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Everything you need to know about Southport Flower Show

10 months ago

The sun’s out and Southport Flower Show is back in bloom this year with four days of fabulous flowers and more to enjoy.

So whether you want some inspiration for your own garden, or you just want to enjoy a great day out, on your own, with your mates or with the family, here’s everything you need to know about the Southport Flower Show.

When is Southport Flower Show?

It’s on from Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20.

What times does it open?

It’s open daily from 10am until 6pm, and until 5pm on Sunday.

Where is it?

The UK’s biggest independent flower show takes over the town’s Victoria Park – just head for the centre and you can’t miss it.

What can I see there?

Credit: Sefton Park Palm House / Southport Flower Show
Credit: Sefton Park Palm House / Southport Flower Show

Lots of gorgeous gardens and floral displays that have been created by garden designers and landscapers in a bid to impress the judges – and you. So whether you are looking for inspiration, ideas or the professionals who will do the right job – you’ll leave ready and raring to transform your own mini oasis. One of the show’s highlights is the spectacular Grand Floral Marquee which will be a treasure trove of plants and flowers, trees and shrubs, bonsai, cacti, vegetables and herbs, and you can get on-the-spot advice from the people who grew them.

There’s even a menopause garden 

With the theme of the show being Health and Wellbeing, this year’s show marks the arrival of the showpiece, first-ever Menopause Garden, Circles of Strength, exploring women’s health and wellbeing – which will be absolutely stunning and well worth a visit.

Food glorious food – it’s not just about flowers and gardens

There are loads of things to see and do for every member of the family. Food plays a big part of Southport Flower Shower. There will be cookery demonstrations from some well-known chefs including This Morning’s Phil Vickery, and John Torode and his actress wife and Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner, alongside local stars like Gabriella Margiotta from Cucina di Vincenzo and Great British Bake Off’s Lizzie Acker, and more.

Will there be any other famous faces?

John Torode MBE and Lisa Faulkner Credit: Southport
John Torode MBE and Lisa Faulkner Credit: Southport Flower Show

So many! Countdown’s Riley will be there with her former Strictly Come Dancing partner PashaKovalev who’s now her real-life partner after romance blossomed for them on the show, CBeebies’ Mr Tumble – aka Justin Fletcher – will be there, and so many other celebs who you’re bound to recognise.


It’s home to a great shopping village

With more than 350 exhibitors at the show you’ll be able to buy a whole range of products and gifts from garden and home wares, to crafts and leather goods, jewellery, and plenty of delicious food and drink.

There’s tons of entertainment – and the chance to relax

Live music will be available to enjoy throughout the festival, and there’s a packed programme of entertainment from BMX riders, and birds of prey demonstrations to a fabulous dog display team event. And there’s a special kids zone with crafts and activities to keep the younger members of the family happy.

It’s going to be busy and buzzing throughout the four-day event, but if you fancy taking a break from the crowds head to the Enchanted Fields Wellness zone for free taster sessions of yoga, pilates, meditation, sound healing, reiki, and hand reflexology. 

How much are tickets – and are they still available?

Credit: Sefton Park Palm House / Southport Flower Show
Credit: Sefton Park Palm House / Southport Flower Show

Tickets start from £28 for a full day pass – which are flexible and can be used on any show day; and you can even enjoy a VIP experience for £119 which allows you to relax and savour fine food while soaking up the atmosphere from the exclusive 1924 Lounge. Kids under 16 go free with a paying adult. 

Tickets are still available and, if you want, you can just queue and pay on the day.

How do I get there?

By train

Merseyrail / Stadler 777

Northern Rail operates regular services to Southport from Manchester Airport, Manchester (Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria stations), Bolton and Wigan. Connecting services to/from the North East and Yorkshire are available at Manchester Piccadilly and from the North, Scotland and the South at Wigan.
See www.northernrailway.co.uk

Merseyrail runs frequent services between Liverpool South Parkway (for Liverpool John Lennon Airport), Liverpool City Centre and Southport. Visitors from Wirral and Chester can also travel to Southport by train with Merseyrail.


By bus/coach

Merseytravel operates a number of bus services to and from Southport, for a full timetable go to

National Express coaches serve Southport from all major UK towns and cities: www.nationalexpress.com

Shuttle bus to and from Southport Station

There is a shuttle bus available at Southport train station on show days – route 27 – and costs £2 per adult with children under 16 travelling free.

By car

If you’re heading by car put the following postcodes into your sat nav:

Esplanade, Eco Centre, PR8 1RX
Princes Park, PR8 1RX
Birkdale Common (Park & Ride), PR8 2LX

Is there parking?

Yes. Parking is available on Princes Park and at Birkdale Common. It is clearly sign posted upon arrival into Southport and available for an all-day rate of £8 per car. Note – ifyou are paying more than £8 to park, it’s not an official Southport Flower Show car park.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome at the event but must be kept on a lead, and owners must clean up after them. Dogs are NOT allowed in the catering or food marquees (with the exception of official assistance dogs).

For more info on the Southport Flower Show click HERE.



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