For any unssupecting tourist that happens upon The Royal Winsdor Rose and Horticultural Societies 108th Summer Show this Saturday at St Georges School, Windosr Castle they will be in for a Brigadoon moment.
There in a bunting festooned, private castle garden nestling under the chalk cliffs of the the Round Tower, they will find a scene unchanged for a hundred years. Local amateur gardeners, cooks and craftsmen will display their produce and be scrutinised by wiley eyed judges driven by the detail of tradtion, craft and quality and battle for a chance to hold aloft cups and trophies with royal provenance.
For the princly sum of £4 entry they will not only get to nose around one of Englands most prestigious prep schools (Elton Johns son Josh starts next year) but they will also have the delight to sit with a pint of Pimms and enjoy local Jazz band The Elite Strollers or browse the 45 trade stands filled with tradional goods and experience the feist and merry madness of the Datchet Boarder Morris men.
Within the fulll days ling up of tradional entertainment are the staple offerings of Punch and Judy, petting zoo, bird of prey display and country dancing exhibition as well as a good old fashioned bouncy castle and childrens face painting.
Last year our special guests included Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans and former All Blacks legend Zin Zan Brooke. So who know s who you might bump into over Victoria Sponge and a cup of tea.
Even the perennial complaints of no parking in Windsor are withdrawn for the day as special permission has been granted for us to park on the Home Park pitches oposite the Show entrance.
So come and support me as Chairman of the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society and experience a uniquely and quintessentially English day whilst I run around like a blazered Dervish barking competiton results into the tannoy….that alone should be fine entertainment!
Details of the Show at www.rwrhs.com. Gates open at 11am close at 5pm.
£4 for adults, £2 for children and £10 for a family of 4.