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. 

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’.

 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!

Our schedules of the 2022 classes can be downloaded below, or you can find a physical copy in the Bourne Stores.
Adult Classes 

Children’s Classes


  1. All completed entry forms must be sent to the Show Secretary by 6pm Wednesday 29th June 2022.

  2. Exhibits may be staged between 8am and 10am on the day of the Show.  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.

  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 16.15 and 16.45pm or be forfeited.

  13. The committee cannot be responsible for uncollected items.

Awards & Prizes

Adult Classes:

Mitchell Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 1, Class 12 (10 Strawberries)
Morris Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 1 (Vegetables and Fruit)
Richards Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 2 (Flowers)
Ostrer Rose Bowl. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 2, Class 26 (Hybrid Tea Roses)
Ron Watts Memorial Plate. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 2, Class 34 (Delphiniums/Hollyhocks)
Bourne Business Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 3 (Domestic)
Juliet Bowell Award. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in preserves, Section 3
Peggy Goebel Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 4 (Art and Craft)
Keighley Plate. *NEW THIS YEAR* To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 4, Class 63 (Any other craft work not covered in other classes)
Bourne Show Committee Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 5 (Photography)

The Judges Cups will be awarded to the judges’ favourite entry in each section.
First Prize – £2.00 / Second Prize – £1.00 / Third Prize – 50p

Children’s Classes:

Best in Show Shields– Under 5 years
Best in Show Shield– 6-8 years
Best in Show Shield– 9-11 years

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


  • Must be the children’s own work


  • 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