Preview: Southport Flower Show

The UK's largest independent flower show gets under way next month

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A programme of family entertainment will underpin this year’s Southport Flower Show, with CBeebies stars Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom taking to the stage.

There’ll be stunt bike performances, large-scale sand art, live music and a new interactive zone offering a Minecraft experience and competition, and a chance to meet leading vloggers.

The four-day show later this month opens with TV personalities John Craven and Charlie Dimmock. They’ll take to the stage at the new celebrity theatre in the Grand Floral Marquee. Other confirmed guests include This Morning’s resident garden guru David Domoney, BBC presenter Christine Walkden – host of Christine’s Garden – Gardeners’ World’s Carol Klein and broadcaster and plant pathologist Pippa Greenwood.

An area will be dedicated to bee keeping in the Honey Marquee featuring live demonstrations and a chance to sample preserves. If that works up your appetite there’ll be a food market with 60 independent gourmet stalls. The cookery theatre will feature demonstrations by top chefs including Ellis Barrie, Luis Troyano and Lilibet Connard.

A garden roadshow features alongside lectures and Q&As, and there’ll be experts on hand for advice.

Southport Flower Show is the UK’s largest independent flower show and its most popular attraction is the Show Gardens – constructed by garden designers and landscapers in just under two weeks and inspired by this year’s theme The Curious Garden.

Southport Flower Show is on 17-20 August at Victoria Park. Tickets start at £19 for one day and kids go free. For tickets visit

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