Celebrity Theatre line-up announced
The line-up for Hampton Court’s Celebrity Theatre is led by TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham making his debut at the show, which runs from July 4-9.
He will be joined by fellow Springwatch presenters Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, along with David Domoney, Charlie Dimmock, Pippa Greenwood, and Justin Fletcher from CBeebies.
The Celebrity Theatre is in a marquee overlooking the palace gardens, with stars talking about their passion for gardening, wildlife, and nature, as well as providing tips and expert advice.
Chris said: “RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a fantastic reputation for being fun, friendly and full of incredible horticultural displays, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
“I will be talking to people about how to bring a touch of the wild back into our gardens, and all of the tremendous benefits that has, both for us and for the environment. Everyone can play a significant role in conservation, just by working in their own gardens, and I’d like to share some tips on how to do that.”
Gardening TV presenter David Domoney said: “RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the horticultural highlight of my year. There’s so much to see at this huge show as it sprawls across the beautiful palace grounds.
“There are incredible show gardens, trade stands full of wonderful creations, stunning floral exhibits, and of course a multitude of marvellous plants to buy.”
RHS Hampton show manager Paula Taylor added: “The Celebrity Theatre is always a highlight of the show with well-known faces in the gardening world including RHS director of science Alistair Griffiths addressing a broad spectrum of gardening topics and providing practical guidance on current horticultural trends throughout the week.”
The theatre will be supported by Everest Home Improvements, which has teamed up with David Domoney to create four themed garden displays at the marquee. Three have been designed around charities nominated by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, and Martin Hughes-Games, and visitors can vote for their favourite. Each of the charities will receive a donation from Everest, based on the number of visitor votes they collect.
Fun for children at RHS Hampton Court
There are loads of things for children to do at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This year’s wildlife theme and Family Saturday (July 8) will offer youngsters the chance to learn about animals and insects with plenty to get involved in, including face painting, a cookery school, entertainers and much more.
Creepy Crawlies: Look out for Professor Gooblidook’s Creepy-Crawly Quest to Bag Bugs and Beasties storytelling around the show. Starting at the children’s play area, the inventive gardener will be seeking help from young show-goers to discover the wonderful world of bugs.
The Floral Design Studio will be full of wildlife-inspired floral displays, plus children can go on the hunt to find giant wicker bugs located around the showground. Meanwhile, children can climb aboard the magical Once Upon a Bus on Saturday and Sunday to listen to wild tales all about bugs.
The Kid’s Cookery School Workshops: these take place in the Cook and Grow Theatre*. On Sunday, cooking worm extraordinaire Henry Le Worm will demonstrate fun recipes for little chefs to recreate at home. *Spaces are limited, booking on arrival is recommended.
CBeebies: Visitors can meet popular CBeebies stars Mr Bloom and Justin Fletcher and friends. Children will be inspired by gardening as they learn about amazing plants from Mr Bloom (Saturday) and Justin Fletcher (Sunday) in the Celebrity Theatre.
Scarecrow Competition: To celebrate the UK’s wildlife diversity, this year’s Scarecrow competition theme is A Walk on the Wild Side. Schools from the South East of England are taking part and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite from more than 70 scarecrows.
Butterfly Dome: The tropical dome is filled with thousands of exotic butterflies. Kids can get up close as butterflies fly freely over their heads.
Two children under 16 can go free with a paying adult and all on-site activities for kids are free. For further information or to buy tickets, visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt.