Baa-rilliant fun across RHS Gardens this summer holiday with The Great Garden Adventure with Shaun the Sheep

RHS Gardens are celebrating summer with an epic gardening adventure with Shaun the Sheep, in collaboration with multi-award-winning Aardman and Wild in Art.

Those looking for a fabulously fun day out this summer holiday can visit RHS Gardens to join The Great Garden Adventure with Shaun the Sheep, in collaboration with the multi-Academy-Award®-winning Aardman studio.

Running between 20 July and 1 September, on selected dates at all five iconic RHS gardens families can join Shaun on his quest to learn how to grow the best fruit and veg at Mossy Bottom Farm from friendly RHS experts, with plenty of tomfoolery and fun for all to enjoy.

Throughout the summer holidays, families will be able to participate in a host of interactive activities across the gardens, including a Haybale Maze, O'Lamb'pics games, interactive trails, claystation drop-in sessions, and even get to meet the iconic sheep in the fleece. Little ones can learn with Shaun about how to grow their own fresh ingredients and get their hands dirty with planting and gardening activities.

Along with plenty of Mossy Bottom antics, each garden will also feature sculptures from renowned global art producers Wild in Art. Young and young at heart can track down three super-sized Shaun the Sheep artworks at each garden.

Dr Tim Upson, RHS Director of Gardens and Horticulture, said: "We are delighted to partner with Aardman for The Great Garden Adventure with Shaun the Sheep this summer across all five of our beautiful RHS gardens and are looking forward to what is set to be a fantastic and enriching programme of activities. We are excited to welcome families to join the fun, celebrate the iconic character, explore the beautiful gardens and hope to grow their love for the outdoors with some of Shaun's signature mischief along the way."

Ngaio Harding-Hill, Head of Attractions & Live Experiences at Aardman, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the RHS again this summer on a Shaun the Sheep partnership to align with our new brand initiative, One Farm, which aims to encourage families to enjoy nature responsibly and learn how to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables alongside our woolly friend, Shaun at all five beautiful RHS gardens. The event programme offers a variety of different ways for RHS visitors to engage with Shaun and explore the gardens and we look forward to him bringing his harvesting expertise back to Mossy Bottom Farm!”

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder, Wild in Art, said: “Wild in Art passionately champions the importance of art and being creative for everyone and our art trails and creative installations enable thousands of people of all ages to experience art by making it part of everyday life. I’m delighted that this new collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society and Aardman will, through the much-loved Shaun the Sheep sculpture, enable visitors to RHS gardens to discover inspiring art while experiencing the benefits of being outdoors, connecting with nature and exploring incredible gardens.”

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About the RHS

Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester,

and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science.

We have committed to being net positive for nature and people by 2030. We are also committed to being truly inclusive and to reflect all the communities of the UK.

Across our five RHS gardens we welcome more than three million visitors each year to enjoy over 34,000 different cultivated plants. Events such as the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, other national shows, our schools and community work, and partnerships such as Britain in Bloom, all spread the shared joy of gardening to wide-reaching audiences.

Throughout it all we’ve held true to our charitable core – to encourage and improve the science, art, and practice of horticulture – to share the love of gardening and the positive benefits it brings.

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About Aardman

Aardman is an employee-owned company, based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton. An independent, multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio, it produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment. Current animated productions include a brand-new Wallace & Gromit film which is set for release in 2024, the studio’s first in-house game Chicken Run: Eggstraction, series 7 of Shaun the Sheep and a third series of The Very Small Creatures.

Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work – which includes the creation of much-loved characters including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Morph – is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world. Recent celebrated projects include the BAFTA® nominated feature film Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, Academy Award® nominated short film Robin Robin, International Emmy® award winning Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas, BAFTA® nominated preschool series The Very Small Creatures and the recent CGI comedy series for kids Lloyd of the Flies.

The studio runs the Aardman Academy which has a commitment to nurturing talent by delivering excellence in film and animation training and mentoring. The Aardman Academy

offers a variety of courses from intensive one-day workshops teaching production skills and storyboarding, to comprehensive twelve-week courses for professionals in craft-based subjects from model making to animation.

In November 2018 it became an Employee-Owned Organisation, to ensure Aardman remains independent and to secure the creative legacy and culture of the company for many decades to come.

About Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep, Aardman’s family favourite TV series, is recognised the world over for its slapstick humour, distinctive look and strong, quirky characters and enjoyed across multiple media platforms. First appearing in Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award® winning Wallace & Gromit ‘A Close Shave’, Shaun then went on to star in his own series, created by Richard Starzak which launched on BBC One in 2007. Shaun the Sheep is currently broadcast in 170 territories around the world and is an internationally celebrated icon with over 5.6 million fans on Facebook. In 2015 the first Shaun the Sheep Movie with feature film partner Studiocanal was released around the world to critical acclaim and the first half hour TV special aired as part of many broadcaster’s festive season., The feature film sequel Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon was released in October 2019 and nominated for an Academy Award® and was closely followed by a sixth season of the series in 2020. A new festive special Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas was released in December 2021.

About Wild in Art

Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. It brings together businesses and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures.

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town and São Paulo, and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 and 2022 Commonwealth Games, Historic Royal Palaces, award-winning animation studio Aardman and Penguin Random House.

Wild in Art events have:

· Enabled over £26.3m to be raised for charitable causes

· Injected £4.3m into local creative communities

· Engaged over 1.2 million young people in learning programmes

· Helped millions of people of all ages to experience art in non-traditional settings

The Wild in Art apps are available to download from the App Store and Google Play. | @wildinart | #wildinart


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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.