Centre stage at the Bourne Show will be the Grand Marquee, home to an impressive array of entries from arts and crafts to home produce. The cool and calm of St Martin’s Church houses the impressive flower arranging entries, with all its beauty and scents.

We are very proud of our Marquee exhibition, as it is the ONLY ‘flower show’ in the locality that exhibits such a full range of classes. The charm and tradition of a village flower show is maintained, with a great opportunity for locals to ‘show off’, provide a gorgeous spectacle and have a giggle here and there too.

With around 80 different classes, there’s something for everyone and we thoroughly recommend you take part! Whether you’re proud of your jam, overjoyed with your blooming potted plant or just ultra-competitive with Victoria sponges, please join in! We even have classes for abnormal fruit and veg, as well as the chance to claim a cup for most popular photograph for the category of ‘Fun, fun, fun’.

For added excitement, we are opening up the Flower Arranging section to the public for the first time in decades. The winners will be selected by the public, meaning that arrangements won’t have to adhere to normal NADFAS guidelines. Any budding talent, as well as experienced folks, are all welcome to take part.

Judging is taken very seriously, with some of these judges having the privilege of judging nationally. These judges are provided with a calm and peaceful atmosphere in the marquee so they cannot be disturbed. This is why no entries are accepted after 10am, and the public are restricted from entering during the judging process.

So, if you’re feeling brave and ambitious, get your entry into the Grand Marquee!

Advanced schedules of the 2020 classes can be downloaded below, or you can find a physical copy in the Bourne Stores and the Bourne Pharmacy
Adult Classes 

Children’s Classes

Entry forms for the 2020 Bourne Show will be available in Bourne Show programmes, which will start being released in April/ May 2020.

Rules

  1. All entries must be sent to the Show Secretary by 6pm Thursday 2nd July 2020.

  2. Exhibits may be staged between 7.30am and 10am on the day of the Show, or Flower Arrangements in the Church the previous evening from 7pm – 8.30pm.  Please note we are unable to accept exhibits after 10am on the show day.

  3. Persons showing an article for competition not grown or made by themselves will be disqualified, except floral classes or unless otherwise stated.

  4. All vegetables, fruit and flowers are judged by RHS standards and Flower Arranging to NAFAS standards.

  5. Not more than one entry in each class per person is permitted.

  6. No exhibits to have been previously shown at the Bourne Show.

  7. Vases, plates etc to be provided by exhibitors. Polished jam jars gain points.  No trade names visible and domestic produce must be dated or it will not be judged.

  8. Exhibits to be named where possible, but no entrant name to be to be visible.

  9. Judging will commence at 10.30am. Judges decisions are final.

  10. You may not enter the marquee or the Church whilst judging is taking place or before 1.30pm on the day.

  11. Points: First – 4 points; Second – 3 points; Third – 2 points; Highly Commended – 1 point.

  12. All exhibits must be removed between 16.30 and 17.15pm or be forfeited.

  13. The committee cannot be responsible for uncollected items.

Awards & Prizes

The following awards are presented at the Bourne Show

Ostrer Rose Bowl. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 2, Class 27
Ron Watts Memorial Plate. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 2, Class 36
Morris Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 1
Richards Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 2
Mitchell Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 3
Bourne Business Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 4
NEW THIS YEAR- Keighley Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 5, Class 70
Peggy Goebel Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 5
Bourne Show Committee Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most votes in Section 6 – Photography

The Judges of each section will have several small cups to be placed to indicate their favourite entry.
First Prize – £2.00 / Second Prize – £1.00 / Third Prize – 50p

Awards Winners 2019

Ostrer Rose Bowl  (for Class 27 Hybrid Tea Roses) Margot Tringham
Ron Watts Memorial Plate (For Delphiniums) Margot Tringham
Morris Cup (For Fruit and Vegetables) Brian Cranham
Richards Cup (For Flowers) Catherine Morse
Mitchell Cup (For Flower Arranging) Judy Watkins
Wine by Public Vote (F/A) Sally Russell
Bourne Business Cup (For Domestic Section) Susan Cranham
Peggy Goebel Cup (For Art and Craft) Gill Keighley
Juliet Bowell Award For Preserves Victoria Nye
Bourne Show Committee Cup
(For Photography By Public Vote)
Sheila Musson
Best In Show Shields – Under 5 Years Evie Kandak
Best In Show Shield – 6-8 Years William Fuller
Best In Show Shield – 9-11 Years Daisy Fuller

Judges Awards Cups 2019

Section 1 Adult J. Atkinson
Section 1 Children William Fuller
Section 2 Adult Catherine Morse
Section 2 Children Evie Kandak
Section 4 Adult Megan Devergne
Section 4 Children Mable Welvaert
Section 5 Adult Art Tina Austin
Section 5 Adult Craft Mrs Mouse
Section 5 Children Art Daisy Fuller
Section 5 Children Craft Daisy Fuller

Hints and Tips

It may seem obvious but remember to:

  • Read the schedule carefully
  • Follow all provided instructions outlined
  • Keep in mind that creativity in presentation will often gain points

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Berries to have stalks on
  • Alternative currants can go in any other fruit
  • Lettuce displays better stood in water
  • Lettuce should have 2.5 cm of root
  • Check the number of exhibits required in the class
  • Coloured potatoes must be a coloured variety
  • Name varieties of fruit and vegetables
  • Rhubarb – 4” of blade and root pulled not cut

Children’s

  • Must be the children’s own work

Domestic

  • No trade jars, plain glass and no names on, polished for fingerprints
  • Chutney only with a screwlid
  • Jams covered with wax and cellophane OR screwlid, not both
  • Date of production on the jar or it will not be tasted
  • An ice block placed under a Victoria sponge will help display
  • No cream in Victoria sponge, just raspberry jam and sprinkle of caster sugar
  • Cakes display better with a doily
  • Classes asking for a recipe, must have a recipe or will not be judged