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?

Barefoot Walk

6th July – 10am – 3pm

Go back to our roots on this barefoot walk.

Join us on this truly unique experience where we will introduce the benefits of walking barefoot.

Barefoot walking is something people practice every day with amazing results. This practice restores our natural walking pattern, we have a better foot position which leads to better mechanics of our body.

Benefits of going barefoot include lowers blood pressure and heart rate, reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep and reduces pain.

A healthy light lunch will be served in Thorp Perrow’s Summerhouse overlooking the lake.

Summer Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

20th July – 10am – 4pm

If you’ve got a passion for photographing birds or you’re looking to develop your photographic skills, join our falconer and our experienced amateur photography volunteers in getting up close with your camera to capture our birds of prey.

You’ll be photographing the birds both in stationary positions and as they demonstrate their incredible flying skills against the beautiful backdrop of the trees, avenues, spaces and glades of Thorp Perrow. Our falconer will position and fly the birds, and our photography volunteers will impart their experience and advice, all the while encouraging you to experiment with techniques and use new skills to achieve shots you’ll be proud of.

This workshop is suitable for novice (Level 2), hobbyist (Level 3) and above amateur photographers.

ABBA! Sensation

22nd July – 7:30pm – 10:45pm

We are delighted to be welcoming our friends ABBA Tribute Band Sensation back to Thorp Perrow to party under the stars this summer!

Be transported back to the golden days of the iconic Swedish super-group with a faithful reproduction of the sound, costumes, choreography and musicianship.

Always a sell-out, so book now to avoid disappointment!

National Festival Circus

16th – 20th August

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming…to Thorp Perrow!

Enjoy a fabulous, fun-filled family show in a traditional Big Top tent with the famous National Festival Circus.

With clowns, contortionists, jugglers and tumbling acrobats, there’s entertainment for all the family.

The circus runs from 16th August to 20th August (inclusive).

Showtimes: 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

Refreshments will be available.

Children under 2yrs old are free of charge, however we ask they sit on parent/guardians knee.

Admission into the Arboretum is not included in the circus ticket.

Flash! A Queen Tribute

25th August – 7:30pm – 10:45pm

We’re delighted to be welcoming back the fantastic Flash: A Tribute To Queen to Thorp Perrow this summer!

FLASH! The UK’s most authentic live tribute to the music of Freddie Mercury and QUEEN.

Hit after hit, anthem after anthem, the group will power out the greatest songs of QUEEN. Performed in authentic costumes and with replica equipment, the show really is as close as it gets.

Always a sell-out, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Watercolour Workshop

5th September – 10am – 4:30pm

Capture the beauty of the Arboretum in your own hand with John’s Harrison’s Watercolour Workshop!

Join landscape artist, John Harrison, as he leads you through an introduction to his own particular style of line and wash (the creation of a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour), and the importance he places on drawing and sketching. Then try your hand at the line and wash technique for yourself, developing and applying your talent and new-found skills on your own painted visual interpretation of Thorp Perrow’s unique enchantment.

A delicious lunch will be served in the 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