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Ready, Set, Glow this Christmas at the RHS Gardens


Tickets for Glow at the RHS Gardens go on sale today to the general public as the world’s leading gardening charity prepares to light up its gardens this winter for magical events throughout the festive season. The popular outdoor illuminations return once more to RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor, while RHS Garden Hyde Hall stages its own version of Glow for the very first time.

With the safety of visitors and staff its foremost priority in these challenging times, the RHS has put in place a number of measures to ensure everyone can enjoy the events with confidence. These include mandatory advance booking, one-way routes around the gardens and limits on numbers at any one time. All four RHS Gardens have recently been awarded Visit England’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ certification, an industry-standard mark of reassurance that they are carefully following all the latest government guidance on Covid-19.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome our RHS Members and visitors to all four RHS Gardens for Glow this year, and we can’t wait to share the beautiful new displays we have planned,” says Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens and Shows. “Glow is a highlight of the winter months for us and our visitors, and we have worked hard to ensure that these will be fun, enchanting and safe events for all the family.”

At RHS Garden Wisley near Woking in Surrey, the festive event has been reimagined for 2020 with a new route, captivating lightshows and musical accompaniment designed by an in-house team to highlight some of the garden’s best-loved sights. Twinkling lights draw visitors through the Pinetum, Seven Acres and Wisteria Walk, with spectacular moments en route and vibrant displays to be found both inside and outside the Glasshouse. Selected dates from 21 November 2020 to 4 January 2021. For more information and to book, visit rhs.org.uk/wisley

A brand new illuminated adventure awaits as dusk falls at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford in Essex. The magic begins from the moment of arrival, with a lone oak majestically lit on the distant hillside, before the garden is revealed in a whole new light. A winding route takes visitors past a luminous birch grove, sycamore seeds floating in the dark, trees on Clover Hill aglow against the night sky, and the sculptural Winter Garden brought to life in technicolour. Selected dates from 19 November 2020 to 3 January 2021. For more information and to book, visit rhs.org.uk/hydehall

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, comes alive in a blaze of light and colour this season, as special lighting effects bring a touch of festive magic to the most northerly RHS Garden. An enchanting trail takes in magnificent trees and shrubs around the garden, as well as glittering reflections in the lake, illuminated garden sculptures, iconic horticulture on the Winter Walk and a new, extended route along the Streamside. Selected dates from 19 November – 30 December 2020. For more information and to book, visit rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

A refreshed, sparkling trail at RHS Garden Rosemoor, in Great Torrington, Devon, features a return to the Winter Garden and Cool Garden, along with visitor-favourite locations through the Long Borders and mesmerising reflections across the Lake. New for this year, the route also takes visitors through the Cottage Garden, and the fantastical display includes some interactive elements for the first time. Selected dates from 19 November 2020 – 2 January 2021. For more information and to book, visit rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

Tickets for Glow at all RHS Gardens must be booked online in advance. Routes are fully accessible, and festive refreshments will be available at all gardens. For further information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens.

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This story was published on: 10/10/2020

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