Diary Dates

2018 Events





Saturday 17th March

Annual General Meeting & Spring Social Gathering from 10.00am at The Chase Hotel, Nuneaton, CV11 6AG.



There will be NSPS display stands at the following events:

Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th February

RHS Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB, Seed Sowing Demonstrations


Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th April

RHS Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB,  Sweet Pea Awareness Days


Sunday 22nd April

Arley Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, Sweet Pea Awareness Day


Monday 30th April to Tuesday 1st May

RHS Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB,  Sweet Pea Awareness Days (National Gardening Week)


Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th May

RHS Malvern Show


Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th May

RHS Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB,  Children's Sweet Pea Awareness Days


Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th June

Chatsworth Show


Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th June

NSPS Early National Show, Frosts at Millets Farm Centre, Abingdon, OX13 5HB


Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th July

NSPS Late National Show, RHS Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB, 


Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd July

RHS Tatton Show


Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd July

Eckford Sweet Pea Show, Wem


Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th July

Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, Powys


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July

Chorley Flower Show and NSPS North West Regional Show, Chorley


Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th August

Southport Flower Show


Other events organised by theNorthWest Region may be viewed at www.sweetpeasnw.com





These dates are provided for reference.  Dates for 2018 will be provided when available.


10th June - Cobham Garden and Horticultural Association

Show held at Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey. Staging 8.00am – 11.30am. Show open 2.00pm to 5.00pm. 

Show Manager Mr. D. Burton, 18 Coveham Crescent, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1AP.  Email d.burton5@sky.com

Open classes to non-members.  Roses, Sweet Peas, general flowers, fruit, vegetables, pot plants, Floral Arrangements and Handicraft.


17th June – Ewell Horticultural Association

Show held at Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH. Show open 2.30pm – 4.30pm. 

Secretary Lynne Mason.  (0208-393-9257. Various classes.


17th June – Farlington & District Garden Club

Show held at St. Andrews Church Hall, Havant Road, Portsmouth PO6 1AA.  Show open 1.30pm.  Prizegiving 4.00pm. 

Show Secretary Chris Batstone, 26 Farlington Avenue, Farlington, Portsmouth PO6 1DQ.  (02392 381976.


17th June – Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society

Show held at Middle Rasen Village Hall, Wilkinson Drive, Middle Rasen.   Entries to be staged 8.00am – 12.00pm.  Show open 2.30pm – 4.30pm. 

Secretary Mrs. C. M. Bennett, Woodside Farm, West Rasen, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8 3LZ.  (01673 843206.  Email maybennett@hotmail.co.uk   

Five open classes ranging from specimen bloom to three vases of 9 stems in each.  Also a Novice section.    Trophies plus NSPS bronze medal and certificate.  Also classes for roses, other flowers, pot plants, floral art and children’s classes.


17th and 18th June – New Forest and District Sweet Pea Society

Show held at Wolvercroft World of Plants, Fordingbridge Road, Alderholt, Dorset. SP6 3BE.  Open Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. 

Show Secretary Mr. J. Gillingham, 150 Cutlers Place, Wimborne, Dorset  BH21 2HZ. (01202 887006.  Open Sweet Pea classes.


24th June – Hayling Island Horticultural Society – (founded 1886)

Show held at Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Park PO11 0HB. Show opens 2pm. Show Manager Mr. Tim Speller, 2a Wittering Road, Hayling Island PO11 9BP. (023 9246 6292. Open Championship 1st £50, 2nd £30 and 3rd £20.

For all details and entry form see website www.hihs.org.uk


24th June – Rustington Horticultural Association

Show held at The Woodland Centre, Woodland Road, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3HB.  Staging 7am – 10.30am.  Doors open 2pm. 

Show Manager Mrs. Alison Valentini, 29 North Lane, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3PL.  (01903 856007. 

13 open Sweet Pea classes plus 4 classes for growers of 50 plants or less.  NSPS bronze medal.  Judge: Mr. D. Collins.  Show also has open classes for roses and other flowers, vegetables, fruit, photography and floral art.”


              25th June – Rayleigh Horticultural Society

Show held at The Mill Arts & Events Centre, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex.  Entries at 9.00am – 11.00am. Visitors at 2.00pm. 

Show Manager Mr. Peter Noble, 36 Warwick Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 8PG.  (01268 745925. 5 classes


28th and 29th June (Wednesday & Thursday) – Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society

Show held at The Floral Marquee, Royal Norfolk Show, Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT.  Show open 8.00am to 6.00pm each day. 

Show Secretary Ian Roofe, The Cottage, Blofield House, Woodbastwick Road, Blofield, Norwich NR13 4RP.  (01603 211565.  Email showentry@nnhs.org.uk 

12 classes for Sweet Peas, entry open to all, prize money and trophies.  Entries close 9.00pm Sunday 25 June.  For further details contact show secretary or see website nnhs,org.uk for entry form and class details.


1st July – Downton Horticultural Society

Show held at Downton Memorial Hall.  Show open 2.00pm – 4.30pm. 

Show Manager/Secretary Mrs. C. Parry, Cymberline, 51 The Borough, Downton, Salisbury SP5 3LX.  (01725 514511.

Members and open classes.



4th July (Tuesday) – Bournemouth in Bloom – The Bournemouth Horticultural Society

Show held at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Charminster Road, Bournemouth BH8 9SH.  Show open noon – 5.00pm. 

Show manager David Bassil, 31 Princess Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 1BG.  (01202 752014.  Email bdhsociety@tiscali.co.uk   

All classes open to all including Championship classes, single vases and section for small growers and novices. 

Staging evening before show 7.00pm – 9.00pm and morning of show 8.00am – 10.00am.


8th July – Droitwich Spa & District Horticultural Society

Show held at Chawson Barns, New Chawson Lane, Droitwich WR9 0AQ.  Open to public at 1.00pm. 

Secretary Val Jancey, 80 Blackfriars Avenue, Droitwich Spa, Worcs. WR9 8RH.  (01905 778384.  Email valrosjan@aol.com  Open to all.


8th July – Wingrave & Rowsham Gardens & Allotments Society (WARGAS)

Show held at Wingrave Community Centre, Buckinghamshire.  Staging Friday 7th July 7.00pm – 11.00pm and Saturday 8th July 6.30am – 10.45am.  Open to public Saturday 8th July 2.30pm – 4.45pm. 

Show Secretary Tony White, 34 Winslow Road, Wingrave, Buckinghamshire HP22 4PS.  (01296 681548.  Email tonywc.white@hotmail.com

Open Sweet Pea show, 6 vase, 3 vase, single vase and bowls.  Includes section for growers of less than 200 plants.  8 cups/shields + NSPS medal. 

Also Includes open village show with vegetables, fruit, flowers, domestic, floral art, photography and children’s classes.


8th July – Yorkshire Sweet Pea Society

Show held at St. Michaels School Room, East Ardsley.  Open 10.30am – 4.00pm. 

Show manager/secretary Mrs. Joan Myers, 15 New Lane, East Ardsley, Wakefield WF3 2DP.  (01924 870748.


12th  July – Chiltern Sweet Pea Society

Show held at Lane End Village Hall, Church Road, Lane End, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 3JE.  Staging 12.30pm – 4.00pm, bowls and baskets until 5.00pm.  Open 6.30pm. 

Show manager Mr. Chris Gray, 68 Narbeth Drive, Aylesbury, Bucks.  HP20 1NU.  (01296 488160. 

Mixed open classes including sections for 100 and 200 cordon growers.  All exhibitors welcome.


15th and 16th July – 29th Annual Show – The Eckford Sweet Pea Society of Wem, North Shropshire

Show held at The Thomas Adams School, Stanier Hall and Marquee, High Street, Wem.  Admission £3. Show opens 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday and 10.00am – 4.00pm Sunday. 

Show Manager, Karen Good “Kersaldale”, Prees Green, Nr.Whitchurch, North Shropshire SY13 2BL.  (01948 840293. 

Email johnandvalgood@tiscali.co.uk  

Over 70 classes to include experts and novices; some members only.  Division for Pre 1910 Eckford varieties.  Floral art, children’s classes.  Many varied stalls.  All wheelchair friendly and under cover.


22nd July – Ascot Horticultural Society

Show held at the Licensed Victuallers’ School, London Road, Ascot SL5 8DR.  Show opens 2.00pm. 

Hon. Show Secretary Mrs. D. Hathaway.  (01344 884637.  See website for details www.ascothorticulturalsociety.org.uk


24th – 27th July – Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Show held at Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells LD2 3SY.  Show open 8.00am – 8pm each day. 

Horticulture Secretary, RWAS Ltd., Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY.  (01982 554409.  Email amanda@rwas.co.uk

Classes – Open, Novice, Restricted.


12th August – Clutton Horrticultural Society

Show held at Rudge's Field, Bendalls Bridge, Clutton, Bristol BS39 5SJ, 2pm onwards

Show Secretary: Mrs Pat Williams, Jaffna, Church Lane, Clutton, Bristol BS39 5SF

Single and multiple vase classes (4) for sweet peas as well as other classes for flowers raised from seed and floral art classes 

Besides the exhibition tent the field has many stalls, activities and entertainments for children, adults and animals


19th August – Disley & Lyme Horticultural Society

Show held at Disley Amalgamated Sports Club, Jacksons Edge Road, Disley.  Open from 12.00pm – 5.00pm. 

Show Manager Dean Stafford, 21 Scafell Close, High Lane, Stockport SK6 8JA.  (01663 763015.  Email dsdlhs@live.co.uk










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