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SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2014

August 17, 2014

We’re having quite a challenging time at the moment and decided to try to have a weekend away before our grandson goes back into hospital this week.

We’d looked at all sorts of options but hotels were full, too far away etc. Then I saw the advert for Southport Flower Show. We’ve been up to the North West coast a few times recently and enjoyed it so we began to look for somewhere to stay. A bit of a struggle still finding no rooms at our first choices we saw there was a Premier Inn within walking distance with availability and we quickly booked it. We’ve used them a few times this year and although not luxurious we’ve been pleased with the standard and reliability of what they provide.

As the rain bounced down and the thunder and lightning came and went last Sunday I checked the weather report – not always reliable of course – and Friday looked bright and dry. I rang the Flower Show to discuss options and as this was going to be a bit of a treat we opted for the VIP day tickets for Friday. What a great choice we made.

From the moment we arrived to priority parking and a morning coffee sat in the sun the day was faultless. In fact there was so much to see and do we could have spent two days there as a good chunk of our day was spent in the marquee enjoying our silver service lunch and chatting with fellow diners. Carol Klein joined us for lunch as she was answering questions and offering advice at the show throughout the day.

Carol Klein

Carol Klein

Being a foodie I could have watched more of the demonstrations in the cookery theatre but we enjoyed watching Chef Brian Mellor from Harthill Cookery School and Mich Turner from the Little Venice Cake Company.

Mich Turner

Mich Turner

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Alongside the demo kitchen was a NW food lovers market and many other food related stands around the showground.

The Floral Marquee (a huge area of three marquees) had many highlights – all under the theme of Brazil – particularly impressive was the work by prisoners from HMP Kirkham.

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Sunflowers are one of my favourites so this display drew my praise!

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There were street theatre entertainers, musicians in the bandstand and demonstrations in the main arena.

The show gardens were impressive despite the weather their creators must have had to deal with during their preparation.

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There were gardening, food and craft stalls of every kind – not just those for totally garden obsessed people but a good day out for everybody.

We will certainly recommend it to others and hope to return in the future.

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