We are all very excited about the Claygate Flower & Village Show this year. We trust you are too! Not only is it the 120th year of the show but we are also celebrating the Coronation. There will be plenty of things around the grounds to reflect this including items within our Grand Exhibition Marquee.
The show ground will be buzzing all afternoon with everything you can think of and the usual family favourites: entertainment in the Arena, the fairground, the dog show, refreshments, classic cars, tug-of-war and children’s sports to name but a few. But what really draws me in on the day is the Grand Exhibition Marquee.
Once the Mayor has cut the ribbon, I join the throng keen to get the first glimpse of the beautiful, clever and innovative exhibits displayed. As I enter, my senses are bombarded by the mellow light, the trampled grass underfoot, the smell of flowers and vegetables mingled with home baking, hessian and canvas – all evoking memories of Flower Shows past. The atmosphere in there is like nothing else, and if you’ve ever experienced it as an exhibitor or a visitor, you’ll know what I mean.
This Coronation year, we are keen to give more people this unique experience by being part of the Flower Show and entering an exhibit. There’s something for everyone! Whether it’s homemade jam, a holiday photograph, courgettes, roses from your garden, a cake made from a vegetable or even a collage - it’s up to you. If you’re thinking of entering why not start exploring the options right now? You may need to buy some new wool or to finish off a painting or to sow a few seeds. Then you’ll be ready for show day on July 8th.
Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without a pause for an ice cream or a beer, then as the day draws to a close you can head for the auction and take home a memento from a fun-packed day on the Rec.
If you want to know more about what you can enter, when to submit your entry form and when to bring in your exhibits, you’ve come to the right place. If you have any questions, just ask; we are all volunteers, passionate about what we do and more than willing to help.
Margareta de la Touche
Show President 2023
Margareta de la Touche, Show President 2023