This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Sandringham Flower Show - one of the most popular summer events in the Norfolk region. Famous for the attendance of the event's Royal patrons, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, there is much more to the Sandringham Flower Show than meets the eye, with plenty of fun to be had for all the family.
In this article, we take a look at what you can expect to see at the Sandringham Flower Show 2019.
Sandringham Flower Show 2019
The Sandringham Flower Show began life over a century ago as a village fete, where prizes were handed out to encourage participation, and has evolved into a fun-filled celebration of outdoor-life.
Around 20,000 visitors flock each year to the regal surroundings of Sandringham Park, set against the backdrop of the Queen's favourite royal residence, Sandringham House. The show attracts many of the region's leading horticulturalists and garden designers, who exhibit across some 200 trade stands to compete for the coveted Best in Show and People's Choice awards.
At the Royal Marquee, local residents submit their wares to determine the finest in fruit, vegetables, flowers and floral art; while in the Amateur’s Marquee local gardening and horticultural clubs face off in a judged display competition.
Meanwhile, at the Gardeners’ Forum, you will be able to enjoy talks from celebrity gardeners such as Chris Beardshaw and Alan Mason. They will be joined by 'allotment expert' Terry Walton, and Martyn Davey, the Head of Horticulture & Design at Easton College.
The appeal of the Sandringham Flower Show extends beyond plants and flowers, however, with a variety of other attractions to be enjoyed, such as a craft marquee, a military band, carousel, steam engines, and children's entertainment!
The Sandringham Flower Show is also a community and family-orientated event, with all profits from the show donated to local charities. Since 1977, more than £500,000 has been donated to local charities by the Show Committee.
A Royal Event
Royal patronage has been a feature of the show since its inception, and it wouldn't be the Sandringham Flower Show without the attendance of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Each year, the royal couple attends the show, arriving in the morning in a horse-drawn carriage. Prince Charles, who is himself a keen gardener, inspects the various marquees and displays while greeting attendees and exhibitors.
Interestingly, for the first time in the history of the event, the Sandringham Flower Show will not be held on the last Wednesday in July, but on Wednesday 24th July, in the penultimate week of the month. While no official reason has been given for the break with tradition, it is thought that a diary clash for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall caused the event to be brought forward.
Tickets for this year's Sandringham Flower Show event are priced £12.50 (under-16s free). The price includes entry to Sandringham gardens, museum and church. Gates open at 9am and parking is free.
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