Bright and Beautiful

The Duchess of Cornwall enjoys the scent of the roses at the Sandringham Flower Show.

The Duchess of Cornwall enjoys the scent of the roses at the Sandringham Flower Show. - Credit: Ian Burt

The colourful, fragrant and distinctly royal day out that is the Sandringham Flower Show blossoms into life this month.

What a floral arrangement! Wonderful gardens created by talented designers; fragrant marquees packed with glorious floral displays; a crowd-pleasing royal visit and one of the friendliest, busiest days of the summer calendar - all taking place in the wonderful setting of the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

The 134th Sandringham Flower Show blooms again this year, on Wednesday, July 29, with all the colour, fun and expertise of what has been described as “Britain’s biggest village fete”. Not many fetes have the honour of a visit from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall - but here on the doorstep of the Royal Family’s beloved Sandringham House is the perfect location for their traditional tour of the fete and royal marquee.

Our sister newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press is co-sponsoring a garden in the royal marquee in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ nook appeal, of which the Duchess of Cambridge is royal patron.

The show also hosts a selection of large and small display gardens which have been created by talented designers and which are packed with clever ideas to inspire gardeners for their own plots. And there are plenty of plants on sale too, so expect to come home laden! The gardens are judged by TV broadcasters Alan Mason and Chris Beardshaw, and there are often a few other celebrity visitors wandering among the crowds too.

Although the floral delights of the show are, of course, one of its biggest attractions, there is much more to make this a packed and enjoyable day out. The Aerostars four YAK-50 planes will be giving an exciting show of stunt manoeuvres, while the Parkour Generations professional teaching organisation will be displaying their own gravity defying moves closer to the ground, and motorcyclist stunt rider Steve Colley will be thrilling the crowds. Essex Dog Display and Essex Police Band are both heading to Sandringham this year, along with the Romford Corps of Drums.

For those who love animals, what a treat there will be in the form of the Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association, which includes Shire, Percheron, Suffolk Punch and Canadian Percheron, and Joseph’s Amazing Camels racing with their jockeys!

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As well as entertainment to watch in the ring and in the air, the show always includes a fascinating craft marquee with some 40 stands of high quality craftwork. Around the site are many trade stands, refreshments - including a large and popular catering marquee - and plenty of areas to sit, people watch and enjoy the view at this special summer day in west Norfolk. ?

Join in the fun

This year’s Sandringham Flower Show is on Wednesday, July 29, from 9am to 6pm.

Tickets are available on the gate; £10 for adults with children aged 16 and under free.

Tickets include entry to Sandringham Gardens, Museum and the church, but Sandringham House is not open to the public on show days.

There is plenty of parking and it is free of charge.

Sat-navs will require the postcode PE31 6AZ, but follow the AA signs as you near Sandringham.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcomed.

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