Take your pick of the floral feast on offer

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A FLORAL feast will be on offer in Alnwick this weekend when the first show of the season kicks off in a new venue.

Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre will host Alnwick Spring Show on Saturday and Sunday, as its previous home at Alnwick Garden was double-booked.

This year’s event will feature and Olympic-themed frieze staged by Alnwick Flower Club members as a preview to the Torch arriving in Alnwick on June 14 for its overnight stay.

Also new this year will be Alnwick Beekeepers, who will show what the club has to offer and how anyone can become a beekeper.

Embroidery and sugarcraft exhibitions will also be on display after success in previous years as well as lacemaking, proggy mats, spinning demonstrations and trade stands.

The competitive side of the show includes an open section for flowers, floral arts and cookery with children’s classes in all sections. All children entering will receive a Creme Egg and first prize winners a special rosette.

David Parker, show co-ordinator, said: “The show’s new venue, the Willowburn Sports Centre, is ideal for staging this kind of event. We expect the show to be much bigger and better with more demonstration stands including beekeeping information. The Willowburn Leisure Centre management and staff have provided excellent support in planning the venture. The new venue also increases the scope to include trade stands and refreshments. I would like to thank those individuals and local businesses who have given us their support.”

Refreshments will be available throughout the show thanks to by St James’ Church in the town.

Rosettes and special awards will be presented by the Duchess of Northumberland at 3pm in the show area.

Exhibits are accepted on the Friday after 4pm until 9am on Saturday (although advance entries are appreciated). Entries are free. The show opens to the public at 11am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday and costs £1 for entry.

A special tombola is planned with some interesting prizes and is supplemented by a children`s tombola featured as Pluck the Duck.

For further information or schedule contact 01665 604350 or 01665 608150.