Outing to BBC Gardeners World and Good Food Show 18th June 2018

Our coach party left Carterton on a rather dull morning heading for the NEC.  We were fortunate to have a good and quick journey without any hold-ups.  When we reached the event, we had a short walk before presenting our tickets and entering the compounds.  As usual most made for refreshments and the amenities and then it was “wander where you will” time, until we met at the theatre, and afterwards back at the coach. The sun did shine in the middle of the day and it was reasonably warm.  Most of the Flower Show was held outside and in large marquees where the Food Show was held inside in a number of  the Halls.  Our journey home was a little slower due to the volume of traffic; I think some were glad to be sat down after walking round for several hours.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live hosts one of the largest floral marquees in the country. With an abundance of colour and scent, it is the destination for all gardeners and plant lovers. From orchids to lilies, dianthus to alliums, it is a spectacular sight packed with award winning nurseries and displays.   An exciting collection of Show Gardens come to life in a celebration of how imagination and creativity can transform any type of outdoor space.  It’s an ideal way to get ideas for your own garden. It is one of the UK’s largest flower shows which has been running for 26 years, attracting a unique audience that would be hard to find at any other event. Our tickets gave us seats in the Alan Titchmarsh theatre who spoke on Natural Health gardening and then Q & A’s followed. Co-located with the BBC Good Food Summer Show , the event offers an exciting opportunity to hold 2 diverse disciplines in one show. Various food and drink outlets had plenty of tasters to offer. Packed with seasonal produce, ideas for al-fresco entertaining, the UK’s top chefs cooking up fresh recipes live on the numerous stages across the Show, and Pimm’s and picnics galore; providing a variety of seed to plate inspiration, a vast range of grow your own ingredients and plenty of ideas to get your garden entertaining-ready!

Another enjoyable day. Pam

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