Hartlepool Horticultural Show set to be fun for all the family

Jack Smurthwaite showing off produce at last year's show.
Jack Smurthwaite showing off produce at last year's show.

An annual horticultural show is set to bring a blaze of colour to Hartlepool.

Organisers of this year’s Hartlepool Horticultural Show say it is a fun day out for all the family and a chance to win a prize.

One of the finest shows of its kind in the north of England, the annual event – supported by Hartlepool Borough Council – is in the Borough Hall on Hartlepool’s Headland tomorrow from 12.30pm to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

There are more than 100 categories this year, ranging from chrysanthemums, dahlias, roses and carnations to carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb and shallots.

If gardening is not your forte, there are also home crafts categories for the best cake made with a vegetable, best vegetable quiche and best scone, plus children’s sections including best fruit or vegetable man or model.

This year, flower arranging has been reintroduced, with people invited to submit floral displays on the themes of 50 Years of Flower Arranging and 70 Years of Peace.

The National Gladiolus Society will also be holding its Northern Exhibition at the event, attracting growers from all over the north and Midlands.

Show secretary Tom Hammond said: “No matter what your ability, this is a chance to have a go, especially with such a wide range of categories, plus the welcome return of the flower arranging sections.

“Even if you’re not competing, it’s still a fun day out and entry to view the show is free.”

Copies of the show schedule and entry form are available from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square on 01429 890000 (or email susan.french@hartlepool.gov.uk) or from Tom Hammond on 01429 870411.

People can enter by filling in a form today or in person at the Borough Hall tomorrow between 6am and 9am.