A look ahead to the 2013 Southport Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 August 2013

Simon Rimmer TV presenter and chef  - Show Patron Southport Flower Show

Simon Rimmer TV presenter and chef - Show Patron Southport Flower Show

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Celebrities will be joining the 70,000 heading for the region’s biggest and best flower show

A host of famous faces will be joining the 70,000 visitors heading for Southport Flower Show which returns for its 84th season this summer.

The four-day show, from August 15-18, will feature the very best in garden design, gourmet foods and entertainment. There is also a good chance of spotting celebrities in the crowds.

Carol Vorderman will be launching the UK’s biggest independent flower show on Thursday, August 15. Other celebrities due to attend include Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz in Coronation Street, television chef Simon Rimmer and a host of gardening experts including Channel 4’s Landscape Man Matthew Wilson and Lancashire’s own Christine Walkden, the resident expert on the One Show and a panel member from BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time.

Former Countdown maths wizard Carol, right, will present a variety of trophies on the day including the Best in Show as well as meeting visitors.

Christine Walkden, who was born in Rishton, said: ‘I am very pleased to be returning to a show that was so much a part of my childhood, always full of inspiration, great plants, gardens and people.’

Southport Flower Show Patrons Sir Roddy Llewellyn, Professor David Bellamy OBE and Professor Stefan Buczacki will also be on hand to greet visitors and offer tips and advice.

The theme for 2013 show will be ‘Pride’, with proud gardeners, growers and designers, showcasing their talents. Visitors will be surrounded by over a million blooms, more than 350 exhibitors and approximately 18 show gardens.

There is also a stunning Grand Floral Marquee which will be packed with spectacular displays from some of the country’s top independent growers, competing to be the best in show.

The show has the largest amateur growers’ marquee in the country with classes in excess of 370 which are open to anyone willing to put their growing skills to the test.

Over the past few years, the Southport Flower Show has expanded and now includes a wide programme of food, books, live music and entertainment.

Two key elements of the show this year will be the North West Book Festival and North West Food Festival. The food festival will feature over 64 gourmet producers offering the opportunity to sample and buy produce in the food marquee and a full working kitchen where celebrity chefs such as the show’s patron, Simon Rimmer from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, will be demonstrating their skills and signature dishes.

Every day there is something new happening, from lectures and readings, to cookery presentations, and a rich and varied programme of music performed at the bandstand. The show can be enjoyed whatever the weather, thanks to the variety of covered marquees, and Victoria Park’s purpose built drainage system and level surfaces.

For all the latest information on the show and ticket details, visit www.southportflowershow.co.uk.

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