The Royal Horticultural Society is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Aardman for a minibeast adventure on a grand scale this summer. Lloyd of the Flies is a brand-new comedy series from Aardman, and its hero Lloyd will be coming to the RHS Gardens this summer as families join Lloyd on The Grand Bug & Pest Hotel Hunt! Plus, with the NEW extended X6 summer bus service to RHS Harlow Carr, visitors can save 30% on garden entry when they visit car-free.

Lloyd and his friends have gone to stay in a luxury bug hotel in the RHS Gardens but have got lost on the way. Children can enjoy seeking out characters including housefly Lloyd and his little sister PB, best friend Abacus the woodlouse and Cornea the butterfly in locations around the garden as they make their way towards The Grand Bug & Pest Hotel. Along the way, there will be a host of fascinating minibeast facts and interactive fun.

For the first time ever at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, families can use a special Augmented Reality app developed by Aardman to ‘shrink’ down to fly size and see the world through insect eyes as they complete the trail with Lloyd and his friends. Suitable for children of all ages, the Lloyd of the Flies AR Bug Hunt app will see characters from the hit CITV show pop up amongst the flowers in selected locations at RHS Harlow Carr. The app will be free to download from July from the Apple store and Google Play Store and includes lots of interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy.

RHS Harlow Carr, Saturday 22 July – Sunday 3 September

Find Lloyd and friends on the family-fun garden trail, and take part in a range of exciting workshops including modelling, animation and Lego, circus skills and more, or relax with yoga sessions for all and the incredible Paris bubble show!

Dates, times and activities vary across the summer holidays, and some activities may require booking in advance to secure a place. Please see below or check the website for more information: 

The Grand Bug & Pest Hotel Hunt family trail

Daily, Saturday 22 July – Sunday 3 September
9.30am – 6pm, self-led trail

Follow the trail around the garden and see if you can spot Lloyd the housefly and some of his friends along the way. 

Suitable for all the family

Nature House forest school

Every Monday , 24 July – 28 August

10am – 12.30pm & 1pm – 3pm, around the garden
Have fun outdoors while trying something new. Enjoy a range of insect-themed activities led by our Forest School

Adventure walks with the Garden Detectives

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 25 July – 31 August
11am, 1pm & 3pm, meet at the Learning Centre
Join the Garden Detectives for some summer mischief and connect with nature on our insect-inspired family walks.

Wellbeing yoga

Every Wednesday, 26 July – 30 August

11am, 1pm & 3pm, Kalmia Lawn
Take time to chill out with family-friendly yoga sessions.

Animation workshops*

Wednesday 26 July, 2, 9 and 16 August

Sessions at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm

Create your own short stop-motion animated film with an animation expert using the free Animator app. Make and keep your model, and at the end of the workshop, share the animated film you’ve created with us for inclusion in an extended video.
Recommended age 6+

*£12 per person; pre-booking required

Plus, Family fun every Friday:

Outdoor bubble show

Friday 28 July
11am – 3pm, Kalmia Lawn
Paris Bubbles put on a magical show blending science, art and fun. Watch as they create giant bubbles, amazing shapes and creatures.

Bricks4kids (clay modelling)

Friday 4 August
11am – 3pm, Kalmia Lawn
Using clay create your own insect model to take home and paint.

Circus skills with Circus Sensible

Friday 11 August
10am – 12noon & 1pm – 3pm, Kalmia Lawn
Including 30 minute demos and drop-in workshops. Learn to juggle, practise some tricks and test your balance with beginners stilts plus lots more.

Bricks4kids (Lego)

Friday 18 August
11am – 3pm, Event Marquee
Make your very own insect model out of Lego.

Ukulele workshop

Friday 25 August
11am, 1pm & 3pm, Kalmia Lawn
Suitable for total beginners of all ages. If you have your own ukulele, please bring it along, but we’ll also have plenty of ukuleles for you to borrow

Claro orienteering

Friday 1 September
10am – 3pm, starting from the Winter Walk
Put on your walking boots, polish up your compass and head off on an exciting orienteering adventure. How quickly will you complete the course?

Discover RHS Harlow Carr By Bus

This summer, take the extended X6 summer bus service to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and save 30% on your visit. From 22 July – 3 September, the X6 bus runs throughout the day, every day from Harrogate Bus Station, connecting you with the garden in only 15 minutes.

Tickets for the bus are available to purchase on-board from just £2, so you can save money and see more with a great day out at the garden.

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