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Next Hurst Horticultural Show
Saturday 19 August 2017
Organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society

Show Information:

2017 Class Details Now Available

Following the Society´s 2017 AGM on 25 April the list of all classes for this year´s Show can now be downloaded as a PDF document from the “Guidance“ button above. This year, in addition to the Open Scarecrow class there is a Junior Scarecrow class exclusively for children, or groups of children, up to and including 15 years old. Also, there have been subtle changes to the Home Industries classes, as every year, and this includes a bottle of flavoured gin or vodka.

The colour schedule will be available by the end of June and will be delivered to all Hurst households as in previous years.

In addition a separate schedule containing just the children´s classes will be printed for circulation to St Nicholas and the Dolphin schools and any other interested children. Of course, children are welcome, and encouraged, to also enter the open classes.

The 2016 Winning Scarecrow

Free Parking

Rod Stewart? - The Winning Scarecrow

High wind and rain showers did not spoil the fun of the 2016 Hurst Horticultural Show. The new scarecrow class was a great success with 13 larger than life super scarecrows. It was clear that a lot of people had put a lot of thought and effort into their exhibits and they made a great fun feature of this year´s event.

Scarecrows arrived from early morning in all manner of ways including MOT City´s in a large lorry. High winds did not deter exhibitors however one gust was enough to send one scarecrow´s hedgehog scurrying across the car park.

Another scarecrow caused a police incident..... click on the following link to see the story in Wokingham.Today: Scarecrow Causes 999 Alert

The bar ran out of beer and all the burgers and sausages were eaten which is a good sign of a successful enjoyable day.

Photographs and Results

Prize Giving

President Suzy Watt presenting a cup to Katie Sollitt

Pictures of the 2016 Show are under the “Pictures” button above. Also the trophy winners and class results as well as entry statistics are also available via the menu clicking on the “2016 Results“ button.

Last year 152 people and teams entered which is two less than the previous year. However there were 53 children in that number which is up from 37 in 2015 and a record for recent years. This is an encouraging sign that the Show has a healthy long-term future.

In all, the total number of exhibits staged last year was 693 as follows: Scarecrows 13 (6 by teams), Horticultural 275, Home Industries 292, and children 113.

Feedback Welcome

Those on our news mailing list will receive occassional details about the Show and the Society´s other activities and it´s easy to add yourself. See News Mailing List paragraph below.


Instructions and Guidelines for Exhibitors

Instructions and guidelines have been written to help and encourage exhibitors for the 2017 Show on 19 August. Three available are: 1) Cooking and Preserves, 2) Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers; and 3) Children's Growing Classes. These can be downloaded from the “Instructions” option in the menu above. These guidelines and instructions will probably be updated nearer the Show and others may be added.

Photographs, Results and Press Coverage

Photographs of previous shows can be viewed from the “Pictures” link above and press coverage 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 supported the Show and help paid the printing cost of our schedule and show posters. Here is a list of those that supported the 2016 Show and the Show is very grateful for their generous and enthusiastic support:

    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 Mailing List

Please send an email to the address below to receive news about our main show on 19 August 2017 and other Society events:


Video Class

Click on the link below to see the only entry in the YouTube Video Class of the 2016 Show. The theme was Perspectives on Hurst

Video Class Entry

Page last updated 27/04/2017.