine House.

The rocket science-themed summer activities have been inspired by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and UK Space Agency project, Rocket Science, in which 2kg of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station. The seeds – which spent several months in microgravity under the care of British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake – have now been returned to Earth and are being grown by hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in a huge experiment to investigate the impact of microgravity and space travel on seed germination and growth.

Liz Thwaite, Head of Site at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: “Thanks to Tim Peake and the Rocket Science campaign, all things space-related are very topical and extremely popular, so we wanted to give our visitors the chance to enjoy their very own intergalactic adventure.

“We’ve got so many different activities on each day – plus some extra special events for Yorkshire Day on 1 August including cosmic welly wanging – so make sure you visit us more than once throughout the holidays and enjoy a truly out-of-this-world adventure.”

Harlow Carr is running its own rocket seed growing experiment throughout the summer so visitors can find out first-hand about the ‘Rocket Science’ campaign.
10 year old Hannah Aslam and 9 year old Joe Loudoun (pictured) are Year 5 pupils at Rossett Acre Primary School and are taking part in the ‘Rocket Science’ project in class. Hannah and Joe said: “It’s great fun growing the rocket seeds at school and learning about what life is like in space.

“We’re going to visit Harlow Carr with our family and friends in the summer and see how many tiny Tim Peakes we can find! We enjoyed watching Tim Peake blast off into space live in class!”
The summer holiday fun runs from Saturday 23 July – Sunday 4 September and includes:

Daily: ‘Space Mission to Mars’ Garden Trail
Embark on a space mission to Mars during a daily trail around the garden. Find the space facts, solve puzzles and reveal the secret launch code.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: Cosmic Crafts
Make a range of 'rocket science' accessories for your summer space adventure, from stars, sundials and comets to astronaut helmets and rocket launchers.

Tuesdays: Intergalactic Storytelling
Join the intergalactic, mad-capped Garden Detectives on a space exploration and enjoy space-themed stories.

Thursdays: Birds-of-Prey Flying Displays – lessons from nature
See the effects of gravity and aerodynamics up close and find out how the study of our feathered friends has influenced flight and space exploration during spectacular birds-of-prey flying displays with ‘Owl Adventures’.

Monday 1 August: Yorkshire Day – Intergalactic Games
Bring along a picnic and take part in Harlow Carr’s first Intergalactic Games. There will be a wealth of family activities throughout the morning – from sundial and rocket-making workshops to storytelling and face painting – as well as ‘It’s a Knockout’ style afternoon games starting at 1pm. The games will feature a space hopper race, Yorkshire teacup challenge and a cosmic welly wanging competition.

All activities are included in normal garden admission. Visit  or call 01423 565418 for more details and times.

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Notes to editors

The rocket seeds returned to Earth earlier this year and are now the focus of a huge scientific experiment by more than 600,000 UK schoolchildren designed to investigate the impact of microgravity and space travel on seed germination and growth. The young people will compare the growth rate of the ‘space seeds’ with a batch of rocket seeds that remained on Earth. The findings – which will be released in September 2016 – will help young people to think about how we could preserve human life on long-term missions into space, as well as how to grow food in inhospitable climates, such as those found on other planets. For more on the project go to

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, 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 – 10% off with all online ticket purchases (except groups)
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £10.00
Family (2 plus 2) £25.50
Children 5 – 16yrs £5.00
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: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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