Flower show is back

ORGANISERS of this year’s Frenchay Flower Show say it will be “bigger and better than ever” when it returns for only the second time in five years.

Last year’s show had to be cancelled at very short notice after a severe weather warning, ahead of strong winds that could have made the marquee on Frenchay Common unsafe.

Thousands of visitors attended the event in 2022 when it returned after the pandemic, and organisers are “keeping everything crossed” for good weather for this year’s event on July 13.

Show secretary Karen Morrison said: “This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 60 stalls, more entertainers, new food outlets, classic cars, alpacas and exhibits in the show marquee.

“The Friends Meeting House, Unitarian Chapel and Parish Church will all be open as usual, hosting more displays and exhibitions and of course the legendary cream teas from the WI will be in the Village Hall.

“Roads through Frenchay will be closed for the day, with free parking available on the Village Green.”

One change for this year’s event is that entries to the show’s hundreds of competitions must be made in advance.

Classes, from fruit and veg – including ‘longest rhubarb’ and ‘ugliest vegetable’ – food and flower arranging to art and photography, with separate sections for children, families and groups to enter.

Entries are free and can be made at the new show website, www.frenchayflowershow.com.

People who are not online can pick up paper entry forms at Frenchay Museum, which is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The closing date for entries is July 10.