Knowsley Flower Show in the News
Knowsley’s popular annual Flower Show will return to Court Hey Park on Sunday 6 August with this year’s show celebrating “50 Summers of Love”!
Renowned as the largest free horticultural show of its kind in the North West, the show, now in its 19th year, attracts thousands of visitors from across the region and is popular with gardeners and families.
At the heart of the show, as always, will be the giant floral marquee. As always, there will be more than 100 classes to enter – so whether you’re an expert gardener or an enthusiastic novice, there’s always something to suit you.
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, visitors this year will enjoy lots of colourful décor throughout Court Hey Park and even a couple of special classes including a vase of Summer of Love flowers!
All of the usual activities, attractions and entertainment will return for the show, including the craft marquee, live music inspired by Sgt Peppers’ Lonely Heart Club band, the farmers market, circus skills, creative arts workshops, health and wellbeing zone and lots of trade stands. There’ll be more information to come about other entertainment at the show, so keep an eye on the
Knowsley Flower Show website at www.knowsleyflowershow.com and make sure you like the show on Facebook for all the latest news.
As well as the Flower Show on Sunday 6 August, there will also be the Feelgood Festival taking place on the same site the previous day, Saturday 5 August, with a similar theme.
If you would like to be part of either Knowsley Flower Show or Feelgood Festival, and require stallholder or sponsorship information, please get in contact with Carla Simkin 0151 443 5353.
Please note that the Flower Show and Feelgood Festival are not affected by the closure of the National Wildflower Centre, and will take place as usual in Court Hey Park.
So save the date and get ready for a summer of love in Knowsley!
Knowsley Flower Show Prize winners 2016
The Arthur Jackson Master Gardener Class - Richard Burniston
The Freda Gabrielsen Class - Tony Bracegirdle
Best in General Cut Flowers - Helen Dolan
Best in Dahlias - Ray Weeks
Best in Roses - Tony Bracegirdle
Best in Pot Plants - Ray Weeks
Best in Vegetables - Ron Hill
Best in Novice - Ray Weeks
Best Boy Exhibitor - Reuben Birchall
Best Girl Exhibitor - Amy Jones
Best in Children's Classes - Reuben Birchall
The special award is for the exhibitor with best exhibit in the gladioli classes 16, 17, 18 and 19 Bill Sandifer trophy to this years winner - Karen Bell
The North of England Dahlia Association E.W Winterbottom Trophy for
the Best Dahlia Exhibit - Ray Weeks
The Albert Sutcliffe Memorial Trophy for Most Points in Dahlia
Classes - Richard Burniston
The Ford Sports and Social Club Gardening Challenge Cup for Most
Points in Vegetable Classes - Richard Burniston
The Jack Denson Rose Class -Tony Bracegirdle
The Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal for the Most Points
in the Show - Helen Dolan
The Knowsley Flower Show Trophy for the Best Exhibit in the Show - Ron Hill
Summer of love planned for Knowsley
Feelgood Festival and Knowsley Flower Show set to draw crowds of thousands to Knowsley with free family fun this August
Summer looks set to hot up in Knowsley with its two best loved annual events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in 1967.
You can expect lots of colourful fun at the Knowsley Feelgood Festival and Flower Show this August – including some spectacular knitted décor brightening the trees at Court Hey Park thanks to the handiwork of community group Knitwits.
Both events take place, as always, at Court Hey Park, just off the M62 in Huyton and are completely free to attend.
The Feelgood Festival, on Saturday, 5 August from 1-5pm, is growing year-on-year in popularity since its launch three years ago. Packed with activities, performances and experiences to help improve your health and wellbeing, the festival has something for everyone. It’s a chance to try mindful yoga, pick up some relaxation techniques, try some fitness and sporting activities, try your hand at drawing and painting, enjoy some complementary therapies and even take part in a family bike ride on the day.
There’ll be lots of laughs with the Comedy Trust, who’ll be offering hilarious ‘Feeling Funny’ workshops, exploring the ways in which laughter and comedy has the power to make you feel good.
Lush Spa Liverpool will also be there, with some fantastic complementary taster treatments and a little bit of Lush magic.
Children are invited to dress up in 60s or 70s fashion and join in the Summer of Love fancy dress parade around the site at 1pm to get the event off to a fantastic start – and there’ll be great prizes on offer for the best costumes. Register now through Knowsley’s Children’s Centres or call 0151 443 5749 for an entry form.
Knowsley’s Children’s Centres will also be at the festival, promoting oral health, giving baby massage demonstrations and offering storytime sessions for the very youngest festival-goers.
Boots pharmacy will be on hand with both health advice and a makeup artist offering amazing summer makeovers.
Then, on Sunday 6 August, you can expect even more flower power than usual as the renowned Knowsley Flower Show returns, from 11am until 5pm, with crowds expected to flock from all over the North West.
At the show’s heart is always the breathtaking floral marquee, bursting with potentially prize-winning fruit, vegetables and flowers. Get growing and you could be entering your pride and joy into one of the 100 categories, suitable for both novices and experienced growers alike. Download the schedule of classes now at www.knowsleyflowershow.com and view the special classes themed around 50 Summers of Love.
Certainly, keen gardeners will love the many plant and seed stalls offering great value, and the chance to get expert tips at the Gardener’s Question Time event.
As usual there will also be the rich programme of family entertainment, including dog displays in the main arena, live music inspired by Sgt Peppers’ Lonely Heart Club album, Geraud’s large farmers’ market, circus skills, glitter faces and a health and wellbeing zone plus lots of trade stands.
Both events are completely free, and are part of a wider programme of more than 60 Summer of Love events taking place across the City Region this summer. You can find out more about the other events at https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/summer-of-love/.
Cllr Steff O’Keeffe, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said; “The Feelgood Festival and Knowsley Flower Show are fantastically popular and seem to get bigger and better every year.
“We hope that by joining in with all the various Summer of Love themed events taking place across the city region this year that even more people will come along to the events, discover what they are all about and have a great, free family day out in Knowsley.”
Make sure you take a look at the Knowsley Flower Show website at www.knowsleyflowershow.com which gives details of the free shuttle buses in and around Knowsley and ‘like’ the show on Facebook for all the latest news.
So, get the dates in your diary and look forward to the Summer of Love in Knowsley.
PHOTO: Community group Knitwits have already started creating lots of handmade decorations to bring a large splash of colour to the 50 Summers of Love themed Knowsley Flower Show and Feelgood Festival.
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Get ready for Knowsley’s fabulous Flower Show
Sunflowers will be the eye-catching theme of this year’s Knowsley Flower Show, which returns to Court Hey Park and the National Wildflower Centre in Huyton this August.
Knowsley’s popular annual Flower Show takes place again on Sunday 7 August from 11am – 5pm with this year’s show taking an English Country Garden theme and has a fitting main sponsor, Green Thumb Lawn Treatments.
Knowsley Flower Show – the largest free horticultural show of its kind in the North West – is popular with both keen gardeners and families alike. It offers a wide range of activities and entertainment across both Court Hey Park and the National Wildflower Centre.
At the heart of the show, as always, is the floral marquee which will be filled with brightly coloured flowers and vegetables, entered into one of more than 100 classes – open to both experienced competitors and novices alike.
This year’s show takes inspiration from the 2016 Year of the English Garden, and will also celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, a landscape gardener who revolutionised the design of English gardens. Expect plenty of quintessentially English entries in this year’s stunning floral marquee, full of colour and rich scents evoking the smell of the very best English gardens, past and present.
The packed programme of entertainment throughout the day includes falconry displays, guided walks, a woodworker, pottery and blacksmith demonstrations, dog obedience, arts workshops and circus skills. A large craft marquee will feature in the show along with many trade stands ranging from garden centres to conservatories. Foodies will love the large farmers market selling lots of locally produced tempting treats.
Crowds will also enjoy performances of Pop Up Shakespeare by MATE Productions and music by the very talented young people of Enchord in the Clearing.
And if you are inspired to get green fingered in your garden you’ll also be spoilt for choice with plants, bulbs and seeds at fantastic prices to give your very own English Garden a kick-start. If you are in need of gardening advice and guidance why not pop along to the show’s very own Gardener’s Question Time and get some help from the experts.
This year’s show is the 18th annual event and is expected to draw in a crowd of more than 20,000 visitors from near and far. Details of a free shuttle bus service are available on the Knowsley Flower Show website at www.knowsleyflowershow.com
So get Sunday 7 August in your diary and look forward to another fantastic family day out
Thousands flock to 18th annual Knowsley Flower Show
The sun shone as crowds gathered to enjoy Knowsley’s annual Flower Show at Court Hey Park and the National Wildflower Centre in Huyton on Sunday (7 August 2016).
Around 20,000 attended the event, which is now in its 18th year and is the largest free horticultural show of its kind in the North West.
Once again the standard of entries in the various classes was extremely high – resulting in a fantastic display of fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants in the Floral Marquee.
With more than 100 classes to enter from there were some tough decisions for the show’s judges – not least in the children’s painting and mini-garden categories which proved extremely popular.
For gardeners there were hundreds of plants to buy at various stalls across the show as well as a gardeners’ question time with local experts on hand to answer any query.
Families enjoyed the range of entertainment, which included circus skills demonstrations and workshops, H&M Dog Display, Hawkeye Falconry, arts workshops and a Dog Show with Merseyside Dogs Home.
Shoppers enjoyed browsing the large farmers’ market and craft marquee, and there were a range of tempting food stalls selling everything from burgers to strawberries and cream.
There were also demonstrations of blacksmithery, pottery making, Tai Chi and marital arts.
Live music was provided by the excellent Enchord, playing to enthusiastic crowds in The Clearing.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said: “We have just enjoyed another fantastic Knowsley Flower Show, with thousands of people turning out to have a good time in the sunshine.
“The Flower Show has become such a popular event that people look forward to each year, and I know many people felt this year’s was the best yet, which is fantastic to hear.
“Because we put on free shuttle buses from all areas of the borough it is a great occasion when all of Knowsley can come together and enjoy themselves, as well as welcoming visitors from right across the region too.
“My thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s show another success.”