Check out the show’s website for information on what’s going on at the show.
Print off a map of the site and mark the places you want to visit. This allows you to bypass all of that wasted time on the day talking about ‘what are we going to do next?’
Also, talk to friends who have been to the show, and take advantage of any tips they may have on what’s good, where to park, timings and so on.
Take breaks and keep food in your system for energy. Stop for a morning cuppa, a good lunch and an afternoon break too.
It’s also good to carry a couple of energy or cereal bars for a quick fix.
Many of the food stands will be happy to let you sample goods such as cheeses and honeys before you buy them. Again, don’t be afraid to ask before parting with your precious pounds.
Get in when the show opens and you will be able to see a lot of the features before the crowds pour in.
It’s also a good idea to have lunch early. If you can eat around 12:00 the food vendors will be quiet, the food will be fresh, and the best seats will be available. Then, when you’re finished you can enjoy the trade stands while the crowds are thinning out for their own lunches.
At many flower shows there are porters – young guys and gals with wheel barrows that will be happy to help you get your purchases back to your car. Take advantage of it.
Some shows also have plant crèches where you can leave your plants so that you’re not lugging them around all day.