Days Out: RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

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Ever wanted to become the next Bear Grylls and learn how to make a catapult, start a fire or pitch a woodland tent? Then make sure you pay a visit to RHS Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, this May half term.

From Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 5, visitors to the garden will be able to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouting.

As part of the event, named Scouting for All, youngsters can learn about the great outdoors, discover what makes trees so important and find some unusual examples on a daily trail through the garden’s woodland.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, youngsters will be able to 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.

There’s also the chance to learn how to make a catapult, and on Tuesday, May 31, families can join the Garden Detectives for storytelling sessions.

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate will kick start the event on May 28 with a one-day children’s woodland festival.

As part of the event, which celebrates Bettys ‘Trees For Life’ project, visitors can join an outdoor adventure, which features music, storytelling, a woodland trail, craft activities and the opportunity to discover the hidden beauty of trees and the folklore behind them with guided woodland walks. There will also be a tree-planting ceremony at 3pm.

Normal garden admission applies.

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Prices: Adults £10, children £5, family £25.50

Opening Times: Scouting for All open from 10am to 4pm, garden open from 9.30am – 6pm

Address: Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB

Car Parking: On-site

Website: rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

Telephone: 0845 265 8070

More: yorkshire.com

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