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Ayton Show

Welcome to the 2022 Ayton Show! On behalf of the newly formed Ayton Gardening Society I should like to extend to you all a very warm welcome to this year’s show. After a couple of years without a show and the lengthy isolation of lockdown I think we all need a bit of fun and a chance to meet up. So whether you are an exhibitor or a visitor, please enjoy!

 I would also like to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone involved in the former Ayton Horticultural Society without whom this show would not be taking place. By giving up so much of their own time and putting so much effort into the annual show they have provided our community with many years of enjoyment and encouraged us all to participate in so many different ways.

Following their example, the new Ayton Gardening Society have tried to provide an simplified range of classes for this show whilst maintaining the basic format. We hope this proves to be successful and we would love your feedback. Please click below to download the show schedule and entry form.

(If you have trouble downloading, you can also ask for the file to be emailed to you)

Some Frequently Asked Questions to help you...

I'm not sure if my vegetables or craft will be ready on time - should I enter anyway, just in case?

Yes, I recommend entering soon even if you're not 100% certain of an entry being ready in time. Late entries cannot be accepted.

What if something identifies me, eg. has my name on it or is a picture of my house/pets/kids which could be recognised

Only worry about removing identification if you don't want to be recognised or if you aren't happy with your children /home being recognised. Our judges will NOT be influenced by knowing who the entrant is. This is a village show and although judging is fair and consistent the aim is to have fun and share your creativity with everyone else.

Can plants be houseplants or should they be outdoor plants only

The pot plants can be indoor or outdoor plants. Outdoor plants will need to either be grown outside in a pot or replanted for the show

Fruit, Veg & Home Produce -How are they all displayed? Will plates or boards etc. be provided?

There will be compostable paper plates provided free of charge. It will be up to the entrant to prepare and present them on the day.

The winning choice will be the judges’ personal decision and will not follow any rules or regulations as to size, shape or display. However we do expect the judges to be fair and consistent and able to justify their decisions.

What kind of vase or bowl should be used, and is there a maximum size? Do you put the water in when you get there and will there be water available?

We have a range of vases for you to use. The judging of items requiring a vase will only consider the flowers themselves. Any other containers can be any size or shape and there is water available in the school. Items such as the table centrepiece may need a particular container to produce the desired effect and this will be included in the judging.

Can I 'tweak' the recipe if required? Can I use my own recipe?

For the Lemon Drizzle Cake we would ask all entrants to stick to the recipe provided. Other items, such as gingerbread can use any recipe you like.

Should/could photos be mounted by entrants?

Photos will be displayed on large boards or on walls, so as long as they can be placed using Blutak they may be mounted. The mounting will NOT be considered in the judging, and remember the photo itself must be smaller than 8x10 inches.

'Flora or fauna' could be a beautiful flowering tree, wild bird or animal, or a combination of plants and animals including a wider view of plantlife and animals.

Are any crafts excluded? Should an embroidery/cross stitch be made into and entered as a cushion, or can it go into the 'other crafts' section?

'An item in any craft not specified above' was included to make sure we don’t exclude any entries. If you have a craft item which could be placed in any of the other classes then it is up to you to decide which class you’d like to put it in

Show Classes

Additional Information

Certificates will be awarded for First, Second and Third in each class.

All the Adult Photography (classes 59–62) will be displayed in the Bowling Club. Teas will be served in the Bowling Club from 2–4.30 pm.

Norham Brass Band will play during the afternoon.

Tombola will be in the hall.

Wheelchair access is available in both the Primary School and the Bowling Club Toilets are available in the Ayton School and in the Bowling Club.

Dogs are not permitted in either building.

Uncle Simon by JP.JPG

Previous Entries

Have a look at some previous show entries for inspiration!

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