Welcome to Thorp Perrow

Come and take a stroll in the Arboretum, watch your children let off steam in the adventure playground, enjoy the wonderful Bird of Prey displays, or hand feed the wallabies in the Mammal Centre. We have a lot to offer the whole family – keep your eyes peeled for our fun seasonal trails, family event days, open-air concerts, workshops, lunches, and guided tours.

Thorp Perrow is the home of one of the UK’s finest collections of trees, including five National Plant Collections, and a leading centre for raptor conservation.

What’s on?

Easter Trail

25th March – 17th April –  10am – 3pm

Easter Fun!

Step into the pages of Beatrix Potter’s magical tales on our family-friendly trail. Come along and see if you can spot Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and other well-known characters surrounded by fun and imaginative scenes.

New! This year’s trail comes to life over the Easter Weekend! Your little explorers can meet Beatrix Potter and Mr McGregor over the Easter Weekend as they collect clues for their trail prize.

The trail will run from Saturday 25th March to Sunday 16th April (with live-action Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April inclusive).

Standard Entry applies. Trail sheets can be purchased on the day at an additional cost of £2.50 which includes a prize for all!

Just a kindly reminder that by pre-booking your entry tickets via our website, you make a saving versus purchasing on the day

Daffodil Tour & Afternoon Tea

6th April – 2pm – 5pm

As the days get warmer and the Arboretum bursts into colour from the thousands of daffodils that come into bloom, embrace the arrival of spring with this lively and informative tour, followed by Afternoon Tea.

Join Faith Douglas, Curator, as she shares her passion for the season on a walk-and-talk around the Arboretum. Faith will show you the best of the daffodil collection and share some fascinating facts and care tips along the way.

Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea and a glass of champagne, all served in Thorp Perrow’s Summerhouse overlooking the beautiful grounds.

Introduction to Bushcraft

18th April – 10am – 4pm

Come and join Paul Holden Ridgway in this introduction to bushcraft and wilderness skills! From shelters and fire lighting to navigation and plant identification, this course is designed for the beginner and promises to be both educational and fun. Lunch and refreshments are included, sturdy footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing required.

Please note this is an adults only workshop.

Classic Cars & Motorcycle Show

8th May – 10am – 4pm

We’re thrilled to be hosting Thorp Perrow Classic Car & Motorcycle Show 2023 here at Thorp Perrow Arboretum!

In partnership with Classic Shows, join us on Monday 8th May – the King’s Coronation Bank Holiday Weekend – for a spectacular display of over 300 classic and modern classic cars, vintage vehicles, and motorcycles.

We’ll also be hosting a wide variety of retail stalls, food outlets and autojumble stalls alongside plenty of entertainment on the competition concours with Classic Show’s commentators and judges.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum admission prices will apply for entry to BOTH the Arboretum and the Classic Car Show! If you book online BY 31st MARCH 2023, you’ll benefit from our special rates.

Thorp Perrow Season Ticket Holders can enjoy a special offer on admission prices with online booking. (Please book online and remember to bring your Season Ticket Holder details with you on the day to present at the gate.)

If you have a vintage, classic, modern classic car or motorcycle and would like to exhibit on the day, please book at:​ www.classicshows.org

An Introduction to Beekeeping 2-day Workshop

10th & 11th June – 10am – 4:30pm

Join our two beekeeping experts, Keith Bartlem and Phil Braithwaite for an introduction to keeping honeybees.

Held over two days, the practical sessions will include opening a hive of honeybees, handling of honeybees, learn to recognise workers, drones and the Queen, building frames, and using beekeeping tools.
Topics include the natural history of bees, history of beekeeping, types of hive in use today, beekeeping equipment, beehive management, colony management throughout the year, and the beekeeping community.

A delicious lunch will be served in our Summerhouse overlooking the lake.

How to find us

No access to Arboretum from Firby Road (past Bedale Leisure Centre), use sat nav postcode DL8 2PS.

From Bedale: follow signposts towards Masham (B6268), ignore signs for Thorp Perrow along Firby Road (also signposted Leisure Centre), and continue for approx 1 mile. Turn left following signs for Snape and the entrance to the Arboretum is approx 1/4 mile on the left.

Admission Prices

Pre book your tickets online to get the best price.

Booking online is subject to a booking fee charge from our service provider, but we have discounted our online tickets to ensure you no worse off if you book online – and in fact in most cases you are better off pre-booking.

Tickets can be purchased on the gate, but are subject to capacity and we strongly advise you pre book prior to your visit.

Credit: Wendy Pain

Ticket Type


On the Door


Adult £13.95 £14.95
Concession £12.95 £13.95
Child (4-16 years) £9.20 £10.20
2 + 2 £44.65 £46.65
2 + 3 £53.50 £55.50
Group Adult (pre-booked groups of 10+ visitors) N/A N/A £11.40
Group Child (pre-booked groups of 10+ visitors) N/A N/A £7.35
Adult Season Ticket £47.95 £49.95
Child Season Ticket £27.90 £29.90

Please contact the office for further information on group and school bookings or venue hire, 01677 425 323.

Season tickets are valid for a year from the date of purchase and offer fantastic value for money! Please ask us about upgrading during your visit.

Occasionally we do need to close the Arboretum at short notice due to weather warnings. Please check our social media for updates before you travel.

Opening Times

Thorp Perrow

Arboretum: 10:00 – 17:00

Tearoom: 10:00 – 16:00

Homes & Gardens: 10:00 – 16:00

Please note during adverse weather conditions, these times may change, please check our social media for updates.

Bird of Prey Display Times

Meet the Owls: 11:30am

Bird of Prey Flying Display: 1:30pm

Bird of Prey Flying Display: 3:30pm

Dogs at Thorp Perrow

Thorp Perrow welcomes dogs, providing they are kept on a lead at all times.

Dogs are not permitted inside the Tearoom (but can join you in the outdoor seating areas), the children’s play area, or the Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre. Please use the areas provided to secure your furry friend whilst you visit these facilities.

Mobility Scooter

Please contact our tearoom to pre-book and hire our mobility scooter: 01677 427 203