Alnwick Spring Show grew from the ashes of Alnwick Summer Show, which is no longer held. Northumberland has numerous summer shows celebrating the flowers and produce grown locally, but organisers decided to try a spring show, a first for the County. The initial show, in 2007, was held in the Alnwick Garden Visitor Centre and proving successful, gradually increased until the Garden‘s Pavilion became its venue. The Duchess of Northumberland was a regular visitor to present the awards and followed this interest by becoming our Patron.

The show goes on…

In 2012, the show committee moved the venue to Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre. Although not as visually attractive as The Alnwick Garden with the water cascade as a backdrop, it had the advantage of offering more space. Sponsorship became an essential requirement to maintain the show and guarantee standards.

Shows are disappearing, so the committee encourage the local community, Garden Club members and flower clubs to participate. Gradually we have introduced more classes for children, floral art and cookery in addition to daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers. Extra space enables local groups to demonstrate their skills and encourage anyone interested to join. Trade stands and catering produce income and provide interest and refreshments for visitors.

If you are interested in entering either as an individual, or as a group, (eg a local organisation for children or adults), please contact Gill Starkey (details opposite).