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?

Thorp Perrow’s Classic Car Sundays

25th August – 10am – 12noon

Bring your classic vehicle to the stunning parkland of Thorp Perrow for easy Sunday morning coffee and car chat.

We’re pleased to be welcoming owners of classic cars and vintage vehicles to Thorp Perrow. We will be running our meet on a Sunday morning every month until September 2024 (dates vary).

This is a free event, giving owners of some amazing vehicles the space to meet and admire each others vehicles.

Spring Bird of Prey Photography Workshop

3rd October – 10am – 4pm

Join our in-house avian experts and volunteer guides for our Bird of Prey Photography Workshop. You’ll meet the birds then take your photography skills to new heights as you explore the best ways to showcase their spirit and beauty with your camera.

Suitable for novice (level 2), hobbyist (level 3) and above amateur photographers.

Thorp Perrow Classic Car, Vintage Vehicle & Motorcycle Show

26th May – 10am – 4pm

Join us for a fabulous day of retro fun as we invite a huge variety of classic and vintage vehicles to Thorp Perrow!

In partnership with Classic Shows, Thorp Perrow will be hosting a fun day filled with vintage vehicles, autojumble and concours entertainment. Meet the owners of some amazing vehicles, browse the autojumble stalls and enjoy refreshments and lunch in our tearoom.

IMPORTANT: Tickets purchased directly through the Thorp Perrow website include admission to BOTH the car show AND the Arboretum.

Tickets purchased through the Classic Shows website apply to car show admission only.

For tickets for car & motorcycle exhibitors only, visit www.classicshows.org

Summer Tour & Lunch in the Hall

10th July – 12noon – 4pm

With the Arboretum in full glorious green under summer skies, join us for this lively and informative tour followed by lunch in the hall!

Faith Douglas, our Curator, will lead you on a walk-and-talk around the Arboretum, sharing her passion for the season and inviting you to enjoy the best of the summer colour.

With the hydrangeas in full bloom and the canopies at their fullest, Faith will share some fascinating facts and care tips along the route.

Afterwards, you’re invited to enjoy a light 2-course lunch with a glass of fizz, all served in the dining room of the Hall.


Sensation ABBA Tribute

13th July – 7:30pm – 10:30pm

We’re delighted to be welcoming Sensation ABBA Tribute Band back to Thorp Perrow to party under the stars this summer!

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

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

The Freddie & Queen Experience

2nd August

Thorp Perrow is pleased to be welcoming Freddie & the Queen Experience ​for a fabulous night of rock and pop in the Arboretum!

A kind of magic will whisk you back to the 80s for a faithful reproduction of the looks, mannerisms, vocals, charisma, passion, high energy and showmanship that Freddie was so loved and famous for.

It’s simply a great show not to be missed so book early!

National Festival Circus

14th – 18th August

Enjoy a fabulous, fun-filled family show in a traditional style 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 14th August to 18th August (inclusive).

Showtimes: 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

John Harrison’s Watercolour Workshop

Wednesday 4th September

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 (a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour), and the importance of drawing and sketching.

Bulb Lasagne Workshop

Wednesday 18th September

Create a seasonal layered planter of floral colour in our autumnal planting workshop.

Join Thorp Perrow’s Curator, Faith Douglas, to learn about the right types of bulbs for potting and the practicalities of creating a pot of planted bulbs. Ready for flowering in spring 2024, you’ll take home a concoction that will delight next year.

Pheasant Willow Weaving Workshop

Wednesday 25th September

Make a striking pheasant to grace your home!

We’re welcoming Wendy Bristow, from Twigs and Sprigs, back to Thorp Perrow. Wendy will guide you through the process of creating a willow pheasant sculpture to display in your home or garden.

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

Please note: during the winter months, display times vary and we may only have 1 per day. Please ask on arrival or call the admission staff on 01677 427 203.

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

Contact Numbers

Office / General Enquiries / Group Bookings / Venue Hire: 01677 425323

Tearoom / Admission: 01677 427203

Bird of Prey: 01677 427755