February half term: Weather detectives at Harlow Carr Gardens

It’s all about weather at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate this February half term. Do the daily weather trail and find out how different types of weather systems affect the planet, have a go at weather-related crafts, enjoy stormy storytelling and have a go at weather tracking. We love going to Harlow Carr, not least because it’s a chance to get a treat from Bettys (in the indoor posh tearoom if you don’t have raucous kids, or from the outdoors kiosk if , like, us, you do). There are also some great play areas. Here’s what’s happening at half term.

Weather Hunters’ Trail (Daily)

Become a weather hunter with the daily weather trail through the garden. Find out about different types of weather – from sun and snow to hurricanes and hailstorms – and learn about the different weather systems that affect the planet.

Whatever the Weather crafts (Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1pm – 3pm)

A team from the Royal Meteorological Society will be on hand to help you develop your practical and scientific weather-detecting skills. Make a rainbow windsock so you can test if it’s calm and clear or blowing a gale. Create your own weather chart so you can keep track of the weekly forecast.

Rain gauge demonstrations (Monday to Friday, 1pm)

Your garden has its very own microclimate, and a rain gauge is the perfect tool to help you find out where the wettest and driest areas are Get face-to-face advice from the experts about how to make your own rain gauge at home and watch a demonstration.

Stormy Storytelling with the Garden Detectives (21st February: 11am, 1pm & 3pm)

Enjoy tales of wild weather and stormy seas during storytelling sessions led by the Garden Weather Detectives.

Wacky Weather Station (Wednesday to Friday: 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1 – 3pm)

Come rain or shine, go weather tracking at Harlow Carr. Don your wellies and sun hat, arm yourself with your weather measuring devices and go tracking the weather around the garden. Visit the Wacky Weather Station and record what you found in the ingenious Weather-o-meter!

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate – 18th to 26th February (check website for dates and times of the various activities) – 9.30am to 6pm – visit the website for more info

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