PUBLISHED: 16:56 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 31 March 2017
A ‘Dig for Victory’ display to motivate Suffolk Show goers to grow their own fruit and vegetables and a beer garden to relax with a craft beer and live music will be among the attractions at one of the event’s most popular attractions.
The theme of this year’s Flower and Garden Show, which is undergoing a complete revamp, will be outdoor living.
The area is set to feature a new courtyard layout, providing a focus on an array of show gardens, horticultural trade stands and expert advice from the county’s top garden designers.
Among the new features will be a Calvors Beer Garden, built and designed in partnership by Suffolk brewery Calvors and Flower and Garden Show sponsors Ed Hopkins Landscape and Garden Design.
There will also be family fun, with children’s storytelling in a magical tent, and the return of the popular Schools Show Garden Competition. The competition, now in its third year, has seen a record number of entries from primary school pupils who will be designing and building their own show gardens for this year’s ‘Made in Suffolk’ theme.
Ed Hopkins, deputy steward and sponsor for the Flower and Garden Show, said: “This year looks likely to be the most fun yet for visitors of all ages. We look forward to welcoming visitors and to showcasing the area’s exciting new features.”
In the floral marquee, the Museum of East Anglian Life will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special World War Two ‘Dig for Victory’ display, motivating people today to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Hedgehog Nurseries from Risby, Bury St Edmunds, will be returning after a break from the show in 2016, alongside Jelly Cottage Plants from North Norfolk.
Suffolk landscaper Roger Gladwell and David Johnson from Barcham Trees will be putting together a large exhibit at the Flower and Garden Show entrance to inspire visitors as they arrive.
Stephen Miles, senior steward for the Flower and Garden Show, said: “The Flower and Garden Show is one of the most popular attractions at the Suffolk Show so we’re keen to impress visitors with new features each year.”
Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show on May 31 and June 1 are now on sale. Advance tickets cost £22 while children aged under 15 will once again receive free entry.