Saturday, 10th September 2016, 12:18 PM - Sunday, 11th September 2016, 12:18 PM

Enjoy a tasty Yorkshire tipple or two in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, , as the popular Real Ale & Cider Festival returns to the garden on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September.

New for this year are a selection of wines made from grapes grown in Yorkshire and cider made from unusual Yorkshire apple cultivars. The two-day event will also feature a range of interesting and quaffable realales from the four corners of the county – all served direct from the cask – including well-known tipples such as the popular Harlow Carr Ale, a gin and pale ale from Daleside Brewery of Harrogate. A choice of ale-inspired street food and gourmet treats will also be available.

Visitors can bring along their dancing shoes and enjoy live music courtesy of the Bavarian Blatters oompah band on Saturday. Popular Yorkshire ceilidh band No Mean Feet will entertain the crowds on Sunday.

Families will be invited to roll up their sleeves and learn the art of juicing with Rachel Benson, an expert juicer from Old Sleningford Farm near Ripon. If you have a glut of your own apples, bring them along and Rachel will show you how to create delicious-tasting juices using a traditional rack-and-cloth apple press. She can also offer advice on turning apple juice into cider.

Deck chairs will be available on a first come-first served basis – perfect if you want to relax in a quiet corner or sit and watch the entertainment unfold in the garden. There will also be a range of giant garden games for both young and old to enjoy – from Jenga to draughts, Connect 4 to snakes and ladders.

The festival runs from 12noon – 6pm on both days, with last entry at 5pm. Any leftover beer will be available to buy in cartons at half price from 5pm on Sunday.

Normal garden admission. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call (01423) 565418 for more details.

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