Try a Yorkshire Tipple at Harlow Carr’s Real Ale & Cider Festival 10 – 11 September 2016

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Try a selection of wines made from grapes grown in Yorkshire • Enjoy real ales from the four corners of the county • Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy live oompah & ceilidh music


Enjoy a tasty Yorkshire tipple or two in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, as the popular Real Ale & Cider Festival returns to the garden on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September.

New for this year are a selection of wines made from grapes grown in Yorkshire and cider made from unusual Yorkshire apple cultivars. The two-day event will also feature a range of interesting and quaffable real ales from the four corners of the county – all served direct from the cask – including well-known tipples such as the popular Harlow Carr Ale, a gin and pale ale from Daleside Brewery of Harrogate. A choice of ale-inspired street food and gourmet treats will also be available.

Visitors can bring along their dancing shoes and enjoy live music courtesy of the Bavarian Blatters oompah band on Saturday. Popular Yorkshire ceilidh band No Mean Feet will entertain the crowds on Sunday.

Families will be invited to roll up their sleeves and learn the art of juicing with Rachel Benson, an expert juicer from Old Sleningford Farm near Ripon. If you have a glut of your own apples, bring them along and Rachel will show you how to create delicious-tasting juices using a traditional rack-and-cloth apple press. She can also offer advice on turning apple juice into cider.

Deck chairs will be available on a first come-first served basis – perfect if you want to relax in a quiet corner or sit and watch the entertainment unfold in the garden. There will also be a range of giant garden games for both young and old to enjoy – from Jenga to draughts, Connect 4 to snakes and ladders.

The festival runs from 12noon – 6pm on both days, with last entry at 5pm. Any leftover beer will be available to buy in cartons at half price from 5pm on Sunday.

Normal garden admission. Visit or call (01423) 565418 for more details.

Please contact Ali Aston, Marketing & PR Executive with any press queries on 01423 724693, email or Sasha Jackson-Brown on 01423 724651, email


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RHS Photographic Competition
Visitors to RHS Garden Harlow Carr can enter the RHS Photographic Competition by sharing their favourite pictures on Social Media using the hashtag #RHSPhotoComp. There are nine categories in total and all are free to enter, both for RHS members and non-members. Of these, eight categories will be given a first, second or third place, plus highly commended, if judges deem necessary. The portfolio category is an RHS-judged medal category for which applicants must go through to a selection process. To enter free images please visit:  
The competition closes on 28 February 2017.

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
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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