02:30PM, Friday 17 July 2015
Final preparations have been underway this week for the 110th Royal Windsor Summer Show, with a packed programme of activities and entertainment planned.
The event is set to take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am until 5pm at St George’s School Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
There are nearly 100 competitive classes to give participants the chance to showcase a range of skills, from planting and crafting to baking and photography. This year has seen a record number of entries.
Entertainment will include music by Paolo Arrigo Accordion and Elite Strollers Jazz.
Shinfield Shambles Morris Dancers are set to perform at 1pm, and Susan Handy Dancers at 3pm.
The prize-giving by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, will take place at 4pm followed by a raffle prize draw at 4.30pm.
There will be Scrummys rugby sessions for three to five-year-olds running throughout the day.
You can also enjoy a hog roast and other artisan food and drink, arts and crafts stalls, Punch and Judy, pony rides, birds of prey, face-painting and a bouncy castle.
Windsor & Eton Brewery has offered the use of its horse cart, which will be decorated with flowers, to promote the show around the town.
There will also be Morris dancing in Peascod Street.
A Magna Carta-themed Festival of Flower Arranging will feature creations from six local flower clubs.
Each display will take five hours to set up and the winning display will be chosen by show president, Admiral Sir James Perowne, and taken to the State Apartments in Windsor Castle.
The judging of the Adopt-A-Pot schools competition, which saw schoolchildren plant up the giant pots in St Leonard's Road, is taking place on the morning of the show.
Royal Horticultural Society gold medal-winning garden designer John Warland – creator of Windsor’s Coronation Arch 2013 – will be choosing the winner, which will be announced at 4pm.
Reading FC announcer Paul Allen is compère for the day.
Andrew Try, chairman of show organiser the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society, said: “Our 110th show is set to be the best in recent years.
“You can look forward to a full day’s entertainment for you and your kids, but with plenty for the serious gardener with displays from seven local flower clubs, the famous National Rose Society display and trade stands with rare and unusual plants for your garden.
“Parking is easy and cheap and there are concessions for Advantage card holders.”
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