Durham Flower Festival Show Secretary Dianne Weir outside East Durham College's Houghall Campus

First Ever Durham Flower Festival Starts To Take Shape

Pictured: Durham Flower Festival Show Secretary Dianne Weir outside East Durham College's Houghall Campus.

Things are taking shape ahead of the very first Durham Flower Festival.

Set over two days in August 2014, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st, the East Durham College’s Houghall Campus will play host to a large flower show, with further events being held at iconic Durham venues including Durham Cathedral and Crook Hall and Gardens.

The Durham Flower Show, which will be based in the grounds of the Houghall Campus, will see a wide range of amateur exhibits and horticultural trade and society displays along with a number of trade stalls selling a variety of craft and gardening products.

The amateur competition includes classes for flowers, fruit, vegetables, food and art. Staging will take place on Friday 29th with judging on Saturday morning. Horticultural stands confirmed include, North of England Bonsai, North East of England Orchid Society, Halls of Heddon and Butterwick Trees, amongst many others.

There will also be a number children’s activities running throughout the event such as rides, free face painting and meet the animals from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus.

East Durham College events coordinator and Durham Flower Festival Show secretary, Dianne Weir, said: “This is an incredibly exciting event to be working on and we are so pleased to be hosting a large flower show for the region at our Houghall Campus.

“Since the decision was taken by Gateshead Council to stop running the Gateshead Flower Show we have been determined to set up a new flower show for the region.

“From talking to various horticultural and floral societies and people in the trade there is certainly an audience out there for this type of event and it’s being really well supported.

“We are sure it will be a massive success and eventually grow into a nationally renowned horticultural and floral event.”

Durham Cathedral will be hosting a local producers’ market giving visitors the opportunity to purchase local produce and artisan goods in the unique setting of the Cathedral Cloister. All visitors to the Flower Show will also receive a 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop for the duration of the Festival on production of a valid admission ticket.

Events at Crook Hall and Gardens will take place on Sunday and will include a number of local businesses setting up market stalls, artists painting in the garden and they will be putting together a special Durham Flower Festival menu which will include local produce from around the region and Crook Hall’s gardens.

All visitors to the Flower Show will also receive a reduced entry of £5.

The Durham Flower Festival will take place across the weekend of Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 2014, running from 10.30am till 5.00pm each day.

Admission to the flower show will be priced at £5 per adult and children under 16 enter for free.

There will also be free onsite car parking at the Houghall Campus for visitors.

For details about the Festival, please visit the show's very own website at www.durhamflowerfestival.co.uk

If you have any questions, would like copies of schedules or trade stand application forms then please do not hesitate to contact Dianne Weir on 0191 518 8291 or email events@eastdurham.ac.uk.