Shrewsbury Flower Show moves to attract younger visitors

Posted: 22/06/2009

Special emphasis is being placed this year on attracting younger visitors to Shrewsbury Flower Show which falls in the centre of the school holidays in August.


Show organisers are continuing their policy of admitting accompanied children free of charge and a section of the entertainment is being specifically targeted to appeal to younger people.


The organisers – Shropshire Horticultural Society – are also keen to foster interest in gardening among schoolchildren and younger people and as part of their policy of supporting the community they have made a number of grants to schools to develop horticultural projects. Adcote School, near Baschurch, will be creating a show garden in this section of the show. High entries are also expected in the competitive children's show classes.


And the flower show is further developing its traditional children's area where youngsters can enjoy continuous entertainment throughout the day which the organisers describe as "magicians, clowns, competitions and all round fun."


Society chairman Col. Mike Carver says: "Our experience is that our ‘children go free' policy has proved very popular – both during the day and when the admission price for adults is reduced for the evening. This means that families can enjoy the show and its spectacular massed bands and fireworks display at a very affordable rate."


The two-day programme includes special workshops for children run by television gardener Chris Beardshaw on both days of the show – Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15.


Within the special children's area a wide variety of entertainment has been lined up including magician Malcolm Malan – a regular favourite at Shrewsbury, and there will be a return, following many requests, of the "super jumper", a trampoline on which youngsters can enjoy themselves in complete safety. There will be demonstrations by Telford-based martial arts specialist Lee Matthews, who runs an organisation called Black Belt Academy. Demonstrating with him will be young members of his organisation.


Face painting expert Helen Graham will be at the show on both days – decorating children's faces free of charge.


Tony Bywater, the show's promotions committee chairman, says: "I am encouraged by the programme aimed at young people and the very balanced programme of music and entertainment the Society has lined up. Twelve hours of continuous arena attractions and music throughout the day and evening from three military bands cannot be matched anywhere else in the West Midlands."


Tickets for the show are available from the show offices at Quarry Lodge, Shrewsbury, SY1 1RN – telephone 01743 234050 or online at