TAUNTON Flower Show will hold its 190th event at Vivary Park next week following a successful smaller event at Castle Green last year.

The show will be held on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 and feature arena acts, live music, and a range of trading and catering stalls. 

Former Great British Bake Off contestant Val Stones, who entered the competition in 2016, will visit the show on Saturday and speak in the Seeds of Knowledge Tent. 

She will assemble a lemon, elderflower and poppyseed cake whilst discussing her experience on Bake Off and offering kitchen words of wisdom.

The competition marquee will host a range of classes including flowers, fruit and vegetables; fine art, photography, and floral art and floristry.

An event spokesperson said: “The competition marquee is looking forward to its many, varied entrants, with the addition of the expansion of the Rose classes in conjunction with the Rose Society.

“The floral marquee will be showcasing some excellent traders, with an amazing floral display from Monkton Elm Garden Centre.

“Our designer gardens will be reflecting a range of different ideas, including a Bamboo and Zen Garden, one based on the Lord Tennyson’s Poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’, and a garden exploring the Persian word ‘paradise’.”

Entertainment in the arena area will include a ‘Pre 65 Still Alive show from the Xtreme Stunt Team, Jonathan Marshall's unique horse show that combines falconry with medieval horsemanship and classic dressage, and Welsh national champion Meirion Owen's sheepdog skills. 

There will be live music on the 10Radio and ToneFM stages across several genres.

The spokesperson said: “Luis Martelo will be delighting the crowds with his amazing trumpet skills and on Saturday, they are welcoming back the Liberty Sisters, who will be performing close harmony jazz and swing classics from the 1930s to 1950s.

“Krazy Kev will be returning to delight the audience with his antics in the children’s area, along with face painting, a mini ready steady garden competition, and loads more to entertain all ages.”

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from tauntonfs.co.uk, Taunton Visitor Centre, and Hatchers department store.

Children can attend for free with a paying adult. The public can enter at 10:30am on Friday and 9:30am on Saturday. The show closes at 6pm on both days.