Friday 10 July 2015
Join us to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
• See Wonderland-inspired giant topiary sculptures fresh from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
• Enjoy storytelling at the Mad Hatter’s tea-party table, play flamingo croquet on the lawn and pet real-life white rabbits
Things are set to get curiouser and curiouser at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate this summer as families are invited to enjoy an adventure in Wonderland.
Visitors will be asked to ponder which way they ought to go on an Alice in Wonderland-themed trail through the garden, enjoy storytelling at the Mad Hatter’s tea party table and play flamingo croquet on the lawn as part of the garden’s fun-filled summer holiday programme (25 July –31 August).
The events – sponsored by Witan Investment Trust – will transform the garden into a nonsensical and magical world of Wonderland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
As well as a host of gardening-inspired daily activities – from craft workshops to mud making and pond dipping – there’s a chance to relax in the garden every Sunday from 12noon to 4pm with live music near Bettys Tea House, perfect for a lazy family afternoon. Visitors may even spot the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit or a giant playing card wandering around.
Large topiary sculptures of well-known Wonderland characters including the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat are winging their way to the garden fresh from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The topiary will be one of the garden’s horticultural highlights throughout the summer holidays, together with a host of different-sized sunflowers designed to reflect the ‘big-small’ theme of Carroll’s book.
Liz Thwaite, Head of Site for Harlow Carr, says: “Make sure you’re not late for this very important date in the garden calendar.
“There is so much going on for families, from daily garden trails to help the Queen of Hearts find her stolen tarts, Tuesday storytelling sessions at the Mad Hatter’s tea-party table, a host of weekday craft workshops including Cheshire Cat mask making and a chance to make your own Mad Hatter-inspired hats, as well as a choice of outdoor activity sessions.
“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,” said Liz. “With so much happening in the garden, we’re sure you’ll be grinning like a Cheshire Cat this summer at Harlow Carr.”
Bring your family along for a full day of fun every day of the holidays. Activities vary daily: visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson for what’s on when or call (01423) 565418.
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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
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.
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)
Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
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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