Every time we head over to Harrogate to Harlow Carr, we wonder why we don’t go more often. It might be a Royal Horticultural Society garden but it’s definitely not just for gardeners. There’s loads of stuff there for kids to enjoy, and the fact there’s a lovely outdoor Bettys kiosk means parents are equally happy.
This May half term there’s a cub scout theme to the children’s activities, with a Scouting for All week. It runs from 28th May to 5th June (10am to 4pm), kicking off with a one-day children’s woodland festival on on Saturday 28 May designed to celebrate Bettys’ ‘Trees For Life’ project. Visitors can join an outdoor adventure including music, entertainment, storytelling, a woodland trail, craft activities and the chance to discover the hidden beauty of trees and the folklore behind them with guided woodland walks. There will also be a tree-planting ceremony.
From Monday to Friday there’s the chance to make a catapult on an indoor workshop and on Tuesday there’ll be storytelling sessions with the Garden Detectives. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, children can learn how to safely strike a fire and tie knots in the ‘two knot challenge’, or join the Harrogate and Nidderdale District Scouts and have a go at pitching a tent or develop their pioneering, signalling and tree identification skills. And you can pick up a fat rascal while you’re there. Bonus.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB – family (2+2) £25.50 – visit the Harlow Carr website for more details