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Plans are well under way for this year’s Flower Show, held in the parklands alongside Sandringham House. It is always held on the last Wednesday of July and the committee are busy behind the scenes preparing for this year’s 130th Flower Show.

Recognised today as one of East Anglia’s premier Flower Events, it began life as a humble cottage garden competition among the estate workers on the Sandringham Estate. HM Queen Mary noticed that quite a few of the cottagers allowed their gardens to become scruffy. Her solution? Found a Cottage Horticultural Society, thus encouraging everyone to be tidier. Little did she know how large this would become!

Today, if all goes well, the committee hopes to welcome over 25,000 visitors to the Show. The gates open early in the morning, so visitors can enter and browse at their leisure all day before the show closes at five o’clock. By 7.30am, the domestic judges are on the grounds, judging entries in two of the massive marquees on site, marking the general flower and vegetable classes in The Royal Marquees. Visitors are not allowed in these until judging finishes at eleven o’clock. The Minden Band then Officially Opens the Show at eleven o’clock. If we are fortunate, a Royal Visitor will then tour the Marquees, after which the general public can see for themselves the excellent produce and flowers on show.

Besides the competitive side of the Show, there are rural crafts, horticultural tents and dozens of plant stalls around the showground. Chris Beardshaw, Alan Mason and other television and radio gardening personalities will judge the wonderful courtyard gardens, large and small, built especially for the day. Visitors can vote for their own favourite gardens too. Children can watch a Punch & Judy Show, ride on the magnificent Carousel – or enjoy ice creams whilst watching The Imps ride their motorcycles, enjoy The Sheep Show and The Dog and Duck Show in the Main Arena – not to mention the freefall antics of The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team.
It’s all go on Wednesday 27th July! Why not join us?
For details, please contact, or ring 01485-54540.

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