Wang a Welly for Yorkshire Day at RHS Garden Harlow Carr Monday 1 August

Wednesday 27 July 2016

• Don’t miss our ‘It’s a knockout’ style Intergalactic Games • Take part in cosmic welly wanging & space hopper races • Win a year’s supply of Yorkshire Tea in our teacup challenge

Yorkshire Day is set to go stratospheric at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate on Monday 1 August 2016.

Visitors can take part in an afternoon of space-themed ‘It’s a Knockout’ style fun as the most northerly of the RHS gardens hosts the Intergalactic Games. Starting at 1pm, participants can compete to win a year’s supply of Yorkshire Tea in the Yorkshire teacup relay challenge.

A selection of sweet treats from Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate are on offer to the winners of the cosmic welly wanging competition and the space hopper race.

Amy Croxton, Events Manager at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: “The focus is very much on fun for Yorkshire Day. I’m really looking forward to the cosmic welly wanging competition, our space-themed twist on a Yorkshire classic. We’re even using tiny Tim Peakes as markers to make sure it’s a fair competition!”

Harlow Carr is also encouraging visitors to take part in its weekly social media challenge, #WheresTimPeakeThisWeek. A 6ft cardboard cut-out of British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake will placed in different locations in the garden for each of the six weeks of the summer holidays. Visitors and social media followers can then post their guesses on Harlow Carr’s Facebook and Twitter page for the chance to win a complimentary family visit to the garden.

The Intergalactic Games are part of Harlow Carr’s rocket science-themed summer holiday programme which runs until 4 September. Youngsters can take part in daily activities including a space-themed garden trail, stratospheric storytelling and cosmic crafts, and can 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.

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

Please contact Sasha Jackson-Brown on 01423 724651, email


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
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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