Enjoy October Half Term at Rosemoor

Heavy horses removing spruce trees at Rosemoor

Heavy horses removing spruce trees at Rosemoor - Credit: Archant

Get outdoors this October half term and enjoy a day out at RHS Garden Rosemoor

Heavy horses removing spruce trees at Rosemoor

Heavy horses removing spruce trees at Rosemoor - Credit: Archant

There is a whole week of workshops and activities for everyone to come and take part in. From pumpkin carving, monster trails and scary storytelling to children’s workshops and heavy horses, there is plenty on offer to suit all ages and interests. It is also a great time to visit the garden in all of its autumnal glory.

On Saturday, 25 and 26 October travel back in time and watch Tom and Joey, the stunning heavy horses, as they help remove Spruce trees from the Lower Woodland using the traditional horse drawn extraction method. This method ensures the trees are removed as delicately as possible to cause as little disturbance to the important habitat underneath. The enormous tree trunks can weigh up to half a ton each, but Tom and Joey make easy work of it as they tow them to the top.

25/26 October (10am-3pm) - Pumpkin and Woodcraft Weekend

Come and see the making of traditional crafts such as wood turning, carving and whittling, basket weaving and spinning.

After taking a carve your own pumpkin workshop (supplied at £1 each), you can enjoy the Pumpkin Trail around the garden followed by learning how to cook pumpkin based dishes in afternoon cookery demonstrations.

Monday 27 October– Bug Eater Workshop for Families with Karen Hawkins

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11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm

In this craft workshop use a mixture of art materials to make your own “Venus Flytrap” including a family of bugs to go inside.

Tuesday 28 October – WOW Recreate with Mrs Recycle

11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm

Using all the natural autumnal resources you can find outside, Mrs Recycle will help you reuse them to make framed masterpieces to take home.

Wednesday 29 October – Venus Fly trap Workshop for families with Rebecca Lucraft

11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm

Create a replica of the snapping Venus Fly Trap along with revolting insects for your carnivorous creation to get its sharp teeth stuck into and enjoy for dinner.

Thursday 30 and Friday 31 October – ‘Repulsive Plants and Frightening Food’ with the Pregnant Fish Theatre Company

11.30am and 2.30pm each day

Delve into the wonderfully weird world of Repulsive Plants and Frightening Food and get a glimpse into the strangest, smelliest, silliest plants you may (or may not) find around Rosemoor. Pregnant Fish use a mix of puppetry, storytelling and songs so is perfect for both children and adults with a penchant for the weird and wonderful.

Normal Garden Admission for all the workshops.

RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).


Adults: £8.75

Children (5 – 16yrs): £4.40

Children 4yrs & under: Free

Family (2 + 2): £23.70

Groups of more than 10 people: £6.90pp Group visits must be booked in advance

The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.

October – March, Mon – Sun: 10am – 5pm. Last admission is one hour before closing.

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH


01805 626810

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