Casting a professional eye over the show on the Friday will be gardening guru Ann Swithinbank, longstanding panelist from the BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time and popular horticultural writer.
Gravity-defying motorcycle stuntman Jamie Squibb and his team are back by popular demand and guaranteed to thrill the crowds of all ages. The arena will also welcome a display of agile horseback falconry and the musical skills of one of the country’s best brass youth bands.
Young people will enjoy activities based on nursery rhyme themes and the more energetic will be encouraged to enjoy the view from a climbing tower whilst others keep their feet firmly on the ground and participate in parachute games.
Gold medal garden displays will compete with trade and amateur exhibits for the attention of visitors keen to pick up tips for their country estate, back yard or window box. Over 200 specialist traders will set out their stalls to showcase bargains and treats for all ages. The ‘Ready, Steady, Garden’ competition to build a small garden in just 2 hours is unique to Taunton Flower Show
Jan Copley of Wellington will be offering a ‘Fun with weaving’ activity in the Children’s area using peg weaving to create works of art to take home and display as a reminder of the show.
The cultural programme includes marching performances and lunchtime bandstand concerts by young members of The 2nd Rossendale Scout Band making a welcome return visit to the show. Contemporary modern folk group Stampita and local ladies from the Apple County Chorus will be showcasing their talents. Jazz quartet ‘The Swinging Crickets’ hail from Lancashire when they are not supporting comedian Jimmy Cricket. They will be entertaining patrons of the Fountain Food Court each afternoon.
Show Chairman Bob Homeshaw announced the line-up at a special event to launch the 2013 Show saying,’ We are responding to the encouraging feedback from last year’s show and are delighted at the response from sponsors, traders and amateur competitors who are all looking forward to a two-day festival of fun and flowers to entertain and delight visitors of all ages.’
Local historians and Flower Show stalwarts Anne and Robin Leamon have set out their research into the event’s history in the form of a booklet to be launched at the 2013 Show. Their claim that Taunton Flower is the oldest of its kind in the country has not been challenged.
Marketing Director, Adrian Prior-Sankey, is harnessing the worldwide web to attract first time patrons. “Having given the Show a fresh look last year we are investing into a new website and easy ways to explore the delights on offer and secure a ticket in advance at a discount.” The new look features will appear soon at www.tauntonfs.co.uk
As one young visitor put it, ‘the show is really the smile on everyone’s faces’ and we want more people to discover the sights and fun in August.”
Anyone wanting a bargain is advised to buy their ticket in advance at Taunton Tourist Information Centre or on line at www.tauntonfs.co.uk where they can enjoy a 10% discount.
Somerset Beekeepers Association and Taunton and District Wine Circle members showcase their talents in dedicated tents within the Show. The Food Hall will be filled with tempting tastes and treats from across the region.
Perennially popular displays will be on view in the Floral Marquee highlighting horticultural exhibitors from across the country, including some who have shown at Chelsea, with an opportunity to purchase blooms and plants from the spectacular stands during and at the close of the show. The South West Orchid Society and the British Cactus Society will each mount a fine display of carefully cultivated and prickly exotic blooms, competing for awards up to Large Gold.
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