Across the Royal Horticultural Society gardens the festivities, supported by Mr Fothergill’s, will include pumpkin carving, apple tasting, cooking demonstrations and colourful displays of local produce. Combine the visit with a walk around the gardens to see the beautiful autumn colours and ask the on-hand RHS experts any burning grow-your-own queries.
RHS Garden Wisley – 17 – 21 October
Events planned include: tastings of some of the 20 different varieties of apples on display from the garden’s orchard; watch cookery demonstrations with Chef Peter Osborne; and food and drink stalls selling everything from chocolates and breads to sausages and sauces. There will also be grow-your-own advice, fruit identification and family fun at the weekend. Mr Fothergill’s will be offering a free gift bag to children taking part in the weekend cookery demo.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr – 20-21 October
Watch professional chef Lionel Strub perform cookery demonstrations in the outdoor wood-burning oven and fire pit, using freshly picked seasonal items from the garden. Get gardening advice and information from RHS experts and other local producers. Discover the range of interesting displays from local crafters, wood turners and willow weavers. The Northern Fruit Group and The Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group will show their annual displays and will be on hand to identify any unusual specimens.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall – 20-21 October
Feast on the colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and local produce such as fudge, jams, pies and chutney. See traditional country crafts including woodcarving.Children can enjoy a mini farm and take part in longest apple-peeling challenge, apple-tasting and craft activities.
RHS Garden Rosemoor – 20-21 October
Get ready for Halloween by carving pumpkin lanterns, have a go at the pumpkin shy and follow the Pumpkin Trail around the garden. Learn how to cook delicious autumn pumpkin dishes. Watch woodcraft demonstrations.