Summer show organisers to ‘pull out all the stops’ after 2018 losses

PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 June 2019

Jill Price of Portishead Floral Art Society, with the society's display on the Centre Stand.

Jill Price of Portishead Floral Art Society, with the society's display on the Centre Stand.


Organisers believe their decision to rebrand one of Portishead’s most popular summer spectacles will pay dividends with a massive amount of interest in this year’s event.

Portishead Flower Show and Country Fair has always attracted a bumper crowd, but its organising committee decided at the beginning of the year to change the name to Portishead Summer Show.

It felt the title was a better representation of what happens over the weekend, with everything from photography and cooking to dogs and plants on show.

The summer festival has been held in Portishead for more than 150 years but struggled financially in 2018.

Show secretary, Linda Hodgetts, said: "The self-funded show, which is organised purely by volunteers, made a loss last year and it is vital we recoup our losses this year to ensure a solid future for this historic event that has been running for more than 150 years.

"We are certainly pulling out all the stops for this year's show and it seems to be paying off."

Show schedules have already gone on sale ahead of event on July 27-28, with record-breaking results.

Linda said: "We are not sure if it's the promise of three months of sunshine from weather forecasters or the show's change of image, but we have certainly had more interest than ever already.

"The schedules list all the different classes and categories in the contest from fruit, vegetables and flowers, through to photography, art and cookery.

"They also include the rules and entry forms and are a must for anyone entering this part of the show. This year, available for just £1 in local shops, they are selling fast and it looks like we are going to sell out, so I would like to remind people they can also download them from the show website."

Although the main event may still be a few weeks away, people are being encouraged to consider their entries.

While the competition classes are a big part of the weekend, organisers put on two days of solid family entertainment which ranges from music, food and drink, through to children's races, trade and community stalls, live animals and plenty of demonstrations.

It also includes a dog show and new for 2019 there will be a Bake-Off competition with a qualifying round two weeks prior.

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