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Learn all About ‘Animals of the Night’ this Half Term at RHS Garden Rosemoor

PUBLISHED: 11:11 18 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 18 October 2016




This October half term head down RHS Garden Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon for some fun-filled activities, and learn about the animals of the night such as bats, owls, mice and hedgehogs

Half term kicks off with Pumpkin Weekend (22–23 October) where you can carve your very own pumpkin lantern ready for Halloween (for a small charge of £1 per pumpkin). Visitors will also be able to see ‘Spook’, which was carved during Woodfest Weekend by chainsaw sculptor Dan Cordell in front of an admiring audience. There will be free wagon rides with Ben May’s two shire horses, and free face painting, too, from Devon Facepainting. There will also be a ‘Wildlife in the Spotlight’ event this weekend in the Plant Centre with representatives from Devon Wildlife Trust on hand to answer all your questions about how you can help wildlife in your garden. All week, there are fun family workshops using garden materials, together with a Pumpkin Trail around the garden. Families will be able to get engrossed with fun craft workshops each day such as fir-cone hedgehogs, willow woven spiders, autumn-leaf pictures, animal masks and a chance to learn the art of Japanese origami.

RHS Garden Rosemoor half-term events

22 – 30 October

Pumpkin Trail around the garden

Pick up a trail from the Visitor Centre and explore the garden trying to find all the different type of pumpkin

22 & 23 October

Pumpkin Weekend

11am – 3pm

Get ready for Halloween by carving your own pumpkin at our lantern-making workshops with pumpkins supplied at £1 each. Free face painting by Devon Facepainting in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre. Free covered wagon rides in overflow car park.

Wildlife in the Spotlight with Devon Wildlife Trust

Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4.30pm in the Plant Centre

24 October

Bat-themed Craft Workshop – WOW (What Others Waste) Recreate with Mrs Recycle

Monday, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.

25 October

Paper Palaver with Annette Joyce

Tuesday 11am – 1pm

Learn the Japanese art of origami: a hands-on session for ages 5+. Learn how to make beautiful origami moths, or create your very own hedgehog using an old paperback book. Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.

Tuesday 2 – 4pm

Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre to learn the art of book folding. This session is suitable for anyone aged 8+.

26 October

Willow Spiders with Mary Jannaway

Wednesday, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.

27 October

Leaf Pictures

Thursday, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Be creative, choose your picture and build up a beautiful 3D image using natural resources from our wonderful gardens. Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.

28 October

Fir Cone Hedgehogs, Mice and Owls

Friday, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Bring to life your very own hedgehog, mouse or owl creation using fir cones gathered from our woodlands. Amaze and delight your friends with these very cute animals. Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.

29 October

Recycled Bat

Saturday, 11am – 1pm or 2 – 4pm

Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.


30 October

Animal Masks

Sunday, 11am – 1pm or 2 – 4pm

What do you want to be today? An owl, a mouse, a bat or even a fine-looking moth? Let your imagination run free as you become a stunning animal of the night. Drop-in craft workshop for families in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre.

29 & 30 October

Wildlife in the Spotlight – RSPB

Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4.30pm in the Plant Centre

For more information on events at RHS Garden Rosemoor visit Normal garden admission applies (free for RHS members). Garden open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am – 5pm.


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