August Show Details

This year´s show starts at 1:30pm on Saturday 22 August at the Hurst Village Halls, in School Road, Hurst. Post code is RG10 0DR and a map can be found under the ´Location´ link above.

The deadline for exhibitor entry forms is 7:00pm Wednesday 19 August. Details including classes, how to enter and entry form, together with a list of cups and show rules can be downloaded from the ´2015 Entry Documents´ link above.

Alternatively a free printed version is also widely available at: Binghams Brewery, Castle Inn, Green Man, Hare Hatch Sheeplands, Hurst Convenience Store, Jolly Farmer, Laurels Garden Centre, Loddon Cars, MOT City, P & D Jennings, and Parkers Twyford. Copies have also been delivered to all households in Hurst.

Admission to this year´s Show is free for children under 18, and 2.00 for everybody else. All are welcome.

2014 Show

Cover of this year´s printed schedule

Silver Band, Food and Beer

While viewing exhibits at the Show you can enjoy the Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band, cream teas, a licenced bar with Binghams beer, burgers cooked by the Castle Inn as well as many craft, plant and food stalls.

Also this year we are pleased to see the return of the poplar Alpacas.

Free Car Park

This year we are very pleased to offer free car parking in the field next to the Village Halls. This has been possible by the kind permission of the owners and we hope this will alleviate parking problems and encourage even more people to come to the Show.

Unfortunately if the weather is bad enough to cause damage to the field we may be forced to withdraw this facility.

2015 Show Supporters

Many local businesses are kindly supporting this year´s Show by helping pay for printing costs. Details of each supporter can be found by clicking on the ´Show Supporters´ link above.

Alpacas Return Together With The Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band

2014 Show

Pic 67; Jo Penney

2014 Show

Pic wslwebsize; Jo Penney

2014 Show

Pic hlarkin; Howard Larkin knows his onions and shallots. Taken by Richard Parker

2014 Show

Pic 83; Jo Penney

2014_v2 Show

Picv4 466; Ken Curry taken by Jonathan Sant

News Alerts for the 2015 Show

Please send an email to to receive news about our main show and other Society events as well as receiving a friendship discount card.

Friendship Card - Discounts

Everybody on our News Alerts list is automatically a ´Friend´ of the Society and will receive a card that will entitle them to membership benefits at Hare Hatch Sheeplands (10% discount all year round) plus its occassional special offers.

Future Show Date

In 2016 the Show will be on Saturday 20 August.

Guidelines for Exhibitors

For the first time ever, guidelines to help and encourage exhibitors have been produced by the Society. Two are available:

Cooking and Preserves: Click here to view (PDF, 45KB).

Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers: Click here to view (PDF, 12KB).

Show History

The first Show was in 1902 and if you would like to read a little history click here.

Come Along and Join Us

The Hurst Horticultural and Cottage Garden Society is an informal group of people who meet about 4 times a year with the objective of promoting horticulture in the local community. The focal point is the staging of an annual show in August with a supplementary "mini-show" earlier in the year.

How to Join

There is no membership fee or formal joining process as we like to keep our Society informal and open to all. If you would like to join us please send an email expressing your wish to the Secretary at who will be pleased to answer any questions and ensure you are invited and welcomed at our next meeting.

Community Links

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

Page update 10 August 2015