Autumn at the Arboretum
Sep
16
to 30 Nov

Autumn at the Arboretum

Our annual display of spectacular colour at the Yorkshire Arboretum. This is our most popular period, with the collection bursting with fiery reds and oranges, and a superb array of berries providing additional interest.

The arboretum is beautiful throughout the year, but there is something special about autumn: A collision of cool air and colourful foliage that makes a walk among the trees a true delight.

If we haven’t convinced you, perhaps these images will!

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Members' Morning
Oct
24
10:30 am10:30

Members' Morning

Join our director, John Grimshaw, over a cup of coffee for an informal get-together followed by a walk around the arboretum under his expert guidance. You are guaranteed to discover something new, whether you have recently joined or have been a member for years.

Booking required. To reserve your place, please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Trees Undressed with Meg Huby
Nov
6
10:30 am10:30

Trees Undressed with Meg Huby

Join our new Artist-in-Residence, Meg Huby, for an informal day of drawing in the arboretum.

Spend a morning strolling and sketching among the trees, repair to the cafe for a delicious, warming lunch and spend the afternoon adding colour and interest to your drawings in the Visitor Centre.

No formal teaching is involved but encouragement, help and advice will be readily available. The aim is to have a fun day and enjoy the arboretum environment in new ways.

What to bring with you:

A sketchbook



A pencil


Warm clothing



A sense of humour!

Anything will do but heavier mixed media paper (220g+) is stronger if you would like to add paint, ink or glue.

Or anything else you fancy drawing with - pens, charcoal, graphite, crayons, sticks.

Plus boots or wellies if it is wet. Generally dress to suit the weather and don’t wear anything that you want to keep clean.

Do bring pens, brushes, inks and watercolours for the afternoon. But please don’t worry if you don’t have any. A small selection of materials will be available to borrow or buy on the day.

Find out more about Meg by visiting her residency page.

Book below. Please inform us of your dietary requirements for catering purposes:

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Highway to Hull: 'Gardening in a tiny urban space' by Greg Loades
Nov
14
7:30 pm19:30

Highway to Hull: 'Gardening in a tiny urban space' by Greg Loades

Greg Loades started working in the rose industry before moving into the world of gardening magazines. Greg has worked for Garden News, Garden Answers, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and The English Garden. He is editor of The Alpine Gardener, journal of the Alpine Garden Society, and a freelance writer, currently writing his first book with Timber Press, due for release in 2020.

Living in Hull with a tiny garden packed with plants, a real challenge for a plantsman, this talk will tell us how he does it.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Booking required. Please call us on 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Principles of Planting
Nov
21
1:30 pm13:30

Principles of Planting

Not sure how to plant your trees and shrubs? Do you know the best conditions to help your plantings prosper? It can be daunting. Join John Grimshaw and other experts from the Yorkshire Arboretum to learn the best techniques and timings for planting.

Normal admission applies. Booking required: Please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org to reserve your place.

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Talking Pines
Nov
25
10:00 am10:00

Talking Pines

Join our director and expert planstman, John Grimshaw, for a day course exploring our pines and other conifers. John will show you how to identify some of our pines, discuss their origins, and advise on the best species for your garden, whether large or small, the best time to plant them and how to care for them.

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Winter Tree Walk
Nov
27
10:30 am10:30

Winter Tree Walk

Join our director to look at trees in winter, concentrating on those planting in 1979 when the arboretum was started. See how well they’ve done in their forty years. Celebrate National Tree Week with us and discover something new about this glorious place.

Normal admission applies. To book your place, please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Willow Wreaths
Nov
28
10:00 am10:00

Willow Wreaths

Join our ever-popular wreath making workshop and make a luxury, rustic willow wreath for your home frm natural, locally-sourced materials. Show off your creativity and get into the Christmas spirit!

Booking essential. Complete the online form below or call 01653 648598.

Due to essential building work in the Visitor Centre, this event will take place at Welburn Village Hall.

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Ray Wood Autumn Tours
Oct
22
10:30 am10:30

Ray Wood Autumn Tours

Join our Members’ tour of this glorious garden to see the spectacular autumn colour!

Booking required - please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org to reserve your place.

Sunday 20th date also available.

Join our guide in the Castle Howard Courtyard by 10:20.

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Ray Wood Autumn Tours
Oct
20
10:30 am10:30

Ray Wood Autumn Tours

Join our Members’ tour of this glorious garden to see the spectacular autumn colour!

Booking required - please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org to reserve your place.

Tuesday 22nd date also available.

Join our guide in the Castle Howard Courtyard by 10:20.

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Photography Workshop
Oct
19
8:45 am08:45

Photography Workshop

A half-day workshop taking photographs and receiving advice and support from a qualified teacher from Ryedale Garden Photography who has many years experience.

The workshop is for a small number of people and is ideal for beginner photographers or for those who are new to digital photography. You will cover a range of topics such as composition, exposure, focus, camera settings, aperture and shutter speed. This is a great way to explore the arboretum, spending the morning with like-minded people and picking up advice on how to take better photographs.

£50 per person

For further information or to book a place click here.

 

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Meetings With Trees: Autumn Colour & Leaf Fall
Oct
13
11:00 am11:00

Meetings With Trees: Autumn Colour & Leaf Fall

Our 2019 Meetings With Trees programme concludes by taking a look at the glorious autumn colour.

Autumn colour is beautiful at the arboretum; an opportunity to think about how those colours are made, and how the trees prepare for winter.

Meet in the Visitor Centre at 10:30am to depart at 11am.

Normal admission applies. To reserve a place please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Travels in Search of Trees by Tom Christian
Oct
10
7:30 pm19:30

Travels in Search of Trees by Tom Christian

Tom is a lifelong dendrologist and gardener and has travelled the world extensively to see trees in the wild, especially as part of his role with the International Conifer Conservation Programme based at RBG Edinburgh. This talk will take us to a diversity of interesting places to see their remarkable trees.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Booking required. Please call us on 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Place Writing: A Relationship With Landscape
Oct
5
10:00 am10:00

Place Writing: A Relationship With Landscape

Come and spend the day with our place-writing Poet in Residence and explore deeply the landscape of the arboretum. During the day we will look at work by other place writing poets, and explore different methods of writing. There will be some writing-together-time, and time spent alone in the landscape. A delicious lunch is included in the cost, and there will be an opportunity to share work and gain feedback at the end of the day.

This course is suitable to all levels of writing experience. Booking essential.

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Meetings With Trees: Tree Fruits & Seed Dispersal
Sep
29
11:00 am11:00

Meetings With Trees: Tree Fruits & Seed Dispersal

Natural selection an action. If sex in the sticks proves fruitful then autumn is the time to look at the ingenious ways in which the trees ensure their offspring get a good start in life.

Meet in the Visitor Centre at 10:30am to depart at 11am.

Normal admission applies. To reserve a place, please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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UK Moth Night
Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

UK Moth Night

Join our experts to celebrate UK Moth Night. Wrap up warmly to set some traps and see some samples of what we are likely to find. Soup and hot drinks available.

This event will begin at 7pm, so we would suggest arriving by 6:45pm.

This event is now sold out.

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Woodland Gardening by Ken Cox
Sep
12
7:30 pm19:30

Woodland Gardening by Ken Cox

Ken Cox is a well-known Rhododendron expert, based at Glendoick in Perthshire, where three generations of the Cox family have created a magnificent woodland garden, nursery and garden centre. This talk, based on his latest book Woodland Gardening, is a history and practical guide to this gardening style. Ken shows film and photographs of woodland gardens from the UK and around the world.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

This event is now full booked.

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Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage
Sep
9
12:00 pm12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage

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Lecturer and creator of Bolton Percy churchyard garden, Roger Brook’s own no-dig garden has 1,500 plant varieties, many rare, providing colour all year round. The garden has numerous features, sweeping views, and holds the National Collection of Dicentra. Horticulturally unorthodox, especially the fruit and vegetables, the overall effect is dramatic.

Open date(s): Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 12 - 5pm. Other times possible for small groups of 4-8 people by arrangement (roger-brook@live.com). The two open day dates coincide with those of Weathervane House also in Seaton Ross.

Location: Seaton Ross, York YO42 4NF. On the road from Seaton Ross to Melbourne. Leave Seaton Ross and immediately turn left at top (north) of village.

Parking: on road

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Book now or pay on the day.

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Bat Walk
Sep
7
7:15 pm19:15

Bat Walk

Take a dusk walk in the arboretum armed with a bat detector and accompanied by our expert Simon Bassindale. The noise we pick up will help us identify the species that we find.

Please wrap up warmly and bring a torch!

This event is sold out.

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Open Gardens 2019 - Kirkhill Farm
Sep
1
12:00 pm12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Kirkhill Farm

Arboretum Director John Grimshaw’s cottage garden planted with a diversity of perennials and bulbs so that there is always colour and interest until peak flowering is reached in September. Many plants in pots contribute to the display, and there is a good collection of interesting ferns. The garden is also home to bantams and Lady Amherst’s pheasants.

Open date: Sunday 1st September 12-5pm

Location: Settrington, Malton YO17 8NT. Turn to Kirkhill in the ‘hidden dip’ on the Grimston Lane between Settrington and North Grimston.  Follow the farm track to the first house.

Parking: In the field as directed

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Book now or pay on the day.

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Open Gardens 2019 - Paddock Cottage
Sep
1
12:00 pm12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Paddock Cottage

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Helen and Colin Crews have a small cottage garden with views across the countryside and attractive mixed borders and a wide range of plants in both sunny and shaded areas. In particular in late spring and early summer there are hellebores, Meconopsis and Iris. There are also raised vegetable plots, a small glasshouse and a fishpond.

Open date(s): Sunday 19 May 10am - 4pm; Sunday 1 September 12 - 5pm.

Location: 4 Sudnicton Croft, Westow, YO60 7NB. In Westow take the road (Main Street) signposted Burythorpe & Church. Before reaching a turning to the Church only, turn left down a gravel track signposted Sudnicton Croft on wall.

Parking: Limited parking near house, otherwise on nearby streets.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Book now or pay on the day.

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Open Gardens 2019 - Elmtree House
Aug
25
1:00 pm13:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Elmtree House

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Bob and Christine Pietrowski have a modest-sized village garden with distant views of the Castle Howard Estate.  It is laid out with lawns, paved areas and formal borders, block planted with herbaceous perennials and roses, which are at their best in the late summer. Pots provide additional colour and interest and house an ever increasing collection of hostas. Four raised beds give space for a few favourite vegetables and annual flowers for cutting.

Open date(s): Sunday 25 August 1 - 6pm

Location: Main Street, Welburn, York YO60 7DZ, opposite the red telephone box

Parking: On street.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Book now or pay on the day.

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Kids' Discovery Day
Aug
14
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Discovery Day

Kids’ Discovery Day is back for the summer holidays!

Children aged 4-11 will discover the natural world during these hour-long sessions which start on the hour from 10am. Indoor alternatives available in the event of poor weather.

Activities include pond dipping and a minibeast hunt with habitat creation.

Normal admission applies, but pre-booking is essential. Please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Sleightholmedale Lodge
Aug
13
3:00 pm15:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Sleightholmedale Lodge

Patrick and Natasha James’ south-facing, 4-acre garden in a dale that runs off the North York Moors. More than 100 years old, the garden features roses, herbaceous borders and meadows.

Open date(s): Tuesday 13 August 3pm - 6pm.

Location: Sleightholmedale Lodge YO62 5XD. Drive along Sleightholme Dale Road and down into the dale. The Lodge is the first property at the bottom of the hill.

Parking: In the field as signed. Not suitable for minibuses.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Book now or pay on the day.

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Meetings With Trees: The Different World of Conifers
Aug
11
11:00 am11:00

Meetings With Trees: The Different World of Conifers

The next installment in our Meetings with Trees series. The reputation of conifers is often not a good one; see them instead as one of the most interesting and beautiful groups of plants.

Meet in the Visitor Centre at 10:30 (depart 11am).

Book your place by calling us on 01653 648598, or emailing visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

Normal admission applies

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Willow Globes Workshop
Aug
9
10:00 am10:00

Willow Globes Workshop

Enhance your garden evenings with a delightful fairy light filled willow globe. No prior knowledge of willow weaving needed - just enthusiasm! All materials provided.

Bring your own lunch or take a break in the Arboretum Café. Booking essential.

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Kids' Discovery Day
Aug
7
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Discovery Day

Kids’ Discovery Day is back for the summer holidays!

Children aged 4-11 will discover the natural world during these hour-long sessions which start on the hour from 10am. Indoor alternatives available in the event of poor weather.

Activities include pond dipping and a minibeast hunt with habitat creation.

Normal admission applies, but pre-booking is essential. Please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Kids' Activity Week: Woodland Wizard Academy
Jul
26
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Activity Week: Woodland Wizard Academy

Our Kids’ Activity Week returns for the summer holidays!

We have lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all five sessions - book 5 for the price of 4 individual days.

Join the Woodland Wizard Academy for a day of otherworldly activities including wand making, magic hats, magic potions, relay races, crafts, party snacks, magical drinks and more! Fancy dress encouraged.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

£15 for first child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings.

To book, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Kids' Activity Week: Science Discovery
Jul
25
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Activity Week: Science Discovery

Our Kids’ Activity Week returns for the summer holidays!

We have lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all five sessions - book 5 for the price of 4 individual days.

This is an all new science day for children aged 6-11. Have fun and learn something new with fully interactive, creative activities and experiments.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

£15 for first child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings.

To book, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Kids' Activity Week: Up and About
Jul
24
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Activity Week: Up and About

Our Kids’ Activity Week returns for the summer holidays!

We have lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all five sessions - book 5 for the price of 4 individual days.

Today’s activities include orienteering, shelter building and crafts.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

£15 for first child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings.

To book, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Kids' Activity Week: Summer Imagination
Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Activity Week: Summer Imagination

Our Kids’ Activity Week returns for the summer holidays!

We have lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all five sessions - book 5 for the price of 4 individual days.

Today’s activities include: Meet the trees, crafts and poetry.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

£15 for first child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings.

To book, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Kids' Activity Week: Minibeast Madness
Jul
22
10:00 am10:00

Kids' Activity Week: Minibeast Madness

Our Kids’ Activity Week returns for the summer holidays!

We have lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 with different activities each day. Come to one or all five sessions - book 5 for the price of 4 individual days.

Today’s activities include a minibeast hunt, decomposition activities, art, outdoor music and crafts.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

£15 for first child, £12 for second and subsequent siblings.

To book, please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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