Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley Gardens

Craft In Focus at RHS Wisley Gardens

RHS Wisley Gardens, near Woking, Surrey, is the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship property, where it showcases its expertise in rich borders, rose gardens and a state-of-the-art glasshouse.

Requirement

Every November, the venue hosts a winter craft fair organised by Craft in Focus. Taking place over six days, the event attracts a huge crowd of visitors who come from miles around to buy handmade and original pieces of work.

The craft fair takes place inside three large marquees, linked by covered walkways and erected in Wisley Gardens’ tarmac coach park, close to the main entrance.

The organisers requested a mix of hard-sided and soft-sided marquees with flooring fitted with a heating system that would ensure an even temperature throughout the marquee.

Marquees

Three Pavilion structures totalling 1,800sqm are used to house the retailers, a small café and live music acts. A further two hard-sided structures, measuring 50sqm and 100sqm act as walkways to link everything together.

A cassette flooring system was fitted throughout and equipped with a ducted heating system to ensure an even distribution of heat.

Challenge

Wisley Gardens’ coach park is built on a one-in-20 slope and, in order to ensure that the floor inside the marquees was level, wooden blocks were packed underneath the flooring to raise it at one end.

In addition to the gradient, the irregular shape of the parking bays meant that the connecting link structure needed to be raised over the kerb stones, something that the flooring system is able to do with ease.

While the public entered the building from the shallow end, traders made use of a ramp erected to allow them to access the marquee from the raised end.

The only other challenge originated from the car park’s limited size. The marquees only just fitted onto the site, so the team had to be mindful of the plant beds that surrounded the car park while erecting and dismantling them.

Outcome

The show attracted thousands of people each day and traders and the public alike later took to social media to say how much they enjoyed their time there. The organisers were very pleased with the outcome and how well the structures had been received. There had also been plenty of comments about how warm they were inside too.

Visit The Great Brick Safari at RHS Garden Wisley

4 February 2019, 00:01 | Updated: 17 February 2019, 23:59

There are more than 40 LEGO creatures . Picture: LEGO

This winter more than 40 life-size LEGO® brick animals are coming to Wisley. See how many animals you can spot whilst learning about their habitat.

Escape the winter blues and come on a journey inside the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley to search for more than 40 LEGO® brick sculptures on The Great Brick Safari.

Discover life-size LEGO brick creations nestled amongst the lush foliage in both the temperate and tropical zones of the Glasshouse.

See if you can spot an elephant, lions, meerkats, turtles and a gorilla. And look out for beautiful LEGO brick plants created especially for RHS Garden Wisley including a Venus Fly Trap, Golden Barrel Cactus, Bird of Paradise and Water Lilies.

You can also learn more about the animal and plants, such as the natural habitats they are found in and conservation efforts taking place around the world.

This event is free with normal Garden admission. Book online in advance to save 10% and secure your time slot for weekends and half-term by selecting your preferred time slot for free. General queue admission is also available throughout the event.

For further information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

A variety of animals have been made from LEGO . Picture: LEGO

Sporti-culture – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July

11am – 3pm

Wellies at the ready…Get the summer holidays off to a flying start and join in the excitement at the Wisley Summer Sports Weekend.
Challenge your family to a range of fun track and field events including welly wanging, garden sack races and tossing the turnip.

The Great Victorian Plant Expedition – 1st to 31st August
Throughout August, there will be a Victorian theme at RHS Wisley

Daily activities

  • Monday – Victorian craft activities (including flower pressing)
  • Tuesday – Storytelling
  • Wednesday – Enjoy Victorian garden advice, bug hunting and find out what Victorian gardeners do!
  • Thursday – Victorian garden games (hopscotch, skittles, hoops, croquet, etc)
  • Friday – Family Planting activity

Weekend 1st/2nd August

  • Witness an informal visit from Queen Victoria and her entourage.
  • They will tour the gardens, enjoy some leisurely garden pursuits and offer Victorian gardening advice.
  • Children will be able to collect fallen petals and leaves and make crowns to celebrate the arrival of the Queen.

Weekend 8th/9th August

  • Visitors can meet some of the famous Victorian Plant Hunters as they tell stories of their exciting adventures around the garden.

Weekend 15th/16th August

  • Witness an informal visit from Queen Victoria and her entourage.
  • They will tour the gardens, enjoy some leisurely garden pursuits and offer Victorian gardening advice.
  • Children will be able to collect fallen petals and leaves and make crowns to celebrate the arrival of the Queen.

Weekend 22nd/23rd August

  • Visitors can meet some of the famous Victorian Plant Hunters as they tell stories of their exciting adventures around the garden.

Plant Hunting Adventure Weekend 29th to 31st August

  • The month will end with a pirate spectacular. Visiting families will be presented with a treasure map trail that leads them in the footsteps of one of the great plant hunters.
  • They will have to follow the map to collect clues by finding certain items, taking part in survival activities, making eye patches, navigating the maize maze (and beating the pirates), walking the plank, all to lead them to the end of their voyage – their plant treasure (which they can pot up and take home).

The Maize Maze

  • Victorian times return at Wilsey
  • August marks the return of a 65m x 65m Maize Maze, complete with pirate ship and tropical planting, a grass maze, garden trails, a whole host of Victorian-themed daily activities and costumed actors roaming the garden as the great plant hunters of the 1800s.
  • Parents needn’t worry about the activities breaking the bank either

Victorian Grass Maze

  • Race around our freshly mown Grass Maze, which is based on a historic RHS maze that featured in our RHS South Kensington gardens in 19th Century.
  • It was commissioned by Prince Albert (one of our many illustrious RHS presidents) and constructed in 1862.

Wild at Wisley

  • Get up close to nature in our new area of natural play located in the Arboretum. ‘
  • Wild at Wisley’ features pathways through wildflower meadows, stepping logs to balance on, tree stumps to jump between, a bark-chipping pit and a snail-shaped grass maze to race a sibling or friend around.

Remember that kids are free in August

In summary

1, 2 Aug

  • Victorian Wisley – Practise your curtsey – Queen Victoria herself will be conducting a Royal tour of the Garden as well as enjoying some leisurely garden games.
  • Children can also make a crown from fallen petals and leaves to celebrate the visit.
  • 11am – 4pm
  • Victorian Craft Activities
  • Clore Learning Centre, 10.30 – 4pm
  • Make bonnets, peg-dolls, paper windmills or tussie-mussies.

4

  • Punch and Judy Show
  • Seven Acres
  • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
  • A traditional Victorian puppet show.

5

  • Visit Victorian Wisley
  • Various locations
  • Meet the Victorian gardeners as they go about their duties in their own unique way. 11am – 4pm

6

  • Victorian Garden Games
  • Seven Acres
  • Have fun playing croquet, hopscotch and skittles as a family

7

  • Be a Victorian Garden Designer
  • Clore Learning Centre
  • 10.30am – 4pm
  • Sow seeds to create a mini carpet bedding design

8, 9 Aug

  • Meet the Plant Hunters
  • Various locations around the Garden
  • Listen to exciting tales of adventure bought to life by famous Victorian plant hunters.
  • Storytelling will be at 10.45am – 12.45pm and 2.15pm – 3.15pm at special plants around the garden, or outside the Glasshouse at 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

10

  • Victorian Craft Activities
  • Clore Learning Centre,
  • As above

11

  • Storytelling with Sudha
  • Pinetum
  • 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm
  • Visit Victorian Wisley
  • Various locations
  • As above
  • Victorian Garden Games
  • Seven Acres
  • As above
  • Be a Victorian Garden Designer
  • Clore Learning Centre
  • As above

15 16

  • Visit Victorian Wisley
  • Various locations around the Garden
  • As above

17

  • Victorian Craft Activities
  • Clore Learning Centre,
  • As above
  • Punch and Judy Show
  • Seven Acres
  • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
  • As above
  • Visit Victorian Wisley
  • Various locations
  • As above
  • Victorian Garden Games
  • Seven Acres
  • As above
  • Be a Victorian Garden Designer
  • Clore Learning Centre
  • As above

22 23

  • Meet the Plant Hunters
  • Various locations around the Garden
  • As above

24

  • Victorian Craft Activities
  • Clore Learning Centre,
  • As above
  • Storytelling with Sudha
  • Pinetum
  • 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm

26

  • Visit Victorian Wisley
  • Various locations
  • As above
  • Victorian Garden Games
  • Seven Acres
  • As above
  • Be a Victorian Garden Designer
  • Clore Learning Centre
  • As above

29 – Monday 31 (August Bank Holiday)

  • Plant Hunting Adventure Weekend
  • Various locations around the garden
  • Follow in the footsteps of famous plant hunters and take the adventure trail around the garden.

For more information:
See the Fun Kids review of RHS Wisley

Coach Trip to RHS Wisley Gardens

Coach outing to RHS Wisley Gardens near Woking, Surrey plus the Surrey Sculpture Trail and the new stunning Sculpture at Wisley 2019 exhibition

Enjoy these splendid and renowned gardens, together with not one but two major sculpture exhibitions – the Surrey Sculpture Trail in its 22nd year, and the hugely ambitious Sculpture at Wisley 2019 with monumental and majestic works placed in the landscaped gardens. Works by Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Phillip King, Henry Bruce and Philip Haas.

Coach departs at 10.00 am from St George‘s Church and returns at approx 5.30pm.

Tickets £38.50 (RHS members £26. Bring membership card with you). Price includes return coach travel and admission to the garden. It is essential to reserve tickets and pay in advance. Arrangements for payment given when reservations received.

Optional Extras: 1 hour guided tour £3.00 – please add to ticket price. Mobility scooter – refundable deposit £5.00 cash on arrival. Reserve when booking tickets.

FAQs

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email [email protected]

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking in the immediate area is metered and in very high demand; however spaces can be found at the hospital car park (paid) and also free of charge at Brighton Marina multi-storey (4-hour maximum stay) which is on the number 7 bus route or a 15-minute walk away.

By train to Brighton, pick up the number 7 bus in front of the station towards Brighton Marina, alighting at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Also the number 1 bus which passes from Portslade through the centre of Hove and Brighton towards Whitehawk. Similarly, alight this service at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your printed ticket to gain admission

What is the refund policy?

All tickets are non-refundable

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Not a problem, we will not require proof of identity

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