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Gardens Events

There are some great gardening events through the year from nationally renowned shows like the Harrogate Flower show and year round series events such as the National Garden Scheme’s Open Gardens, giving you the chance to tour some of the beautiful private gardens across the area.

Plant sales and demonstrations will allow you to take plants and knowhow back to your garden to try something new. 

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Featured Events

  1. Harrogate Flower Shows

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    Harrogate Flower Shows

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    Show / Display

    Harrogate

    For many people autumn is the most spectacular time of year, with glorious colour in the garden and a cornucopia of produce to reward you for all that hard work.

    Harrogate Flower Shows celebrate the season with amazing floral displays, over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms, wonderful fruit and...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2018 To 16 Sep 2018

Ongoing Events

  1. Pond dipping

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    Pond dipping

    Type

    Science

    Ripon

    Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels... There’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered hiding under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Pop along to the...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2018 To 15 Aug 2018
    From:
    29 Aug 2018 To 29 Aug 2018
  2. Felt making at Swanley Grange

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    Felt making at Swanley Grange

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Felt is one of the earliest forms of fabric. It’s produced using hot water, soap and friction to mat woollen fibres together. Come to Swanley to have a go at different kinds of felting, from needle felting to tramping on the cloth.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Aug 2018 To 2 Sep 2018
  3. Making felt bugs

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    Making felt bugs

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    Gardens

    Ripon

    Felt is made as wool fibres are pushed together using heat, water and pressure.  From a spider to a bumble bee, come and have a go at making a felt bug using the same process that the monks would have used in medieval times. Use soap and water to make your own felted bug!

    Dates

    From:
    20 Aug 2018 To 2 Sep 2018
  4. Mass for St Bernard

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    Mass for St Bernard

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    For Fountains Abbey St. Bernard of Clairvaux was an important figure. Bernard was a French abbot and monk who founded the Cistercian Order, and it was this order that the monks at Fountains chose to follow. To commemorate St. Bernard there will be a Mass held in the abbey. Everyone is welcome.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Aug 2018 To 20 Aug 2018
  5. Busy Bees

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    Busy Bees

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    Gardens

    Ripon

    Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made ‘skeps’ to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn’t have sugar. Swanley Grange turn into a hive of activity for this weekend with fun activities to get...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2018 To 26 Aug 2018
  6. Apple juicing at Swanley

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    Apple juicing at Swanley

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    Gardens

    Ripon

    We know the monks at Fountains Abbey produced ale and perhaps cider. Other monasteries in the country certainly did. Join in the apple juicing process and sample the delicious results from your hard work. We’re using apples from our orchard which are all northern varieties from the sixteenth...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Sep 2018 To 22 Sep 2018
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    29 Sep 2018 To 29 Sep 2018
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    20 Oct 2018 To 20 Oct 2018
    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  7. Apple Day

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    Apple Day

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Sunday 30th September sees Apple Day return to Newby Hall. This is the last day of the season with lots and lots of apple based fun, games and activities. Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships whereby whoever throws an Apple the furthest over the River Ure wins...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2018 To 30 Sep 2018
  8. Walk on the monks' way

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    Walk on the monks' way

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Step back in time and journey along the 7.5 mile historic route between Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks. Starting at Fountains Abbey visitor centre you will follow your guide through the beautiful Yorkshire landscape. Bring a packed lunch as there will be a chance to stop and munch along the way....

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2018 To 30 Sep 2018
  9. Autumn Drive through

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    Autumn Drive through

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    Gardens

    Ripon

    Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. As it’s a drive-through you’ll need to stay in your car. If you’d like to come and explore the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  10. Preserving at Swanley Grange

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    Preserving at Swanley Grange

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    The monks would have preserved as much food as possible to tide them over the winter. Come and see the original medieval recipe cooked on an outside fire at Swanley and taste the results.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  11. Winter bird walk

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    Winter bird walk

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    A 2 mile walk around the estate to see the birds that make Fountains their home in winter time.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  12. Father Christmas

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    Father Christmas

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    What’s that sound? It’s the jingle of reindeer bells – Father Christmas is touching down at Fountains Abbey this year and he comes bearing gifts. If you’ve been a kind and helpful little boy or girl it’s time to give Father Christmas a visit in his cosy grotto. He may have a special gift for you!

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 25 Nov 2018
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    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
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    8 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
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    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
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    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  13. Music and Lights

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    Music and Lights

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a chilly winter weekend: glowing lights, festive music and delicious food and drink. Come and join us!

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 25 Nov 2018
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    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
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    8 Dec 2018 To 8 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  14. Christmas floristry workshops

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    Christmas floristry workshops

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Join one of our workshops to create a wreath on the theme of 'rich berry colours'.

    Award winning florist Joanna, from Twisted Willow, will be providing expert tuition on how to make your own wreath at these workshops. Using estate foliage. For those who wish to create a table decoration,...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2018 To 3 Dec 2018
    From:
    4 Dec 2018 To 4 Dec 2018
  15. On the hoof

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    On the hoof

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn about their job managing the wild herd. Meet outside St Mary’s Church in the deer...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  16. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

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    Boxing Day Pilgrimage

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

    On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
  17. Carols by Candlelight

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    Carols by Candlelight

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
  18. Weaving at Swanley Grange

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    Weaving at Swanley Grange

    Type

    Science

    Ripon

    Weaving is a way of producing cloth by interlacing yarns at right angles. There are many methods of doing this. Come and look at the different looms we have for you to experiment on.

    Dates

    From:
    6 Aug 2018 To 19 Aug 2018

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