Everything you need to know about the Sandringham Flower Show 2017

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

When is the Sandringham Flower Show?

Preparations taking place for this year's Sandringham Flower Show. Pictured in the show garden calle

Preparations taking place for this year's Sandringham Flower Show. Pictured in the show garden called 'Order and Chaos' is Ralph Nichols. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The show takes place on Wednesday, July 26. Gates open to the public at the Sandringham Royal estate near King's Lynn at 9am.

What are the main attractions?

Sandringham Park will be filled with a riot of colour as some of the region's top nurseries show off their blooms.

Preparations taking place for this year's Sandringham Flower Show. Pictured in the show garden calle

Preparations taking place for this year's Sandringham Flower Show. Pictured in the show garden called 'Order and Chaos' is Ralph Nichols. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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There are massive floral marquees and you can vote for your favourite show garden in the people's choice poll when you've admired the gardeners' incredible designs and handiwork.

One of the centrepieces will be the garden in the Royal Marquee designed by Paul Welford, of Norfolk-based Thistlefield design landscaping.

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It shows how even people can combine having a garden and a car, without turning their lawn into a drive .

More than 200 stalls and trade stands sell every conceivable gardening and outdoor accessory, while there are talks from top gardeners, flower arranging displays and the chance to put your gardening questions to the experts.

Preparations taking place for this year's Sandringham Flower Show. Pictured in the show garden calle

Preparations taking place for this year's Sandringham Flower Show. Pictured in the show garden called 'Order and Chaos' is Ralph Nichols. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

READ MORE: How to prepare a stunning garden for the Sandringham Flower ShowBut perhaps the moment everyone is waiting for is the arrival of the Royal couple...

Will I get to meet a Royal?

Sandringham Flower Show on July 30, 2014.
HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall.
For EDP Nor

Sandringham Flower Show on July 30, 2014. HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall. For EDP Norfolk EDP pics © 2014 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant

The Prince of Wales and Duchess or Cornwall will arrive by horse drawn carriage before they tour the marquees and exhibits, greeting well-wishers and show regulars on their walkabout.

The couple spend over an hour going around the marquees, with Prince Charles even holding a rare falcon on his tour round one year.

They are known for taking time between marquees to speak to as many visitors as possible, so if you're lucky you just might get a chance to say hello.

What else can I see there?

Main arena events include daredevil motorcycle displays, stunt dogs and marching bands.

The Norfolk Military Group will provide a cross section of British, Commonwealth or American manufactured vehicles of the 1939 to 1945 period, while there will also be performances by the Norwich Pipe Band and a Parkour demonstration.

You can also buy a one-off gift from the rural crafts marquee, where you'll find weavers, carvers and other country craftsfolk demonstrating their skills.

Can I get something to eat?

Walking around the stunning show gardens and marquees can make you peckish, so thankfully there are many food and drink stalls around the park for you to get something to eat and drink.

This isn't just any food though - although you can get a simple hot dog, you'll also be able to nibble on some of Norfolk's fancier food from artisan producers.

Look out for organic nibbles, pork pies and poacher cheese. You might even snap up a jar of Little Scarlet - which is said to be the Queen's favourite jam.

Can I still get tickets?

Yes - just turn up at the event. The cost is £10 for adults but under-16s can go free. The admission price also includes entry to Sandringham Gardens, Sandringham Museum and Sandringham Church.

Is it easy to get there and park?

From Norwich, take the A1067 from Norwich to Fakenham and then the A148 towards King's Lynn. At Hillington, follow the AA signed route via the B1440 towards Dersingham and Sandringham.

From north-west Norfolk take the A149 towards King's Lynn. From Snettisham roundabout follow the AA signed route.

All car and coach parking is free - but visitors should be aware that the venue gets particularly busy between 11am and 12.30pm, when Prince Charles and Camilla are on site.

What if I miss the show?

Don't worry - stay tuned on the EDP website for all the highlights or pick up a copy of the paper tomorrow for all the latest coverage and pictures from the day.

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