Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (7 to 12 July 2009) & Children’s Zone (11 and 12 July)


Enjoy the good life at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Mum and dad can see many fabulous gardens at the Hampton Court Show and get ideas for home – as well as ideas on what to grow at home, and enjoy the healthy outdoor living. With something for everyone at the show this summer, join the RHS for a day of home-grown fun the whole family can get stuck into.

And for children…
There is a wide variety of features and fun activities on July 11 & 12 in the Children’s Zone, including the RHS Scarecrow Competition, which is Tudor-themed this year, and a Fifi and the Flowertots feature.

There is free entry for children under 16 (up to two children per paying adult) and there will be much entertainment for children and families over the weekend for a perfect family day out.

Fifi and the Flowertots
fifiYounger children will love taking part in the Fifi and the Flowertots feature (all week), where they can see Fifi’s house, take part in a wheelbarrow course picking up vegetables from Poppy’s market stall and pot up a forget-me-not.

Make sure you keep a look out for Fifi, who will be making some very special appearances on Saturday and Sunday.

Growing Sounds
Take on the challenge to become a budding musician! Growing Sounds is holding workshops where children can make wonderful fruit or vegetable musical instruments – all followed up by a musical performance you can take part in. Why not have a go on the ‘tuber’!

Bee seing you!
The British Beekeepers’ Association is providing superb activities based around bees, such as candle-making, drawing the parts of a honey bee, and much more. You can learn all about these garden friends with a virtual hive, find out a colony lives, how many queens live in a hive and how they make honey.

Giant games
Families and older children can take part in the ever-popular giant garden games. Try your hand at Jenga, quoits or Connect Four. Or enjoy the face-painting, henna art and balloon modelling.

The strange and wonderful Belladonna will be travelling around the area with her Venus flytraps – you might even be able to feed them some flies! And keep an eye out for the Green Finger Folk – they might be hiding in some plants nearby!

Garden trails and much more…
Pick up a garden trail to learn all about the show, or a plant passport. When completed, show it at any RHS membership stand to receive a treat!

And don’t forget to vote for your favourite scarecrow in the Tudor Scarecrow Competition.
scarecrowcatherinehowardAt the weekend, the Tudor court jester will be joking his way royally around the Scarecrow Competition.  Scarecrows return to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this time with a historical twist. Come and meet them and vote for your favourite.

Primary Schools from the South East of England who registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening were challenged to create a scarecrow inspired by Tudor times, in line with the show theme celebrating the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne.  The best scarecrows have been short-listed and are on display in a Tudor-style setting in the Children’s Zone throughout the week. Show visitors are invited to vote for their favourite scarecrow, and the winners will be announced here after the show.  The scarecrows have to be made from scratch, use plant material as well as something recycled, and be able to withstand the elements. The children have given each creation a name and description, which reflects their fun personalities. Quite a few seem to have met a sticky end and lost their heads!

For more information on the Children’s Zone:

Show opening times
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 5.30pm

Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey



Travelling to the show

Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15-minute walk or short ferry ride (£1.80 single*) from Hampton Court station or a 30-minute cruise from Kingston station (£4.70 single, £6.20 return*).
For further information on rail services visit the National Rail Enquiries website or call on 08457 484950.
For more information about South West Trains visit the South West Trains website

Underground & bus
Take the District Line to Richmond Underground station, then the R68 bus from Richmond to Hampton Court.
For further information on underground and bus travel visit the Transport for London website or call 020 7222 1234.

We recommend using the park and ride facilities. Frequent courtesy buses run all day between these facilities and Hampton Court station.
Apps Court Farm (Red Car Park) on the A3050 is for visitors arriving from the M25 (use J11) – pricing to be confirmed.
Old Tiffinians (Blue Car Park) on the A309 is for visitors travelling from central London, and costs £5 per day.
Parking at the showground is available at the Stud Gate Car Park (Black Car Park) on the A308 Hampton Court Road, and the Hampton Court Green Car Park (Green Car Park) opposite Hampton Court Palace. Pricing is to be confirmed

Bicycle racks will be available at the Thames Entrance.