Royal flower show is back next month but admission charges sharply up
Sandringham Flower Show promises another of its traditional right royal days out next month – but it will come at a cost for everyone.
Organisers have faced steep costs to put on the event and showgoers will have to pay more to go through the gates with ticket prices rising from £12.50 last time to £20 for this year's event on Wednesday, July 27.
But the 139th show will, they promise, still be good value with day-long entertainment, glorious gardens with celebrity gardeners, plant sales, hundreds of trade stands, the usual competition tents and, hopefully, the show's patrons Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall putting in an appearance and going on walkabout across the showground in garden party style.
At the end of the day the show team hopes to be able to donate large sums of money to charity - after missing out for two years due to the pandemic.
The show chairman, David Reeve, explained what has led to the increase in admission charges and how they still hope for large crowds to turn out.
He said: “We are now into the final preparations for the show which has proved challenging.
“We had to increase our admission charge to £20 as, quite frankly, we faced massive increases from our main contractors - over 100% in some cases - and our previous admission charge of £12.50 would not have covered our set up costs.
"To be fair, the increase seems worse than it really is as our previous charge of £12.50 was exceptionally cheap and the current charge still, I believe, keeps us in the good value for money bracket.
“Many of our previous small traders have ceased trading and we have had to look at a number of new businesses.
“ But all in all, things have gone well and we consider there is another good show in the making. All we can hope for is a good attendance.
"We are hopeful that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will again be with us so all we need is nice weather.
"We have also gone into online ticket sales and this seems to be working well. Tickets, which can be booked online for the first time this year, also include entrance to Sandringham Gardens and Sandringham Church, all of which border the showground."