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RHS Gardens Summer Activity Programme June - August 2022

Bringing a riot of colour as the gardens burst into full bloom, the summer months are a time of celebration at the RHS gardens.

To make the most of all that this season has to offer visitors can enjoy evening events and special dog-friendly openings, outdoor music and theatre performances, and much more at RHS Garden Bridgewater in Greater Manchester, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

For full listings, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens or contact Chloe Wells at [email protected].
 

Please check the RHS website for the latest information as event listings are subject to change. 

 

June
All gardens:
May Half-Term: Super Bees, Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June
Learn all about the importance of bees at RHS gardens this May half-term. Enjoy arts and crafts and garden trails, and learn how to make a bee friendly garden.
Times and activities vary per garden, check the website for more information.
 
Jubilee Weekend, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 June
Celebrate 70 years of RHS Patron HM Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with live music, celebratory planting and fun family activities.
Times and activities vary per garden, please check the website for more information.
 
RHS Garden Bridgewater:
 
Walkies at Bridgewater, Mon 27 June
Bring a furry friend along to the garden and enjoy an early evening stroll.
 
RHS Garden Harlow Carr:
 
Beekeeping Demonstrations Sat 4 June, 2 - 27 August
Join members of the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association at 2pm for an afternoon demonstration of the traditional craft of beekeeping.
 
National Carnation Show, Sun 12 June (10am-4pm)
The British National Carnation Society will be at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for the first time. Come along to see a range of beautiful Dianthus on display, with experts on hand to give out advice about how to grow these blooms at home.
 
RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 June
A must for garden lovers, the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show features specialist growers, expert advice and fabulous garden products, all in the surroundings of RHS Harlow Carr.
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall:
 
Outdoor Theatre Evening, The War of the Worlds, Fri 17 June
Using musical instruments and puppetry, the critically acclaimed Pantaloons recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting machines, tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale.
 
Cactus & Succulent Show, Sat 18 & Sun 19 June
Enjoy a weekend of plant sales and displays of rare and impressive cacti and succulents at RHS Hyde Hall, with expert advice from experienced growers.
 
Walkies at Hyde Hall, Thu 23 & Wed 29 June
Bring a furry friend along to RHS Hyde Hall for a special dog-friendly early evening opening.
 
Hyde Hall Live, Fri 24 – Sun 26 June
Enjoy an exciting programme of outdoor live music evenings this summer at RHS Hyde Hall.
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor:
 
Walkies at Rosemoor, 8 June, 6-8pm
Explore the gardens during an early evening stroll with your four-legged friend.
 
Festival of Roses, Sat 18 June – Sun 17 July
Enjoy the sight and scent of thousands of roses in flower at RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Festival of Roses. Boasting one of the UK’s largest collections of roses, discover the breathtaking beauty and diversity of this flower. Highlights include weekly rose-themed workshops, an outdoor theatre and a Festival of Roses Craft Market (24–26 June).
 
Gardens for Health and Wellbeing, Thurs 23 June
Research shows that time in gardens is good for us, and this expert-led walk and talk around RHS Garden Rosemoor’s grounds will look at elements that can enhance health and wellbeing.
 
RHS Garden Wisley:
 
Jazz Saturdays at Wisley, Sat 11 June – 30 July (every Saturday, 1- 4pm)
Pack up a picnic or head to Wisley Food Hall and listen to the sounds of Chi Jazz in the beautiful surroundings of Hilltop at RHS Garden Wisley.
 
Walkies at Wisley, Sun 12 & Tues 21 June
Bring a furry friend along to the garden for this special dog-friendly early evening opening.
 
Sweet Pea Show, Weds 29 & Thurs 30 June
An extravaganza for the senses, join the National Sweet Pea Society for their early national show. Enjoy the heavenly scent and breathtaking sight of hundreds of sweet peas as the top UK growers showcase these beautiful summer blooms.
 
July
All Gardens:
 
Summer Holidays: Sat 23 July – Weds 31 August
Discover a range of fun, family-friendly activities throughout the holidays this summer at each of the five RHS gardens.
Dates, times and activities vary per garden, please check the website for more information.
 
RHS Garden Bridgewater:
 
Interflora Florist of the Year Final, Thurs 7 July
See incredible displays as talented florists compete in the final of the prestigious Interflora World Cup in Manchester in 2023
 
RHS Garden Harlow Carr:
 
National Sweet Pea Show, Sat 9 & Sun 10 June
Enjoy the heavenly scent and breath-taking sight of hundreds of sweet pea blooms as the top UK growers travel to Harrogate for a weekend-long celebration of these beautiful summer blooms.
 
Orchid Weekend, Sat 23 – Sun 24 July
Join Harrogate Orchid Society and experience the beauty and glamour of these magnificent plants with striking orchid displays, demonstrations and tips on growing at home.
 
Summer Music Sundays, Sun 3 July – Sun 28 August
Bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the garden every Sunday throughout July and August, 1-4pm.
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall:
 
Late Night Opening Thurs 7, 14, 21 & 28 July
Visit RHS Hyde Hall on Thursday evenings throughout July to enjoy the warm weather and experience the gardens at dusk. Garden open until 9pm.
 
Outdoor Theatre Evening, Much Ado About Nothing, Fri 15 July
Don’t miss Shakespeare’s timeless summer comedy of masks, music and mistaken identities performed in the mid-summer gardens at RHS Hyde Hall.
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor:
 
Rosemoor Live! Fri 1 – Sat 9 July
From a Fleetwood Mac cover band to musical bingo, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Rosemoor Live!
 
Vintage Weekend, Sat 30 & Sun 31 July
Discover an eclectic range of classic vehicles, 'Dig for Victory' in the Stream Field, and enjoy entertainment including Punch and Judy and steam traction engine rides. With food and drink and upcycled and vintage wares, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy at RHS Rosemoor this weekend.
 
RHS Garden Wisley:
 
Walkies at Wisley, Fri 1, Mon 11 & Weds 27 July
Bring a furry friend along to the garden for this special dog-friendly late afternoon.
 
Wisley Music Festival, Weds 13 – Sat 16 July
Enjoy four evenings of live music on the big stage at RHS Wisley.
Weds - A Night at the Musicals
Thurs - Queen Tribute band 'Majesty
Fri - Opera
Sat – Lemar
 
August
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
 
Walkies at Harlow Carr, Weds 10 August
Bring your four legged friend for a summer evening stroll around RHS Harlow Carr.
 
Evening Outdoor Theatre: Pantaloons, Sun 28 August
Enjoy an evening of outdoor theatre with the critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company. Known for their experimental, eye-catching and fun performances their production of War of the Worlds will be no different.
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall:
 
RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show, Weds 3 – Sun 7 August
The Flower Show returns with dazzling flower displays, plentiful gardening tips from expert exhibitors and a delicious array of food.
 
Classic Car Show, Sun 14 August
A great day out for car enthusiasts, with a range of classic cars.
 
Contemporary Craft & Design Fair,  Fri 26 – Mon 29 August
Purchase from a treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen in the UK, including textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, ceramics, jewellery, glass, and much more.
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor:
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show, Fri 19 – Sun 21 August
The only RHS Garden Flower Show in the South West with nurseries, garden sundries, floral displays, trade stands, alfresco catering, specialist talks, RHS Advice & live music.
 
RHS Garden Wisley:
 
Walkies at Wisley, Mon 8 & Fri 26 August
Bring a furry friend along to the garden for this special dog-friendly late afternoon.
 
 

 

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For more information and images, or to attend or cover any events, please contact Chloe Wells on [email protected]  

Image caption and credits:
Summer holidays at RHS Harlow Carr © RHS/ Georgi Mabee

 

Notes to editors

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Gardens

The RHS has five gardens:

RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road, Off Leigh Road, Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester
M28 2LJ www.rhs.org.uk/bridgewater
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
 
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
 
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262
 

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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.