Rosemoor Garden Events

Autumn Woodfest

11th – 13th October

RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Autumn Woodfest will be a fun-filled weekend of activities, wood crafts, yoga, great food and talks, plus much more for all the family. See artisans at work on traditional crafts, including wood turning, carving and whittling, basket weaving and spinning in their garden room from Friday to Sunday. There will also be a chance to purchase some stunning wood crafts from some of the best wood traders in the region.

Garden Display Dig for Victory

14th October – 17th November

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, this “Dig for Victory” exhibition looks at the important role that the RHS played in the governments ‘Dig for Victory’ Campaign. From the iconic publication of the Vegetable Garden displayed to touring lectures on gardening up and down the country, this display reveals how the RHS helped the nation to feed itself.

The display includes photos and memories of wartime vegetable gardens submitted in response to the public appeal the RHS ran earlier this year. It also shines a light on the Society’s work with community groups and the ways that growing fruit and vegetables continues to bring people together today.

Rosemoor Glow Nights

15th November onwards

Spend an evening around the Winter Garden, Stream Field and Long Borders – see them come alive with colour and lights.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday the ‘Glow’ Garden Illuminations will be taking place. Based in and around their Winter and Formal Gardens, they invite you to enjoy the magical illumination of the gardens in the depths of winter. See the hi-tech colour changing lights illuminate trees and shrubs making an amazing show to delight and enthral visitors, for a truly unique view of these stunning gardens.

If you’ve always wanted to explore RHS Gardens Rosemoor with a twist, this is the perfect opportunity!

RHS Gardens Winter Events Programme December 2019 –February 2020

Forget the frosty weather and head outdoors this winter to enjoy the full programme of events set to keep visitors busy throughout the season at the four Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gardens: RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex; RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon; and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

Activities range from stories with Santa to craft events, and from seasonal shopping to a houseplant takeover in the glasshouse – there’s something for everyone.


14 November 2019 – 4 January 2020: Glow, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Follow the fabulous garden illuminations of trees, shrubs, sculptures on a route that will take in the brand new Cool Garden and back by demand the fabulous illumination of the Lake. (Thurs – Sat except Boxing Day).

7 November 2019 – 31 January 2020: Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor
The surprising colour, scent and texture of the Garden in winter provides the perfect backdrop for the annual sculpture trail. All sculptures are sourced from UK-based artists and will feature old favourites, George Hider and Paul Harvey alongside new exhibitors, such as Stan Jankowski whose copper and brass kinetic pieces include one specially commissioned for the garden.

21 November – 28 December: ‘Glow’, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
See Harlow Carr all aglow this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls and see the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside, Doric columns and Alpine House all aglow.

29 November – 1 December, 6-8, 13–15 and 20–24 December: Stories with Santa, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good, receive a small gift. Tickets for Stories with Santa go on sale on 16 September and must be booked in advance at

29 November – 1 December, 6 – 8, 13–15 and 20–24 December: The Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Put on your best Christmas jumper, get in the festive spirit on the Christmas trail and enjoy fun indoor Christmas activities.

29 November – 1 December and 6 – 8 December: Children’s Magic of Christmas, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Welcome in the festive season with a special Christmas story and the chance to meet the man himself.

29 November – 1 December and 6 – 8 December: Christmas Gift Fair Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Find unique and unusual presents for your loved ones this Christmas from a wide range of artists and craftsmen. All items 100% handmade.

7 December – 5 January: Glow, RHS Garden Wisley
Drink in the festive atmosphere and follow the illuminated trail around the garden after dark to discover botanical displays in a new light.

2 December: Willow Christmas Tree Weaving, RHS Garden Wisley
Expert willow weaver, Nicki Rowling will teach you how to weave a traditional Christmas tree which can be used as a beautiful, rustic decoration to dress your home for the festive season.

2 – 20 December: Weekday Christmas Lunches, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Enjoy a delicious festive lunch in the magical surroundings of Hyde Hall. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, delicious food and a cosy atmosphere.

5 December: Children’s Storytime, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Bring your little ones along to Harlow Carr’s Library for a 10.30am seasonal storytelling session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for under-fives. Normal garden admission.

12 December: Explore Rosemoor’s Woodlands, RHS Garden Rosemoor
At Rosemoor, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a stunning backdrop of trees within our wooded valley, the majority of which is not yet open to our visitors. This walk will highlight the work we are doing to transform and maintain our diverse woodland plantings across the site.

14 December: Magic of Christmas Craft and Food Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Join us for a magical fair full of temptation and delights at RHS Garden Rosemoor. This is a special place to come and buy those unique and wonderful gifts from a mixture of food and craft stalls in the Garden Room. With carefully selected artisan traders from around the West Country, there is sure to be something for everyone.

14 December: Contemporary Christmas Wreaths, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Create something different with this modern take on a festive decoration classic. In this workshop you can make your own contemporary twig door wreath or heart using twigs, luscious foliage, sumptuous ribbons and a whole heap of Christmas cheer.

20 December 2019 – 23 December 2019: Magic of Christmas Santa Experience, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Santa will be at Rosemoor to entertain families with a festive story telling session in his magical workshop theatre. He will be joined by his Elves in this wonderful festive Christmas Workshop. Families will have the opportunity to meet the big man himself.


4 January – 13 February 2020: Japanese Art Exhibition & Pop Up Shop, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Browse and buy stunning landscape prints made in Japan using traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques as Harlow Carr hosts its second Japanese Art Exhibition in the historic Bath House. This year we feature a unique collection of authentic Japanese woodblock prints by Master Katsushika Hokusai (1760 to 1849), known for best-known for his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. The show will also feature a ‘pop up shop’ selling a variety of authentic Japanese gifts.

6 January – 29 February: Embroidering Harlow Carr – The Four Seasons, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Head to Harlow Carr’s Library to see four bespoke embroidery panels depicting garden scenes from each season. Each piece has been produced by talented members of the Richmond & Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild and this is the first time visitors can see all four seasonal panels together. Normal garden admission.

25 January – 1 March: Giant Houseplant Takeover in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley
Step into a house reclaimed by its plants long after its human inhabitants have left. A banana has pushed through the roof, carnivorous plants feast in the dining room and cacti play chess. A few plants have grown rather too large and tower over their relatives.


2 & 3 February: Snowdrop Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor
A celebration of British Snowdrops, featuring rare varieties from British growers. Join us on a spectacular Snowdrop walk around the gardens.

8 February: British Iris Society Early Spring Show, RHS Garden Wisley
Join the British Iris Society for their Early Spring Show. Visitors can enjoy rare iris displays and competition classes of early spring-flowering iris as well as a photographic exhibition, free tours, plants for sale and friendly experts available to answer your questions.

9 February: Creative Crafters Trade Show, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Get ready for the craft and design season with North Devon’s first craft suppliers show. With a wide range of craft suppliers and expert knowledge there will be something for everyone, including a chance to try and learn a new skill with our demonstrators.

15 February 2020: Elton Unleashed, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Join us for a night of classic Elton John music performed by Jimmy Love, regarded as one of the best impersonators in the world today. Jimmy aims to deliver the most dignified and accurate representation of the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

16 February 2020: Glenn Miller and the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, RHS Garden Rosemoor
Glenn Miller and the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra has wowed audiences in Concert Halls and Theatres all over Great Britain. In addition to the mix of Big Band Swing teamed with outstanding vocals, there will be solos spots from a number of top notch musicians and fabulous renditions from our Star vocalist.

15 – 23 February: ‘Whatever the Weather’ Half Term Activities, All RHS Gardens
Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities including a chance to make sun catchers and wind socks during half term and discover more about the wild weather of the UK on a daily garden trail.

15 February – 1 March: Bath House Gallery – Mosaic Exhibition & Pop Up Shop, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Discover the world of modern mosaic at Harlow Carr’s historic Bath House. Works by over 20 Yorkshire-based mosaic artists, all members of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, will be on show and a variety of mosaic ‘pictures’ will be available to browse and buy from 10am-4pm.

Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at

RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Gardens
The RHS has four gardens:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH

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 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit

Apple Day

  • Sunday 11 October, 10am – 5pm
  • Normal Garden entry. Terrace Marquee.
  • A great day out for all the family, Rosemoor’s Apple Day is organised in conjunction with Thornhayes Nursery and the South West Area Fruit Group.
  • Fantastic apple displays, cookery demonstrations, apple recipes, apple tastings, planting & cultivation tips and children’s activities and trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Pumpkin Day & Woodland Crafts

  • Sunday 25 October, 10am – 3pm. Normal Garden entry. Terrace
  • Marquee & Lecture Hall. Get ready for Halloween at Rosemoor’s Pumpkin Day – a great day out for children and adults alike!
  • Come and see the weird and wonderful entries for our annual Pumpkin Competition, try out some pumpkin delicacies in the restaurant, follow the Pumpkin Trail and walk the Gourd Walk!
  • There will also be various woodland craft demonstrations, including hurdle making, charcoal burning, willow weaving and skills with the pole lathe.
  • For a Sunday with a difference, come along and join in the fun! Part of the RHS Grow Your Own campaign
    Children’s Holiday Workshop

Lantern Making with Karen Hawkins of Oceanic Arts

  • Wednesday 28 October, 10am – 11.30am, 12noon – 1.30pm or 2.30pm – 4pm.
  • Cost: £6 per session, Garden Explorer Members: Free. Lecture Hall.
  • By using paper, oil and sand we will be making autumnal lanterns that glow with golden delight! Invent your own designs as decoration, using stencils, felt pens and oil pastels to add bright colours.
  • Workshop for children 8-12years. Under 8’s welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Please wear old clothes.

Find out more
See the Fun Kids review on RHS Rosemoor

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