Adventures until end of September
Family events at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate have a Famous Five theme this summer, as the garden has teamed up with Enid Blyton Entertainment and Hodder Children’s Books to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Five on a Treasure Island, the first book in the series.
Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and Timmy the dog’s escapades are rooted in exploring the great outdoors – hence the holiday theme.
Liz Thwaite, head of Harlow Carr, said: “People’s love of gardens and gardening often starts when they are children – running, laughing and playing in them, exploring winding paths, going for country walks and discovering the wonders of plants and wildlife.
“We hope that this summer will create many new happy memories for children, inspired by our garden and Enid Blyton’s wonderful adventure books.”
Workshops include potion-making, den-building, and tightrope walking, plus birds of prey demonstrations, listening to tall tales, making an explorer kit and going on a daily trail.
There will be a willow wigwam camp to explore and there’s an exhibition in the Bath House featuring a timeline of the author’s books.
Six outdoor performances of Five on a Treasure Island by Gobbledigook Theatre Company will also take place, visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk to book.
Activities vary daily so go to www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for details.
RHS Members’ Advisory Service: Members can get gardening advice from 11am-3pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Monday and Friday from 1pm-3pm. Come to the advisory desk in the entrance conservatory.
July 27 – Thursday late night opening. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music. Last entry 7.30pm, the garden closes at 9pm. Normal garden admission applies.
July 30 – Summer Music Sunday: Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of live music from 1pm-4pm. Normal garden admission applies.
July 28 – Outdoor Theatre – Wind In The Willows: Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Toad for an adventure. Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm performance. Book tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.
August 1 – Five go on a Yorkshire Day Adventure, 10am-3pm: Celebrate Yorkshire Day and take part in the Adventure Games at 1pm with flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding and spoon race and a Yorkshire Tea relay race. Bring a picnic. Normal garden admission applies.
August 5-6 – Orchid Weekend: Join Harrogate Orchid Society with striking orchid displays, demonstrations, and tips on growing at home from 10am-4pm. Normal garden admission applies.
August 6, 13, 20 and 27 – Summer Music Sundays: Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of live music from 1pm-4pm. Normal garden admission applies.
August 10-12 and 17-19 August – Outdoor Theatre – Enid Blyton’s Five On A Treasure Island: Doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm performance. Places must be booked through Harrogate Theatre Box Office Tel: 01423 502116 or visit www.harroagtetheatre.co.uk.
August 11 – Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Picnic Party: Celebrate the 120th birthday of this much-loved children’s author with a picnic from noon-3pm. There will be face painting, storytelling, live music and a chance to meet the Famous Five characters from 2pm. Normal garden admission applies.
August 12-13 – Carnivorous Plant Weekend: A weekend of displays and advice from carnivorous plant experts from 11am-4 pm. Normal garden admission applies.
August 23 – Outdoor Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Pantaloons are back to give Shakespeare’s timeless comedy a fresh twist. Doors open at 6pm for 7pm performance. Tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.
August 25 -Outdoor Theatre – A Comedy of Errors: The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform Shakespeare’s farce. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm performance. Tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.
1 September 1-October 31 – Autumn Sculpture Trail – The Wildlife of Harlow Carr: Follow a trail and discover a selection of hand-made sculptures made by Yorkshire artists – depicting the garden’s wildlife. Normal garden admission.
September 2-3 – Autumn Plant Festival, 10am-4pm: Specialist nurseries visit the garden with seasonal advice and information and a Tender Plant Show. Normal garden admission.
September 5, 12, 19 and 26 – Garden Tours with the Friends of Harlow Carr, 11am: Suggested £2 donation.
September 9-10 – Real Ale and Food Festival, 10am-6pm, bar opens noon: Try Yorkshire ales, wines and ciders and a food market. With live music, street food vendors selling regional delights and undercover seating available, it’s a day out for all the family. Normal garden admission applies.
September 15 – Open Air Cinema – Dirty Dancing: Open air screening of this 80’s classic. Doors 6.30pm for 7.45pm start. Tickets from Derby Quad Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit www.derbyquad.co.uk.
September 16 – Open Air Cinema – Top Gun: Doors 6.30pm for 7.45pm start. Tickets from Derby Quad Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit www.derbyquad.co.uk.
September 20-October 22 – Bath House Gallery – Wood Showcase: Driftwood, turned wood, reclaimed wood and furniture all on display. Artist David Starley returns with his popular tree paintings. Normal garden admission applies.
September 29-October 1 – Festival of Trees and Wood: Three-day festival of trees and wood, including chainsaw sculpting and traditional wood crafts. Normal garden admission.