This year's show is on Saturday 8th September 2018

where and when?

This Year's show is on Saturday 8th September 2018 so now is the time to start planting and planning. The full schedule will be available from mid June.

Bring your entries on Saturday morning between 9.30am and 11am, or you can pre-register for your entry number and labels on Friday 7th September 2018 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. just bring your entry form do not bring produce and crafts until Saturday morning

What else should I know?

The 3 topics for this years Adult photography class are Doors, Urban Space and Orange, so get clicking.

Judging will take place from 11.15am to 1.30pm and the doors will open for public viewing from 2pm, with the Presentation and a Raffle taking place at 4pm. Check the sections for final details, and don't forget, you can add any comments about last years show, or questions about this years.

Any surplus produce will be donated to Gloucester House

Embroidery flowers from show
Embroidery flowers
apples from show
flower decoration from show
Flower decoration
beautiful flowers from show
Beautiful flowers
Biscuits from show
Potted plants from show
Potted plants
Bread from show
Wooden sculptures from show
Wooden sculpture
Cake from show

adult sections

  • 1A 3 x Beetroot
  • 2A 3 x Carrots
  • 30 3 x Courgettes (not exceeding 6" (15cms)
  • 4A 3 x Leeks
  • 5A 3 x Onions
  • 6A 3 x Potatoes (White)
  • 7A 3 x Potatoes (Coloured)
  • 8A 3 x Runner Beans
  • 9A 6 x Shallots
  • 10A Heaviest Marrow
  • 11A 1 x Cucumber
  • 12A Unusual Shape Vegetable
  • 13A Longest Runner Bean (should have a stalk)
  • 14A 1 x Cabbage
  • 15A 5 x Tomatoes (standard)
  • 16A A Truss of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 17A Collection of 5 Different Vegetables (Must be contained within a seed tray 10" x 16")
  • 18A 3 x Different Named Varieties of Tomato
  • 19A Any other Vegetables not in schedule
  • 20B 3 x Cooking Apples
  • 21B 3 x Dessert Apples
  • 22B Heaviest Apple
  • 23B 3 x Pears
  • 24B 6 x Plums - Stalks, calyx should be left on the fruit. Do NOT rub off the bloom on the plums.
  • 25B Any soft fruit
  • 26B Any other Fruit not in schedule
  • 27C 1 x Vase Dahlias
  • 28C 1 x Vase Marigolds
  • 29C 1 x Hydrangea Bloom
  • 30C 1 x Vase Mixed Garden Flowers
  • 31C 1 x Rose Bloom
  • 32C 1 x Small Vase of Fresh Herbs
  • 33C 1 x Single House Plant - The House plant must have been in exhibitor's care for at least 5 months
  • 34C Gardening Club Challenge - Only for members of Highworth Gardening Club
  • 35D Dry Red Wine
  • 36D Sweet Red Wine
  • 37D Dry White Wine
  • 38D Sweet White Wine
  • 39D Bitter Beer
  • 40D Liqueur

  • The Wine MUST be at least 2 years old
    Wine must be exhibited in standard bottles with shoulders, claret style with punt. Bottle to be clean and bright. White plastic topped cork. NO label or marking. To be presented with wine to level 1/2" - 3/4" (1.25cm - 1.875cm) below the cork. Bitter Beer must be exhibited in clear bottles with appropriate stoppers. Each exhibit must conform to specifications in its class and will be judged on clarity.

  • 41E Shortbread (own recipe)
  • 42E Fruit Pie (own recipe)
  • 43E 3 x Scones (own recipe)
  • 44E Home-made Bread (any variety)
  • 45E Home-made Loaf (breadmaker)
  • 46E Vegetable Cake (own recipe)
  • 47E 3 slices of tray bake
  • 48E Victoria Sandwich Cake - Recipe
  • 49E Fruit Cake (own recipe)
  • 50E Gingerbread (men only) - Recipe
  • 51E Chocolate Cake (own recipe)
  • 52F One Jar of Jelly
  • 53F One Jar of Stone Fruit Jam
  • 54F One Jar of Lemon Curd
  • 55F One Jar of Marmalade
  • 56F One Jar of Soft Fruit Jam
  • 57F One Jar of Chutney
  • 58F One Jar of Pickled Vegetables

  • Preserves to be shown in plain glass jars with NO trademarks. Use new lids or a cellophane cover. Lemon curd to be in small jars with a waxed paper seal and cellophane cover.

  • 59G An Anniversary Card
  • 60G A piece of Knitting, Crochet, Macramé
  • 61G A piece of Quilting, Patchwork or Appliqué
  • 62G A Christmas Decoration - any medium
  • 63G An item made from Wood and/or Metal
  • 64G An item of Paper craft
  • 65G An item of Handmade Jewellery
  • 66G An item of Cross Stitch
  • 67G An item of Embroidery

  • You must state whether work is from a kit or own design/make to enable the judges to make a fair decision

  • 68H Simplicity - an interpretive design
  • 69H The Seashore - an interpretive design
  • 70H Autumn Glory - an interpretive design

  • Shop bought flowers and foliage may be used.
    Exhibits may be brought ready arranged for staging.

  • 71J Adults - Doors
  • 72J Adults - Urban Space
  • 73J Adults - Orange
  • NO names on the front of photograph entries.
  • This competition is open to anyone except professional photographers.
  • Maximum size print 7" x 5" (7.5cms x 12.5 cms) mounted on stiff card NOT exceeding 9" x 11" (22.5cms x 7.5cms).
  • NOT framed behind mounted glass.
  • Permission(s) of the subject(s) MUST be obtained before entering a photograph of that person.
  • Non conforming entires will be disqualified
  • 74K Adults - Watercolour
  • 75K Adults - any other Media or Mixed Media - please state which medium used
  • 76K Adults - Digital Art

No glass frames. Please use cardboard mounts.


Gingerbread (men only)

gingerbread recipe
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Soft brown sugar
  • 100g Black treacle
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 125ml Warm milk
  • Oven 140°c / Fan 140°c / Gas 2
  • Line & grease a 2lb loaf tin
  • Melt butter, sugar and treacle in a saucepan, stirring
  • Allow to cool slightly, then add beaten egg.
  • In a bowl sift plain flour, spices, add the melted mixture and beat well.
  • Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the warm milk, add to the mixture and stir well.
  • Pour into tin
  • Cook for 1 hour. Leave tin to cool then turn out onto a rack.

Victoria Sandwich

victoria sponge cake recipe
  • 2x7"/18cm cake tins
  • 150g/6oz SR Flour
  • 150g/6oz Margarine
  • 150g/6oz Castor Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • Jam Filling

Gas 4 / 180°c
(Fan oven 160°c)
Approx. 30 minutes

junior sections

Junior classes are for children of different ages, split into 3 groups, as per school year 2017/2018.

  • Pre-school and reception
  • Infants school year 1-2
  • Juniors school year 3-6
There is always room for more entries from the children, so parents, guardians and grandparents please encourage the children to enter. Something to do in the school holidays.

All 1st places will receive a £5 prize and a cup will be presented to the overall winner in each group.

  • HELP

  • Any help from Adults should be appropriate for your age group. eg. Juniors in the two younger age groups may have help in finding materials and using equipment. You can all use reference books etc.

  • Cardboard mounts only please

  • You may enter two prints
    They must not be bigger than 17.5cm x 12.5cm
    Cardboard mounts only
    NOTE - No names to be visable

  • Decoration only will be judged in classes P10

  • Use your own design ideas as much as possible

IMPORTANT - Should your photograph be taken when collecting a prize, a parent/guardian signature is required before possible publication

  • M1 A Decorated Pebble
  • M2 Make a Creature from Fruit and Vegetables (Display on a plate)
  • M3 A Painting/Drawing/Collage of a Dinosaur
  • N4 A Decorated Pebble
  • N5 A model using playdough or plasticine
  • N6 A bookmark
  • N7 A Painting/Drawing/Collage of a Dinosaur
  • P8 Make a moving vehicle
  • P9 Make a kite
  • P10 3 decorated Digestive Biscuits
  • P11 A Photograph of Wheels


  • School Year Group 7-11: free entry to Adult Classes
  • Only one entry per class except where stated
  • Print out and circle relevant classes for your entries
  • White plates will be available to display fruit and vegetables
  • Early Check in: Friday 7th September 2018 from 6.30 to 7.30p.m
  • Check in and receive your entry number and labels
  • Certificates will be awarded where appropriate in each class
  • A Cup will be awarded to the overall Adult Show winner, to be held for one year present holder - Ashley New


  • Exhibits to be staged between 9.30am and 11am
  • NO exhibits to be removed before presentation of prizes
  • All produce must be made or grown by the exhibitor with the exception of Category H, Flower Arranging
  • Saturday check-in from 9.30am until 11am
  • Judging will take place from 11.15am until 1.30pm
  • Public viewing to take place from 2pm until 4.15pm and the Presentation and Raffle Draw will take place at 4pm
  • The judges decision will be final!


This show is organised by a committee of non-elected volunteers from various organisations. The show was restarted for the Highworth Milennium Festival in the year 2000 with a small grant from Highworth Town Council. The Council continues to support us in many ways. We are indebted to: The Highworth and District Lions Club for financial help with prizes, cups and fixtures. The proceeds from the raffle, organised by our Mayor, will support the charity of their choice. We are pleased to receive feedback ideas or suggestions as we always look to improve our event each year.

... and next year the show is on Saturday 7th September 2019

We would also like to thank the following for their sponsorship and support of this event:

  • Highworth Camera Club
  • Highworth Evening W.I.
  • Highworth Flower Club
  • Highworth Gardening Club
  • Highworth Town Council
  • Highworth Warneford School and Caretaking Staff
  • Highworth Wine and Beer Circle
  • Acorn Press for printing schedules

You can contact us by calling in at the Highworth Town Council Offices or ringing on 01793 762377 and leaving your name, contact number and message.

Highworth Town Council Offices

3 Gilberts Lane,
Highworth, Swindon,
Wiltshire, SN6 7FB

Highworth Warneford School

Shrivenham Road,
Highworth, Swindon,
Wiltshire, SN6 7BZ