Show Schedule


Word version: 2019 Show Schedule



***For classes 16 & 20 please refer to Notes on Vegetable and Fruit Display at the bottom of this page.

Guidance for Exhibitors of Vegetables and Fruit

 Uniformity of size and shape is very important; the biggest may not be the best.

  • All entries should be clean; root vegetables should be washed but never scraped or brushed.
  • Beetroot, Carrots and Parsnips should be cut to leave tops of leaves and stalk, which should be tied.
  • Rhubarb should have 3” of leaf remaining.
  • Runner Beans and Dwarf Beans should be exhibited with stalk attached.
  • Tomatoes must be shown with calyx attached.
  • Onions and Shallots should be ripe, firm and uniform with roots cut off, tops cut back and bound with raffia.
  • Potatoes should be medium sized for the cultivars and equally matched with no scab, pests, diseases or deep eyes.
  • Cabbages and Cauliflowers should have solid heads of even size. Cauliflowers should have leaves cut back to the front of the curd.
  1. Four Dwarf Beans – The N.V.S. Medal will be awarded to the winner of this category
  2. Four Runner Beans
  3. Three Beetroot
  4. Three Carrots
  5. Two Cabbages
  6. Two Cucumbers
  7. Two Lettuce
  8. Three Courgettes
  9. Four Onions
  10. Longest Runner Bean
  11. Six pickling Shallots (max 3cm ring)
  12. Four Potatoes
  13. Longest Stick of Rhubarb (Reduce leaf to 2″/50mm max – this will not be included in overall length)
  14. Four Tomatoes
  15. Ten cherry/small fruited tomatoes
  16. Dish of any other Vegetable NOT mentioned above (for numbers please refer to the ‘Guidance For Exhibitors’ page)
  17. Plate of four apples
  18. Plate of twelve berried fruit with stalks attached
  19. Plate of four stoned fruit with stalks attached
  20. A plate of any other fruit NOT mentioned above (for numbers please refer to the ‘Guidance For Exhibitors’ page)
  21. Four Runner Beans – NOVICE ONLY (See Rule 13)
  22. Four Tomatoes – NOVICE ONLY “
  23. Four dwarf beans – NOVICE ONLY “
  24. Three Carrots – NOVICE ONLY “
  25. Three Courgettes – NOVICE ONLY “
  26. Heaviest root of Potatoes grown in a bag. (Potato and bag provided at the March 28th Meeting) Complete bag as grown to be bought to the Show for weighing. Foliage may be removed.
  27. COLLECTION OF VEGETABLES IN A BASKET OR TRUG – Basket of vegetables for the kitchen arranged for effect. Not to exceed 18”x12”

Guidance for Exhibitors of Flowers

  • Check the Schedule carefully for the type of cultivars, colour, size and number of blooms In some classes extra foliage is allowed, otherwise use only the flowers own foliage.
  • Flowers should be fresh, fully developed, good quality blooms. They should be true to type, of good colour, well angled and evenly spaced on strong stems.  Flower and foliage should be free of blemishes.
  • Choose a vase (supplied by the Society on show day) which is in proportion to the number and height of stems and display each bloom to Don’t forget the water and remember the Judge will pick up every vase.
  • When exhibiting Sweet Peas, Roses, Dahlias and Gladioli, the variety should be displayed if known.
  • If possible please name variety of Roses, Dahlias & Gladioli


  1.  One large Exhibition HT Rose – Any colour
  2. Two Sprays of cluster flowered Floribunda Rose
  3. Most highly scented Rose (judged on scent only)
  4. Two large HT Roses – any type or varieties


  1. One bloom, Giant or Large, (greater than 220mm – 8.5” diameter)
  2. Three blooms, Small or Medium (115mm-220mm – 6” to 5” diameter)
  3. Three blooms, Pompon and or Miniature (up to 115mm-6” diameter)
  4. One bloom Small or Medium (115mm- 220mm -6” to 8.5” diameter)
  5. One bloom Pompon or Miniature (up to 115mm-6” diameter)
  6. Three blooms any Dahlia, (can be mixed) NOVICE (See Rule 13)


  1. One spike medium or small flowered.
  2. Two Spikes, any variety/ies.
  3. One spike NOVICE ONLY.


  1. A Streptocarpus in bloom, max 7” pot.
  2. Vase of five stems of one variety, any garden flower not mentioned elsewhere in the schedule.
  3. A specimen flowering pot plant not mentioned elsewhere in the schedule – max 7” pot.
  4. A bunch of mixed culinary herbs in a container. (without flowers) Please name if possible.
  5. 5 Phlox.
  6. Vase of ornamental grasses.
  7. Vase of 5 sweet peas.
  8. Floating flower heads (container width 12″/30cms max).
  9. One specimen succulent or cacti – one plant in a pot not exceeding 7”.
  10. One branch of a flowering shrub.
  11. One specimen garden flower.
  12. One specimen foliage plant – max 7” pot.
  13. A vase of mixed annuals.

To be displayed in an area 24” sq. A vase of mixed flowers containing a total of between 5 and 10 items taken from a minimum of two different kinds of plants. These must show flowers only (not seed heads or berries) and no accessories are permitted.


Guidance for Exhibitors of Floral Art

  • Floral Art arrangements should be displayed in water retaining material unless otherwise stated.
  • An exhibit is plant material with or without accessories using fresh flowers and foliage except when otherwise stated.
  • Materials may be bought.
  • EXHIBITS MUST NOT EXCEED THE SIZE SPECIFIED. If the dimension is as overall (as with a miniature or petite exhibit) the height, depth and width are all taken into account.
  1. A Miniature Exhibit – not exceeding 4”/10cms MAX all round.
  2. ‘Harvest Plenty’ – 18”/45cms MAX width.
  3. ‘Cider with Rosie’ – 24”/60cms MAX width.
  4. An arrangement in a basket – 12”/30cms MAX width. NOVICE only (see Rule 13).



Guidance for Exhibitors in Domestic Section

Preserves: –

    • Use plain glass jars, NO Commercial Jars to be Used. State type of preserve and full date of manufacture.
      Jams, Marmalades or Jellies – new twist top or waxed disc covered with cellophane top (when cold).
    • Lemon Curd – Waxed disc with cellophane cover.
    • Vinegar preserves – twist top with plastic lining or pliable press-on top. Must be at least 3 months old before exhibiting.
    • Make sure all jars are filled to the top.

  • No packet mixes should be used and no item to be displayed in the container in which it was cooked unless otherwise stated.
  • All cooked entries must be covered in cling film.
  • Wine should be displayed in a plain glass bottle with an easily removable white-topped “T” cork. The wine should be named and dated using a small adhesive label.
  1. One Jar of Raspberry Jam (not less than 340g/12ozs)
  2. One Jar of any Jam not mentioned in this section (not less than 340g/12ozs)
  3. One Jar of Strawberry Jam (not less than 340g/12ozs)
  4. One Jar of Blackcurrant Jam (not less than 340g/12ozs)
  5. One Jar of Jelly (227g/8oz approx)
  6. One Jar of Lemon Curd (227g/8oz approx)
  7. One Jar of Marmalade (not less than 340g/12ozs)
  8. One Jar of Chutney (not less than 340g/12ozs)
  9. One Jar of Honey
  10. Victoria Sandwich – using the 3 egg recipe given NOVICE (rule 13)
  11. Swiss Roll – using own recipe
  12. Bakewell Tart – using own recipe
  13. Four fruit scones – using own recipe (2.5″/7cms diameter max)
  14. A Flask of Vegetable Soup (name ingredients with exhibit please)
  15. Boiled Chocolate Cake – using the recipe given
  16. A Loaf of your choice (baked at least the previous day)
  17. Lemon Drizzle and Mashed Potato Cake – using given recipe
  18. Three free-range hens’ eggs
  19. Bottle of homemade Wine
  20. Bottle of homemade Elderflower Coridial
  21. Bottle of Sloe Gin
  22. Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Drink not mentioned above



Guidance for Exhibitors in Photography Section

  • Photos may be digitally enhanced, but not manipulated.
  • Classes are not open to professional photographers, and photos must not have been bought or offered for sale.
  • Maximum size – 7” x 5”.
  • Photos not to be mounted.


  1. The Fairground – JUNIOR CLASS – 16 years and under
  2. Climate Change
  3. Close Up
  4. Farming Life
  5. Colours



Guidance for Exhibitors in Handicraft Section

  • All exhibits not to have been previously shown.
  • Handicrafts must have been completed in the previous two years and not previously shown.


  1. A soft craft, e.g. embroidery, tapestry, cross stitch, patchwork, lace. (not paper)
  2. Hard craft, e.g. wood, ceramic, pottery, (width not to exceed 24″/60cms)
  3. A Picture using any medium – 18”/45cms Max
  4. A Christmas Tree Decoration
  5. A Soft Toy
  6. An item of knitting or crochet.
  7. A gift wrapped parcel, max size 12”x12”x8” (30cmsx30cmsx20cms)
  8. A Cushion.
  9. A Mobile.
  10. A design for the front cover of the 2020 Yearbook (A5) – All ages
  11. Handwriting (not calligraphy) on an A4 sheet – see below for text




Age up to and including 11 Yrs

  1. A Decorated Mask.
  2. A Model made from an Egg box.
  3. A Picture portraying a boat using natural and/or recycled materials.
  4. A Vegetable Monster.
  5. An Inedible Cake made from Lego, Plasticine, Paper Dough etc
  6. A largest Sunflower Head.
  7. A Miniature Garden in a seed tray.
  8. Three decorated Fairy Cakes.
  9. A short poem, entitled – ‘My Favourite Things’.

The Enchanted Wood

Once upon a time there were dogs and frogs
Who sat on logs.
The dogs and frogs would love you as much as they could.
You could even take them for a walk
In our enchanted wood,
Where there are foxes and copses
And copses and foxes.
Also in our wood lived cats and bats,
Who liked to roam in their colourful hats.
You can also find fairies and elves
In our enchanted wood,
Delicate and small,
They are invisible to our grown up neighbourhood.

By Henry Rupert Hayter Age 7 years
August Show 2018



When judging a collection of vegetables or a class containing mixed vegetables, each kind of vegetable is judged on points, which is governed by the difficulty of producing a perfect dish. The maximum points for a perfect dish will be listed below.

When exhibiting in classes 16 or 20 please use half the numbers quoted below or round up to the next whole number.

Numbers Max PtsNumbersMax Pts
12 Asparagus 152 Cucumber, Ridge & Outdoor15
3 Aubergines183 Leeks20
12 Beans, Broad 153 Lettuce 15
12 Beans, Dwarf French 152 Marrows15
12 Beans, Runner 18 5 Onions20
6 Beetroot, globe 155 Onions, each not over 8 ozs 15
6 Beetroot, long 183 Parsnips 20
3 Cabbage 1512 Peas 20
6 Capsicums 15 6 Potatoes 20
6 Carrots, long 20 24 Radishes 10
6 Carrots, other than long 183 Rhubarb, Natural 12
3 Cauliflowers 2024 Salad Onions10
3 Celery, American green 1815 Shallots, Exhibition 18
3 Celery, self-blanching 18 15 Shallots, Max 1” diameter 12
3 Celery, trench 203 Sweet Corn 15
6 Courgettes 1012 Tomatoes 20
2 Cucumber, House or Frame18 3 Turnips 15
6 Apples 201 bunch Grapes (indoor)20
6 Apricots 162 bunches Grapes (outdoor) 16
5 Blackberries 1210 Medlars8
25 Gooseberries 121 Melon18
25 Raspberries 12 5 Nectarines 20
15-17ozs Red Currants 125 Peaches 20
15-17ozs Blackcurrants 126 Pears20
20 Damsons 89 Plums 16
3 Figs 16 20 Strawberries 16

For a full list of Vegetables and Fruit please consult the R.H.S. Show Handbook

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