Events in July 2017

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J.P Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race

Saturday 1st of July 2017

The annual Round the Island Race, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world. Visit to find out more.

Summer Sundays: Roses Day with Stuart Dixon

Sunday 2nd of July 2017

This is a special day of informal walks and talks hosted by writer, broadcaster and rose fan Stuart Dixon. If you’re looking for a particular variety or just love roses, join Stuart to tour the Gardens and learn more- there’s no booking necessary and you’re welcome to join him for as long as you like. All for the price of Garden admission: adult £8.50, concession £7.50, child £4.50, family (up to 5) £25. Find out more here:

Introduction to Garden iPhoneography

Sunday 2nd of July 2017

Join our award-winning botanical, garden and landscape lensman Hemant Jariwala and learn to take great garden photos with your smartphone. You'll begin by getting to grips with smartphone technology, from its limitations to its numerous advantages. Like traditional photography, iPhoneography skill is closely linked with the selection of garden viewpoint, image composition and the thought processes of the garden's designer, so you'll learn about effective visual communication through studying examples from Hemant’s own portfolio. Then there will be the opportunity to put theory into practice, with plenty of time to take your own pictures around Barnsdale's beautiful and varied gardens. Whether you’re a novice, an occasional iPhone camera user or an enthusiast digital-camera photographer, this short introductory workshop will give you the essential visual techniques you need to take amazing garden photos. Please bring your phone fully charged! Price, £20 including tea/coffee and entry to the Gardens. Find out more here:

Shipwreck Isle Pirate Day

Sunday 2nd of July 2017

Get dressed up in your best pirate gear and help defend our Island. Located in Ryde and Appley Beach over this fantastic weekend, it is free to attend. Find out more here:

Bug Spotting- Love Your Bugs

Wednesday 5th of July 2017

Ever wondered exactly what some of those beasties are as you work in the garden? Are they out to eat your precious plants? This course is an introduction to garden pests and predators, and the others which simply live in your garden and are neither good nor bad… just are, like rain! Join Sally Cunningham for a garden tour to find some of the many creatures which share your garden with you and learn how to use basic field guides and identify creatures correctly. You’ll find out how to encourage predators and beneficial insects, discover how to extend the flowering season by careful planting choices and learn which are the bees’ favourite flowers. Price, £74 including tea/coffee, lunch and entry to the Gardens. Find out more here:

Kent County Show

Friday 7th of July 2017 to Sunday 9th of July 2017

The Kent County Show is the region's showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life. The three day Show brings together the very best of Kent with animals, food, fun and excitement giving a true feel of what ’The Garden of England’ has to offer. You can find out more by visiting

Cobnut Food Fair

Saturday 8th of July 2017 to Sunday 9th of July 2017

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July chefs, shopkeepers, foragers, farmers and foodies will descend on the gardens at King John's Nursery for this two-day event to showcase the very best produce Kent and Sussex has to offer. Come and taste some of the finest food and drink you are likely to enjoy all summer. There will also be demonstrations and workshops by chefs and foragers, and plenty of activities for children throughout the festival.

Summer Sundays: Cottage Garden Day

Sunday 9th of July 2017

Do you love to see an abundance of flowers in your garden? Whether you are an experienced grower or just starting out on your gardening adventure, come and join us on this special day for fans of the cottage garden style. Members of the Cottage Garden Society will be here to chat and lead informal walks and talks around Barnsdale, sharing their wealth of knowledge and ideas for you to take home, whether you live in the town or country. PLUS talented local flower designer Vicki McDavid will be showing how to create beautiful displays from your cottage garden blooms. Garden admission: adult £8.50, concession £7.50, child £4.50, family (up to 5) £25. Find out more here:

Summer Sundays: Edwardian Garden History Day

Sunday 16th of July 2017

Meet our horticultural historian and find out about the life and work of a gardener in the early years of the last century. Garden admission: adult £8.50, concession £7.50, child £4.50, family (up to 5) £25. Find out more here:

Growing Veg Indoors and Out

Wednesday 19th of July 2017

Are you a virgin veg grower? Nervous about taking on more than you can dig? Want to learn what seedlings are weeds and what to about common pests and diseases? Come and find out how to start growing vegetables, no matter how small your space is- even if you don’t have a garden you can grow something! Sally Cunningham will lead you through basic techniques, for outdoor plots: container and bag growing, concrete-bag patches, square foot style, plus plant spacing and mini-veg production, vertical growing and choosing the right varieties. Growing indoors includes: selecting good plants for windowsills and hanging baskets, seed-sprouting, micro-greens, planning for winter, suggestions for conservatories… and for the fortunate, making the most of a polytunnel or small unheated greenhouse. Price £74, including tea/coffee, lunch and entry to the Gardens. Find out more here:

Vintage Weekend

Saturday 22nd of July 2017 to Sunday 23rd of July 2017

RHS Garden Rosemoor goes back in time during the weekend 22 - 23 July with two days packed with all things retro, vintage and antique. Visitors to the stunning 65 acre gardens in Devon, with its formal gardens, woodland walks, stream and lake, walled fruit & vegetable garden, and fully licensed restaurant, will also be in for a real treat with a display of vintage vehicles, motorbikes from North Devon British Motorcycle Owners Club and vintage caravans. For more information on events at RHS Garden Rosemoor visit or telephone 01805 624067 Normal garden admission applies (free for RHS members)


Saturday 29th of July 2017 to Sunday 30th of July 2017

A number of the UK's awarding-winning pie makers will be at the event selling their pies including past Supreme Champions of the British Pie Awards. PieFest will also include talks, tastings, demonstrations and workshops on how to make the perfect pie. There will also be a Pie Kitchen where visitors can eat hot pies - baked to perfection with mash, vegetables and a variety of accompaniments. Admission is £4, children under 16 free. For more information, please visit

Cowes Week

Saturday 29th of July 2017 to Saturday 5th of August 2017

Cowes Week is an 8 day sailing regatta that usually take place in the first week of August on the Isle of Wight. Find out more here: