RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon is always a treat and is beautiful throughout the year. This year, following all the wonderful feedback from our first illuminations in 2016, visitors can once again enjoy the garden lit up on a greatly extended trail. Innovative hi-tech, dynamic colour-changing illuminations provide a magical festive trail around the trees, shrubs and winter sculptures.
This year, the trail is roughly 4 -5 times the length with additional dates too running from 17 November through to 6 January 2017. It takes in the Formal Gardens and into the Stream Field where visitors can buy warming hot drinks and snacks at the Shepherd’s Rest – a brand new al-fresco catering facility. The trail then follows back down the Long Borders and incorporating displays in the Hot Garden and all around the Winter Garden too.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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 discounted after 3pm.The award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant will be once again be serving ‘Simple Family Suppers’ 5.30pm - 7.30pm, and booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. The Rosemoor Shop & Plant Centre will also remain open for late night shopping on these nights and will be a magical place to go for all those Christmas decorations, gift and plant ideas, including for the first time, potted and freshly cut Christmas Trees.
Rosemoor is also holding an exclusive Preview Evening on Friday 10 November from 6pm. Be the first to experience the illuminations. Ticket holders will be welcomed with canapés and mulled wine at the Shepherd’s Rest before having their exclusive preview of the winter illuminations and sculpture Exhibition. The evening continues with a delicious three-course dinner in the Garden Room accompanied by live music until late. Information and tickets available online or by phoning 01805 626810.
A wonderful festive atmosphere will be created on some of the evenings with Christmas Food, Craft and Antique Fairs; and on two weekends in December, the very popular Entertainingly Different will be performing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ in their own inimitable style with songs, stories, poems and dancing. Tickets to these are free but limited and online booking is strongly recommended.
The final day of the illuminations, Saturday 6 January, Rosemoor’s Garden Room events building will be the location for a special Quantum Theatre production of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Information and details on limited ticket prices, together with a booking link are available on line at rhs.org.uk/rosemoor.
During the same period, Rosemoor’s extremely popular annual Winter Sculpture Exhibition where each year over 33,000 visitors enjoy the eclectic mix of exhibits set against the backdrop of the garden. Some of these will be lit up by the illuminations too to make them extra special. Most of the sculptures in the exhibition are for sale.
To make the most of a winter visit to Rosemoor there is a wonderful winter walk and trail taking in much of the surprising amounts of colour, scent, texture and structure including dogwoods, ornamental grasses and some of our national collection of hollies, as well as the sculptures set amongst the shrubs.
For more information on events at RHS Garden Rosemoor visit www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor Normal garden admission applies (free for RHS members). Garden open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am – 5pm.