The Portishead Summer Show
PUBLISHED: 12:58 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:06 19 June 2019
Flower show rebrands to reflect weekend of family fun
From live music, Punch and Judy, sports and games for adults and children and delicious food and drink, to ferret racing, falconry displays, farm animals, gun dog demosntrations and a companion dog show, the Portishead Summer Show offers a weekend of fun and entertainment.
In addition there are more than 300 competition classes of flowers, vegetables, fruit, floral art, handicrafts, cookery and photography, not to mention the bungee trampoline, a display by Portishead Scooter Club and lots of stands, stalls and displays.
The annual show, organised by members of Portishead Horticultural Society, is without doubt a major event on the town's calendar.
Over the years the show has adapted to reflect changing times, as has the event's title. In recent years it has been known as the Portishead Flower Show and Country Fair but this year the event is re-launching as the Portishead Summer Show.
Show secretary, Linda Hodgetts, explained: "We feel the new title reflects what we offer - an opportunity for the Portishead community young and old to come together in the summer to showcase local talent and to enjoy arena entertainment. The accent today is very much on activities for our children and young people and for promoting local country life, nature and the environment. We will continue with the good traditions from our past, whilst introducing new things that we hope will come to be regarded as traditions in the future."
The show, which first began more than 100 years ago, is self-financing and costs in excess of £25,000 to stage. Not only is it expensive, but it is entirely dependent upon volunteers doing all of the organisation and manual work. Last year rain during the show weekend resulted in reduced numbers through the gates and a financial loss for the event.
Linda continued: "It is important that we secure the show's future and we are endeavouring to do that by providing what our community wants to see at the show - young and old; we listen to feedback and try to act upon it. An example of this is that in addition to our wonderful refreshments. This year we have added a hot food option of fresh pizzas. We always aim to improve the event year on year and hope the community will get behind this rebranding for 2019 and come out in force to support us."
It's not too late to enter in to the competition classes. Full details can be found on the summer show website and schedules, costing £1, are available from many local shops.
The show takes place on the Show Field at the Clapton Lane/Clevedon Road junction opposite Gordano School, over the weekend of July 27-28. The field is open 11.30am-6.30pm on the Saturday and 10am-6pm on the Sunday. Liz Beacon from BBC Points West will be officially open the show at midday on the Saturday. Admission on the gate is £6 for adults but discounts are available if pre-booking, details of which can be found at www.portisheadsummershow.com
There is no charge for accompanied children under 17. Free parking is available on the Gordano School sports field.