The Winter Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon is always a treat and one of the most beautiful sights in all seasons. This year, for the first time, visitors can enjoy the garden as they have never seen it before: illuminated by innovative hi-tech, dynamic colour-changing lighting to provide a magical festive trail around the trees and shrubs, starting on 18 November through to 7 January 2017.
Rosemoor prides itself on being environmentally friendly and the illuminations have been created using a permanent electricity supply, so there will be no noisy, smelly generators and LED lights have also been used for low energy consumption.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the gardens will be open until 8.30pm to maximise the effects of the lighting into the evening hours, and on those days garden entry will be half price after 4pm.The award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be serving simple family suppers 5.30pm-7.30pm, booking is highly recommended. The Rosemoor Shop & Plant Centre will remain open until 7.30pm, too and will be the place to go for all those Christmas Gift and plant ideas..
At the launch of the illuminations 18 -19 November come and meet ‘Jack Frost’, the beautiful ‘Winter Nymph’, a magical stilt walker and a living statue as they guide visitors to the Winter Garden. See the garden in winter as you have never seen it before.
The Rosemoor Shop will be open for Christmas Food Tasting, plus the Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be open for pre-booked suppers 5.30pm-7.30pm, when booking is highly recommended.
The launch coincides with the start of the extremely popular annual Winter Sculpture Exhibition and to make this weekend a must in the diary, Rosemoor is also presenting an indoor live theatre production on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” with two performances on Saturday at 12pm and 3.30pm (3.30pm sold out). This is family Christmas theatre with a difference, and as audiences are limited to 100 seats with one show already sold out, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment (RHS Events Booking line is 0203 176 5830).
‘The Snow Queen’ live theatre performance by Quantum Theatre
Michael Whitmore’s delightful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale conjures up a captivating mix of fantasy, fable and love triumphing over evil in this ever-popular Christmas classic. Saturday; performances at 12noon (and 3.30pm Sold Out) in the Lecture Hall. Tickets: adults £8; children £6 plus normal garden admission.
Tickets limited to 100 per performance. Book tickets by 17 November on 0203 176 5830.
When Gerda’s friend Kay is taken by the Snow Queen, no-one knows what’s happened, but the heartbroken Gerda decides she must set out to find him.
A long and dangerous journey ensues, as Gerda battles to escape from a sorceress, is captured by robbers, meets a prince and princess, enlists the help of a friendly crow and reindeer and finally reaches the Snow Queen’s icy palace. But is she too late to melt Kay’s frozen heart? Only her love is strong enough to try…
18 November 2016 to 7 January 2017
Magical Winter Garden Illuminations
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 4pm – 8.30pm (excl. Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve). Normal garden admission; half-price entry after 4pm.
Based in and around Rosemoor’s Winter Garden, come and enjoy the magical illumination of the garden in winter as you have never seen it before. Dynamic, hi-tech colour-changing lights illuminate the Winter Garden trees and shrubs, making an amazing show to delight and enthral visitors. Rosemoor’s award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be open late with serving a special family friendly hot menu with a two course simple supper for £10 (adult & £5 for children) between 5.30pm-7.30pm, and the Rosemoor Shop is the place to go for exquisite and unusual Christmas gifts. Last entry to the garden and shop, plus last food service, all at 7.30pm.
19 November 2016 to 19 February 2017
Winter Sculpture Exhibition
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the garden in winter with its amazing textures and surprising colour and scent, Rosemoor’s Winter Sculpture Exhibition is now an established part of the events programme. The exhibition continues through into 2017 with an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, and using a wide variety of media including from steel and glass to cement and pottery. Visitors can pick up a trail and see how many sculptures they can discover through the garden. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings.