Watch: All the highlights from a blooming first day at The Southport Flower Show 2018

If you think The Southport Flower Show is just for those with green fingers, think again!

The opening day of Southport Flower Show 2018 was full of surprises for our Jay and The Guide Liverpool cameras as the huge festival site bursts into colour for a four day celebration.

TV gardener Monty Don and Countryfile presenter Anita Rani opened Southport Flower Show today to a packed audience. Monty, who has been the face of BBC Gardeners’ World since 1993 and was recently honoured with an OBE after entertaining TV audiences for more than 25 years, has been sharing his expert growing tips with visitors.

The sun shone across the festival on Thursday as breath-taking gardens, exhibits and insightful talks and demonstrations got underway. Having checked out the biggest prosecco tent we’ve ever seen and taken a million pics of the Insta-worthy floral bandstand, our Jay caught up with legendary Granada Reports presenter, Paul Crone who is hosting the weekend alongside our very own Claire Simmo. 

Watch above as we take you to day of The Southport Flower Show 2018.

Running From Thursday 16- Sunday 19th August, thousands of visitors, young and old, flocked to Southport to be among the first to seeto see Great British Bake Off kicked off her bakery demonstrations (more to come on Saturday) star Flo do her thing before wandering through the Grand Floral Marquee to see the treasure trove of plants, flowers, trees, vegetables and even cacti, up close.

This year’s food market offering is truly impressive with stalls selling all manner of tasty treats that would make up a truly delicious picnic. That’s not all, there’s more than 350 different traders offering unique items for your home and garden too. Make sure you’ve been to the cash point before hand!

Over at the specially built show arena you can see Giant Eagles and Birds of Prey displaying their incredible beauty plus live stock shows and more. Did you know you can take your own dog to The Southport Flower Show too? Just make sure they stay on a lead!

There’s something for all the family right across the weekend with live music from The Rock Choir and a whole entertainment programme for younger visitors, including a special appearance from none other than Mr Tumble. Children under 16 go free with a paying adult so why not take them along for a fun, family day out?

Handy tip – The Sell Off bell is sounded at 4pm on Sunday – which is when all the plants from the show gardens are sold at large discounts! Get your garden looking tip top at a fraction of the cost.

To find out more about what’s on at The Southport Flower Show this weekend, click here or head to www.southportflowershow.co.uk and get your tickets now. 

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