Stargazing Evening
Feb
18
7:00 pm19:00

Stargazing Evening

To mark Dark Skies Week explore the wonders of the night sky, including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, under the expert guidance of members of the York Astronomical Society. 

If the skies are not visible because of bad weather, we'll head into the Visitor Centre for an entertaining illustrated talk about what is up there above the clouds!  

Adults £3.50, children £2

Booking essential.

SOLD OUT

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Winter Welly Walk
Jan
1
10:00 am10:00

Winter Welly Walk

Enjoy some fresh air in the Arboretum and then come inside for plenty of festive cheer along with mulled wine/hot drinks/fruit juice and as much home-baked cake as you like.

Adult £6, Child 11-16 £4, Child 5-10 £2. Under 5s Free

Winter Welly Walk
Dec
26
10:00 am10:00

Winter Welly Walk

Enjoy some fresh air in the Arboretum and then come inside for plenty of festive cheer along with mulled wine/hot drinks/fruit juice and as much home-baked cake as you like.

Adult £6, Child 11-16 £4, Child 5-10 £2. Under 5s Free

Junior Rangers
Dec
21
10:00 am10:00

Junior Rangers

Join us for our Christmas Holiday Junior Rangers session. Suitable for 4-11 year olds who are accompanied by an adult. We'll have a fun packed day with a range of inside and outside activities. For more information or to book your place (essential) please contact liz.bassindale@northyorks.gov.uk

Run in association with the Howardian Hills AONB

£7.50 per child

Members' Coffee Morning
Nov
2
11:00 am11:00

Members' Coffee Morning

Join Ben Paterson, our Operations Assistant, for a complimentary coffee and informal discussion on the projects that he is working on.

A free, drop-in event

(normal admission applies)

Junior Rangers
Oct
26
10:00 am10:00

Junior Rangers

A fun-packed day for accompanied children aged 4-11, with seasonal indoor & outdoor activities & crafts e.g. pond dipping, minibeast hunts, leaf printing & mask making. For more information and to book your place please contact liz.bassindale@northyorks.gov.uk

Run in association with the Howardian Hills AONB

£7.50 per child

Alien Bugs!
Oct
25
Oct 30

Alien Bugs!

Half-term fun and fascinating facts, in partnership with APHA.

Follow the bug hunt trail around the arboretum looking for giant bug models.

A free, drop-in event

(normal admission applies)

Fungi Foray
Oct
20
1:00 pm13:00

Fungi Foray

Learn how to identify common and not so common species of fungi. Then take a guided walk into the arboretum to see what you can find.

Adult £7.50, Child £5

Booking essential. Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.

Ray Wood Autumn Tour
Oct
18
10:30 am10:30

Ray Wood Autumn Tour

Join our Members' tour of this glorious garden with an expert guide. Please join your guide at the Castle Howard ticket office 10 minutes before the tour start time.

Free but booking required.

Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.

Castle Howard Annual Pass Holders' Day
Oct
18
10:00 am10:00

Castle Howard Annual Pass Holders' Day

  • Yorkshire Arboretum

Castle Howard Annual Pass holders are invited to enjoy the Yorkshire Arboretum for free today. See the 120 acres of grounds with many unusual trees, enhanced by wildflower meadows and a large numbers of spring- and early summer-flowering bulbs.

Just present your Castle Howard Pass in the Visitor Centre.

Ray Wood Autumn Tour
Oct
16
10:30 am10:30

Ray Wood Autumn Tour

Join our Members' tour of this glorious garden with an expert guide. Please join your guide at the Castle Howard ticket office 10 minutes before the tour start time.

Free but booking required.

Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.

Castle Howard Annual Pass Holders' Day
Oct
16
10:00 am10:00

Castle Howard Annual Pass Holders' Day

  • Yorkshire Arboretum

Castle Howard Annual Pass holders are invited to enjoy the Yorkshire Arboretum for free today. See the 120 acres of grounds with many unusual trees, enhanced by wildflower meadows and a large numbers of spring- and early summer-flowering bulbs.

Just present your Castle Howard Pass in the Visitor Centre.

Gardens and Gardening Group
Oct
13
7:30 pm19:30

Gardens and Gardening Group

Plants of the African Mountains - a talk by John Grimshaw

In a former life our director was known as an expert in elephant dung, knowledge acquired on the mountains of East Africa. Whilst there he also spent time finding out about the remarkable plants that grow there.

Free but donations welcome

Arboretum Walk
Oct
11
10:30 am10:30

Arboretum Walk

Join our Director, John Grimshaw, on a walk into the arboretum.

Explore & learn about the arboretum's tree and plant collection, wildflowers & meadows.

Normal admission applies and donations welcome

Fungi Foray
Oct
8
1:00 pm13:00

Fungi Foray

It's UK Fungus Day tomorrow so join Malcolm Greaves and learn how to identify common and not so common species of fungi. Then take a guided walk into the arboretum to see what you can find.

Adult £7.50, Child £5

Booking essential. Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.

Oct
6
6:00 pm18:00

'Simply Natural' Exhibition Preview

Members and friends are invited to a preview of the Simply Natural exhibition. Meet the artist, June Hardy, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Free but booking required for catering purposes please

Booking essential. Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.

Members' Coffee Morning
Oct
5
11:00 am11:00

Members' Coffee Morning

Join John Grimshaw, our Director, for a complimentary coffee and informal discussion on the projects that he is working on.

A free, drop-in event

(normal admission applies)

'Simply Natural' Exhibition
Oct
4
Oct 23

'Simply Natural' Exhibition

An exhibition of mixed media work by June Hardy. The subject matter is the natural environment including fungi in particular. Recently June has used her paintings as designs for cushions, coasters and ceramics, some of which will also be for sale during the exhibition.

Free

Arboretum Walk
Sep
13
10:30 am10:30

Arboretum Walk

  • Yorkshire Arboretum

Join Neil Batty, Operations Manager, and an expert on the arboretum. Explore & learn about the arboretum's tree and plant collection, wildflowers & meadows.

Normal admission applies and donations welcome

Gardens and Gardening Group
Sep
8
7:30 pm19:30

Gardens and Gardening Group

The Yorkshire Arboretum's Master Plan - a talk by Harry Watkins

Harry Watkins of Rootstock will speak on ‘The Yorkshire Arboretum’s Master Plan’, the magnificent piece of work he spent 18 months working on. It gives us an exciting set of suggestions to work with, and Harry will tell us about the site studies he’s made. This is a really great opportunity to hear about a major milestone in the arboretum’s history.

Free but donations welcome

Please note this a change from the earlier published talk

Weekly Drop-In Tour
Sep
8
1:30 pm13:30

Weekly Drop-In Tour

Our friendly, expert guide will introduce you to the collection, explain the arboretum's history & show you the best of our seasonal treasures.

Tours last 1- 2 hours (depending on the season, the weather, how much we chat & how slowly we walk!). Just drop in at the Visitor Centre & join in.

Free

(normal admission applies)

Members' Coffee Morning
Sep
7
11:00 am11:00

Members' Coffee Morning

Join Mathew Harrison, our Administrator, for a complimentary coffee and informal discussion on the projects that he is working on.

A free, drop-in event

(normal admission applies)

Weekly Drop-In Tour
Sep
1
1:30 pm13:30

Weekly Drop-In Tour

Our friendly, expert guide will introduce you to the collection, explain the arboretum's history & show you the best of our seasonal treasures.

Tours last 1- 2 hours (depending on the season, the weather, how much we chat & how slowly we walk!). Just drop in at the Visitor Centre & join in. Good, waterproof footwear recommended.

Free

(normal admission applies)

Weekly Drop-In Tour
Aug
25
1:30 pm13:30

Weekly Drop-In Tour

  • Yorkshire Arboretum

Our friendly, expert guide will introduce you to the collection, explain the arboretum's history & show you the best of our seasonal treasures.

Tours last 1 - 2 hours (depending on the season, the weather, how much we chat & how slowly we walk!). Just drop in at the Visitor Centre & join in.

Free

(Normal admission applies)

Discovery Day - Pre-School Special
Aug
24
10:30 am10:30

Discovery Day - Pre-School Special

Children aged 2-5 are invited to join our Education Officer and her team and discover the natural world during these hour-long sessions. Activities include a mini minibeast hunt or a forest-fairy adventure. Older siblings and friends welcome!.

Sessions last an hour and start on the half-hour from 10:30 until 2:30.

£3.50 per child per session.

A parent or carer is required to say with his or her child/children during the session.

Booking advised by ringing 01653 648598 or emailing here

Arboretum Explorers' Club - Active Learning Day
Aug
22
10:00 am10:00

Arboretum Explorers' Club - Active Learning Day

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A day of nature-based activities for children aged 6-11 including orienteering, shelter building, owl pellet dissection and certificate making. No adults allowed!

£15 per child including lunch

Booking essential. Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.

Solar Gazing
Aug
21
12:00 am00:00

Solar Gazing

Learn about the sun and day-time sky. Look through a specialist solar telescope to see spots, filaments and flares, all under the guidance of the experts from York Astronomical Society.

A free drop-in event (normal admission applies)

'Botanical' Joint Exhibition in Textiles, Print & Canvas
Aug
19
Sep 11

'Botanical' Joint Exhibition in Textiles, Print & Canvas

  • Yorkshire Arboretum

A joint exhibition of textile, print and canvas works on a 'Botanical' theme by renowned local artists Corinne Young, Stef Mitchell and Lesley Seeger.

Corinne Young is a textile artist whose work is inspired by the flowers and insects in her Wolds garden and the artefacts in historic houses. The floral aspect gives her work its colour, texture and form, and the methods and style of the work and its 3D quality comes from the study of historic artefacts such as 17th century stump work caskets. The finished artworks are delicate in feel and reflect the complexity and fragility of their subject matter.

Staithes based Stef Mitchell works directly with nature making monoprints and folded books that create an edge from which the organic accident and intentional mark can be read. The plants tell their own narratives and the reader interacts through viewing, holding and folding. Recent work combines the external language of nature with the internal language of textile design and quilting.

Lesley Seeger paints landscapes both imagined and observed and likes places off the beaten track where nature is strong.  Based only a stone's throw from the Yorkshire Arboretum, a belief in the importance of beauty is a hallmark of her work.  There are many layers to her paintings, which mirror the history and changes of a landscape and the complex strata of our lives.

Free

Preview - 'Botanical' Joint Exhibition in Textiles, Print & Canvas
Aug
18
6:00 pm18:00

Preview - 'Botanical' Joint Exhibition in Textiles, Print & Canvas

  • Yorkshire Arboretum

Members and friends are invited to a preview of the the arboretum's summer exhibition - a joint exhibition of textile, print and canvas works on a 'Botanical' theme by renowned local artists Corinne Young, Stef Mitchell and Lesley Seeger.

Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Corinne Young is a textile artist whose work is inspired by the flowers and insects in her Wolds garden and the artefacts in historic houses. The floral aspect gives her work its colour, texture and form, and the methods and style of the work and its 3D quality comes from the study of historic artefacts such as 17th century stump work caskets. The finished artworks are delicate in feel and reflect the complexity and fragility of their subject matter.

Staithes based Stef Mitchell works directly with nature making monoprints and folded books that create an edge from which the organic accident and intentional mark can be read. The plants tell their own narratives and the reader interacts through viewing, holding and folding. Recent work combines the external language of nature with the internal language of textile design and quilting.

Lesley Seeger paints landscapes both imagined and observed and likes places off the beaten track where nature is strong.  Based only a stone's throw from the Yorkshire Arboretum, a belief in the importance of beauty is a hallmark of her work.  There are many layers to her paintings, which mirror the history and changes of a landscape and the complex strata of our lives.

Free but booking required for catering purposes please

Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email here.