RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington

Wake up and smell the roses! Glorious gardens, plus a year-round array of creative workshops and half term holiday saviours this way.

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Just 15 minutes from the Atlantic Highway is the Royal Horticultural Society’s Devon outpost: RHS Garden Rosemoor, 65 acres of gorgeous gardens. As you’d expect, the horticulture would knock the socks off a Chelsea Flower Show judge: garden highlights include Rose Gardens, Long Borders to rival those of Monty Don, plus The Hot Garden and The Cool Garden designed by Jo Thompson. Even the non-green-fingered will find their garden mojo here. Book in for one of their many classes and workshops, if you don’t believe me.

But flowers aside, here’s the perfect cross-generational family crowd-pleaser. Far from being all formality, there are two dedicated play areas suited to young and older kids; the Brash has a slide, sandpit, bug magnifiers and climbing features, or pack them off to The Copse to make ‘beautiful’ music on the spiro giro musical pipe. The paths are buggy-friendly, or if it’s parents who’re not so good on their pegs you’re worried about, hire a tramper for your visit.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of the many shelters to scoff your picnic, or take a load off in one of their three eateries. You don’t even need a ticket to access The Garden Restaurant (or the brilliant Garden Centre for that matter). Rosemoor’s Vegetable Garden informs the menu which changes every two weeks, using fruit and veg freshly picked from the greenhouses, fruit trees and bean-covered wigwams of their kitchen gardens.

Two things that might surprise you. You can get hitched here and exchange vows in one of seven romantic venues, each licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. Plus, you can stay for a sleepover in a choice of three apartments located in the original Lady Anne Palmer house, giving you free range around the garden from sunrise to sunset, and starting at £414 for three nights.

Check out the many membership benefits, and then add these must-do dates to your diary: Glow, the Christmas light trail is stunning; the annual Flower Show in August; Vintage Weekend in July for classic cars and lindyhop; and Festival of Flavours in October.


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RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington EX38 8PH



01805 624067

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