Countdown to Tatton RHS '09: Learn with Tatton at the RHS Flower Show
Bring your children to Tatton’s stand at the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park, and learn how to graft. Not horticultural grafting, however, but hard graft – polishing the family silver and trying life in service!
This year, Tatton’s Education team will be giving our younger visitors a taste of the many educational opportunities on offer at Tatton Park. They can sample life from a number of different periods in history and try their hand at traditional children’s activities.
From the Victorian era, they will be able to dress up as maids or servants and learn how to perfectly polish the silver; ‘Medieval’ staff will be on hand to teach them how to weave on a loom and make pot pourri bags to ward off fourteenth century smells and sicknesses! Thrifty ‘Aunt Mary’ from Tatton’s 1940s Farm will show children how to ‘make do and mend’ by making a colourful rag rug. Children can also decorate a paper plate to take home, using inspiration gained from the Egerton family’s ceramic collection.
Lynn Podmore, Learning and Visitor Services Manager commented “This is a great way for showcasing the wide ranging activities Tatton delivers, whilst giving children the opportunity to have a fun hands-on experience, and for teachers to ask about the programmes we run in an informal environment.”
Accommodating thousands of pupils a year, Tatton’s award winning education department provides creative and inspirational educational days for pupils across the North West and beyond.
Its extensive education programme enables pupils from a wide variety of age groups to experience life in a medieval manor house, a Victorian country estate and Mansion or as a World War Two evacuee in an authentic working farm.
Many activities explored with school groups can also be enjoyed by families during Tatton’s extensive calendar of events. At the annual Medieval Fayre and Viking Sunday events children can try on armour, try ‘have a go’ archery (over 8s only), even witness dramatic battles! All these events bring history to life and create unforgettable experiences for the thousands of pupils and families who pass through Tatton’s gates.
Lynn commented “Whether you are seven or seventy, there are activities, gardens and historic sites at Tatton which will appeal to everyone and make this an enjoyable family day out”.
Tatton’s Stand will be situated next to its Back to Back Garden ‘The Hermit’s Grotto: Inspiration for Imagination’ at site D16C, as part of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction.
The RHS Flower Show takes place from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th July. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/tattonpark for more information. Children must be accompanied by an adult.