09:00AM, Monday 25 May 2015
With half term officially about to start, now is a good time to get children practising their skills ahead of this year's Royal Windsor Summer Show.
Taking place on Saturday, July 18, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the event, which is now in its 110th year, features a wide range of competitive classes with plenty for youngsters to get involved with.
For those aged eight and under the categories include a homemade pizza decorated like a face or a miniature garden on a plate.
Nine to 14-year-old categories include create a hanging basket and make something for the garden from recycled materials.
Already gearing up for the show are pupils at Upton House School in St Leonards Road, who have been very busy according to head of early years foundation stage Sue Bish.
She said: “They have been collecting items to create beautiful gardens on a plate and have been researching vehicle designs to help them design their own car using recycled materials.
“As the children particularly enjoy eating freshly prepared pizza for lunch they wanted to create their own pizza faces, which also happened to be a category in the show.
“The whole school are involved with children tending hanging baskets that will be entered into the show under the categories Early Years, Pre-Prep and Prep.
“The children enjoy tending their garden at school where broccoli and potatoes are growing successfully.
“They enjoy the school allotment where they are currently growing raspberries and potatoes.”
Andrew Try, chairman of show organiser the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society, said: “Whether it is the miniature garden on a plate, or the car made from recycled materials each class is a perfect opportunity to get children out from in front of the telly, making and baking with parents or grandparents,” he added.
“Who knows, with a bit of effort you or your children may even take home a rosette, some prize money or even one of the society’s historic cups.”
Adult categories this year include a photography challenge on the subject of Magna Carta.
The winning photo will be published in the Express.
The society's website here has the full schedule.
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