Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017
Guess how many years the Shrewsbury Flower Show has been going, gone on, guess. I bet you can’t (though hubs got close!). 130 years, that’s how many! OK it has evolved obviously over those years into what it is today, an attraction that gets in excess of 50,000 visitors.
The show runs for 2 days, this year being Friday 12th & Saturday 13th August. One of the country’s Premier Flower Show events, the Shrewsbury Flower Show attracts top exhibitors from all over the UK. It is held in the very pretty The Quarry Park in Shrewsbury, a beautifully kept 29 acre park that my friend Carol used to frequent as a teenager. In fact, she reliably tells me, there is a tree with her name carved in it somewhere in that park!!! She is now in her early 50s so don’t judge her!
Not Just For The Green Fingered
Not green fingered? Nope, nor me, I struggle to keep a spider plant alive. Don’t let that put you off visiting this show next year. The entertainment was varied including horse jumping, a motorcycle display, a steam train, a male voice choir & of course duck herding (yes, that’s duck herding).
This lovely chap was selling Edinburgh Gin! I bought a bottle of Rhubarb & Ginger Gin but as I am currently on a booze ban, I had to rely on my lovely friend Carol’s taste test recommendation.
The food trucks were bountiful & varied. Pizzas, BBQ, Paella, all the usual suspects you would expect at such an event.
Bars too – some of which were so pretty like Hugo’s Bar & The Horsebox! Two cool renovated horseboxes.
Of course the main attractions though are the plants & floral displays.
I may not be able to keep a potted plant alive, but I do love a pretty flower & there were sooo many. Some of the stands were so pretty I could have stood & photographed the flowers all day, Carol would’ve been uber bored!!
Tickets were £25 in advance or £28 on the day & accompanied children 15yrs old & under were free. It would have been extremely easy to make a full day & evening of this event. The evening entertainment included the London Gospel Choir & a firework display (not at the same time, obv). They show also offered a reduced rate of just £15 if you attended after 6pm. Alternatively it would have been easy to leave the ground (with a hand stamp), go into Shrewsbury for a bit to eat & then re-visit the ground for the evening entertainment.
All in all, it was an lovely day out. Shrewsbury is a beautiful city & the thing that struck me above all else? How friendly the local people were! I will definitely be putting next year’s event in my diary & making a full day & evening of it. I may even book hubs & I into a hotel & get trollied! For more information & photos visit the Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017 website.