What are you planning for the Easter holidays?
Despite the drop in temperature predicted by the weather forecasters for the bank holiday, here at Quest PR we have been buoyed up by a glorious couple of weeks of unseasonably warm weather. We can’t wait to flex our green fingers and help the spring blooms along their way.
If getting grime and soil under your fingernails isn’t your thing, we have a few ideas for local days out up our (green)sleeve! There is a huge choice of amazing floral venues to visit that will satisfy adults and children alike – and all within the beautiful borders of Yorkshire.
To the East of York you’ll find Scampston’s walled garden, a thoroughly contemporary attraction adjacent to a larger park designed by Capability Brown. The garden was derelict for half a century until restored by the current owners and reopened to the public just eight years ago.
Another thoroughly modern attraction, the Forbidden Corner can be found near Leyburn in North Yorkshire. Originally constructed as a private folly, the Forbidden Corner now comprises a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and surprises – and is perfect for kids to explore!
Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale claims to be the ultimate family day out with its Birds of Prey and Mammal Centre. Learn more about these winged hunters and see full-grown and juvenile birds close-up, watch flying demonstrations then pay a visit to Meerkat Island – who could resist! The Gardens are home to several National Plant Collections and over 60 “Champion Trees” according to the Tree Register of the British Isles; definitely worth a look.
Up in the Dales another walled garden, this one at Helmsley, dates back to 1759 and provides fantastic opportunities for the disabled, elderly and disadvantaged to undertake work experience and horticultural rehabilitation in order to restore confidence and social skills. Why not visit the tranquil neighbouring Rievaulx Abbey at the same time?
With so many fantastic experiences to choose from, possibly the jewel in the crown is our near neighbour, RHS Garden Harlow Carr. A stunning garden and visitor centre which really needs more than a day to do it justice, Harlow Carr Gardens offers something for everyone and is flying the flag for sustainable development. The icing on the cake is Betty’s Cafe Tearooms onsite. So what are you waiting for?!
Share your Easter plans with us. Which other stunning Yorkshire gardens deserve to be on our list?