Thousands head to Sandringham for annual flower show
Thousands of people are heading to Sandringham this morning for the 137th annual flower show.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are also expected to make their traditional visit to the event, which has raised more than £500,000 for local charities over the past 40 years.
During their visit, the royal couple, who enjoy the informal garden party atmosphere, traditionally walk through the horticultural marquees looking at exhibits and visit various charity stands, the local schools marquee, Sandringham Women’s Institute and the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
The visit usually includes a walkabout and chats with the crowds of well-wishers and presentations to the winners of the Royal estate gardens competitions.
With another hot day expected, show organisers are asking visitors to be careful in the dry conditions, particularly with things like the disposal of cigarettes.
In the marquees there are classes for flowers and floral arrangements, bakery, preserves and vegetables and fruit and there is a section for local gardening clubs. There is also a show gardens competition and a gardening forum.
The showground is lined with trade stands, as well as craft and charity stalls.
The main arena programme will feature a sheepdog display, falconry on horseback, the Imps motorcycle display team, parachutists, a dance display and marching bands.
Gates to the showfield open at 10am.