Fun for all the Family at RHS Flower Show Cardiff

Tuesday 6 March 2018

• National Museum Wales’ mini labs to discover rocks, minerals and fossils • Schools’ Wheelbarrow Competition and gardens inspired by adventures of the Sea • Workshops, family trail, performers and more… • Children under 16 go free!

Those looking for a fun day for all the family this Easter school holiday can head to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Cardiff. With a packed line-up for 2018, the annually anticipated floral spectacular supported by Brewin Dolphin will offer a range of interactive activities for little show-goers in the grounds of the Welsh capital’s Bute Park from 13 – 15 April.

Youngsters will be able to get stuck in to a host of fun activities throughout the weekend. There will be lots to learn with the National Museum Wales who will be celebrating their fifth anniversary at the show by creating three glasshouse ‘mini labs’ where children will be able to experiment with rocks, minerals, fossils and plants.

RSPB Cymru, Cardiff Council and Buglife have teamed up for the swift’s return to the city with their ‘Swift City’ garden. Visitors can step inside this recreation of their coastal habitat which encourages children to get closer to nature, hunt for mini beasts and enjoy a view of the swifts’ nesting tower. Grow Cardiff and designer Isla Horton will also be creating their ‘Such Wonderful Things Surround You’ feature to celebrate all things Cardiff and takes inspiration from the famous song ‘Under the Sea’. The space will include dangling strawberry plant jelly fish, cress fountains and its very own Billy the Salad Seal.

The ever popular Wheelbarrow Competition will return, welcoming schools from Cardiff and surrounding areas to design their own wheelbarrows for the show. Embracing Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea theme, the competition will celebrate the sensational Welsh coastline and spark the imagination of all budding gardeners.

Families can get involved in the hands-on ‘Flower Festival’ creating headdresses and buttonholes, meanwhile award-winning Lily Pad Flower School will be hosting flower arranging and craft workshops.

Other highlights around the showground include a giant watering can, plant pot and wheelbarrow to be discovered as part of the ‘Growing Gardeners’ Family Trail which takes young gardeners on an exploration of the show. The favourite ferris wheel which first featured in 2017 is back, plus roaming entertainers including the eternally curious Mr & Mrs Pigeon, Green Fingered Gals Margery and Rosemary, and Mr & Mrs Flora, who will be enchanting visitors throughout the show.

Speaking about the Show’s family-friendly feel, RHS Show Manager Anna Skibniewski-Ball said:

“We’re putting together the finishing touches to this year’s Show and it’s gearing up to be a great one! As always, our aim is to demonstrate the diversity of the show and its appeal to all ages. From youngsters enjoying the interactive activities, the raucous roaming entertainers and schools’ wheelbarrow competition, to amateur gardeners looking for a few tips and who already have a keen interest in all things horticultural, or those simply looking for a fabulous day out!

“Children under 16 are free to enter so we’re looking forward to welcoming all to join us for this year’s spring spectacular.”

For more information or to buy advance tickets for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff visit



Notes to editors

Event: RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2018
Venue: Bute Park, Cardiff Castle
Date: 13 – 15 April 2018
Opening times:
Friday 13 and Saturday 14: 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 15: 10am – 4.30pm (plant sell off 4pm)

Advance tickets: £11.00 (RHS members £10.00)
On the day: £14 (RHS members £12)
Children free (under 16)

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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £16.8 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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About Brewin Dolphin
Brewin Dolphin is a UK FTSE 250 leading provider of discretionary wealth management. With £41.5* billion in funds under management, it offers award-winning personalised wealth management services that meet the varied needs of over 80,000 account holders, including individuals, charities and pension funds.

We give clients security and wellbeing by helping them to protect and grow their wealth, in order to enrich their lives by achieving their goals and aspirations. Our services range from bespoke, discretionary investment management to retirement planning and tax-efficient investing. Our focus on discretionary investment management has led to significant growth in client funds and we now manage £35.3* billion on a discretionary basis. The value of investments and any income from them can fall, and you may get back less than invested.

In line with the premium we place on personal relationships, we’ve built a network of 29 UK offices including Cardiff, staffed by qualified investment managers and financial planners. We are committed to the most exacting standards of client service, with long-term thinking and absolute focus on our clients' needs at the core.

*as of 31 December 2017



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RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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