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Hurst Horticultural Show
Saturday 20 August 2016
Organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society

Show Information:

New This Year

2016 Cover

The Show Schedule is Available Now and is Free

Unlike all other classes the new Scarecrow class is open to groups as well as individuals so that families, friends and work teams can join in. The full size scarecrow exhibits will be outside and promise to be a fun feature of this year´s event. As always, all are welcome to enter.

Also this year is a new miniature tomato class which reflects the increasing popularity of small tomatoes. Miniature are defined as 20mm or less, while cherry are 35mm or less.

A YouTube video class hopes to attract many entries with the theme of “Perspectives of Hurst”. Video entries will be showing during the show and available on the website afterwards. Detailed instructions for all and guidance to encourage the inexperienced is available under the “Instructions” button above.

From the Entry Documents tab above you will find a list of all classes, entry details, an entry form, and the Show rules together with a list of cups it is possible to win.

In addition all the above information and more is available in the printed colour schedule that has now been delivered to all Hurst households and is available for free from Jennings the butcher, the Hurst Convenience Store, The Castle Inn and the Green Man and other local shops and businesses.

The dates and times for your diaries are the deadline of 7:00pm on Wednesday 17 August for entry forms, 7:00am to 10:30am on Saturday 20 August for staging exhibits and 1:30pm on 20 August the Show will open.

Free Seeds

For the second year running free seeds are available for children that wish to enter one of the growing classes in the Show's children's section thanks to the generosity of Hare Hatch Sheeplands and Thompson & Morgan. Seeds will be given to pupils of St Nicholas school towards the end of June, and to children in the Dolphin School Gardening Club.

For all others please email your request to: freeseeds@hursthorticulturalshow.org.

For details of these growing classes and all others specifically for children please download the class list from the Entry Documents tab above, or take a children's schedule from the display at Hare Hatch Sheeplands.

Donation to Alexander Devine

Last year´s successful Show generated a small surplus which enabled the Society to decide to donate £500 to the Alexander Devine children´s hospice. Details of the hospice can be seen here: www.alexanderdevine.org


Instructions and Guidelines for Exhibitors

Instructions and guidelines have been written to help and encourage exhibitors. Three available are: 1) Cooking and Preserves, 2) Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers; and 3) YouTube Video Class. These can be downloaded from the “Instructions” option in the menu above. These guidelines and instructions maybe updated nearer the Show and others will be added.

Photographs, Results and Press Coverage

Photographs of the 2015 Show can be viewed from the “Pictures” link above. There are so many that they are split into six categories.

Also, the results of each class and a list of trophy winners can be viewed from the “Results Archive” link above, where you can also find some interesting statistics on our entries.

Press coverage of this, and previous, year´s shows can be seen here: Press Coverage

Show History

1939 Poster

Old Show Poster

The first Show was held in 1902 and known as the Hurst Show. If you would like to read a little history go here: Show History.

Show Archives

The results of previous shows are available from the following page: Archives.

Community Links

The Society is one of many local organisations that serve the local community. A list of others can be seen here: Community Links.

2016 Show Supporters

Many local businesses support the Show and help pay the printing cost of our schedule and show posters. Here is a list of those that supporting the Show this year:

    Binghams Brewery
    The Castle Inn
    EMS Ambulance Services
    Green Man Hurst
    Hare Hatch Sheeplands
    Harlequin Marquee Hire
    Hurst Convenience Store
    Loddon Cars
    MOT City - Garage Services
    P. D. Jennings - Butchers
    Parkers Twyford
    Power Mechanical

News Alerts for the 2016 Show

Please send an email to the address below to receive news about our main show and other Society events:


Video Class Test Area

The following page is a testing area for displaying the entries to the Video Class, 111, which will, on August 21 have all the entries available to view.

Video Class Entries

Site last updated 04/07/2016.