LiveThousands at Taunton Flower Show today and tomorrow

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  • *Record number of entries as gates open at 10.30am.
  • *Two-day Vivary Park event pays tribute to First World War.




TOMORROW'S show opens at 10am, with the Wessex Highlanders Pipes and Drums getting the entertainment underway in the main arena at 11am.



AS the rain begins to fall, visitors are still hoping to enjoy this afternoon's scheduled programme of entertainment.

From 4pm Taunton Deane Morris Men will be doing their thing by the fountain.

At the same time Panatical Steel Band are perfoming on Wilton Lands.

Lazy River Jazz take over by the fountain at 4.30pm, the same time as David Seamark and his sheep dogs give a display in the main arena.

Inch Perfect Trial Bikes are in the main arena from 5,15pm, followed there at 6pm by 150 Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps and Army Medical Services Bands.

The show is due to close at 7pm.


VISITORS have given a big thumbs up to the show.

Jean Green said: "I haven't been for a few years, but I;m glad I made it.

"It's fantastic - everybody has put so much effort into their entries and the entertainment is wonderful.

"It's tremendous value for money and all on our doorstep."

Neil Sims, who reckons he's been coming for over 20 years, said: "I never miss it.

"There's so much to see and do.

"We're very fortunate in Taunton to have something so good."




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THE beekeepers' tent has seen plenty of activity.

Show secretary Adam Robbins, of Taunton and District Beekeepers, said: "It's been great.

"We've got about 150 exhibitors this year and quality and standard are still being maintained.

"It's the first year I've been here when we've opened the door and a flush of people has come through straight away.

"It's very encouraging and shows there's a lot of interest and people are starting to understand what;s going on with beekeeping."


Entertainment after lunch features David Seamark's sheep dog display in the main arena at 2pm, followed by Inch Perfect Bike Trial at 2.30pm.

Lazy River Jazz Band will be performing by the fountain from 2.30pm for an hour.

Berkley owl display returns in the main arena at 3pm.

The military sex quartet are on Wilton Lands from 3.15pm until 4pm.

The second beekeepers demonstration of the day is in their marquee at 3pm.

For the chidlren, there's a parachute game in the main arena at 3.45pm.

Keep your eyes peeled on this site for the rest of the day's entertainment.


SHOW vice-chairman Adrian Prior-Sankey said: "The expansion of the showground seems to have worked well.

"People are moving freely around and finding space to relax and sample the various items.

"People have appreciated the return of the military bands."


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COMMITTEE mermber Sue Hooper said: "The standard of entries has been absolutely brilliant and we're delighetd with how many there have been.

"The warm weather has helped and if the rain holds off, people will come out to the show."


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THE show has attracted Taunotn MPs past and present.

Jeremy Browne (LibDem), our current man in Westminster, said: "Every year Taunton Flower Show gets bigger and better.

"Thousands of people enjoy the exhibits and the overall atmosphere of the event.

"Organising the flower show is a huge logistical exercise and all of the committee and volunteers deserve credit for puttig on such a professional display."

Show preisdent David Nicholson (Conservative), who was MP until 1997, praised the high standards.

He added: "THere have been a few changes this year and they're working well.

"The weather has been ideal so far - not too hot and I hope the rain stays away."


SHOW secretary Ian Coleby is delighted with the way things are going so far.

"The entries have been the highest we've had for many years," said Mr Coleby.

"The judges said it's been the best horticultural show they've seen anywhere for a long time.

"It's our highest number of competitors - up 20% on previous years.

"Exhibitors have come from all over the South-West as have the visitors.

"The youngest competitor was just one-year-old with a leaf print, while the oldest is 100 in the flower arranging."



IT'S a year away - but you could win two tickets to Taunton Flower Show 2015.

Visitors are being asked to complete a survey giving their view of this year's event.

Entries will go into a draw, with the tickets to next year's show as the prize.




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THE show is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War with a montage of 18 images created by Somerset College students.

Their talents are being displayed on a 140ft facade of one of the biggest marquees at the show.

Kristyn Woodward, head of student engagement at the college, said: "This type of project has a huge amount to offer our students and it's an excellent community showcase for their talents.

"We're delighted to be working in partnership with the flower show."

Show vice-chairman Adrian Prior-Sankey, who thought up the idea, said: "This year's show coincides with the start of the First World War a century ago.

"It seemed appropriate to harness the artistic talents of lcoal students to reflect many of the ways that conflict impacted on ordinary people's lives all those years ago.

"My own family lost a young man in the war and the display of students' pictures marks the beginning of the national period of commemoration which will provide a very poignant act of remembrance."

First World War buffs at the show might also like to walk a few hundred yards over to the Museum of Somerset, in Castle Green, where there is a special exhibition - along with free copies of the County Gazette's 20-page commemorative supplement.



THE entertainment kicks off at 11.30am with the 150 Transport Regiment Royal Logistics Corps and Army Medical Services Bands in the main arena.

Avon and Somerset Police dogs will perform in the main arena from 12noon for half an hour.

Wilton Lands will host the Panatical Steel Band from 12.15pm to 1.45pm.

The Berkley Owl display is in the main arena from 12.30pm, while if it's bee's your prefer, then the Beekeepers' demonstration is in their marquee at the same time.

The Lazy River Jazz Band are providing music by the fountain from 12.30pm until 1.45pm.

A lunchtime concert by the Military Band in the bandstand will include popular songs from the two world wars from 1pm until 2pm.

Watch out on this site for details of further events and entertianment.



THE number of people showcasing their talents at the flower show has beaten the record number of entries set last year.

Organisers have received a bumper crop of 2,450 entries - compared to 2,153 last year.

There are 563 competitors (35 up on 2013) ranging in ages from one to 100.

Competitions director Ian Coleby has had his work cut out preparing hundreds of labels for each entry but welcomes the challenge.

He said: "This is great news.

"The good growing weather and the increasing popularity of the show have combined to break last year’s record number of competition entries. We have had a 13% increase."

Most of the increase has been in the horticultural classes but the cookery is proving popular as well with 31 Victoria sponges and 21 tea breads to be tasted.

The children’s competitions are also attracting new faces.

The judges of the young people's section had 66 collages to consider as they undertook their task earlier this morning.

Experts who oversee the ever popular event have had to enlarge the marquee to showcase the talents of so many gifted gardeners and craft creators.

There are 312 classes available for competition entrants, including 43 children's categories, sharing nearly £5,000 in prize money along with the distinction of gold, silver or bronze awards, many judged to have attained an RHS standard. 52 cups and trophies are hotly contested. 


Entry is free for Taunton Flower Show members and under 17s accompanied by an adult.

Adults will be charged £12 today and £10 tomorrow.


THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to flock to the two-day Taunton Flower Show which gets underway in Vivary Park at 10.30am today, Friday, August 1.

The 'Chelsea of the West' is the country's longest-running show, dating from 1831.

As well as plants, flowers, fruit and veg at the event, which has been expanded into Wilton Lands, there are classes for crafts, cookery, wine, beer and others.

Entertainment includes music, owl and sheep dog displays, trial bikes, beekeepers demonstrations, morris dancing and plenty more.

There is a designer garden contest and a Ready Steady Garden competition challenging participants to create a unique garden inside two hours.

Traders are taking space in Wilton Lands and the main showground, while there is a food hall, floral marquee and a craft marquee.


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