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Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that we have compiled to help you plan your visit to our 2024 Spring Flower Show at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April:

If your question isn’t answered here, please email it to us in the first instance via  bookingenquiries@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk and we will reply to you as soon as we can.

Tickets

  • Is it necessary to be a member of the Cornwall Garden Society to attend the Spring Flower Show or enter the Competitive Classes?

 No. Everyone is welcome to attend our Spring Flower Show.

You do not need to be a member of the Cornwall Garden Society to either attend the event or enter the Competitive Classes at the Show. 

  • When I purchase an advance ticket for the Spring Flower Show, what will it look like?

When you purchase a ticket for the Spring Flower Show, you will receive a confirmation email and a pdf attachment. The pdf is your ticket and will look like this:

If you have any questions about your ticket, please email bookingenquiries@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

  • What if I do not have a printer to print off my ticket to bring to the Spring Flower Show?

If you do not have a printer to print off your ticket to bring with you to the Spring Flower Show, please have it ready on your smartphone when you arrive at the entrance to the Show to hasten your admittance.

  • Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Yes, you can buy tickets on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April for £12 each. Card payments are preferred but cash is accepted.

  • Is the Spring Flower Show for all the family?

Yes. We have demos for all ages and an interactive Grow Your Own area where you can have fun planting seeds and learn how to grow your own delicious and nutritious fruit and veg from the lovely gardeners at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

There will be lots of charities to learn from too, whether you are interested in birds, bees, Cornish heritage or trees.

  • Do I have to buy tickets for my children to attend the Show?

We offer free admission for children who are under the age of 16 but you still need to order their free tickets when you are purchasing your advance tickets online.

There is a drop-down box on the form where you fill in the number of children’s tickets you require.

  • Do you offer any discounts on the ticket price?

With the rising cost of living continuing to impact on everyone, we have made the decision to keep the entry fee as low as we can to make this special day out accessible to as many people as possible.

For that reason, we are offering the same low price to everyone who attends.

Discounts are available for parties of six or more.

To discuss group discounts, please email showcoaches@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

All proceeds from this event support the Cornwall Garden Society’s charitable aims of sharing horticultural knowledge and preserving Cornwall’s rich garden heritage for the future.

  • What do I do if I have purchased a ticket and am unable to attend? Do you have a refund policy?

Please email bookingenquiries@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk in the first instance. Refunds will only be given at the discretion of the Cornwall Garden Society and are not guaranteed.

  • Can I exchange my ticket for another day? Do you have an exchange policy?

Please email bookingenquiries@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk in the first instance. Exchanges will only be made at the discretion of the Cornwall Garden Society and are not guaranteed.

Dogs

  • Are dogs allowed at the Spring Flower Show?

Yes, well-behaved dogs on short leads are most welcome to join their owners at our Spring Flower Show.

Parking

  • Is parking free at the event or is there an additional charge?

Free parking is included in the ticket price for the Spring Flower Show.

  • Is disabled parking available at the Spring Flower Show and how do I book it?

Designated parking for our disabled visitors is close to the Show entrance.

We do not operate a booking system for this because there is plenty of space.

On arrival at the Royal Cornwall Showground, please follow the disabled parking signs. A marshal will direct you to the available bays and provide you with any assistance you might need.

If you have a Blue Badge, please ensure that it is clearly visible.

Facilities for Visitors with Limited Mobility

  • Will mobility scooters or buggies be available to hire during the Spring Flower Show?

We welcome people of all disabilities to attend our Spring Flower Show and have intentionally chosen The Royal Cornwall Showground to host our event because it is an inclusive, accessible venue.

The facilities that are offered by the venue can be viewed here.

The Cornwall Garden Society and The Royal Cornwall Showground do not provide mobility scooters or buggies for hire during the Spring Flower Show.

However, as the Show site is accessible, we understand from the venue that regular wheelchairs might be sufficient.

  • Is disabled parking available at the Spring Flower Show and how do I book it?

Parking for our disabled visitors is close to the Show entrance.

We do not operate a booking system for this because there is plenty of space.

On arrival at the Royal Cornwall Showground, please follow the disabled parking signs. A marshal will direct you to the available bays and provide you with any assistance you might need.

If you have a Blue Badge, please ensure that it is clearly visible.

  • Do you offer special rates for carers of the disabled?

With the rising cost of living continuing to impact on everyone, we have made the decision to keep the entry fee as low as we can to make this special day out accessible to as many people as possible.

For that reason, we are offering the same low price to everyone who attends.

Discounts are available for parties of six or more.

To discuss group discounts, please email showcoaches@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

All proceeds from this event support the Cornwall Garden Society’s charitable aims of sharing horticultural knowledge and preserving Cornwall’s rich garden heritage for the future.

  • I would like to listen to the talks in the Tipi but wear a hearing aid. Will I be able to hear?

We have installed a hearing loop in the Tipi to assist showgoers with hearing aids.

Competitive Classes

  • How do I enter the Competitive Classes?

The Schedule of Competitive Classes can be downloaded here.

The online entry forms for Horticultural and Floral Art Classes are beneath it.

If you have any further questions, please contact Jessanda Farrant for Horticultural Classes on showentries@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk and Pat Knight for Floral Art Classes on 07496 542584

  • What is the deadline for entering the Competitive Classes?

The deadline for entering the Competitive Classes is midnight on Wednesday 27th March.

If, however, you would like to enter a plant that is not in flower by the deadline but is worthy of being shown, you are welcome to bring it to The Royal Cornwall Showground anytime up to midday on Friday 5th April. Subject to there being sufficient space on the respective display stand, it will be entered in the relevant class.

  • Who is judging the Competitive Classes?

The list of esteemed judges who are all experts in their respective fields can be found on page 6 of the Show Programme  .

  • How do I find out the winners of the Competitive Classes?

A list of winners of the Competitive Classes will be posted outside the Show Office and be available from the CGS Membership Hub by midday on Saturday 6th April.

  • When and where is the Prize-giving for the Competitive Classes?

Our 41 trophies and shields will be awarded to the winners of the Competitive Classes by the Cornwall Garden Society’s President, Charles Williams VMH, at 3pm on the Stage in the Tipi alongside the Exhibition Halls on Sunday 7th April.

Catering

  • Will there be catering at the event?

Yes, catering will be provided by Big Pan Parties in our Café Area in the Second Exhibition Hall and refreshments will be served at various points across the Showground.

See page 29 of the Show Programme for further details.

  • Do the caterers at the Spring Flower Show cater for specific dietary requirements and list the ingredients they use?

Big Pan Parties will have food available that is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free etc.

Dishes and other food items will be clearly labelled as such.

The staff on duty will be able to discuss the specific ingredients used in each dish but this information will not be displayed.

If you would like to get in touch regarding an allergen or dietary requirement ahead of the event, please contact Big Pan Parties on bigpanparties@aol.com or call 07900 577700.

Camping/Accommodation

  • Is camping allowed on site?

There are no camping facilities at The Royal Cornwall Showground but there are campsites in the area, which you can view on Tripadvisor

What’s on at the Show?

  • What time is Manoj Malde officially opening the Show?

Manoj Malde will declare the Show officially open at 10am on Saturday 6th April in the First Exhibition Hall

  • Will I be able to buy plants at the Show?

Yes. There will be 40+ plant nurseries at the Show as part of the 130+ growers, garden traders, charities and artisans who will be selling all sorts of wonderful things during our event.

We even provide a plant crèche where you can leave your plant purchases, allowing you to enjoy your day.

  • How do I find out which plant nurseries and garden traders are exhibiting at the Show?

The Show Programme is now live on our website, which details all the plant nurseries and garden traders that we look forward to welcoming to our Show.

There will also be a QR code on the TV screens in the Exhibition Halls that you can activate with your smartphone to enable you to view the Show Programme in that way.

  • How do I find out who is giving talks and doing demonstrations at the Show?

Please see pages 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Show Programme for our Tipi Talks line-up.

There will also be a QR code on the TV screens in the Exhibition Halls that you can activate with your smartphone to enable you to view the Show Programme in that way.

The schedule of speakers will be broadcast on the TV screens in the Exhibition Halls too, on which our Daily Demonstrations will also be announced.

  • How much time do I need to set aside in order to enjoy the Show?

Our aim is to provide interesting things for you to enjoy right throughout the day and, to that end, we have scheduled a full programme of talks, demonstrations and Gardeners’ Questions by national names and local luminaries to keep you informed and entertained.

In between, you can marvel at the beautiful blooms and fabulous flora in the Competitive Classes; purchase plants and gardening accessories from growers and garden traders, and unusual gifts and Cornish crafts from our artisans; meet authors and buy books from our Pop-up Book Shop; plant seeds and learn how to grow nutritious fruit and veg in our Grow Your Own space; enjoy scrumptious street food in our Café area, and treat yourself to Tregothnan tea and delicious cake in our Tipi, where you can relax in comfort, warmed by sheepskin rugs and firepits.

The answer is, we have plenty to keep you busy between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday!

Cornwall Garden Society

  • How do I find out more about the Cornwall Garden Society and how to get involved in future Shows?

We look forward to welcoming you to the CGS Membership Hub to share all the benefits of membership and answer any questions you might have.

You can also purchase memberships at the discounted Show price of £20 for an Individual, £13 for a student and £28 for a family of two (instead of the usual £22.50, £15 and £30 respectively).

The CGS is a horticultural and conservation charity that exists for the people of Cornwall, the wider south west and the UK.

Why not join our thriving Cornish gardening community and help us grow?

For more information about the CGS, email membership@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

To pitch an idea for next year’s Show, email showdirector@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

To book a trading pitch at next year’s Show, email trade@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

To volunteer at next year’s Show, email showadmin@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

To sponsor or support next year’s Show, email chairman@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

General

  • What do I do if I don’t want my photograph to be taken at the Show?

Any person attending our event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution in the Cornwall Garden Society’s publicity should make their wishes known to the photographer and/or the Show Office whilst in attendance at the event.

  • What do I do if I injure myself at the Show?

In the event of a minor injury: Find a steward who will accompany you to the First Aid tent or arrange for a First Aider to come and treat you where you are.

In the event of a major injury: Ask someone near you to find a steward who will summons a First Aider and arrange for the Emergency Services to be called.

All stewards will be wearing name badges that identify them as such. Key stewards will also be wearing hi vis jackets.

Please note that the Cornwall Garden Society cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to property occurring or any personal injury incurred, howsoever caused, at its Spring Flower Show. Showgoers attend at their own risk.

  • Is there a defibrillator at the Show?

Yes. There is a defibrillator in the First Aid tent, which is situated on your right before you enter the Exhibition Halls.

  • What do I do in the event of an emergency evacuation at the Show?

There will be a public announcement over the PA system if the Exhibition Halls need to be evacuated.

In the event of an evacuation, please walk calmly out of the building through the nearest Emergency Exit, which are indicated by red arrows on the site map in the centre of the Show Programme, and then make your way to one of the assembly points, indicated by red crosses on the site map.

There will be a public announcement if re-entry to the Exhibition Halls is later permitted.

  • What do I do if I lose something or someone at the Show?

If you lose something or someone at the Show, please go to the Show Office or CGS Membership Hub and we will make a public announcement for you.

  • Will there be a cashpoint facility at the Show?

No there will not be a cashpoint facility at the Show but traders will accept card payments and cash.

  • Does the Spring Flower Show have an environmental policy?

As a horticultural charity that promotes education and conservation, the Cornwall Garden Society aspires to utilise sustainable methods and materials in the staging of its Spring Flower Show.

The Society uses its best endeavours to achieve this and all participants in the Show are encouraged to adopt, or transition towards, a similar stance.

The Royal Horticultural Society and the Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Society have banned the use of oasis at all their shows because it cannot be recycled and contains unpleasant substances. The Cornwall Garden Society has therefore banned the use of oasis in all competitive classes at the Spring Flower Show.

  • My question isn’t covered here. Who do I ask?

If you have a question that has not been covered here, please email bookingenquiries@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk in the first instance.

We hope you have a wonderful time at our Show!

 

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