Our annual celebration of gardeners and growers from across the region is returning to Leazes Park on Saturday 16 September.
This year’s Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show invites green-fingered growers to enter 50 distinct classes, from biggest pumpkin and biggest marrow, to best jam and chutney.
Special children’s classes are also open to growers up to the age of 16. First place accolades will be awarded to weirdest shaped vegetable and best vegetable monster or animal.
This year’s competition also sees the return of the popular flower classes, awarding first place for the best roses, chrysanthemums, gladioli and much more.
Carol Pyrah, Chief Executive of Urban Green Newcastle, said: “People’s appetite and enthusiasm for growing their own fruits and vegetables has blossomed in recent years. Whether it’s growing tomatoes in a window box or carrots and potatoes in a raised bed, Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show is chance for everyone to showcase their talents and, fingers crossed, go home with the title of best in class.
“With 50 different classes to choose from, covering everything from vegetables, fruits, flowers and even novelty, there’s something for everyone. It’s a brilliant day out for all the family.”
Judging for the Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show takes place on Friday 15 September, with growers of all ages invited to showcase their perfect produce and beautiful blooms. On Saturday 16 September between 11-16:00, members of the public can come and admire the efforts of all the entrants at Leazes Park, and visit stalls celebrating the best in local growing.
The free family day out will feature local producers and makers, food and drink, live music from local artists, workshops, talks, nature and well-being sessions, and family funfair rides.
Winners will be announced during the event on Saturday 16 September, with first place for the Championship Classes of Champion City Show Display and Newcastle Challenge Cup awarded up to £30.
Running alongside the Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show, judges have been visiting allotment sites across the city this summer to find Newcastle’s best wildlife, community, overall plots, and much more, as part of the annual Allotment Plot Competition. The winners from each category will be celebrated at the Newcastle Allotment and Garden Show on Saturday 16 September.
You can find out more about this year’s Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show and submit an entry form to take part by clicking here.