Over two million people have visited the shows in the 20+ years that they’ve been hosted at the NEC. And that’s no surprise because the shows are simply packed with entertainment and inspiration.
Every ticket includes entry to both shows, and you can see garden and food experts like Monty Don, Mary Berry, Alan Titchmarsh and James Martin – to name but a few.
I’ve been visiting the event for several years, and covered the shows in depth here on SallyAkins.com last year. To whet your appetite, why not take a look at my 2016 coverage of the Show Gardens, Floral Marquee and the Good Food Show.
But this year’s show is particularly special, as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Gardeners’ World. Celebrations at the event include:
- The BBC TV team filming on Thursday for the anniversary special airing later this year.
- The unveiling of the Gardeners’ World Golden Jubilee Plant by Mary Berry.
- Anniversary Show Gardens packed with iconic garden styles from the past 50 years, and themed Beautiful Borders. These will include a ‘ Nigel the Dog’ Border inspired by the nation’s favourite golden retriever!
- A Birthday cake created especially for the Show by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.
That’s not all – you can also enjoy:
- Show Gardens packed with take home ideas and stunning planting.
- Gardeners’ Question Time’s Matt Biggs hosting the VegTrug Grow Your Own Stage, packed with ideas for growing tasty ingredients.
- The Floral Marquee with its 100+ places to shop for quality plants, plus the heavenly scent of the Rose Festival.
And there’s plenty for foodies at the show as well. The Supertheatre will host Michelin-starred chefs like Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr, and the queen of baking Mary Berry. Show favourites like James Martin and the Two Greedy Italians will also be on stage.
The Healthy Kitchen will be the place to pick up summer inspiration from fitness blogger Dr Hazel Wallace and ‘Clean Eating’ Alice Liveing. And Joe Wicks (the Body Coach) will also be at the Birmingham show for the very first time.
Meanwhile you will be able to meet the Good Food Test Kitchen team on the BBC Good Food Stage. And the free ‘Eat Like a Local’ Supertheatre sessions will feature local chefs Luke Tipping from Simpsons in Birmingham, and Adam Bennett from Kenilworth’s The Cross.
And of course, there’s the usual fantastic shopping on site, where you can sample and buy all sorts of delicious produce.
Show tickets start from £23.50 for adult General Admission, or you could treat yourself to VIP tickets. There’s also an extra special VIP Luxe Package which gives access to the private Luxe Lounge. You could meet your favourite chefs while enjoying the complementary bar and buffet lunch. For more details, including free weekend tickets for under 18s , visit bbcgardenersworldlive.com or bbcgoodfoodshow.com.