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The Isle of Wight Spring Garden Show at Robin Hill is back on April 28th and 29th and promises to be bigger and better than ever before with new attractions being added to the perennial favourites.
For starters adventurous outdoor lovers can have a go at lazer clay pigeon shooting in the main showfield so you can come and show off your crack shooting abilities. Then for kids there will be a new petting farm experience with small and large animals to meet and stroke. And sparks will be flying as blacksmith James Miller will be bringing his anvil and furnace to produce tools, nails and other show pieces.
Music lovers are in for a treat as there is a brand new 300-seater woodland bowl stage with live music throughout the weekend. On Sunday the Alani Quartet will be performing amongst the trees and there will be contemporary songs from the Island’s Vox Pop choir.
The Famous Flavours Food Pavilion is back and has an exciting exhibition of local and regional foods, also hosting the Local Flavours Food Theatre that is sponsored by the Southern Co-Op. This is where you will have the chance to catch fantastic cookery demonstrations from top local chefs such as Robert Thompson at the Hambrough and Justin Brown at the Farringford.
This Pavilion will also host the Island Inspiration master chef competition for all amateur Island chefs. Two shortlisted candidates will be head to head for a live contest lasting about an hour, cooking dishes that are made and inspired by local ingredients.
World of Wine Marquee returns and is again offering free master classes in wine tasting over the weekend – make sure you put your name down if you want to participate as place are limited and fill up quickly!
The Health and Wellbeing marquee is back with many complementary and complimentary therapies on offer to heal and pamper you and the Crafts Market has lots of creative ideas. Fired Art from Ryde will be offering pottery workshops too.
But the pinnacle of the whole show is always the Floral Marquee that has displays from specialist plant nurseries from around the UK that are all RHS standard suppliers. Plants can often be reserved for the sale that many of these nurseries have at the end of the day on Sunday, which is always a very popular affair. Outside the marquee will be a mini show garden designed and built by Morey’s of Newport.
Paul Sivell will be helping to organise, and entering into, the Isle of Wight Chainsaw Carving Championships, which this year has the theme ‘Science and Nature’ and a record seven carvers will be on show making their entries from start to finish. Their amazing wood carvings are then auctioned live on Sunday afternoon (29th) with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to the hospice.
The kid’s competition this year is to make a ‘celebrity scarecrow’, recreating your favourite famous person or book character, cartoon character or sports person. There are two classes: 4 to 9yrs and 10 to 14yrs and the competition will be judged by guest judges from IW Radio who are hosting the whole event and broadcasting live from the show. Those creative children entering will receive half price admission and entries must arrive before 12 noon on Saturday.
The Sunflower Arena, hosted by the IW Hospice, will have a whole array of things to see including three different dog agility and obedience teams, Vectis Corps of Drums and the Medina Marching Band, a mass Zumba session on Saturday, Maypole dancing from Godshill Primary School on Saturday morning and White Falconry’s amazing birds of prey.
Tickets and further information about the show, programmes, exhibitors and competitions can be found online.