NEW! Horticultural Show

Saturday 14 September 2019

Higham Ferrers Tourism is reviving Higham’s Horticultural Show after a break of 50 years

The show is open to everyone, young and old, beginners and experienced producers. You don't have to live in Higham Ferrers to take part – all entries are welcome.

Some classes will be just for fun and some for those who take their produce far more seriously; classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, floral art, cakes and preserves.


Vegetables, Fruit & Flowers: Gillian Underwood – Experienced Show Judge, a local keen gardener and allotment holder

Floral Art: Diane Northwood – Experienced local Floral Art Tutor

Baking: Celia Ingram – Baker extraordinaire

Preserves: Pat Hall – Prizewinning jam and preserve maker

Children’s Sections: Chris O’Rourke – Mayor of Higham Ferrers

Enter in three easy steps



which classes you would like to enter – 40 to choose from – see below



an Entry Form and return to Pam Webbley:

  • 2 Hind Stile, Higham Ferrers NN10 8EA

by Friday 30 August

Download your entry form below …



when you bring your entries to Chichele College on:

  • Friday 13 September 6–8 pm


  • Saturday 14 September 7.30–8.30 am

Only 50p per entry

Children FREE


9–11am Closed judging

11am–4pm Open for public viewing

3.30pm Prize giving by Chris O’Rourke Mayor of Higham Ferrers

4–4.30pm Collection of exhibits from college unless being donated for sale in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charity (or collect on Sunday morning 9–10am)


Section 1 – Vegetables – 10” white paper plates provided

1. Show off your spuds: potatoes, single variety, 4 tubers

2. A bunch of beetroot: tops attached, tied or otherwise, 3 roots

3. Alliums: 3 onions, tied

4. Shallots: pickling, cooking, trimmed or tied, 6 of either not mixed

5. Bunch of carrots: tops trimmed to 4 inches, quantity 3

6. Handful of beans: runner, broad or French, 6 of one type not mixed

7. Tasty tomatoes: quantity 4 but must all be same type

8. Chillies or peppers: single variety, minimum of 3

9. Brassicas: cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, calabrese – single head

10. Silly-shaped specimen: anything silly, strange or accidental

11. Biggest pumpkin

12. Longest runner bean

Section 2 – Fruit – 10” white paper plates provided

13. Apples: 4 eating dessert apples, single variety

14. Apples: 4 cooking apples, single variety

15. Tree Fruit: pears, plums, or cherries, 3 of any individual variety not mixed

16. Blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries – 10-20 mixed or single variety

Section 3 – Floral Art – 3 ft circular table with white cloth provided

17. Afternoon tea on a cake stand

18. Historical celebrations of Higham Ferrers

Section 4 – Flowers – please bring your own vase to display your flowers

19. 3 stems of roses

20. 3 dahlias, any type, any size

21. 3 chrysanthemums

22. 3 flower stems of any one variety

23. Vase of mixed garden flowers, maximum 10 stems

Section 5 – Baking

24. "Ferrers Fellows Bake Off" (Males only) – see recipe

25. Lemon Drizzle Cake – see recipe

26. One family–sized cake, decorated for a celebration – your own recipe

27. Six sausage rolls – your own recipe

Section 6 – Preserves

28. A jar of homemade jam

29. A jar of homemade marmalade

30. A jar of homemade chutney

31. A jar of homemade pickles

Junior Section – Age 16 and under

32. "What can you grow in a tin can?"

33. Junior Gardener – Homegrown produce planted, tended and shown by the entrant – bring along your cucumbers, tomatoes or other homegrown produce.

34. Tallest Sunflower – seed planted at Chichele Garden Fair 25 May

Junior section – Age 2–4 inclusive

35. A paper plate flower

36. A decorated biscuit

Junior section – Age 5–7 inclusive

37. A decorated orange – anything goes!

38. A floral arrangement in jam jar.

Junior section – Age 8–12 inclusive

39. A decorated giant cookie – 7" maximum

40. A miniature garden in a small tray


All exhibitors – we will give you an Exhibitor Number when you register – please DO NOT put your name on your entry.

Vegetable and Fruit classes – 10” paper plates will be supplied for display.

Flower classes – please bring your own vase for display.

Floral Art – 3ft circular table with white paper tablecloth provided for each entry.


  • All entries must be according to the schedule.
  • All exhibits in the vegetable, fruit and flowers sections must have been grown and cultivated by the exhibitor.
  • Exhibitors in the baking classes must follow the set recipe where stated.
  • All exhibits in the Children’s sections must be completed by the child, although guidance can be given in the age 2–4 years classes.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 3 exhibits in each class.
  • The judges may withhold or modify any prize in any class where entries are not of a sufficient number or merit.
  • Exhibits are not judged according to any criteria set out by any governing bodies. We have an informal system and use the expertise, knowledge and recommendation of our chosen judges to decide our winners.
  • The judges’ decision will be final.
  • Every care is taken to ensure the safety of your items, but we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages. Exhibits are shown at the owner’s risk.
  • Exhibits must be removed between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 14 September or between 9am and 10am on Sunday 15 September unless being donated for sale.


Just three easy steps …

So, get looking at your seed catalogues, planting those seeds and trying out your recipes to be a prize winner!


Click above to download or print Entry form


Prizes for Best in Section and Best in Show

Certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each Adult class

Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each Junior class